The offense gets to make the flashy plays and goalies make the game-saving stops. However, as the old saying goes, defense wins championships.
In order to prevent the opposition's top stars from inflicting damage, teams need defensemen that can negate that offense. True shutdown defensemen can eliminate other teams' top lines from making an impact in a game.
These guys likely won't be drafted in the first round, but you will definitely take notice of them once they're sacrificing their bodies to help their respective teams.
Let's take a look at the league's top 12 shutdown defenders.