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Best fantasy defenseman poll for 2019-20

Karlsson, Burns, Hedman lead rankings of most valuable players at position

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy identifies the most valuable fantasy hockey defensemen for the 2019-20 season with fan voting on the @NHLFantasy Twitter poll. For more fantasy coverage, visit and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.


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NOTES: Order of players below is based on's top 250 rankings.


Erik Karlsson, San Jose Sharks
-Last season: 45 points (3G, 42A), plus-6, 20 PPP, 169 SOG, 44 hits in 53 games
-Projected defense pair: Brenden Dillon
-Valuable forward teammates: Logan Couture, C; Tomas Hertl, C; Timo Meier, LW/RW
-Key subtractions: Joe Pavelski, C/RW (to Dallas Stars); Gustav Nyquist, LW/RW (to Columbus Blue Jackets)

Video: SJS@STL, Gm3: Karlsson wins it in OT with second goal


Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks
-Last season: 83 points (16G, 67A), plus-13, 28 PPP, 300 SOG, 90 hits in 82 games
-Projected defense pair: Marc-Edouard Vlasic
-Valuable forward teammates: Couture, Hertl, Meier
-Key subtractions: Pavelski, Nyquist

Video: SJS@COL, Gm6: Burns nets Karlsson's feed to tie score


Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning
-Last season: 54 points (12G, 42A); plus-24, 25 PPP, 182 SOG, 59 hits in 70gm
-Projected defense pair: Dan Girardi or Mikhail Sergachev
-Valuable forward teammates: Nikita Kucherov, RW; Steven Stamkos, C/RW; Brayden Point, C

Video: TBL@WSH: Hedman nets slick backhander for OT winner


Others in consideration: John Carlson, WSH; P.K. Subban, NJD; Roman Josi, NSH; Kris Letang, PIT; John Klingberg, DAL


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