Whether it’s scoring during a power play, setting up an important goal, or breaking up a huge play, some defensemen have the ability to do it all. Therefore, we decided to select the best defensemen in the NHL at the moment and give you some insight into why these players are so sought-after in the National Hockey League.
Tampa Bay Lightning – Victor Hedman
Hedman managed to win last season’s Norris Trophy. It was the first time Hedman was voted as the best defenseman in the league. He scored a total of 17 goals, and his 63 points allowed him to rank fifth overall. Hedman’s plus-32 rating was a career high for him in the NHL. He averaged ice time of 25.51 and had a staggering 216 shots on goal.
Los Angeles Kings – Drew Doughty
Doughty managed to lead the NHL in terms of total time spent on the ice for the second consecutive season. He managed to accumulate double-digit goals for three consecutive seasons, and his 60 points was a career high in the NHL. His ended with a plus-23 rating and played every single match for the fourth consecutive season. During the 2015/16 season, Doughty claimed the Norris Trophy and has been a finalist three times in the last four seasons.
Ottawa Senators – Erik Karlsson
Karlsson put up fantastic offensive numbers in the previous season despite the fact that the Senators managed to finish with the second-worst NHL record and were ranked 25th in terms of scoring with 219 goals. He managed to accumulate 53 assists, which is the fourth time in five seasons and finished the season with 62 points in only 71 matches. He averaged 26.44 on the ice and is a two-time Norris Trophy winner in 2014/15 and 2011/12. He also managed to block a total of 120 shots in the last season.
San Jose Sharks – Brent Burns
After a slow offensive start, Burns managed to make a comeback and finished with a total of 67 points, placing him second behind Hedman. His power-play points of 27 allowed him to rank fourth among defensemen in the NHL, and his shots of 332 on target placed him third in the league. Burns managed to win the Norris Trophy during the 2016/17 season when he was leading the NHL with 76 points and 29 goals. He also hasn’t missed a single game for four consecutive seasons. Burns boasts with at least 60 points in each of the last four seasons, and during the 2016/17 season, he was voted for the First All-Star Team in the NHL.
Nashville Predators – P.K Subban
The second season for Subban in Nashville was one of the best he experienced in his career where he was voted for the Second All-Star Team in the NHL. His career high was sixteen goals and managed to accumulate 43 assists with 59 points. He has scored a minimum of ten goals in five of the last six seasons and raked in 50 points in four of the past five.