Top 100 Keeper League Defensemen – June 2017

by Dobber on June 2, 2017 | (10 Comments)

The Top 100 defensemen to own in your points-only keeper league - June edition

 

Further to yesterday's Top 300 Players ranking, here are the defensemen broken out of that list. Don't forget to pick up the Fantasy Prospects Report, which is out now - get it here. As always, two players within +/-5.0 rating points of each other are to be considered equal fantasy value and are not really worth debating because at that point it would depend on your needs.

 

Def. Rk Player Team Rating June May
1 Erik Karlsson OTT 125.1 14 14
2 Brent Burns SJS 105.2 28 28
3 Victor Hedman TBL 92.6 43 43
4 P.K. Subban NSH 76.9 67 69
5 John Klingberg DAL 71 82 82
6 Roman Josi NSH 62.1 104 108
7 Oliver Ekman-Larsson ARI 60.5 108 109
8 Kevin Shattenkirk UFA 58.1 115 104
9 Drew Doughty LAK 56.7 119 119
10 Dougie Hamilton CGY 55.2 122 122
11 Duncan Keith CHI 54.9 123 123
12 John Carlson WAS 53.9 127 127
13 Shayne Gostisbehere PHI 51.5 130 131
14 Dustin Byfuglien WPG 51.3 131 132
15 Tyson Barrie COL 50.3 136 136
16 Alex Pietrangelo STL 50 138 138
17 Kris Letang PIT 47.8 146 144
18 Torey Krug BOS 47.5 148 146
19 Seth Jones CBJ 46.1 152 153
20 Zach Werenski CBJ 45.3 156 155
21 Justin Schultz PIT 42.7 165 163
22 Morgan Rielly TOR 42.6 166 164
23 Ryan Ellis NSH 42.2 167 168
24 Jake Gardiner TOR 39.3 175 173
25 Rasmus Ristolainen BUF 38.1 178 176
26 Shea Weber MON 37.8 179 177
27 Keith Yandle FLA 37.6 181 178
28 Nick Leddy NYI 35.2 187 183
29 Jacob Trouba WPG 34 191 188
30 Matt Dumba MIN 33.1 194 192
31 Justin Faulk CAR 32.1 198 196
32 Ryan McDonagh NYR 30.9 204 204
33 Brady Skjei NYR 30.3 206 206
34 Cam Fowler ANA 29.5 209 209
35 Oscar Klefbom EDM 28.7 212 212
36 Aaron Ekblad FLA 28.5 214 214
37 Mark Giordano CGY 27.4 216 216
38 Ryan Suter MIN 26.6 222 222
39 Ivan Provorov PHI 25.8 223 241
40 Colton Parayko STL 24.1 232 230
41 TJ Brodie CGY 23.7 239 235
42 Brent Seabrook CHI 23.6 241 237
43 Dmitry Orlov WAS 23.2 242 239
44 Nikita Zaitsev TOR 23.2 243 240
45 Matt Niskanen WAS 22.2 246 245
46 Damon Severson NJD 17.7 273 269
47 Jared Spurgeon MIN 17.5 275 272
48 Nathan Beaulieu MON 17.1 281 278
49 Jaccob Slavin CAR 16.6 286 283
50 Hampus Lindholm ANA 16 292 267
51 Shea Theodore ANA 15.7 295 289
52 Tyler Myers WPG 15.5 301 295
53 Mike Green DET 15.5 302 296
54 Anthony DeAngelo ARI 13.3 338 330
55 Sami Vatanen ANA 13.3 339 270
56 Mike Matheson FLA 13.3 342 332
57 Marc-Edouard Vlasic SJS 11.7 356 347
58 Darnell Nurse EDM 11.6 357 348
59 Ryan Pulock NYI 11.4 361 362
60 Joshua Morrissey WPG 11.3 363 346
61 Brandon Montour ANA 11.2 364 355
62 Mattias Ekholm NSH 10.8 369 378
63 Julius Honka DAL 10.7 371 370
64 Colin Miller BOS 10.7 372 358
65 Adam Larsson EDM 10.7 373 359
66 Jake Muzzin LAK 10.7 374 360
67 Alec Martinez LAK 10.3 379 366
68 Cody Ceci OTT 9.9 383 368
69 Esa Lindell DAL 9.9 384 369
70 Anton Stralman TBL 9.7 386 372
71 Erik Johnson COL 9.5 389 376
72 Derrick Pouliot PIT 9.1 392 391
73 Alex Goligoski ARI 8.7 396 384
74 Charlie McAvoy BOS 8.6 398 527
75 Brian Dumoulin PIT 8.5 400 388
76 Michael Stone UFA 8.3 402 415
77 Connor Murphy ARI 8.2 404 392
78 Madison Bowey WAS 8.1 405 393
79 Connor Carrick TOR 8.1 407 408
80 Noah Hanifin CAR 8 409 396
81 David Savard CBJ 8 410 397
82 Dion Phaneuf OTT 8 411 398
83 Thomas Chabot OTT 7.8 413 400
84 Michael Del Zotto UFA 7.7 416 424
85 Nikita Zadorov COL 7.7 417 403
86 Will Butcher COL 7.3 421 406
87 Ryan Sproul DET 7.3 423 NR
88 Jordan Schmaltz STL 7.2 424 409
89 Jake Walman STL 7.1 426 411
90 Andrej Sekera EDM 7 428 317
91 Jakob Chychrun ARI 6.7 434 419
92 Cody Franson UFA 6.6 436 445
93 Mikhail Sergachev MON 6.2 439 426
94 Steven Santini NJD 6.1 440 428
95 Nick Holden NYR 6.1 441 429
96 Jonas Brodin MIN 6 442 432
97 Kyle Wood ARI 5.9 443 412
98 Ville Pokka CHI 5.8 446 430
99 Jake McCabe BUF 5.7 447 435
100 Troy Stecher VAN 5.7 448 436

 

 

  • Sam

    I’m curious why you would have Jake Gardiner ahead of Rasmus Ristolainen here? Rasmus is 4 years younger and already has more value, especially in points only. Has all the opportunity in the world on a great power play. Am i missing something?

    • Dobber

      Rasmus was primarily a two-way, more defensive defenseman with untapped offense and because Buffalo had nobody else – he’s getting all the opportunity and is flourishing. Gardner is one-dimensional: offense. Either he gets points or it’s a short career.
      Risto 17 points in last 37 games, best years are about four years away.
      Gardner 34 points in last 51 games, best years start immediately

      • Hugo Twigg

        You cannot be serious here Dobber………….

        Ristolainen is probably the worse 5on5 D in the NHL. He’s a PP specialist.
        While Gardiner is the Leafs best defensive D….

      • Dobber

        Perhaps you are right. I’m giving you my honest opinion on their pre-draft scouting report.

        From 2013: Rasmus Ristolainen – RD (TPS, FIN)

        Take the physical and mental attributes of the ideal do-it-all type of defenseman and you have 6-3 Finnish blueliner Rasmus Ristolainen. Patrolling the ice with a huge frame, Ristolainen also possesses some of the best skating skills among defensemen in this draft. He has been on scout’s radars from a very young age so he falls victim to perhaps being over-scouted but make no mistake, Rasmus is a Top 15 talent. Ristolainen will never be an elite offensive defenseman but his mobility and puck moving abilities (strong first pass) are already pro caliber and make him equally adept at operating the power play, especially since he owns a quick accurate point shot. The big Finn is a cerebral defender that controls his gaps well and maintains excellent positioning in the defensive zone, making him easy to project as a safe top-four defenseman.

        Upside: Number two mobile defenseman (Jay Bouwmeester), 10-35-45

      • Dobber

        Gardiner’s, from 2008:

        Rounding out an exceptional class of American defenders is Minnetonka Skippers Captain and scoring leader Jake
        Gardiner. A late conversion to D, Gardiner is still finding his way as a responsible defender. To complicate matters
        is a need to add muscle to a very scrawny frame that wouldn’t even survive college right now. However, the skill
        and creativity are certainly there for Gardiner to become an elite NHL powerplay quarterback. It’ll just take time.

      • Dobber

        I follow players from the beginning, and I adjust (many times) from there. I don’t jump in when they’re 23 and create a fresh opinion. Perhaps I should.

        Anyway, my +/- 5.0 ratings points rule is being broken here 😉 I won’t argue or discuss why Player X is above Player Y if they are within 5.0 ratings of each other – they are to be considered equal. I didn’t post this rule on this page, but I posted it in the Top 300 skaters that it links to.

      • Hugo Twigg

        Yeah I was just pointing out how your evaluation of both players seems completely inverse. I don’t have much issue with the ranking.

      • Pat Fraser

        Guys, Ristolainen is a better player in perspective of a keeper league because he’s younger (it means more upside, I can understand Dobber putting him after Gardiner) Gardiner production is now … but gardiner flaws = Makes a lot of bad mistakes with the puck, so he must clean things up defensively. that’s the reputation. And Ristolainen has almost the same reputation flaws = Needs to improve his overall play without the puck and defensive-zone coverage in order to become an elite. that’s the reputation. Both guys plays PP1, for a raison we don’t know, TOR won’t play Morgan Reilly on PP and that’s an aberration. But definitely, the guy I want in my keeper league is Ristolainen over Gardiner.

      • Dobber

        I haven’t seen much of Risto – I generally watch late games, or TOR/EDM/PIT followed in preference with teams I have players on – and I own zero Sabres in any of my three leagues for the last few years.
        But your tire fire description is pretty apt for Gardiner, in my opinion. I’ve seen lots of him. But he is getting better, and offensively he’s not as good as we thought he would be

      • Hugo Twigg

        I got this from a quick google search at Hockey Future:
        Talent Analysis
        Rasmus Ristolainen has the size, skating ability and shooting and stick handling skills that make him an outstanding offensive defenseman prospect. Plays with a physical component to his game and has become more disciplined as he’s gained more experience. Still developing in terms of positional play and defensive responsibilities – his calling card is his willingness to be involved in the play and to push the envelope at times.

        Still those profile are from years ago, didn’t you watch them play? It’s pretty easy to see how efficient Gardiner is defensively while Ristolainen is a tirefire in his zone…