2013 NHL Rankings: The 12 Most Feared Defensemen in the Game Today

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2013 NHL Rankings: The 12 Most Feared Defensemen in the Game Today
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There are four words that need to be implanted in a forwards brain as they are cutting across the middle of the ice to receive an outlet pass, and they are: "Keep your head up!"

You have to be tough to be a defenseman in the NHL, as they are commonly the guys who are getting punished in the defensive zone by grinding forwards; however, there are many defensemen that can drop the hammer just as well when they are on the giving end of a body check.

So unless you want your brain to be turned into scrambled eggs, watch out when these 12 guys are on the ice.

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