The NHL draft is a month away, and teams are carefully reviewing their options. This year's defensemen appear to be a weaker group than normal, but astute teams will find gems in the pack.
Several defenders who are available this year offer a nice range of skills, and a few shutdown types are gaining attention. A drafting team will need to do its homework, because there doesn't appear to be much to choose from on the surface.
Here are the 10 best defensemen available in this year's draft.