Fantasy hockey defenseman point projections

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NHL.com has projected the defenseman point totals for fantasy hockey in the 2021-22 season, during which each team will play 82 games. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

 

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D-MAN POINT PROJECTIONS 

NOTES: These fantasy projections (for 82-game season) have been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past performance in the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs, projected defense pairs, power-play usage, injury history or concern, sleeper upside, anticipated regression or bounce-back candidacy, age, contract status and overall upside for this season. The below totals are safe point estimates, do not indicate each player’s ceiling or floor and should be used as a basis for decision-making in all fantasy leagues, especially points-only formats.

The order of projected point totals (highest to lowest) differs from NHL.com’s top 250 rankings because the latter list takes standard peripheral categories into account. Injuries could affect whether a player meets or comes close to his point projection. These projections are a collaborative effort by Pete Jensen and Rob Reese.

Cale Makar, COL: 74
John Carlson, WSH: 71
Victor Hedman, TBL: 69
Adam Fox, NYR: 68
Quinn Hughes, VAN (RFA): 63
Seth Jones, CHI: 58
Tyson Barrie, EDM: 57
Aaron Ekblad, FLA: 56
Dougie Hamilton, NJD: 54
Morgan Rielly, TOR: 54
Roman Josi, NSH: 53
Kris Letang, PIT: 53
Shea Theodore, VGK: 52
Charlie McAvoy, BOS: 51
Alex Pietrangelo, VGK: 50
Miro Heiskanen, DAL: 50
Jeff Petry, MTL: 50
Jakob Chychrun, ARI: 49
Thomas Chabot, OTT: 49
Torey Krug, STL: 49
Drew Doughty, LAK: 49
John Klingberg, DAL: 48
Ryan Ellis, PHI: 47
Tony DeAngelo, CAR: 47
MacKenzie Weegar, FLA: 47
Zach Werenski, CBJ: 47
Darnell Nurse, EDM: 46
Brent Burns, SJS: 45
Neal Pionk, WPG: 45
Ivan Provorov, PHI: 44
Mikhail Sergachev, TBL: 44
Jared Spurgeon, MIN: 45
Samuel Girard, COL: 44
Mattias Ekholm, NSH: 44
Vince Dunn, SEA: 44
Ty Smith, NJD: 43
Rasmus Dahlin, BUF: 43
Jake Muzzin, TOR: 42
Filip Hronek, DET: 42
Alec Martinez, VGK: 40
Jamie Drysdale, ANA: 40
Erik Karlsson, SJS: 40
Matt Dumba, MIN: 39
Mark Giordano, SEA: 39
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, VAN: 38
Noah Dobson, NYI: 38
Devon Toews, COL (INJ.): 38
Matt Grzelcyk, BOS: 37
Rasmus Andersson, CGY: 37
Brett Pesce, CAR: 37
Colton Parayko, STL: 36
Justin Schultz, WSH: 35
Ryan Suter, DAL: 35
Josh Morrissey, WPG: 35
Evan Bouchard, EDM: 34
Justin Faulk, STL: 34
Jaccob Slavin, CAR: 34
Noah Hanifin, CGY: 34
Adam Boqvist, CBJ: 33
Ryan Pulock, NYI: 33
Rasmus Ristolainen, PHI: 32
Jacob Trouba, NYR: 32
Esa Lindell, DAL: 32
Keith Yandle, PHI: 32
Erik Cernak, TBL: 32
Erik Brannstrom, OTT: 31
Cam Fowler, ANA: 31
Shayne Gostisbehere, ARI: 31
Jake Bean, CBJ: 31
Dmitry Orlov, WSH: 31
Moritz Seider, DET: 31
Alexander Edler, LAK: 30
Nick Leddy, DET: 30
Bowen Byram, COL: 30
Brandon Montour, FLA: 30

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