Top 50 NHL Fantasy Hockey Defensemen Rankings - December 2022 3.0

December 2022 NHL fantasy hockey defensemen rankings update number three. Our final rankings before the calendar flips to 2023. Happy new year to all!

Our fantasy hockey defensemen rankings project value for the next 1 to 2 seasons, and consider each player's track record, upside, age, team and injury history. Because fantasy league categories vary widely, these rankings focus on point production. Notes made in previous rankings may carry over to new rankings if they remain relevant.

1Cale Makar, COL-50/9524.2
2Adam Fox, NYR-45/8524.9
3Roman Josi, NAS-45/8532.6
4Quinn Hughes, VAN-45/8523.2
5Rasmus Dahlin, BUF-35/85There's #1 overall potential here22.7
6Victor Hedman, TB-45/85Production starting to come at last32.1
7Charlie McAvoy, BOS-35/8025.0
8Morgan Rielly, TOR-40/8028.8
9John Carlson, WAS-45/8533.0
10Aaron Ekblad, FLA-40/7526.9

11Erik Karlsson, SJ-30/80Bump him higher if you like to gamble32.6
12Shea Theodore, VGK-40/7527.4
13Dougie Hamilton, NJ-35/7529.6
14Brent Burns, CAR-30/7037.8
15Alex Pietrangelo, VGK-30/6533.0
16Kris Letang, PIT-40/75Back after stroke scare35.7
17Miro Heiskanen, DAL-30/7023.5
18Thomas Chabot, OTT-30/6525.9
19Drew Doughty, LA-35/7033.1
20Devon Toews, COL-30/6528.9


21Josh Morrissey, WPG25/55New career highs with plenty of games left to play27.8
22Noah Dobson, NYI-20/6523.0
23Mikhail Sergachev, TB30/7024.5
24Tyson Barrie, EDM30/70Production shouldn't be surprising, but it is31.5
25Seth Jones, CHI-35/65He'd be 10 spots higher if team wasn't so bad28.3
26Filip Hronek, DET25/5525.2
27Rasmus Andersson, CGY-20/5026.2
28Justin Faulk, STL-20/6030.8
29Shayne Gostisbehere, AZ-15/5529.7
30Hampus Lindholm, BOS-25/5529.0

31Brandon Montour, FLA20/50Delivering on increased offensive opportunities28.7
32Tony DeAngelo, PHI-25/7027.2
33Evan Bouchard, EDM-20/6523.2
34Darnell Nurse, EDM-30/5527.9
35Moritz Seider, DET30/75Sophomore slump hits even the best sometimes21.7
36Bowen Byram, COL-25/7021.6
37Neal Pionk, WPG-25/5027.4
38Torey Krug, STL35/70Injuries piling up once again31.7
39Jakob Chychrun, AZ-25/60On the trade block - keep an eye out24.8
40Sean Durzi, LA15/5024.2
41John Klingberg, ANH-30/70Could be a lot higher if and when he's traded30.4
42Vince Dunn, SEA-25/5526.2
43Jeff Petry, PIT-25/6035.1
44Jared Spurgeon, MIN-30/5533.1
45Ivan Provorov, PHI-20/5526.0
46Gustav Forsling, FLA-15/5026.6
47Noah Hanifin, CGY-20/5025.9
48Calen Addison, MIN-15/5522.7
49Erik Gustafsson, WAS15/55Enigmatic blueliner clicking again for Caps30.8
50Cam Fowler, ANH-15/5031.1

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