NHL Playoffs: Ryan Suter and 11 Defensive Studs to Watch This Postseason

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NHL Playoffs: Ryan Suter and 11 Defensive Studs to Watch This Postseason
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Great defensemen are a valued commodity in the NHL, and there are many of them on display right now in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

But defensive studs come in different forms, with some blueliners thriving when they have the puck on their stick going forward, while others excel shutting down the opposition in their own zone.

Others—like Nashville Predators star Ryan Suter—are excellent in both facets of the game.

That’s why this list will be divided into three categories: offensive defensemen, defensive defensemen and those who are great at both ends of the rink.

While there are certainly players from both Vancouver and Pittsburgh who belong on this list, given the current situations of the respective teams, we’ll leave them out of this discussion.

Had this been written prior to the start of the playoffs, they would definitely be mentioned, but it’s hard to look out for players who are no longer on the ice, which looks to be the case very shortly with each team.

For that reason, the likes of Kevin Bieksa, Alexander Edler, Dan Hamhuis, Kris Letang and Brooks Orpik will all receive an honorable mention right now, but no more.

With that settled, here are the defensemen you should be paying attention to for the remainder of the postseason.

Leave your comments in the section below and let us know who you think is the best defenseman to watch this postseason.

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