Top 10 NHL defensive defensemen so far in 2010-11

Almost one quarter into the season, let’s have a look at the best defensive defensemen in the NHL this year. Those rearguards are often forgotten when looking at their team’s overall success, but they are key contributors nonetheless.

The formula used for this list is the following: +/- differential + blocked shots + takeaways – giveaways.

Name Team Plus/minus BS TK GV Total 2010-11 Salary
1. D. Girardi NYR +7 59 10 9 67 $3,100,000
2. R. Klesla CBS +14 40 7 1 60 $2,975,000
3. K. Timonen PHI +4 46 8 8 50 $7,000,000
4. T. Lydman ANA +11 46 1 9 49 $3,000,000
5. C. Pronger PHI +4 41 9 7 47 $7,600,000
5. D. Seidenberg BOS +5 47 3 8 47 $3,000,000
7. S. Montador BUF +12 41 7 14 46 $1,550,000
8. J.-M. Liles COL +11 37 6 9 45 $4,425,000
9. B. Stuart DET +9 38 4 10 41 $3,750,000
10. J. Carlson WAS +8 44 11 23 40 $875,000
10 M. Carle PHI +4 40 11 15 40 $3,500,000

Surprisingly, most of these players are good offensive blue liners who sacrifice their bodies to block shots and avoid giving away the puck to their opponents by making good decisions while handling the puck.

Chris Pronger finished 8th last season with a +22 rating, whereas Matt Carle finished 14th with a +19 rating.
Dennis Seidenberg was ranked first last season in the NHL with 215 blocked shots. Pronger finished 5th with 189, Girardi was 6th with 180.

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