Let's face it: being a defensemen at the NHL level is hard work. A lot of folks simply aren't cut out for the job and can only make it a couple of seasons.
But in recent years, the influx of young, fresh talent on the blueline have proven invaluable to squads across the country as they build towards a Stanley Cup champion. Just look at last year's Chicago Blackhawks.
Various homegrown talents integrated into an already potent lineup created one of the most solid and menacing defensive corps in recent memory. All 30 NHL teams are attempting to fill the void here, each with its own set of young guns coming up through the system.
As the puck drops on another fantastic World Junior Championship, let us take a look at the Top 15 Defensemen to watch this series and why each is so fantastic.