Fantasy Hockey Monday: Lets Get Defensive

Matt SitkoffCorrespondent IOctober 26, 2009

BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 3:  Tyler Myers #57 of the Buffalo Sabres skates during warm-up prior to the NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens at HSBC Arena on October 3, 2009 in Buffalo, New York. The Canadiens defeated the Sabres 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Defensemen are sometimes the forgotten players on a fantasy team but most leagues require to have four on a roster, and here's hoping you already have a Lidstrom, Pronger, or Green. Let's look at other defensemen you should have on your team.


Christian Ehrhoff, Canucks: Acquiring the 27-year-old defenseman from the Sharks was an underrated move made by the Canucks right before training camp.  Erhoff has nine points in the first 11 games, and with the injury to Sami Salo, Ehrhoff is playing 20.44 minutes per game and seeing plenty of action on the power play (seven power play points).  Forget about last year's -12, Erhoff has been a plus player his whole career, and if you have a chance to pick him up or trade for him he will be a plus for your fantasy team.


Lubomir Visnovsky, Oilers:  This former All Star is now healthy after missing 32 games last season due to a shoulder injury. The 33-year-old fits the up-tempo Oilers system, scoring 39 points in his 61 games since being traded from the Kings.  He also is playing a great point on the power play, so far scoring two goals and four points.   


Kyle Quincey, AvalancheAnother ex-King on this list, who was one of the main pieces acquired in the Ryan Smyth trade.  The 24-year-old is proving early that last year's 38 point breakout season was no fluke, scoring eight points in the first 11 games.  Quincey is also helping in other fantasy categories with 12 PIM and being a +5. 

With John Michael-Liles injured, he has taken the reigns as the No. 1 defenseman, playing 25:53 minutes per game and seeing significant time on both the power play (4:26 minutes per game) and shorthanded (3:33 minutes per game).


Tyler Myers, Sabres:   It is very hard for a rookie to make an immediate impact along the blue line, but the 6-7 Myers is changing that trend.  The former 12th overall pick has come out with a bang with five points in the first eight games, and an amazing +8.  Although he is still not getting top line defenseman minutes, Myers has shown he can score (42 points last year in the WHL) while also being responsible in his own end (+31 last year in the WHL) in the past.