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Fantasy defenseman point projections for 2019-20

Burns, Karlsson lead position; Klingberg could set NHL career high after Pavelski addition; Makar top rookie

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy / has projected the point totals for defensemen relevant in fantasy hockey for the 2019-20 season. These projections should be used as a basis for decision-making in all fantasy leagues, especially points-only formats. For more fantasy coverage, visit and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.


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NOTES: Defenseman point projections have been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past production, projected defense pairs, power-play usage, injury history, sleeper upside, anticipated regression or bounce-back candidacy, age and contract status. … The below totals are safe point estimates and do not indicate each player's ceiling or floor. … The order of projected point totals (highest to lowest) does not reflect order of rank in's fantasy top 250 because those rankings take standard peripheral categories into account. … Injuries could affect whether players meet or come close to their point projection. … These projections are a collaborative effort by Pete Jensen, Rob Reese and David Satriano.


Brent Burns, SJS: 80
Erik Karlsson, SJS: 73


John Klingberg, DAL: 68
John Carlson, WSH: 67
Victor Hedman, TBL: 64
Kris Letang, PIT: 63
Mark Giordano, CGY: 62
Roman Josi, NSH: 61
Morgan Rielly, TOR: 60


Tyson Barrie, TOR: 59
Keith Yandle, FLA: 59
P.K. Subban, NJD: 59
Erik Gustafsson, CHI: 57
Seth Jones, CBJ: 55
Thomas Chabot, OTT: 54
Rasmus Dahlin, BUF: 54
Dustin Byfuglien, WPG: 52*
Torey Krug, BOS: 52
Matt Dumba, MIN: 50
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI: 50

*NOTE: Byfuglien has been granted a personal leave of absence


Cale Makar, COL: 49
Shea Weber, MTL: 49
Alex Pietrangelo, STL: 49
Drew Doughty, LAK: 49
Dougie Hamilton, CAR: 49
Miro Heiskanen, DAL: 48
Jacob Trouba, NYR: 48
Shayne Gostisbehere, PHI: 48
Shea Theodore, VGK: 47
Ryan Ellis, NSH: 47
Mattias Ekholm, NSH: 47
Aaron Ekblad, FLA: 46
Charlie McAvoy, BOS: 45
Quinn Hughes, VAN: 45
Filip Hronek, DET: 45
Zach Werenski, CBJ: 44
Rasmus Ristolainen, BUF: 43
Ryan Suter, MIN: 42
Jake Muzzin, TOR: 42
Jeff Petry, MTL: 42
Josh Morrissey, WPG: 42
Ivan Provorov, PHI: 41
Mikhail Sergachev, TBL: 41
Vince Dunn, STL: 41
Ryan Pulock, NYI: 41
Devon Toews, NYI: 40
Samuel Girard, COL: 40
Ryan McDonagh, TBL: 40
Justin Schultz, PIT: 40


Mike Green, DET: 39
Oscar Klefbom, EDM: 39
Alexander Edler, VAN: 39
Colton Parayko, STL: 39
Darnell Nurse, EDM: 39
Cam Fowler, ANA: 38
Nate Schmidt, VGK: 38
Travis Sanheim, PHI: 37
Jaccob Slavin, CAR: 36
Jared Spurgeon, MIN: 36
Esa Lindell, DAL: 35
Brandon Montour, BUF: 35
Will Butcher, NJD: 35
Justin Faulk, CAR: 34
Tyler Myers, VAN: 33
TJ Brodie, CGY: 33
Mike Matheson, FLA: 33
Damon Severson, NJD: 33
Marc-Edouard Vlasic, SJS: 32
Colin Miller, BUF: 32
Adam Fox, NYR: 32
Duncan Keith, CHI: 32
Dmitry Orlov, WSH: 31
Kevin Shattenkirk, TBL: 31
Bowen Byram, COL: 30
Hampus Lindholm, ANA: 30
Erik Brannstrom, OTT: 30


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