January Fantasy Hockey Rankings:  Defencemen

Kevin Bieksa cheers his ranking. He's up 12 spots this month.

Karlsson and Del Zotto Zooming Up

Young rearguards Erik Karlsson, Kevin Shattenkirk, and Michael Del Zotto are three of the biggest + movers this month. And injuries to established stars like Dustin Byfuglien, Kris Letang, Chris Pronger, Christian Ehrhoff, and Mike Green, have opened opportunities for other players as well.

Defenceman Rankings -->> Top 60

1.<a class='sbn-auto-link' href=Zdeno Chara (1)

2. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Erik Karlsson (4)

3. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href=Shea Weber (2)

4. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Dion Phaneuf (7)

5. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Alexander Edler (3)

Note: Defencemen are ranked for their expected performance from this point to the end of the 2011-2012 season using standard scoring league categories: Goals, Assists, Power Play Points, Shots on Goal, Plus/Minus, Penalty Minutes, and Average Time on Ice. Last month's ranking is indicated in parentheses.

6. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Nicklas Lidstrom (5)

7. New York Rangers Michael Del Zotto (53)

8. San Jose Sharks Dan Boyle (15)

9. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Drew Doughty (12)

10. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Duncan Keith (10)

11. Vancouver Canucks Kevin Bieksa (23)

12. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Ryan Suter (6)

13. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Dustin Byfuglien (8)

14. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Brent Burns (9)

15. St Louis Blues Kevin Shattenkirk (29)

16. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Keith Yandle (11)

17. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Lubomir Visnovsky (13)

18. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Dennis Wideman (24)

19. Detroit Red Wings Ian White (38)

20. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Brian Campbell (18)

21. St Louis <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Alex Pietrangelo (25)

22. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= P.K. Subban (17)

23. Winnipeg Jets Tobias Enstrom (20)

24. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Mark Streit (14)

25. Boston Bruins Dennis Seidenberg (48)

26. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Alex Goligoski (26)

27. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Kris Letang (16)

28. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= James Wisniewski (19)

29. Florida Panthers Dmitry Kulikov (21)

30. Washington Capitals John Carlson (30)

31. Detroit Red Wings Niklas Kronwall (31)

32. Buffalo Sabres Tyler Myers (36)

33. Florida Panthers Jason Garrison (33)

34. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Kimmo Timonen (37)

35. Vancouver CanucksDan Hamhuis (60)

36. Los Angeles Kings Jack Johnson (28)

37. Toronto Maple Leafs John-Michael Liles (32)

38. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Christian Ehrhoff (22)

39. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Dan Girardi (34)

40. Dallas Stars Sheldon Souray (39)

41. Ottawa Senators Sergei Gonchar (35)

42. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Marc-Andre Bergeron (40)

43. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Matt Carle (off)

44. Winnipeg Jets Zach Bogosian (49)

45. Colorado Avalanche Erik Johnson (51)

46. New York Rangers Marc Staal (55)

47. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Matt Niskanen (off)

48. Chicago Blackhawks Keith Seabrook (58)

49. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Jamie McBain (46)

50. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Mark Giordano (42)

51. Dallas Stars Trevor Daley (off)

52.<a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Joe Corvo (off)

53. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Kyle Quincey (47)

54. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Oliver Ekman-Larsson (off)

55.<a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Johnny Boychuk (off)

56. New York Rangers Ryan McDonagh (off)

57. Anaheim Ducks Cam Fowler (43)

58. Vancouver CanucksSami Salo (41)

59. Montreal Canadiens Tomas Kaberle (45)

60. Washington Capitals Mike Green (27)

On the bubble: Justin Faulk, Joni Pitkanen, Filip Kuba, Nick Leddy, Paul Martin.

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