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NHL Trophy Power Rankings: Kane, Panarin Star

By Colin Likas
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Jan 21, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; San Jose Sharks center Chris Tierney (50) celebrates with defenseman Brent Burns (88) after scoring a goal in the second period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports /

92. It’s amazing Letang is still skating in the NHL, considering his past health issues. His stats are just as impressive, all things considered. Though his minus-12 rating is second worst on the team, his 27 assists pace the club, and his 33 points are third among Penguins and tied for seventh among NHL defensemen. He also has 16 powerplay assists, tied for second among D-men, and carries play at a 54 percent rate across all situations. Oh, and he’s done all this in just 38 games, and while averaging 26:16 of ice time per night, tied for fifth in the league.. Defenseman. Previous: N/Ath. Kris Letang. 7. team

team. 94. Consider Keith is coming off a Stanley Cup run and middle-of-the-season knee surgery that cost him 10 games. Then understand that he takes Chicago’s toughest competition night after night (-8.86 fraction of offensive- to defensive-zone starts, which is very tilted to starting in the D zone) and turns it into a 51.02 Corsi-for rating. Eleven of his 30 points have come on the man-advantage, and his plus-11 rating is among the league’s top 20 for defensemen. His 25:22 ice time average is 10th in the league, too.. Defenseman. Previous: N/Ath. Duncan Keith. 6

team. 121. I have this bizarre pipe dream Ekman-Larsson is suddenly going to be a Blackhawk one day. While that’d be terrible for future salary cap issues, Arizona isn’t letting him go to begin with. OEL’s 34 points put him sixth among defensemen and tied for first on his team, he carries play at a 59.09 percent rate and he boasts six game-winning goals (most among D-men). He also has 16 powerplay points split evenly between goals and assists and plays more minutes (25:28) than all but seven players in the league.. Defenseman. Previous: N/Ath. Oliver Ekman-Larsson. 5

team. 152. The Habs have needed a bright spot of late, and Subban has certainly been that. The controversial blueliner leads his team in points with 37, good for fourth among all defensemen, and a crazy 33 of those are assists. Subban shows a 58.1 Corsi-for percentage as well. He’s a critical reason Montreal hasn’t fallen completely out of the playoff race with <strong><a href=. Defenseman. Previous: N/Ath. P.K. Subban. 4

3. team. 119. Dallas has a real good one here. Klingberg is in his sophomore season in the NHL, but he’s proven to be a dynamic piece of the Stars’ wildly successful offense. His 40 points are third among defensemen and tied for third on the Stars, and he averages more than 23 minutes a night at just 23 years old. Seems to be handling it pretty well thus far.. Defenseman. Previous: N/Ath. John Klingberg

120. Is Burns even a true defenseman? The guy acts like a forward from the blue line, leading the Sharks by a wide margin in shots at 205 through 48 games. He’s turned those into 43 points, second among defensemen and second on his team, including an NHL-defenseman best 18 goals. Burns averages 26:16 of ice time per game, good for a share of fifth in the league. He’s made the Sharks tick and has them exceeding expectations and in a playoff spot.. Defenseman. Previous: N/Ath. Brent Burns. 2. team

team. 91. It’s Karlsson’s award to lose, and at this point, he’d need to stop playing in order to lose it. The Senators are nowhere within shouting range of the postseason without Karlsson’s 52 points, best among NHL defensemen and the Senators. His 41 assists are second in the entire league behind Patrick Kane’s 43. He pretty much has to play every shift, lest the Senators immediately fall behind by 50 goals, and it’s resulted in Karlsson leading all players with an absurd 28:52 average TOI — which he’s turned into a 57.15 Corsi-for percentage. Hopefully Karlsson has his own ice bath at the Senators’ facility.. Defenseman. Previous: N/Ath. Erik Karlsson. 1

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