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Fantasy defenseman top 50 rankings for 2019-20 on April 3

Gustafsson among 15 best; Canucks have high upside with Hughes, Edler; Makar joins list for next season

by Rob Reese @NHLReese / Fantasy Editor's fantasy hockey defenseman top 50 rankings are based on past production and expectations for next season in standard Yahoo leagues. For more fantasy hockey coverage, visit


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Standard Yahoo categories include goals, assists, plus/minus, power-play points, shots on goal and now hits for skaters. ... Value has been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past production, defense pairs, power-play usage, injury history, sleeper upside, anticipated regression or bounce-back candidacy for next season, age and contract status (potential 2019 UFA: *; RFA: **). DTD indicates players with day-to-day injury concerns.

1. Brent Burns, SJS
2. Victor Hedman, TBL (DTD)
3. Morgan Rielly, TOR
4. John Carlson, WSH
5. Erik Karlsson, SJS* (NEW - INJ.)
6. Kris Letang, PIT
7. Mark Giordano, CGY
8. Seth Jones, CBJ
9. Roman Josi, NSH
10. Dustin Byfuglien, WPG
11. John Klingberg, DAL
12. Tyson Barrie, COL
13. Torey Krug, BOS
14. Erik Gustafsson, CHI
15. Keith Yandle, FLA
16. P.K. Subban, NSH
17. Shea Weber, MTL
18. Alex Pietrangelo, STL
19. Thomas Chabot, OTT
20. Drew Doughty, LAK
21. Matt Dumba, MIN (NEW - INJ.)
22. Dougie Hamilton, CAR
23. Rasmus Dahlin, BUF
24. Miro Heiskanen, DAL (NEW)
25. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI
26. Quinn Hughes, VAN
27. Charlie McAvoy, BOS**
28. Aaron Ekblad, FLA
29. Ryan Suter, MIN
30. Justin Faulk, CAR
31. Rasmus Ristolainen, BUF (NEW)
32. Ryan Ellis, NSH
33. Shea Theodore, VGK
34. Jake Muzzin, TOR
35. Alexander Edler, VAN*
36. Zach Werenski, CBJ**
37. Ivan Provorov, PHI** (NEW)
38. Mikhail Sergachev, TBL (NEW)
39. Shayne Gostisbehere, PHI
40. Jacob Trouba, WPG**
41. Oscar Klefbom, EDM
42. Mattias Ekholm, NSH
43. Ryan Pulock, NYI
44. Justin Schultz, PIT
45. Vince Dunn, STL
46. Mike Green, DET (NEW - INJ.)
47. Josh Morrissey, WPG (NEW - INJ.)
48. Ryan McDonagh, TBL
49. Colton Parayko, STL
50. Cale Makar, COL (NEW)

Dropped out: Duncan Keith, CHI; Nate Schmidt, VGK; Brandon Montour, BUF; Darnell Nurse, EDM; Cam Fowler, ANA; Tyler Myers, WPG*; Jared Spurgeon, MIN; Marc-Edouard Vlasic, SJS; Dylan DeMelo, OTT

Just missed: Jake Gardiner, TOR*; Filip Hronek, DET; Esa Lindell, DAL; Samuel Girard, COL; Noah Hanifin, CGY; Travis Sanheim, PHI**; Jeff Petry, MTL; Devon Toews, NYI; Erik Brannstrom, OTT


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