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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 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.

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