2012-13 NHL Rankings: The Top 30 Defensemen Entering Next Season

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2012-13 NHL Rankings: The Top 30 Defensemen Entering Next Season
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Let the debate begin again! For my third installment of power ranking NHL positions, I have decided to take a look at those who man the blue line.

Many people believe that being a defenseman is the easiest position on the ice, but put yourself in the skates of the guys that have to go back and retrieve the puck as opposing forwards come at you full speed—and I think you might second guess yourself.

Defensemen need to have patience, intelligence, and more awareness than anyone else on the ice as they need to know everything that is going on in all three zones.

Without further ado...let us begin!

For my first two installments, click here for the top 30 centers entering next season, and click here for the top 30 goaltenders.

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