February Fantasy Hockey Rankings: Defencemen

Letang Returns; Doughty, Pietrangelo, and Streit Heat Up

The big movers this month, at least in the top portion of the rankings, are: Kris Letang (returning from injury), and Mark Streit and Alex Pietrangelo (who turned in their strongest months to date). Jake Gardiner, who has appeared on/off the rankings this season, is back on again--and makes the biggest jump among the unranked to grab a spot at #48.

This will be the final month for in-season rankings as next month we'll only have a few weeks left in the regular season schedule. We hope these rankings help you negotiate deals ahead of the trade deadline. Remember: If you're not in 1st place any deal that doesn't get done only helps the #1 team stay ahead of the pack.

Defenceman Rankings -->> Top 60

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

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

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

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

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

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= Drew Doughty (9)

7. San Jose Sharks Dan Boyle (8)

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

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

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

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

12. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href=Michael Del Zotto (7)

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

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

15. Vancouver Canucks Kevin Bieksa (11)

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

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

18. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Ian White (19)

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

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

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

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

23. St Louis <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Kevin Shattenkirk (15)

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

25. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href=Tobias Enstrom (23)

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

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

28. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href=Jack Johnson (36)

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

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

31.<a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Dennis Seidenberg (25)

32.Toronto Maple LeafsJohn-Michael Liles (37)

33. Detroit Red Wings Niklas Kronwall (31)

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

35. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Jason Garrison (33)

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

37. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href=Sergei Gonchar (41)

38. Washington Capitals John Carlson (30)

39. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Keith Seabrook (48)

40. Vancouver CanucksDan Hamhuis (35)

41. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href=Sheldon Souray (40)

42. New York Rangers Ryan McDonagh (56)

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

44. New York Rangers Marc Staal (46)

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

46. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Tyler Myers (32)

47. Florida Panthers Dmitry Kulikov (29)

48.Toronto Maple LeafsJake Gardiner (off)

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

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

51. Vancouver CanucksSami Salo (58)

52. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href=Francois Beauchemin (off)

53. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href= Erik Johnson (45)

54. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href=Travis Hamonic (off)

55. Carolina Hurricanes Jay Harrison (off)

56. <a class='sbn-auto-link' href=Stephane Robidas (off)

57. Winnipeg Jets Zach Bogosian (44)

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

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

60.Toronto Maple LeafsCody Franson (off)

On the bubble: Justin Faulk, Filip Kuba, Nick Leddy, Jay Bouwmeester, and Mike Green (if he ever comes off IR).

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