NHL Power Rankings: Niklas Lidstrom and the 10 Best Defensemen in Hockey

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NHL Power Rankings: Niklas Lidstrom and the 10 Best Defensemen in Hockey
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In the fourth installment of NHL Power Rankings by position, I'm taking a look at the 10 best defenseman in the NHL today.

But first, a few ground rules. In order to qualify as a "defenseman," the player must be listed on NHL.com's 2010-11 regular season statistics page as a D and have played a minimum of one full NHL season (80-plus career NHL games). 

Beyond that, I've taken into account a number of factors when crafting this list: offensive skill and production, defensive prowess, intangibles (blocked shots, giveaway/takeaway ratio, etc.), clutch play and leadership, to name a few. 

And without further ado, here they are. The 10 best blueliners in the NHL today. Enjoy! Comments are welcome and appreciated!

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