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Fantasy defenseman top 50 rankings for 2019-20

Hamilton among 10 best, Slavin joins list for Hurricanes; Schultz worth streaming on Penguins' PP1

by Rob Reese @NHLReese / NHL.com Fantasy Editor

NHL.com's fantasy hockey top 50 defenseman rankings are based on past production and expectations for the rest of the 2019-20 season in standard leagues. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

 

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TOP 50 DEFENSEMAN RANKINGS

Standard fantasy categories include goals, assists, plus/minus, power-play points, shots on goal and hits for skaters. Value has been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past production, projected line combinations, power-play usage, injury history, sleeper upside, anticipated regression or bounce-back candidacy, age and contract status (current unrestricted and restricted free agents listed below). Potential 2020 UFAs (*) and RFAs (**) are noted.

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

Dropped out: Ryan Pulock, NYI**; Justin Faulk, STL; Jake Gardiner, CAR; Cody Ceci, TOR

Just missed: Jared Spurgeon, MIN; Cam Fowler, ANA; Ville Heinola, WPG; Colin Miller, BUF; Sean Walker, LAK; Neal Pionk, WPG
 

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