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NHL Power Rankings: Top Western Conference Defensemen

By Matt Barbato
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Jan 30, 2015; Raleigh, NC, USA; St. Louis Blues defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk (22) during the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The St. Louis Blues defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 in a shoot out. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

6. Kevin Shattenkirk 

Shattenkirk played only 56 games this season, but what he did in those 56 games was impressive enough to land him in the top 10. The St. Louis blue liner tallied 44 points this season after scoring 45 points in 81 games during the 2013-14 season. Not only that, but Shattenkirk posted a plus-19 rating and was incredibly important to the Blues.

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Shattenkirk is a guy who primarily plays an offensive style, and it shows with his high offensive-zone start percentage 0f 21.65 percent. Shattenkirk is also a great possession player and posted a 58.34 Corsi-for percentage last season.

The arrow is pointing up on the 26-year-old Shattenkirk. He is in the midst of his prime and should be an explosive contributor off the blue line for many years to come.

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