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Blackhawks trio among top 25 fantasy D-men

Saturday, 09.11.2010 / 8:37 PM / Features
NHL.com

A tough question in any fantasy draft is when to get defensive. Some argue that because the position is so thin, it's a good idea to grab an elite blue liner early on the draft. Others will say not to waste a pick on one of the top guns and just fill out your defensive roster in the later rounds. No matter which way you go, selecting your defensemen will always be a difficult task.

Mike Green is the clear cut No. 1 D-man this season, with Duncan Keith and Dan Boyle following at No. 2 and 3 respectively. Green is the only point-per-game player among all defensemen and the only guy worth drafting in the top two rounds.

There are a handful of youngsters to keep an eye on, such as Buffalo's Tyler Myers (last season's Rookie of the Year), Atlanta's Zach Bogosian, Ottawa's Erik Karlsson, the Rangers' Michael Del Zotto and Montreal's P.K. Subban. All of them could be in line to improve on last years numbers. Just remember one thing come draft day, it's hard to find reliable fantasy defensemen, so it could be wise to grab a good one when you have the chance.

Top 150 Overall | Centers | Left Wings | Right Wings | Goalies

Rank
 Team
Player
1
Mike Green
2
3
Dan Boyle
4
Drew Doughty
5
Shea Weber
6
Nicklas Lidstrom
7
Sergei Gonchar
8
Zdeno Chara
9
Dion Phaneuf
10
Chris Pronger
11
Andrei Markov
12
Christian Ehrhoff
13
Erik Johnson
14
Mark Streit
15
Brian Rafalski
16
Tyler Myers
17
Lubomir Visnovsky
18
Stephane Robidas
19
Tomas Kaberle
20
Bryan McCabe
21
Keith Yandle
22
Alex Goligoski
23
Alexander Edler
24
Brian Campbell
25
Zach Bogosian
26
Kimmo Timonen
27
Marek Zidlicky
28
Mark Giordano
29
Joni Pitkanen
30
Ed Jovanovski
31
Kurtis Foster
32
Sheldon Souray
33
Erik Karlsson
34
Dennis Wideman
35
Jay Bouwmeester
36
Ryan Whitney
37
38
Tobias Enstrom
39
Joe Corvo
40
Kris Letang
41
Kevin Bieksa
42
Michael Del Zotto
43
Brent Burns
44
Niklas Kronwall
45
Ryan Suter
46
Jack Johnson
47
John-Michael Liles
48
P.K. Subban
49
John Carlson
50
Pavel Kubina

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Author: NHL.com Staff