Top 100 Keeper League Defensemen – April 2018

by Dobber on April 5, 2018

Here are the Top 100 defensemen to own in your points-only keeper league – April edition.

 

April, May and June are my "fun months". These are when I stop including this season's immediate payback, and look ahead to next year and onward. But I do it without crunching the numbers. My Fantasy Guide is out on August 1 and so the numbers, free agency, depth charts all get factored into July and August rankings. Until then, I go through player by player and focus more on their 3YP, upside, and then ballpark next season's points. Fun, right?

These are for points-only leagues, I look no further than three years ahead, players within +/- 5.0 rating points of each other should be considered equal and at that point become a matter of personal bias and/or team needs.

 

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Def Rk Player Team Rating April Mar
1 Erik Karlsson OTT 122.1 30 40
2 Brent Burns SJS 95.0 55 51
3 Victor Hedman TBL 90.3 60 55
4 P.K. Subban NSH 89.2 61 60
5 John Klingberg DAL 88.5 64 44
6 Shayne Gostisbehere PHI 86.2 67 62
7 John Carlson WAS 74.4 82 77
8 Oliver Ekman-Larsson ARI 67.0 107 118
9 Tyson Barrie COL 66.4 109 107
10 Drew Doughty LAK 64.6 111 103
11 Morgan Rielly TOR 64.4 112 109
12 Roman Josi NSH 64.1 114 87
13 Seth Jones CBJ 63.9 116 120
14 Torey Krug BOS 58.5 128 125
15 Zach Werenski CBJ 56.7 132 140
16 Dougie Hamilton CGY 56.4 133 128
17 Alex Pietrangelo STL 56.4 134 129
18 Kris Letang PIT 55.9 136 134
19 Jake Gardiner TOR 50.2 150 153
20 Ryan Ellis NSH 49.8 151 242
21 Kevin Shattenkirk NYR 48.3 155 204
22 Keith Yandle FLA 46.8 159 155
23 Dustin Byfuglien WPG 45.8 163 145
24 Matt Dumba MIN 45.2 165 183
25 Charlie McAvoy BOS 39.8 177 200
26 Ryan Suter MIN 39.3 179 162
27 Ivan Provorov PHI 38.2 183 184
28 Mikhail Sergachev TBL 33.7 197 177
29 Justin Schultz PIT 32.7 199 293
30 Colin Miller VGK 30.7 207 180
31 Brandon Montour ANA 30.3 209 225
32 Will Butcher NJD 30.2 210 256
33 Nick Leddy NYI 29.6 211 159
34 Tyler Myers WPG 29.3 215 195
35 Rasmus Ristolainen BUF 28.8 216 198
36 Aaron Ekblad FLA 28.2 220 239
37 Ryan Pulock NYI 25.8 228 323
38 Colton Parayko STL 24.7 240 215
39 Jacob Trouba WPG 24.3 244 220
40 Shea Weber MON 24.1 245 321
41 Sami Vatanen NJD 23.7 249 352
42 Cam Fowler ANA 22.5 254 241
43 Jake Muzzin LAK 22.0 256 233
44 Mike Matheson FLA 21.5 259 320
45 Duncan Keith CHI 21.2 261 231
46 Shea Theodore VGK 21.0 263 329
47 TJ Brodie CGY 20.5 267 235
48 Noah Hanifin CAR 20.3 268 259
49 Thomas Chabot OTT 20.1 270 353
50 Mattias Ekholm NSH 18.0 286 236
51 Darnell Nurse EDM 16.7 303 360
52 Nate Schmidt VGK 15.5 318 300
53 Jared Spurgeon MIN 15.2 322 227
54 Oscar Klefbom EDM 14.9 329 387
55 Mark Giordano CGY 14.8 330 290
56 Ryan McDonagh TBL 14.8 331 282
57 Justin Faulk CAR 14.7 332 292
58 Esa Lindell DAL 13.7 339 302
59 Jaccob Slavin CAR 13.4 342 392
60 Hampus Lindholm ANA 13.1 346 364
61 Anthony DeAngelo NYR 13.1 347 325
62 Jakob Chychrun ARI 12.9 348 419
63 Brady Skjei NYR 12.9 349 359
64 Nikita Zaitsev TOR 12.7 351 334
65 Samuel Girard COL 11.6 359 379
66 Julius Honka DAL 10.5 368 348
67 Mike Green DET 10.4 369 310
68 Joshua Morrissey WPG 9.5 376 362
69 Christian Djoos WAS 9.4 377 365
70 Dmitry Orlov WAS 9.2 379 367
71 Marc-Edouard Vlasic SJS 9.1 380 370
72 Derrick Pouliot VAN 9.0 382 386
73 Madison Bowey WAS 8.9 384 372
74 Timothy Liljegren TOR 8.7 386 430
75 Jake Walman STL 8.1 389 385
76 Alex Goligoski ARI 7.7 396 339
77 Jordan Schmaltz STL 7.7 398 389
78 Damon Severson NJD 7.4 401 390
79 Brayden McNabb VGK 7.3 404 394
80 Connor Carrick TOR 7.2 405 395
81 Travis Dermott TOR 7.2 406 411
82 Travis Sanheim PHI 6.9 408 398
83 Mark Pysyk FLA 6.6 413 442
84 Jeff Petry MON 6.6 414 559
85 Rasmus Andersson CGY 6.3 418 408
86 Josh Manson ANA 6.2 420 409
87 Oliver Kylington CGY 6.1 421 412
88 Erik Brannstrom VGK 5.9 425 420
89 Miro Heiskanen DAL 5.9 426 421
90 Chris Wideman OTT 5.9 427 422
91 Victor Mete MON 5.9 429 444
92 Olli Juolevi VAN 5.7 434 429
93 Kyle Wood ARI 5.7 436 431
94 Connor Murphy CHI 5.6 437 432
95 Vince Dunn STL 5.5 438 450
96 Jake McCabe BUF 5.5 439 433
97 Mike Reilly MON 5.2 443 464
98 Cale Makar COL 4.5 457 448
99 Gustav Forsling CHI 4.5 459 449
100 Dion Phaneuf LAK 4.1 476 524

 

 

 

 

3 responses to “Top 100 Keeper League Defensemen – April 2018”

  1. Fernando Javier says:

    Would you really still pick Jake Walman over Vince Dunn? I think you underestimate the offensive potential to this kid. 24 points this year in rookie season with PP time. He played quite well overall (had ups and downs expected from a rookie) when asked to take Jay Bowmester’s top 4 spot, Still only 21 years old.

    -Jake Walman does not even have the Pt/G that Dunn has in the NHL, while he is in the AHL.

    -Dunn did way better than him in his AHL rookie season, while he was at this time two years younger than Walman now.

    -These are only the stats, but it is the exact same when you watch them play.

    I don’t say that there is 0% of chance that Walman becomes better than Dunn on the long run, but right now Dunn looks like a future offensive D and 1st/2nd PP quaterback at the NHL level, while I am not so sure what Walman is exactly..

    • Dobber says:

      I think Walman is an offensive stud or bust, whereas Dunn already seems pigeon-holed as a two-way guy. Either way, I doubt we find out before 2024 who really is better. For now, I’d still rather Walman. As for the AHL, he struggled because St. Louis doesn’t have an AHL team – so Walman isn’t prioritized because the AHL coach prioritizes his parent team’s prospects (Shea Theodore in the first half). Dunn didn’t have that problem last year because St. Louis had an AHL farm team. Walman’s first half numbers really suffered with Theodore around.

  2. Michael says:

    Next year are we expecting John Carlson to regress to his career averages or is there a systematic change that can account for his career high in shots, assists and TOI?

    Thanks