Dion Phaneuf over Norris Winner Nicklas Lidstrom: Fantasy Defensemen Rankings

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Dion Phaneuf over Norris Winner Nicklas Lidstrom: Fantasy Defensemen Rankings

Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings may have won another Norris Trophy this season as the NHL's best defenseman, but it's the Calgary Flames' young superstar Dion Phaneuf who claims the top spot in sportstwit.com's fantasy defensemen rankings.

The 23-year-old blueliner scored 17 goals and added 43 assists in 82 games for the Flames last season, moving up from No. 8 in the 2006-07 rankings.

It was Lidstrom's second straight runner-up finish in the rankings, after finishing a mere .01 of a point behind leader Sheldon Souray of the Montreal Canadiens last season. The Detroit captain claimed the top spot for the 2005-06 season.

Souray missed 56 games for his new team, the Los Angeles Kings, in 2007-08, falling all the way to No. 152 in the computer rankings.

Sergei Gonchar of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, and Mike Green of the Washington Capitals completed the Top Five.

 

The Sportstwit player rankings, developed by Sportstwit editor Joe MacDonald, utilizes a computerized ranking system that evaluates players in a number of different categories. For defensemen, the categories used are games played, goals, assists, points, penalty minutes, plus/minus, shots on goal, special team points, ice time, and points per game.

 

Here are the Top 100 fantasy defensemen for 2007-08:

 

RNK Player Points GP G A PTS PIM
1 Phaneuf, Dion D CGY 86.92 82 17 43 60 182
2 Lidstrom, Nicklas D DET 82.99 76 10 60 70 40
3 Gonchar, Sergei D PIT 80.74 78 12 53 65 66
4 Chara, Zdeno D BOS 76.94 77 17 34 51 114
5 Green, Mike D WAS 74.88 82 18 38 56 62
6 Markov, Andrei D MON 74.16 82 16 42 58 63
7 Rafalski, Brian D DET 73.73 73 13 42 55 34
8 Campbell, Brian D CHI 71.52 83 8 54 62 20
9 Pronger, Chris D ANA 70.30 72 12 31 43 128
10 Streit, Mark D NYI 70.17 81 13 49 62 28
11 Jovanovski, Ed D PHO 69.77 80 12 39 51 73
12 Burns, Brent D MIN 66.97 82 15 28 43 80
13 Corvo, Joe D CAR 66.53 74 13 35 48 26
14 Kaberle, Tomas D TOR 65.71 82 8 45 53 22
15 Kubina, Pavel D TOR 64.32 72 11 29 40 116
16 Wideman, Dennis D BOS 64.05 81 13 23 36 70
17 Timonen, Kimmo D PHI 63.22 80 8 36 44 50
18 Bouwmeester, Jay D FLA 63.12 82 15 22 37 72
19 Schneider, Mathieu D ANA 62.17 65 12 27 39 50
20 Rozsival, Michal D NYR 62.15 80 13 25 38 80
21 Keith, Duncan D CHI 61.17 82 12 20 32 56
22 Whitney, Ryan D PIT 60.09 76 12 28 40 45
23 Zidlicky, Marek D MIN 59.62 79 5 38 43 63
24 Coburn, Braydon D PHI 59.53 78 9 27 36 74
25 Redden, Wade D NYR 59.29 80 6 32 38 60
26 Seabrook, Brent D CHI 59.25 82 9 23 32 90
27 Byfuglien, Dustin D CHI 58.97 67 19 17 36 59
28 Meszaros, Andrej D OTT 58.72 82 9 27 36 50
29 Visnovsky, Lubomir D EDM 58.17 82 8 33 41 34
30 Rivet, Craig D SJ 57.98 74 5 30 35 104
31 Aucoin, Adrian D CGY 57.96 76 10 25 35 37
32 Enstrom, Tobias D ATL 57.53 82 5 33 38 42
33 Kronwall, Niklas D DET 55.72 65 7 28 35 44
34 Hainsey, Ron D CLB 55.68 78 8 24 32 25
35 Spacek, Jaroslav D BUF 55.40 60 9 23 32 42
36 Robidas, Stephane D DAL 55.07 82 9 17 26 85
37 Blake, Rob D LA 54.97 71 9 22 31 98
38 Liles, John-Michael D COL 54.77 81 6 26 32 26
39 Suter, Ryan D NSH 54.44 76 7 24 31 71
40 Salei, Ruslan D COL 54.18 82 6 24 30 98
41 Martin, Paul D NJ 54.15 73 5 27 32 22
42 Morris, Derek D PHO 54.05 82 8 17 25 83
43 Zubov, Sergei D DAL 53.44 46 4 31 35 12
44 Gilbert, Tom D EDM 52.99 82 13 20 33 20
45 Salo, Sami D VAN 52.41 63 8 17 25 38
46 Jones, Randy D PHI 52.14 71 5 26 31 58
47 Girardi, Daniel D NYR 52.07 82 10 18 28 14
48 Kuba, Filip D TB 51.86 75 6 25 31 40
49 Ranger, Paul D TB 51.78 72 10 21 31 56
50 Ohlund, Mattias D VAN 51.65 53 9 15 24 79
51 Niskanen, Matt D DAL 51.32 78 7 19 26 36
52 Hamhuis, Dan D NSH 51.26 80 4 23 27 66
53 Hamrlik, Roman D MON 51.23 77 5 21 26 38
54 McCabe, Bryan D TOR 50.86 54 5 18 23 81
55 Wisniewski, James D CHI 50.61 68 7 19 26 103
56 Poti, Tom D WAS 50.29 71 2 27 29 46
57 Oduya, Johnny D NJ 50.24 75 6 20 26 46
58 Pitkanen, Joni D CAR 50.11 63 8 18 26 56
59 Johnson, Erik D STL 50.03 69 5 28 33 28
60 Ballard, Keith D FLA 49.63 82 6 15 21 85
61 Schubert, Christoph D OTT 49.40 82 8 16 24 64
62 O'Brien, Shane D TB 49.00 77 4 17 21 154
63 Lydman, Toni D BUF 48.92 82 4 22 26 74
64 Klesla, Rostislav D CLB 48.88 82 6 12 18 60
65 Johnsson, Kim D MIN 48.74 80 4 23 27 42
66 Regehr, Robyn D CGY 48.74 82 5 15 20 79
67 Edler, Alexander D VAN 48.74 75 8 12 20 42
68 Stuart, Brad D DET 48.58 72 6 17 23 69
69 Daley, Trevor D DAL 48.55 82 5 19 24 85
70 Niedermayer, Scott D ANA 48.30 48 8 17 25 16
71 Beauchemin, Francois D ANA 48.28 82 2 19 21 59
72 Ehrhoff, Christian D SJ 47.72 77 1 21 22 72
73 Tyutin, Fedor D NYR 47.58 82 5 15 20 43
74 Brewer, Eric D STL 47.01 77 1 21 22 91
75 Phillips, Chris D OTT 46.98 81 5 13 18 56
76 Gill, Hal D PIT 46.95 81 3 21 24 68
77 Vandermeer, Jim D CGY 46.13 75 3 14 17 110
78 Komisarek, Mike D MON 46.02 75 4 13 17 101
79 Montador, Steve D FLA 45.98 73 8 15 23 73
80 Weber, Shea D NSH 45.96 54 6 14 20 49
81 Boyle, Dan D TB 45.94 37 4 21 25 57
82 Finger, Jeff D TOR 45.90 72 8 11 19 40
83 Gleason, Tim D CAR 45.89 80 3 16 19 84
84 Preissing, Tom D LA 45.46 77 8 16 24 16
85 Staios, Steve D EDM 45.37 82 7 9 16 121
86 Clark, Brett D COL 45.06 57 5 16 21 33
87 Foote, Adam D COL 45.03 75 1 15 16 107
88 Hannan, Scott D COL 44.27 82 2 19 21 55
89 Huskins, Kent D ANA 44.01 76 4 15 19 59
90 Foster, Kurtis D MIN 43.93 56 7 12 19 37
91 White, Ian D TOR 43.89 81 5 16 21 44
92 Hedican, Bret D CAR 43.78 66 2 15 17 70
93 Michalek, Zbynek D PHO 43.43 75 4 13 17 34
94 Berard, Bryan D NYI 43.22 54 5 17 22 48
95 Jackman, Barret D STL 43.15 78 2 14 16 93
96 Hejda, Jan D CLB 43.12 81 0 13 13 61
97 Kaberle, Frantisek D CAR 42.84 80 0 22 22 30
98 Allen, Bryan D FLA 42.77 73 2 14 16 67
99 Bergeron, Marc-Andre D ANA 42.56 55 9 10 19 20
100 de Vries, Greg D NSH 42.37 77 4 11 15 71

 

In the final part of our three part series, we'll rank the top 50 fantasy goaltenders.

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