Every Tuesday during the season, NHL.com Correspondent Brian Metzer will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy defensemen in our weekly segment: "On the 'D'-fence." From updated defensemen rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Metzer will be your fantasy d-man expert all season long.
It has certainly been an odd season for the National Hockey League, as many of its star players have been in and out of their respective lineups. This has spilled over into the fantasy realm, and specifically the fantasy blue line as Kris Letang, Chris Pronger, Mike Green, Marc Staal, Tobias Enstrom, Alex Goligoski and last season's leading scorer, Lubomir Visnovsky, have all missed significant time. Paying attention to these injuries, especially when players are set to return, can make a huge impact on your team -- which brings us back to the aforementioned Visnovsky.
Visnovsky has missed 13 games with a broken finger and his team has struggled mightily without him, winning only two of those contests. Fantasy teams have also been feeling the sting of losing a defenseman that posted monster totals of 18 goals and 68 points last season. You would think that getting that kind of talent back into the lineup would have owners clamoring for the 35-year-old Czech, but it doesn't seem to be the case.