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Fantasy hockey top 50 defenseman rankings

Early look at most valuable options in standard leagues for next season; podcast

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy ranks the top 50 fantasy hockey defensemen for next season in standard leagues. For more coverage, visit and subscribe for free to the "NHL Fantasy on Ice" podcast.


RANKINGS: 📈 250 | Forward | Goalie

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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 in the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs, defense pairs, power-play usage, injury history or concern (INJ. for injured or DTD for day to day), age, contract status (potential 2021 unrestricted free agents: *; potential 2021 restricted free agents: **) and overall upside for next season. These rankings are a collaborative effort by Pete Jensen and Rob Reese.

1. Victor Hedman, TBL
2. Adam Fox, NYR
3. Dougie Hamilton, CAR*
4. Cale Makar, COL**
5. Aaron Ekblad, FLA (INJ.)
6. John Carlson, WSH
7. Kris Letang, PIT
8. Quinn Hughes, VAN**
9. Shea Theodore, VGK
10. Morgan Rielly, TOR
11. Tyson Barrie, EDM*
12. Torey Krug, STL
13. Roman Josi, NSH
14. Miro Heiskanen, DAL**
15. Jakob Chychrun, ARI
16. John Klingberg, DAL
17. Drew Doughty, LAK
18. Darnell Nurse, EDM
19. Jeff Petry, MTL
20. Charlie McAvoy, BOS
21. Thomas Chabot, OTT (DTD)
22. Seth Jones, CBJ
23. Zach Werenski, CBJ (INJ.)
24. Alex Pietrangelo, VGK
25. Ivan Provorov, PHI
26. Jared Spurgeon, MIN
27. Shea Weber, MTL
28. Rasmus Dahlin, BUF**
29. Ryan Ellis, NSH
30. Mikhail Sergachev, TBL
31. MacKenzie Weegar, FLA
32. Neal Pionk, WPG**
33. Samuel Girard, COL
34. Matt Grzelcyk, BOS
35. Devon Toews, COL
36. Alec Martinez, VGK*
37. Mattias Ekholm, NSH
38. Matt Dumba, MIN
39. Ty Smith, NJD
40. Filip Hronek, DET**
41. Oscar Klefbom, EDM (INJ.)
42. Brent Burns, SJS
43. Erik Karlsson, SJS
44. Jamie Drysdale, ANA
45. Jake Muzzin, TOR (INJ.)
46. Keith Yandle, FLA
47. Jake Bean, CAR**
48. Bowen Byram, COL
49. Erik Brannstrom, OTT
50. Adam Boqvist, CHI (INJ.)


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