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2009-10 Final Defenseman Rankings

Mike Green certainly didn't disappoint his owners this year.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - It's always nice for the fantasy owner who drafts the first player at a position when he lives up to the hype by performing better than anyone else. Such is the case with the 2009-10 TSN Fantasy Defenseman of the Year Mike Green.

Green was the eighth player off the board, and first defenseman selected, after leading all blueliners in scoring last year with 73 points (34G, 42A). He certainly didn't disappoint his owners this year, boosting his point total to 76 although his goals fell from 34 to 19. He easily outdistanced No.2 Duncan Keith in every category to win the award.

When you are a free agent after the draft and manage to finish third in scoring at your position, either every fantasy owner was wrong about you or you came out of nowhere to become a fantasy star. In this case it's the latter. Doughty's pre-season ADP of 367 means he wasn't selected in most leagues until after the season began. He opened the season by scoring in the Kings' first five games and never looked back. The second-year player set personal highs in goals, assists, points, power play goals, power play points and shots on goal to become the 2009-10 TSN Best Bargain Award winner for Defensemen. At just 20- years-old he should be force for many years to come.

Edmonton's Sheldon Souray was considered an elite fantasy defenseman entering the season based on his 53-point 2008 season (23G, 30A) which was eighth-best among defensemen, 268 shots on goal (2nd highest) and 98 penalty minutes (15th highest). Unfortunately, a concussion and then a broken hand cut his season short. His numbers were already drastically down in all categories from the previous season. For that reason, Souray "wins" the 2009-10 TSN Most Disappointing Award for Defensemen.

2009-10 Defensive Statistics
Rank Player Team G A +/- PIM PPP SOG ADP
1 Mike Green WAS 19 57 39 54 35 205 8
2 Duncan Keith CHI 14 55 21 51 16 213 114
3 Chris Pronger PHI 10 45 22 79 26 175 57
4 Drew Doughty LA 16 43 22 79 26 175 57
5 Dan Boyle SJ 15 43 6 70 29 180 38
6 Christian Ehrhoff VAN 14 30 36 42 23 181 149
7 Zdeno Chara BOS 7 37 19 87 16 242 51
8 Nicklas Lidstrom DET 9 40 22 24 20 194 65
9 Mark Streit NYI 11 38 0 48 22 187 97
10 Dion Phaneuf TOR 12 20 1 83 16 225 18
11 Shea Weber NAS 16 27 0 36 20 222 49
12 Bryan McCabe FLA 8 35 -4 83 19 169 177
13 Sergei Gonchar PIT 11 39 -4 49 30 138 241
14 Erik Johnson STL 10 29 1 79 15 186 300
15 Scott Niedermayer ANA 10 38 -9 38 27 168 82
16 Brian Rafalski DET 8 34 23 26 19 134 90
17 Stephane Robidas DAL 10 31 -10 70 19 199 226
18 Kurtis Foster TB 8 34 -5 48 26 165 297
19 Keith Yandle PHO 12 29 16 45 16 145 242
20 Ryan Whitney EDM 7 32 1 70 17 151 298


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