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Fantasy hockey defenseman point projections lists estimated 82-game totals at position; season preview podcasts

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy has projected the defenseman point totals for fantasy hockey in the 2021-22 season, during which each team will play 82 games. For more fantasy coverage, visit and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.


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RANKINGS: 📈 250 | Defenseman

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NOTES: These fantasy projections (for 82-game season) have been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past performance in the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs, projected defense pairs, power-play usage, injury history or concern, sleeper upside, anticipated regression or bounce-back candidacy, age, contract status and overall upside for this season. The below totals are safe point estimates, do not indicate each player's ceiling or floor and should be used as a basis for decision-making in all fantasy leagues, especially points-only formats.

The order of projected point totals (highest to lowest) differs from's top 250 rankings because the latter list takes standard peripheral categories into account. Injuries could affect whether a player meets or comes close to his point projection. These projections are a collaborative effort by Pete Jensen and Rob Reese.

Cale Makar, COL: 74
John Carlson, WSH: 71
Victor Hedman, TBL: 69
Adam Fox, NYR: 68
Quinn Hughes, VAN: 63
Seth Jones, CHI: 58
Tyson Barrie, EDM: 57
Aaron Ekblad, FLA: 56
Dougie Hamilton, NJD: 54
Morgan Rielly, TOR: 54
Roman Josi, NSH: 53
Shea Theodore, VGK: 52
Charlie McAvoy, BOS: 52
Kris Letang, PIT: 51
Alex Pietrangelo, VGK: 50
Miro Heiskanen, DAL: 50
Jeff Petry, MTL: 50
Jakob Chychrun, ARI: 49
Thomas Chabot, OTT: 49
Torey Krug, STL: 49
Drew Doughty, LAK: 49
John Klingberg, DAL: 48
Ryan Ellis, PHI: 47
Tony DeAngelo, CAR: 47
MacKenzie Weegar, FLA: 47
Zach Werenski, CBJ: 47
Darnell Nurse, EDM: 46
Brent Burns, SJS: 45
Neal Pionk, WPG: 45
Jared Spurgeon, MIN: 45
Ivan Provorov, PHI: 44
Mikhail Sergachev, TBL: 44
Samuel Girard, COL: 44
Mattias Ekholm, NSH: 44
Rasmus Dahlin, BUF: 43
Vince Dunn, SEA: 42
Ty Smith, NJD (INJ.): 42
Jake Muzzin, TOR: 42
Mark Giordano, SEA: 41
Alec Martinez, VGK: 40
Jamie Drysdale, ANA: 40
Erik Karlsson, SJS: 40
Matt Dumba, MIN: 39
Filip Hronek, DET: 39
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, VAN: 38
Noah Dobson, NYI: 38
Devon Toews, COL (INJ.): 38
Matt Grzelcyk, BOS: 37
Rasmus Andersson, CGY: 37
Brett Pesce, CAR: 37
Colton Parayko, STL: 36
Justin Schultz, WSH: 35
Ryan Suter, DAL: 35
Josh Morrissey, WPG: 35
Evan Bouchard, EDM: 34
Justin Faulk, STL: 34
Jaccob Slavin, CAR: 34
Noah Hanifin, CGY: 34
Adam Boqvist, CBJ: 33
Ryan Pulock, NYI: 33
Rasmus Ristolainen, PHI: 32
Jacob Trouba, NYR: 32
Esa Lindell, DAL: 32
Keith Yandle, PHI: 32
Erik Cernak, TBL: 32
Erik Brannstrom, OTT: 31
Cam Fowler, ANA: 31
Shayne Gostisbehere, ARI: 31
Jake Bean, CBJ: 31
Dmitry Orlov, WSH: 31
Moritz Seider, DET: 31
Alexander Edler, LAK: 30
Nick Leddy, DET: 30
Bowen Byram, COL: 30
Brandon Montour, FLA: 30


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