NHL Rankings: Top 50 Defensemen of 2012-2013

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NHL Rankings: Top 50 Defensemen of 2012-2013
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What determines who is better than whom is really in the eye of the beholder.  Sure, statistics can support one's argument, but they don’t always give a clear-cut answer.  Other qualities have to be considered.  Leadership, motivation and importance to the team’s success are all important qualities that can support why a player who doesn’t put up huge stats is still a vital piece to his team. 

Taking that into consideration, here is a list of the top 50 defensemen. 

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