NHL Pool Guide: Top 60 defencemen

Erik Karlsson, P.K. Subban and Kris Letang are the NHL's premier offensive defencemen (AP/Frank Franklin II)
September 24, 2013, 4:58 PM

Sportsnet magazine presents the Top 60 defencemen from its NHL Pool Guide for the upcoming 2013-14 season, complete with projections for goals, assists and points.

* Note: Penalty minutes and plus/minus projections were also taken into account for the rankings.

Positional rankings: Goalies | Left Wingers | Centres | Right Wingers

RANK PLAYER TEAM PROJECTIONS
01 Erik Karlsson Ottawa GP: 78 | G: 18 | A: 58 | PTS: 76
02 P.K. Subban Montreal GP: 78 | G: 20 | A: 38 | PTS: 58
03 Kris Letang Pittsburgh GP: 68 | G: 13 | A: 49 | PTS: 62
04 Zdeno Chara Boston GP: 81 | G: 12 | A: 32 | PTS: 44
05 Duncan Keith Chicago GP: 79 | G: 12 | A: 47 | PTS: 59
06 Keith Yandle Phoenix GP: 82 | G: 13 | A: 37 | PTS: 50
07 Drew Doughty Los Angeles GP: 79 | G: 12 | A: 32 | PTS: 44
08 Dustin Byfuglien Winnipeg GP: 71 | G: 13 | A: 41 | PTS: 54
09 Alex Edler Vancouver GP: 80 | G: 12 | A: 35 | PTS: 47
10 Shea Weber Nashville GP: 79 | G: 16 | A: 25 | PTS: 41
11 Alex Pietrangelo St. Louis GP: 80 | G: 13 | A: 37 | PTS: 50
12 Oliver Ekman-Larsson Phoenix GP: 82 | G: 14 | A: 32 | PTS: 46
13 Ryan Suter Minnesota GP: 80 | G: 8 | A: 39 | PTS: 47
14 Justin Schultz Edmonton GP: 80 | G: 12 | A: 37 | PTS: 49
15 Justin Faulk Carolina GP: 78 | G: 12 | A: 24 | PTS: 36
16 Mike Green Washington GP: 62 | G: 15 | A: 29 | PTS: 44
17 Kevin Shattenkirk St. Louis GP: 75 | G: 8 | A: 32 | PTS: 40
18 John Carlson Washington GP: 82 | G: 11 | A: 24 | PTS: 35
19 Brent Seabrook Chicago GP: 81 | G: 9 | A: 37 | PTS: 46
20 Dion Phaneuf Toronto GP: 80 | G: 10 | A: 33 | PTS: 43
21 Niklas Kronwall Detroit GP: 76 | G: 12 | A: 31 | PTS: 43
22 Dan Hamhuis Vancouver GP: 79 | G: 6 | A: 25 | PTS: 31
23 Nick Leddy Chicago GP: 82 | G: 8 | A: 34 | PTS: 42
24 Dan Boyle San Jose GP: 77 | G: 7 | A: 32 | PTS: 39
25 Slava Voynov Los Angeles GP: 80 | G: 9 | A: 31 | PTS: 40
26 Ryan McDonagh NY Rangers GP: 81 | G: 8 | A: 31 | PTS: 39
27 Sheldon Souray Anaheim GP: 70 | G: 12 | A: 18 | PTS: 30
28 Jake Muzzin Los Angeles GP: 76 | G: 10 | A: 17 | PTS: 27
29 Mark Streit Philadelphia GP: 78 | G: 8 | A: 39 | PTS: 47
30 Tobias Enstrom Winnipeg GP: 72 | G: 5 | A: 36 | PTS: 41
31 Michael Del Zotto NY Rangers GP: 74 | G: 11 | A: 31 | PTS: 42
32 Jonas Brodin Minnesota GP: 76 | G: 6 | A: 17 | PTS: 23
33 Victor Hedman Tampa Bay GP: 75 | G: 8 | A: 27 | PTS: 35
34 Marc Staal NY Rangers GP: 75 | G: 5 | A: 19 | PTS: 24
35 Dennis Wideman Calgary GP: 79 | G: 9 | A: 28 | PTS: 37
36 Jake Gardiner Toronto GP: 75 | G: 9 | A: 27 | PTS: 36
37 Brian Campbell Florida GP: 75 | G: 6 | A: 39 | PTS: 45
38 Jay Bouwmeester St. Louis GP: 82 | G: 6 | A: 23 | PTS: 29
39 Joe Corvo Ottawa GP: 74 | G: 8 | A: 16 | PTS: 24
40 Dennis Seidenberg Boston GP: 78 | G: 5 | A: 21 | PTS: 26
41 Cody Franson Toronto GP: 76 | G: 7 | A: 31 | PTS: 38
42 Jason Garrison Vancouver GP: 75 | G: 10 | A: 12 | PTS: 22
43 Christian Ehrhoff Buffalo GP: 78 | G: 9 | A: 31 | PTS: 40
44 Andrei Markov Montreal GP: 65 | G: 12 | A: 29 | PTS: 41
45 Kimmo Timonen Philadelphia GP: 74 | G: 5 | A: 31 | PTS: 36
46 Alex Goligoski Dallas GP: 77 | G: 7 | A: 34 | PTS: 41
47 François Beauchemin Anaheim GP: 81 | G: 7 | A: 19 | PTS: 26
48 Dougie Hamilton Boston GP: 64 | G: 8 | A: 17 | PTS: 25
49 Zach Bogosian Winnipeg GP: 68 | G: 7 | A: 24 | PTS: 31
50 Paul Martin Pittsburgh GP: 68 | G: 7 | A: 21 | PTS: 28
51 Matt Carle Tampba Bay GP: 82 | G: 7 | A: 32 | PTS: 39
52 Mark Giordano Calgary GP: 79 | G: 8 | A: 21 | PTS: 29
53 Anton Belov Edmonton GP: 74 | G: 8 | A: 23 | PTS: 31
54 Kevin Bieksa Vancouver GP: 73 | G: 6 | A: 29 | PTS: 35
55 Marek Zidlicky New Jersey GP: 68 | G: 6 | A: 21 | PTS: 27
56 Cam Fowler Anaheim GP: 78 | G: 9 | A: 28 | PTS: 37
57 Sami Salo Tampa Bay GP: 65 | G: 6 | A: 18 | PTS: 24
58 Sergei Gonchar Dallas GP: 61 | G: 4 | A: 27 | PTS: 31
59 Patrick Wiercioch Ottawa GP: 72 | G: 8 | A: 23 | PTS: 31
60 Torey Krug Boston GP: 63 | G: 7 | A: 17 | PTS: 24
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