Ranking The NHL’s Top Defensemen For 2021: Execs, Coaches, Players Debate The Top 10

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL author.

Assessing the main 10 defensemen in ESPN’s 2021 NHL position-by-position rankings is an investigation in contending ways of thinking on the best way to appropriately assess the position.

What measurements best characterize an incentive for scoring defensemen or “protective” defensemen? Do the world class need to do both well, or can one angle make up for the other?안전놀이터

I once requested Hockey Hall from Famer Nicklas Lidstrom how he assesses other defensemen. He said the most elite play instinctually, as he did. In any case, there is one detail he examines: How much they play, and how great they are subsequent to playing a huge load of minutes.

“That implies you’re playing all the strategic maneuver minutes yet additionally must have the capacity to play against the rivals’ top lines. You must have the option to guard,” he advised me. “I’ve seen players where their ice time goes up and their presentation decays. They get exhausted. They commit errors. In case you’re ready to deal with that ice time and still perform, or even improve as the game goes on, that is vital.”

Lidstrom resigned in 2012, so he wasn’t an elector in our review. We solicited 10 dynamic NHL players – seven skaters, three goaltenders – and 10 people in group hockey tasks, from mentors to head supervisors to player work force chiefs. The overviews were directed in the course of recent months.

Respondents were approached to rank their main 10 players at focus, winger, defenseman and goaltender, in view of a foreordained rundown of the best 20 to 30 players at each position. Players who were positioned in the best 10 on each polling form were given a mathematical score: No. 1 procured 10 focuses, No. 2 procured nine focuses, etc.

Subsequent to positioning the wingers a week ago, here are the positional rankings for defensemen for the 2020-21 season, as per those in the NHL we studied. The blueliners who didn’t make the cut are pretty much as significant as the individuals who did.

Details are gathered from destinations like Natural Stat Trick, Hockey Reference and Evolving Hockey.

I’ve put forth the defense that the Lightning defenseman could be the best all-around hockey major part on the planet. Our overview respondents concurred that Hedman is, at any rate, the best defenseman on the planet. He was positioned No. 1 on 14 of the 20 voting forms. Two more had him second. Two more had him third.

“He’s simply quite a player,” said one NHL mentor.

Hedman, 30, has played each season with the Lightning since coming into the NHL as a 19-year-old in 2009-10. He is underdog to John Carlson of the Capitals in focuses per-game normal among defensemen since the 2017-18 season (0.83). His in addition to 98 spots him solidly at No. 1 in that length, in front of Zdeno Chara (+82).

Hedman won the Conn Smythe Trophy as season finisher MVP last season, driving the Lightning to their Stanley Cup title with 22 focuses in 25 games and 26 minutes, 28 seconds of normal ice time. He’s been a Norris Trophy finalist in four straight seasons, winning the honor in 2017-18 for the solitary time.

He controls play in his own zone as a protective plug. He has been on the in addition to side of puck ownership in eight straight seasons. While Hedman is no uncertainty the recipient of having an inconceivable gathering of hostile ability around him, he’s additionally a basic piece of that offense with his puck-surging and passing abilities.

One of the parts of his game that doesn’t stand out enough to be noticed: That the Lightning have had the option to play him with anybody and still Hedman dominates. He had four diverse essential guarded accomplices – Jan Rutta, Dan Girardi, Jake Dotchin and Anton Stralman – during his four straight Norris assignments.

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