Fantasy Focus: NHL Fantasy Rankings Defensemen

Matt SitkoffCorrespondent IFebruary 25, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 02:  Mike Green #52 of the Washington Capitals waits to faceoff against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on January 2, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Kings defeated the Capitals 2-1.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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You should never be comfortable with your fantasy team. Always look for ways to improve your squad as you gear up for a long playoff run.

As the NHL hits its Olympic break, this is a perfect time to sit back and examine what can come in the final six weeks of action.

Having a defenseman though, does not produce the point totals of a forward that contributes in the fringe categories (plus minus, power play points, PIM), which is usually the difference between a good team and a championship team. Although most of the top list players are taken, they are still targets for your team to acquire before your league's trade deadline. It might even be worth it to trade a scoring depth forward for a top line defender.

Here are the Olympic break rankings for defensemen:

  1. Mike Green, Washington: 14-46-60-+28-29 Power Play Points
  2. Duncan Keith, Chicago: 11-42-53-+23-26:47 TOI/G
  3. Drew Doughty, Los Angeles: 11-34-45-24 Power Play Points
  4. Chris Pronger, Philadelphia: 8-34-42-+22-63 PIM
  5. Dan Boyle, San Jose: 11-34-45-22 Power Play Points
  6. Tomas Kaberle, Toronto: 6-40-46-24 Power Play Points
  7. Christian Ehrhoff, Vancouver: 11-20-30-+24-19 Power Play Points
  8. Tobias Enstrom, Atlanta: 6-36-42-+7-16 Power Play Points
  9. Shea Weber, Nashville: 11-24-35-17 Power Play Points
  10. Joe Corvo, Carolina: 12 Pts in 33 GP-25:13 TOI/G
  11. Sergei Gonchar, Pittsburgh: 8-29-37-35 PIM-21 Power Play Points
  12. Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit: 6-29-35-+20-25:43 TOI/G
  13. Mark Streit, Islanders: 8-23-31-40 PIM-6 Power Play Goals
  14. Dion Phaneuf, Toronto: 10-14-24-54 PIM-5 Power Play Goals
  15. Keith Yandle, Phoenix: 10-20-30-+11-15 Power Play Points
  16. Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim: 6-31-37-21 Power Play Points
  17. Anton Stralman, Columbus: 6-23-29-20 Power Play Points
  18. Stephane Robidas, Dallas: 10-23-33-7 Power Play Goals
  19. Cameron Barker, Minnesota: 5-10-15-7 Power Play Points
  20. Lubomir Visnovsky, Edmonton: 10-22-32-17 Power Play Points
  21. Kurtis Foster, Tampa Bay: 7-21-28-32 PIM-16 Power Play Points
  22. Andrei Markov, Montreal: 3-15-18-11 Power Play Points
  23. Mark Giordano, Calgary: 10-15-25-63 PIM-12 Power Play Points
  24. Zdeno Chara, Boston: 5-28-33-72 PIM-175 SOG
  25. Filip Kuba, Ottawa: 3-25-28-11 Power Play Points