The Top Five Most Fearsome Foursomes in the West

Dobber Sports

2014-02-24

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The five best foursomes (defensemen) in the Western Conference


Every team in the Western Conference has their power-play quarterback, their primary offensive defenseman, the player that we all depend on for consistent numbers to help our fantasy teams. Picking Duncan Keith, Shea Weber, or Dustin Byfuglien is typically an automatic decision depending on your league set up and draft position. Dynamic duos like Ekman-Larsson/Yandle and Shattenkirk/Pietrangelo are not exactly news to any knowledgeable hockey fan. But when you look at overall defensive depth from a fantasy hockey perspective, which teams in the Western Conference should be most feared? Which teams should we lean towards when looking for a depth option for our rosters?

This week's edition of the Wild West is about having some fun, using some subjectivity, and analyzing each team's top four fantasy producing defenseman combined by their total points, power play points, plus/minus, and shots on goal. Let's take a look at the five most fearsome fantasy foursomes in the West.

 

#5 – Winnipeg Jets (Byfuglien, Trouba, Enstrom, Bogosian)

With Dustin Byfuglien leading the way with 43 points so far, good for third overall in scoring among defensemen in the league – it shouldn't be a surprise to see Winnipeg with one of the top five most fearsome foursomes in the West. Meanwhile rookie Jacob Trouba sits at 47th in the NHL defensemen scoring with 22 points in 45 games. Tobias Enstrom has chipped in with 19 points in 60 games, good enough for 60th overall – putting three Jet blue liners in the top 60 in league scoring to date.

Total Points: 93 (5th in the West)      

Power Play Points: 31 (5th in the West)      

Plus/Minus: -9 (9th in the West)      

Shots on Goal: 479 (2nd in the West)

 

Bonus Notes:

-Byfuglien ranks first overall in SOG among all NHL defensemen with 204 shots fired so far this year.