DEFENSEMEN 1 ERIK KARLSSON >OTTAWA SENATORS He is revolutionizing the position right before our eyes. Yes, he’s that good, and yes, he deserves more Norris trophies. 2 VICTOR HEDMAN >TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING The tower of power is criminally underrated, but with healthy teammates, Hedman’s point totals will grab him headlines. 3 BRENT BURNS >SAN JOSE SHARKS Everybody loves Brent Burns. Except goalies, because he has a blistering shot. But they probably love him anyway. 4 RYAN SUTER >MINNESOTA WILD Suter never met a minute he couldn’t munch, and his durability and skating make him the perfect stabilizing, veteran D-man. yo5u P.K. SUBBAN thoug>hNt APeSrHneVllILKaLrEl EoDnlAyToOf-RS If wPaRs cfeonuslde,btheeaSsthauntldeoywCnupmfiansatel rr,utnoop.roved he His6team haD>sLbROeEeSWnAdoNDwGOnEUlLatEGeSlHy,KTbIYuNtG‘DSewey’ bisitstoilfl eavmeroybthilien,gpohyustitchael rfeo.rce who can do a 7 DUNCAN KEITH >CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS HWKeeii’ttshhgtwohteilltHhbaeewsnmkesealdrotessdintoegvdseoonmimt.eokreeythpiisecyeesa,r. 8 KEVIN SHATTENKIRK >NEW YORK RANGERS Mobile and offensively dangerous, it will be very interesting to see how he and Ryan McDonagh can elevate each other. 9 RYAN MCDONAGH >NEW YORK RANGERS Look for the Rangers captain to be reborn with his new partner Shattenkirk. And hey, McDonagh was already very solid. On1a0Calgar>yCbAacLkGeAndRtYhaFtDOUGIE HAMILTON LisAeMveEnSbetter than before, Hamilton will be a key driver of possession on the top pairing. The1b1est MARC-EDOUARD VLASIC sh>utSdAowNnJdOeSfeEnsSemHAanRiKn Sthe lloeanggu-teejrumstsgeocut raitbyiginnSeawn cJoonsetr.act and 12 ROMAN JOSI >NASHVILLE PREDATORS Underrated no more, Josi is another key part of that vaunted Nashville ‘D.’ His smoothness is a thing of beauty. Whenbest hope 1413 mobilehe’s he’s finally healthy,KRIS >PITTSBURGHMARK >CALGARYdefensemenhealthy LETANGLetang GIORDANOthis around. FLAMESis PENGUINSyear.one of And the we all Partneringanother contribute15 possessionat with HAMPUSboth Hamilton,ends. monster LINDHOLMGiordanowho can is He devastatinggoes about >ANAHEIM effectiveness.his work quietly DUCKS Lindholmbut with crushes minutes16 and OLIVER possession EKMAN-LARSSONmetrics. He hasn’t had >ARIZONAmuch help COYOTESlately, but OEL is a responsibilitygreat puck-moverin Arizona.who takes on a ton of 17 SETH >COLUMBUS JONES BLUE JACKETS With everythingsize, smartsyou want and in mobility,a top D-man, Jones plushas a rising partner in Zach Werenski. Th1e 8leader JUSTIN FAULK o>fCthAeRfOasLtIeNstA-riHsiUngRcRrIoCpAoNf ES banludeplinroedrsuicnerthfoerNtHheL,HFuarurlikcaisneasg. reat skater ‘Bi1g 9Buff’ DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN st>illWbrIiNnNgsIPoEneGoJf EthTeSmost unique asestms oufchskyilolsutfoeathrerutnabnilne.gFienator hhiismbmigisdh-oicte. 20 JOHN CARLSON >WASHINGTON CAPITALS WCplaairtylhssotbnhoebthCecawopamityaeslssaelnovdseisnnkgmataoebrseuwnimeclhpl. oorftganuty.sH, e 21 CAM FOWLER >ANAHEIM DUCKS Can we put the debate to rest now? Fowler is a great blueliner. His puck-moving abilities were just a little ahead of the times. 22 ALEX PIETRANGELO >ST. LOUIS BLUES Now one of the key veterans on the Blues, Pietrangelo blends size and a two-way game, plus he has a nice point shot. 23 OSCAR KLEFBOM >EDMONTON OILERS We finally got to see the full, healthy Klefbom last season, and it was very good. He’s a two-way star and still rising. 24 SHEA WEBER >MONTREAL CANADIENS The big slapshot and the bruising body still nmeaekdeWhiembeartthhriesaste. aAsnodn.the Habs will really 25 JACCOB SLAVIN >CAROLINA HURRICANES He’s an elite shutdown player who drives possession. If Slavin played in a bigger market, he’d already be a star.