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Top 25 d-men scoring leaders:
1.Sergei Gonchar PIT: 20 G 76 PTS

2.Nicklas Lidstrom DET: 12 G 74 PTS

3.Scott Niedermayer ANA: 13 G 73 PTS (should he decide not to retire)

4.Lubomir Vishnovsky LA: 21 G 71 PTS

5.Dan Boyle TB: 23 G 70 PTS

6.Chris Pronger ANA: 17 G 70 PTS

7.Tomas Kaberle TOR: 12 G 68 PTS

8.Ryan Whitney PIT: 19 G 67 PTS

9.Bryan McCabe TOR: 17 G 66 PTS

10.Andrei Markov MTL: 11 G 65 PTS

11.Kimmo Timonen PHI: 10 G 63 PTS

12.Sergei Zubov DAL: 13 G 61 PTS

13.Sheldon Souray EDM: 21 G 59 PTS

14.Dion Phaneuf CGY: 18 G 57 PTS

15.M-A Bergeron NYI: 15 G 55 PTS

16.Wade Redden OTT: 14 G 54 PTS

17.Matt Carle SJ: 15 G 53 PTS

18.Joni Pitkanen EDM: 10 G 52 PTS

19.Brian Rafalski DET: 11 G 51 PTS

20.John-Micheal Liles COL: 17 G 50 PTS

21.Mathieu Schneider ANA: 16 G 50 PTS

22.Philippe Boucher DAL: 19 G 49 PTS

23.Tom Poti WSH: 12 G 49 PTS

24.Kevin Bieksa VAN: 15 G 49 PTS

25.Shea Weber NAS: 22 G 48 PTS

Other notable offensive defensemen: B. Campbell, J. Bouwmeester, S. Salo, Z. Chara, T. Preissing, J. Corvo, R. Hamrlik

Let me know what you think, especially if I forgot someone!
Filed Under:   defensemen   leader   upcoming season   top25  
August 16, 2007 4:34 PM ET | Delete
Good blog. I'm very suprised though that Derian Hatcher did not crack the lineup in scoring here! LOL.
August 16, 2007 4:45 PM ET | Delete
Bouwmeester will have 50 points no question (barring injury)
August 16, 2007 5:42 PM ET | Delete
Nice List ! Ryan Whitney is going to have a huge year !
August 16, 2007 6:19 PM ET | Delete
you forgot tarnstrom .he will light it up this year.also adrian acouin will have 50 points
August 16, 2007 7:12 PM ET | Delete
i do not think any defender will have over 70 points. Kaberle and McCabe will both be in the top 5 ( barring injury) Gonchar will not be in the top 5. Neither will Vishnovsky or boyle. Top ten will be as follows. Scott Niedermayer 69Thomas Kaberle 67Nicklas Lidstrom 66Chris Pronger 65Bryan McCabe 65Sheldon Souray 62Segei Zubov 60Sergei Gonchar 55Dan Boyle 52Dion Phaneuf 52
August 16, 2007 7:52 PM ET | Delete
I think Timonen will be in this list. He'll continue his role he had as a Predator with the Flyers and will produce a lot, especially on the powerplay.
August 16, 2007 10:29 PM ET | Delete
Nice list. Looks like you are expecting a rise in scroing from the backline overall.
August 16, 2007 11:52 PM ET | Delete
I don't think Lidsstrom is going to get outpointed by Gonchar. other than that, good list.
August 17, 2007 12:14 AM ET | Delete
alas! no devils D-men, no surprise there
August 17, 2007 9:55 AM ET | Delete
I wouldnt be surprised to see Weber higher up. That kid is amazing and he will be taking a higher role with timonen gone.
August 17, 2007 12:30 PM ET | Delete
Lidstrom is awesome, Top 5 to ever player the game as a defenseman. He can completely dominate a game. It is insane to see Detroit dominate (the regular season at least) year in year out.
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