One of the most durable players in the NHL, Bouwmeester played 737 consecutive games from 2004-14, the longest such streak in NHL history for a defenseman.
A smooth skater with size (6-foot-4, 212 pounds) and a feel for when to join the rush, Bouwmeester can be an offensive defenseman or focus on shutting down forwards. The Florida Panthers selected him with the No. 3 pick in the 2002 NHL Draft, and in 2002-03 he became the first rookie in franchise history to play 82 regular-season games. He would do so again in seven straight seasons from 2005-2012.