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Draft Utopia 2014 Fantasy Hockey Defensemen Rankings


Posted By: Bob Raymond On 11/13/2014


  1. Erik Karlsson: D, Ottawa Senators Karlsson posted 20 goals, 54 assists, and 74 points. Karlsson continues to post numbers that prove why he is the top offensive defenseman in the NHL. Some will argue that he should be drafted before Subban. At the end of the day, passing on Subban or Karlsson when drafting one of your first two defensemen is simply foolish. Karlsson is always a safe play as an offensive defenseman.

    Previous Ranking: 2nd Overall

  2. Victor Hedman: D, Tampa Bay Lightning Victor Hedman got off ot a hot start in 2014-2015. He plays like the top offensive defenseman after Erik Karlsson..

    Previous Ranking: 12th Overall

  3. P.K. Subban: D, Montreal Canadiens P.K. Subban got off to a bit of a rough start. Subban is still a top 3 defenseman even though he is no longer the hands down #1 overall defenseman that many made him out to be in the preseason.

    Previous Ranking: 1st Overall

  4. Duncan Keith: D, Chicago Blackhawks Duncan Keith is the top defenseman on this line. Seabrook used to be that guy, but now the honor belongs to Keith.

    Previous Ranking: 7th Overall

  5. Ryan Suter: D, Minnesota Wild At #5 it is Weber’s former partner in crime on the blue-line. Ryan Suter has been busting his rear end since signing a huge contract with the Minnesota WIld. Suter has performed well enough to earn a spot as a top 5 defenseman in the NHL. On NHL 15, Suter is graded out as the third highest rated defenseman in the game.

    Previous Ranking: 4th Overall

  6. Shea Weber: D, Nashville Predators Shea Weber is the top rated defenseman in NHL 15. I also like the fact that this guy plays with so much confidence on the ice. Weber posted 56 points while weighing in at 6-5 233.

    Previous Ranking: 6th

  7. Brent Burns: D, San Jose Sharks In 17 games, Burns has 6 goals, 10 assists, and 16 points. Burns is playing like a top 10 defenseman in Fantasy Hockey right now with his strong start.

    Previous Ranking: 18th

  8. Keith Yandle: D, Arizona Coyotes Keith Yandle played all 82 games and posted 53 points just like P.K. Subban. Unlike Subban, Yandle was the #2 defenseman on this line 1 unit.

    Previous Ranking: 10th Overall

  9. Zdeno Chara: D, Boston Bruins Chara 6-9 255 is one of the best penalty killers in the NHL. Chara can be an effective offensive defenseman as well. Chara has missed some games with injuries.

    Previous Ranking: 6th Overall

  10. Oliver Ekman-Larsson: D, Arizona Coyotes Like the Chicago Blackhawks, the Arizona Coyotes have a line 1 defense with two of the leagues best offensive defensemen. Oliver Ekman-Larsson is the top defenseman on this line 1 unit which is why I ranked him at nine.

    Previous Ranking: 9th Overall

  11. Alexander Pietrangelo: D, St. Louis Blues Alexander Pietrangelo posted 51 points in 81 games. He was the #1 defenseman on the St. Louis Blue.

    Previous Ranking: 13th Overall

  12. Mark Giordano: D, Calgary Flames Mark Giordano led the Flames with 47 points in 2013-2014. Calgary needs Giordano to set up more scoring chances in 2014-2015.

    Previous Ranking: 17th

  13. Johnny Boychuk: D, New York Islanders Boychuk had 23 points last season just like line mate Zdeno Chara. Those numbers may drop with Boychuk anchoring the New York islanders in 2014-2015.

    Previous Ranking: 19th

  14. T.J. Brodie: D, Calgary Flames T.J. Brodie will continue to make progress by playing next to Mark Giordano. Brodie played in 81 games while Giordano only suited up for the Flames 64 times. Brodie posted 31 points in 81 contests.

    Previous Ranking: 56th

  15. Kevin Shattenkirk: D, St. Louis Blues Jay Boumeester played all 82 games complimenting Pietrangelo on the top line last season. This season Kevin Shattenkirk is that guy so far in 2014-2015.

    Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

  16. Andrei Markov: D, Montreal Canadiens P.K. Subban had 43 assists. His line mate on the blue-line Andrei Markov posted 43 points in 2013-2014.

    Previous Ranking: 26th

  17. Mike Greene: D, Washington Capitals Playing across from John Carlsson gives the Capitals some offensive defensemen that can set up plays for Backstrom and Ovechkin. Greene posted 38 points edging out Carlsson who only posted 37.

    Previous Ranking: 32nd

  18. Dion Phaneuf: D, Toronto Maple Leafs Dion Phaneuf is the top defenseman on the Toronto Maple Leafs roster. Phaneuf is also the captain of the Maple Leafs.

    Previous Ranking: 41st

  19. Drew Doughty: D, Los Angeles Kings Drew Doughty is an offensive defenseman that can display elite penalty killing and outstanding play of a defensive defenseman. Forgot to mention that Doughty lifted the Stanley Cup twice.

    Previous Ranking: 5th Overall

  20. John Carlsson: D, Washington Capitals John Carlsson is the top defenseman on this line 1 unit. Playing next to Mike Greene will make this top line defense a formidable unit once again. Carlsson posted 37 points while playing in all 82 games in 2013-2014.

    Previous Ranking: 31st

  21. Damon Severson: D, New Jersey Devils Damon Severson has stepped this season by taking control of the blue line. He is clearly the best defenseman in 2014-2015.

    Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

  22. Alex Goligoski: D, Dallas Stars Goligoski is an offensive defenseman. He is also the top defenseman on the Dallas Stars roster. Dallas is not known for penalty killing which means this defense has to create scoring chances if they expect to win. Goligoski posted 6 goals, 36 assists, and 42 points in 81 games. The rest of the defensemen on this roster played anywhere between 6 and 80 games last season meaning Goligoski is the face of the Stars’ defense.

    Previous Ranking: 35th

  23. Kris Letang: D, Pittsburgh Penguins Kris Letang only posted 22 points because he was limited to 37 games. With Mike Johnston at head coach, the Penguins will focus more on the power play. A healthy Letang should improve the teams play.

    Previous Ranking: 11th Overall

  24. Ryan McDonagh D, New York Rangers Ryan McDonagh led the New York Rangers with 43 ponts. McDonagh will generate points on offense while penalty killing on defense.

    Previous Ranking: 16th

  25. Sami Vantanen: D, Anaheim Ducks Sami Vantanen leads Ducks defenders with 12 points in 17 games this season. Vantanen has done more on offense so far than Fowler in 2014-2015.

    Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

  26. James Wisniewski: D, Columbus Blue Jackets Every defensemen on the Blue Jackets is a minimum of 6 feet in terms of height. Everyone of the six defensemen weighs 208 pounds or more. Wisniewski led the Blue Jackets with 51 points in 2013-2014.

    Previous Ranking: 19th

  27. Tobias Enstrom: D, Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg continues to struggle on defense. The one guy that sets up scoring chances on the blue line for the Jets is Tobias Enstrom.

    Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

  28. Cody Franson: D, Toronto Maple Leafs Cody Franson led the Maple Leafs 33 points in 2013-2014. He showed the ability to anchor the line 2 defense when Robidas was injured.12

    Previous Ranking: 44th

  29. Andy Greene: D, New Jersey Devils Andy Green and Damon Severson have established a solid line 1 pairing after there was a lack of identity on the defense. I expect both of these guys to continue to produce if the Devils expect to make the playoffs.

    Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

  30. Brad Stuart: D, Colorado Avalanche Brad Stuart is one of the best penalty killers in the game. Playing next to Erik Johnson gives the Avalanche one line that can play special teams a man down.

    Previous Ranking: 52nd