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NHL Power Rankings: Top Western Conference Defensemen

By Matt Barbato
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May 25, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (left) is defended by Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) and center Ryan Kesler (17) during the third period in game five of the Western Conference Final of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

10. Hampus Lindholm 

He certainly isn’t a household name other than in California, but Lindholm is an emerging young defenseman at just 21-years-old. He scored seven goals with 27 assists and was plus-25 in his second season with the Anaheim Ducks.

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Lindholm’s Corsi-for numbers improved to 52.2 percent during the 2014-15 season, and he took the majority of his starts in the defensive zone by a slight margin.

Lindholm will continue to see his role progress with Francois Beauchemin moving to Colorado this offseason. He is clearly the top defenseman in Anaheim and could develop into a perennial All-Star.

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