Fantasy defenseman point projections for 2020-21

thumbnail has projected the point totals for defensemen relevant in fantasy hockey for the 2020-21 season, during which each team will play 56 games. For more fantasy coverage, visit and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.


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NOTES: Defenseman point projections (for 56-game season) have been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past production 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 the upcoming 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’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.

John Carlson, WSH: 52
Quinn Hughes, VAN: 49
Cale Makar, COL: 48
Victor Hedman, TBL: 48
Morgan Rielly, TOR: 48
Roman Josi, NSH: 46
Dougie Hamilton, CAR: 45
Brent Burns, SJS: 41
Torey Krug, STL: 41
Miro Heiskanen, DAL: 40
Tyson Barrie, EDM: 39
Erik Karlsson, SJS: 39
Kris Letang, PIT: 38
Rasmus Dahlin, BUF: 37
Seth Jones, CBJ: 37
Keith Yandle, FLA: 37
Alex Pietrangelo, VGK: 36
John Klingberg, DAL: 36
Ryan Suter, MIN: 35
Charlie McAvoy, BOS: 34
Adam Fox, NYR: 34
Shea Theodore, VGK: 34
Zach Werenski, CBJ: 34
Shea Weber, MTL: 34
Mark Giordano, CGY: 33
Thomas Chabot, OTT: 33
Ryan Ellis, NSH: 33
Neal Pionk, WPG: 33
Tony DeAngelo, NYR: 32
Drew Doughty, LAK: 31
Ivan Provorov, PHI: 31
Aaron Ekblad, FLA: 31
Nate Schmidt, VAN: 31
Justin Schultz, WSH: 30
Filip Hronek, DET: 30
Samuel Girard, COL: 30
Jeff Petry, MTL: 29
Jared Spurgeon, MIN: 29
Alexander Edler, VAN: 29
Josh Morrissey, WPG: 29
Mikhail Sergachev, TBL: 29
Ryan Pulock, NYI: 28
Mattias Ekholm, NSH: 28
Colton Parayko, STL: 28
Matt Dumba, MIN: 27
Jaccob Slavin, CAR: 27
Jacob Trouba, NYR: 26
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI: 26
Rasmus Ristolainen, BUF: 26
Duncan Keith, CHI: 26
John Marino, PIT: 25
Matt Grzelcyk, BOS: 25
Vince Dunn, STL: 25
Ville Heinola, WPG: 25
Alec Martinez, VGK: 25
Darnell Nurse, EDM: 25
Kevin Shattenkirk, ANA: 24
Devon Toews, COL: 24
Esa Lindell, DAL: 24
Adam Boqvist, CHI: 24
Rasmus Sandin, TOR: 24
Alex Goligoski, ARI: 23
Marc-Edouard Vlasic, SJS: 23
Jakob Chychrun, ARI: 23
Damon Severson, NJD: 23
Rasmus Andersson, CGY: 23
Cam Fowler, ANA: 22
Ethan Bear, EDM: 22
Travis Sanheim, PHI: 21
Erik Brannstrom, OTT: 21
Radim Simek, SJS: 20

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