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Fantasy hockey top 50 defenseman rankings

Early look at most valuable options for standard leagues after offseason moves

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy ranks the top 50 fantasy hockey defensemen for the 2021-22 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.), age, contract status (restricted free agents: **) and overall upside for this season. These rankings are a collaborative effort by Pete Jensen and Rob Reese.

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

Other defensemen in's top 250 overall rankings:

51. Colton Parayko, STL
52. Noah Dobson, NYI
53. Erik Cernak, TBL
54. Justin Schultz, WSH
55. Moritz Seider, DET (rookie)
56. Ryan Suter, DAL

Key injuries: Shea Weber, MTL; Oscar Klefbom, EDM


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