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                  Fantasy hockey top 50 defenseman rankings

                  NHL.com lists best options at position for pools this season; podcast analysis

                  by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

                  NHL.com ranks the top 50 defensemen for fantasy hockey pools in the 2020-21 season. For more coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.


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                  Impact of Pietrangelo, Barrie signings

                  -- Alex Pietrangelo signed a seven-year contract with the Vegas Golden Knights. This move solidifies Pietrangelo as a top 10 fantasy defenseman with exposure to valuable forwards Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, Jonathan Marchessault, Reilly Smith and William Karlsson. The Golden Knights were among the most valuable fantasy teams last season and could be even better this season with Pietrangelo.

                  -- Tyson Barrie signed a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers. This could be the best-case fantasy scenario for Barrie to bounce back to his previous top 20 form among defensemen this season with likely first power-play exposure to the top two point producers in the NHL, forwards Leon Draisaitl (led League with 110 points last season) and Connor McDavid (97, second).

                  READ: Fantasy recap of free agent signings



                  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. - players who could miss the start of this season), age, contract status (2020 unrestricted free agents: *; restricted: **) and overall upside for the 2020-21 season. These rankings are a collaborative effort by Pete Jensen and Rob Reese.

                  1. Victor Hedman, TBL
                  2. John Carlson, WSH
                  3. Cale Makar, COL
                  4. Quinn Hughes, VAN
                  5. Roman Josi, NSH
                  6. Dougie Hamilton, CAR
                  7. Alex Pietrangelo, VGK
                  8. Morgan Rielly, TOR
                  9. Torey Krug, STL
                  10. Brent Burns, SJS
                  11. Miro Heiskanen, DAL
                  12. Seth Jones, CBJ
                  13. Zach Werenski, CBJ
                  14. Erik Karlsson, SJS
                  15. Kris Letang, PIT
                  16. John Klingberg, DAL
                  17. Rasmus Dahlin, BUF
                  18. Shea Weber, MTL
                  19. Ivan Provorov, PHI
                  20. Tyson Barrie, EDM
                  21. Shea Theodore, VGK
                  22. Tony DeAngelo, NYR
                  23. Keith Yandle, FLA
                  24. Drew Doughty, LAK
                  25. Charlie McAvoy, BOS
                  26. Mark Giordano, CGY
                  27. Thomas Chabot, OTT
                  28. Jeff Petry, MTL
                  29. Neal Pionk, WPG
                  30. Ryan Ellis, NSH
                  31. Mikhail Sergachev, TBL**
                  32. Colton Parayko, STL
                  33. Ryan Suter, MIN
                  34. Adam Fox, NYR
                  35. Jaccob Slavin, CAR
                  36. Aaron Ekblad, FLA
                  37. Matt Dumba, MIN
                  38. Jacob Trouba, NYR
                  39. Ryan Pulock, NYI
                  40. Rasmus Ristolainen, BUF
                  41. Nate Schmidt, VAN
                  42. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI
                  43. Jake Muzzin, TOR
                  44. Jared Spurgeon, MIN
                  45. Samuel Girard, COL
                  46. Duncan Keith, CHI
                  47. Darnell Nurse, EDM
                  48. Devon Toews, COL
                  49. Mattias Ekholm, NSH
                  50. Justin Schultz, WSH

                  Just missed: Alec Martinez, VGK; Josh Morrissey, WPG; Alexander Edler, VAN; Filip Hronek, DET; Vince Dunn, STL; Jakob Chychrun, ARI; Alex Goligoski, ARI; Ryan Graves, COL; Ethan Bear, EDM**; Erik Brannstrom, OTT; Kevin Shattenkirk, ANA

                  Out long term: Oscar Klefbom, EDM (INJ.)

                  Unsigned UFA: Sami Vatanen, CAR


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