Welcome to part two of a three part series on top NHL players for a fantasy hockey keeper league.
In part one, we looked at the NHL's top 25 forwards. In part two we take a look at the often undervalued fantasy hockey contribution of the NHL's top 15 defencemen.
If you are looking for a typical top NHL defenceman list with Niklas Lidstrom perched up on his Norris Trophy at the top, then this list is not for you.
On the other hand, if you want to completely dominate your buddies in your keeper league fantasy pool for years to come, then read on!
No doubt the best defenceman of the modern era, Niklas Lidstrom only needs one more Norris Trophy to tie Bobby Orr with eight. But, at 41 years of age and under a one-year contract, drafting him in your keeper league would be a waste of a roster spot.
Many fantasy hockey GM's mistakenly wait until the later rounds before drafting any defencemen. While elite d-men tend to rack up less points than their elite forward counterparts, they are far more rare. Having a few of them on your team can make the difference between fantasy hockey glory or a summer of eating sour grapes. It will be much easier to find a decent forward in the later rounds than a stud blueliner.
Just like your fantasy hockey draft, we start with the best; here are the top 15 defencemen for a fantasy hockey keeper league.