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Fantasy defenseman top 50 rankings for 2020 Stanley Cup lists best options at position for 24-team tournament; podcast analysis

by Rob Reese @NHLReese / Fantasy Editor ranks the top 50 defensemen for fantasy hockey playoff pools that count the Stanley Cup Qualifiers and entire 24-team tournament. For more fantasy coverage, visit and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.


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Basic playoff pools count goals and assists count for skaters with a potential bonus for a hat trick. Value has been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past production in the regular season and playoffs, defense pairs, power-play usage, injury history, contract status, age, overall upside for the Stanley Cup Qualifiers and likelihood of a deep postseason run.

It's worth noting that some teams in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers will play a best-of-5 series (*) but must win their series to advance to the playoffs. The top four teams in each conference will play a maximum of three round-robin games but already have guaranteed spots in the postseason field.

1. John Carlson, WSH
2. Victor Hedman, TBL (INJ.)
3. Cale Makar, COL
4. Alex Pietrangelo, STL
5. Roman Josi, NSH*
6. Torey Krug, BOS (INJ.)
7. Kris Letang, PIT*
8. Dougie Hamilton, CAR* (INJ.)
9. Shea Theodore, VGK
10. Quinn Hughes, VAN*
11. Morgan Rielly, TOR*
12. Zach Werenski, CBJ*
13. Seth Jones, CBJ* (INJ.)
14. Ivan Provorov, PHI
15. Charlie McAvoy, BOS
16. Neal Pionk, WPG*
17. John Klingberg, DAL
18. Miro Heiskanen, DAL
19. Tony DeAngelo, NYR*
20. Ryan Ellis, NSH*
21. Mark Giordano, CGY*
22. Tyson Barrie, TOR*
23. Keith Yandle, FLA*
24. Shea Weber, MTL*
25. Mikhail Sergachev, TBL
26. Jeff Petry, MTL*
27. Oscar Klefbom, EDM*
28. Ryan Suter, MIN*
29. Matt Niskanen, PHI
30. Colton Parayko, STL
31. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI*
32. Adam Fox, NYR*
33. Alexander Edler, VAN*
34. Aaron Ekblad, FLA*
35. Jaccob Slavin, CAR*
36. Ryan Graves, COL
37. Duncan Keith, CHI*
38. Jake Muzzin, TOR* (INJ.)
39. Alec Martinez, VGK
40. Jared Spurgeon, MIN*
41. Jakob Chychrun, ARI* (INJ.)
42. Vince Dunn, STL
43. Darnell Nurse, EDM*
44. Jacob Trouba, NYR*
45. Mattias Ekholm, NSH*
46. Alex Goligoski, ARI*
47. Ryan Pulock, NYI*
48. Josh Morrissey, WPG*
49. Sami Vatanen, CAR* (INJ.)
50. Kevin Shattenkirk, TBL


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