avatar Written by Scott on Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Fantasy Hockey Pool Tips: Defensemen

A very crucial position to draft from. There are a bunch of really good players available and depending on which stats you get points for in your pool, the Defense may end up being your most important decession you make when drafting you team. We will go over the top 10 D and then some sleepers to watch out for

Top 5 Defensemen

  1. P.K Subban – Montreal Canadiens – Last years Norris trophy winner will only get better. Has speed and a booming shot. Is still so young and will only get better. Has grown up a lot and its beginning to show
  2. Alex Pietrangelo – St Louis Blues– Will be in the discussion of who is the best defensemen in the NHL for many years. Great all around D-Man and is counted on heavily by the Blues
  3. Kris Letang – Pittsburgh Penguins – When Healthy there are few defensemen better than Letang. Another person that is not only a great player but is surrounded by superstars so there is going to be plenty of points from him this year
  4. Erik Karlsson – Ottawa Senators – If not for a injuries he would have won the Norris. The Sens best player who plays in all situations for them
  5. Shea Webber – Nashville Predators – With Maybe the hardest shot in the league, Weber is capable of leading defensemen in goals year after year. Also can flat out hammer dudes with big clean hits

5-10 Defensemen

  1. Duncan Keith – Chicago Blackhawks – Former Norris Winner Keith refound his game after an off year. Fantastic player and the best skating defensemen in the NHL. Two cups and a Gold Medal already for him
  2. Ryan Suter – Minnesota Wild – Showed last year that the Wild weren’t crazy when they backed up the Brinks truck and dumped millions of dollars in his lap. With a full year under his belt with the Wild look for him to be one of the top 3 defensemen at years end
  3. Zdeno Chara – Boston Bruins – The scariest player on the planet. When he winds up to shoot the goalie can often be found skating away. Is getting up there in age but is still good for points
  4. Drew Doughty – Los Angeles Kings – Once thought of as a one dimensional player, Doughty has turned into a decent Two way defensemen. Consistency is his biggest issue but will still rack up points
  5. Brent Seabrook – Chicago Blackhawks– Along with Duncan Keith, Seabrook and Keith are the best defense pair in the NHL. Has a big shot and can hit and is not afraid to drop the gloves for his teammates

Sleeper Defensemen

  1. Mike Green – Washington Capitals – When healthy, Green can and will lead the league in goals by a defensemen. Considered a 4th forward for his willingness to jump into the action
  2. Dustin Byfuglien – Winnipeg Jets – Big Buff plays a Big game. The Jets rely on him heavily and he doesn’t disappoint. Can play forward when asked
  3. Dion Phaneuf – Toronto Maple Leafs – It wasn’t that long ago that Phaneuf was an up and coming superstar with a huge shot who loved to throw out massive hits. Well he doesn’t play that way anymore but on a suddenly strong Maple Leafs team he will get lots of points
  4. Andrei Markov – Montreal Canadiens – If he can stay healthy than Montreal may have arguably the best group of defensemen in the league. A powerplay specialist
  5. Kimmo Timonen – Philadelphia Flyers – ever since Chris Pronger left the team due to injury, Timonen has been the leader of the group. Is a great two way D-Man and with the Flyers looking to climb back into the top of the East, Kimmo will defiantly be putting up some big numbers this year

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