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Fantasy: Defenseman point projections for 2017-18

NHL.com estimates total for each relevant player this season

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy / NHL.com

Fantasy hockey leagues come in all forms, but one of the few constants is that points (goals and assists) are factored into the scoring.

NHL.com fantasy writers Pete Jensen, David Satriano and Ben Zweiman have previewed each of the 31 NHL teams this offseason. In the process, they have collaborated on point projections for each fantasy-relevant defenseman.

Defenseman point projections have been quantified based on factors including past production, projected defense pairs and power-play usage, injury history, age, sleeper, bounce-back or breakout candidacy and anticipated regression. These totals should be viewed as safe estimates and do not indicate each player's point ceiling or floor. Defensemen who have been safely estimated to reach at least 30 points have been included on this list.

The order of projected point totals (highest to lowest) does not reflect the order of rank in NHL.com's fantasy top 250 because those rankings take standard peripheral categories into account (plus/minus, power-play points, penalty minutes, shots on goal). That said, this list should be used as a basis for decision-making in all fantasy leagues, especially a points-only format.

NOTES: Players who missed time because of injury either last season or in recent seasons but produce at a high rate when healthy have been projected based on the assumption that they will play close to a full season. ... Injuries could affect whether players meet or come close to their point projection. … Any players with existing injury concerns (INJ.) have been noted below.

Brent Burns, SJS -- 72
Victor Hedman, TBL -- 65
Erik Karlsson, OTT (INJ.) -- 60
Kris Letang, PIT -- 56
Roman Josi, NSH -- 55
Kevin Shattenkirk, NYR -- 54
John Klingberg, DAL -- 54
Zach Werenski, CBJ -- 52
Duncan Keith, CHI -- 50
Rasmus Ristolainen, BUF -- 50
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI -- 50
Alex Pietrangelo, STL -- 50
Dustin Byfuglien, WPG -- 49
P.K. Subban, NSH -- 49
Oscar Klefbom, EDM -- 48
Drew Doughty, LAK -- 47
Dougie Hamilton, CGY -- 46
Shayne Gostisbehere, PHI -- 46
Nick Leddy, NYI -- 46
John Carlson, WSH -- 45
Justin Faulk, CAR -- 45
Torey Krug, BOS (INJ.) -- 45
Shea Weber, MTL -- 44
Mark Giordano, CGY -- 44
Ryan Suter, MIN -- 44
Cam Fowler, ANA -- 44
Tyson Barrie, COL -- 42
Brent Seabrook, CHI -- 42
Justin Schultz, PIT -- 41
Seth Jones, CBJ -- 41
Keith Yandle, FLA -- 40
Charlie McAvoy, BOS -- 40
Aaron Ekblad, FLA -- 39
Jacob Trouba, WPG -- 39
Jaccob Slavin, CAR -- 39
Colton Parayko, STL -- 38
Ryan McDonagh, NYR -- 38
Dmitry Orlov, WSH -- 38
Jake Gardiner, TOR -- 38
Shea Theodore, VGK -- 38
Ivan Provorov, PHI -- 37
Marc-Edouard Vlasic, SJS -- 37
TJ Brodie, CGY -- 37
Nikita Zaitsev, TOR -- 36
Brady Skjei, NYR -- 36
Ryan Pulock, NYI -- 36
Alec Martinez, LAK -- 36
Julius Honka, DAL -- 36
Matt Dumba, MIN -- 35
Mattias Ekholm, NSH -- 35
Jake Muzzin, LAK -- 35
Jared Spurgeon, MIN -- 35
Matt Niskanen, WSH -- 34
Morgan Rielly, TOR -- 34
Mikhail Sergachev, TBL -- 34
Jeff Petry, MTL -- 34
Josh Manson, ANA -- 33
Mike Green, DET -- 33
Will Butcher, NJD -- 33
Dion Phaneuf, OTT -- 32
Nathan Beaulieu, BUF -- 32
Damon Severson, NJD -- 32
Alexander Edler, VAN -- 32
Zdeno Chara, BOS -- 31
Anton Stralman, TBL -- 31
Josh Morrissey, WPG -- 31
Brandon Montour, ANA -- 30
Erik Johnson, COL -- 30
Trevor Daley, DET -- 30
Alex Goligoski, ARI -- 30
Michael Del Zotto, VAN -- 30

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