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Fantasy Hockey – Top 30 Defense

September 9, 2019, 3:20 PM ET [16 Comments]
Lucas Neilson
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The hockey world is starting to wake up which has certainly got the interest level up league wide. Players are returning to their hockey cities to prime up for another grueling season of NHL hockey. As we see the remaining RFA’s sign their deals we will get a better idea of what the opening night lineups will look like. For the sakes of all the teams and fans waiting I hope they can all come to some sort of deal so no time is missed. It sucks for the fans and certainly from a fantasy hockey perspective.

I’ve put together a list of my top 30 defense and I left a gem for the end at rank 29.

It’s all about production from the blue line; not only five on five but being on the first power play unit is a key. Feel free to use my list as a start for your list and you can adjust it how you see it.

Top 30 Defense:

1. Brent Burns
2. Victor Hedman
3. Erik Karlsson
4. John Carlson
5. Morgan Rielly
6. John Klingberg
7. Torey Krug
8. Roman Josi
9. Keith Yandle
10. Seth Jones
11. Tyson Barrie
12. Erik Gustaffson
13. PK Subban
14. Rasmus Dahlin
15. Thomas Chabot
16. Oliver Ekman Larsson
17. Zach Werenski
18. Shea Weber
19. Mark Giordano
20. Matt Dumba
21. Kris Letang
22. Dustin Byfuglien
23. Alex Pietrangelo
24. Dougie Hamilton
25. Shayne Gostisbehere
26. Miro Heiskanen
27. Shea Theodore
28. Jacob Trouba
29. Cale Makar (rookie)
30. Drew Doughty

There will be some heads turned this season with the play of Cale Makar. Kids got stud written all over him. You will see some of the younger players slowly pushing out quality defense who was on this list year after year. Doughty for example just made the list at rank 30.

As good as I feel my lists are; it’s never a bad idea to use my list as well as other fantasy lists and help yourself decide which player you rank where. The first few rounds are pretty easy to pick yourself a quality player and as the rounds go it gets deeper and this is where you really need to be on the ball. Getting off to a quality start with your drafting is key to long season success.

Thanks for reading, next list will be my top 30 goaltenders.

Top 30 Forwards:

Have a great day.
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