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Dan Hamhuis #2 of the Vancouver Canucks . (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

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This is just a fun list I put together every year, with the purpose of attempting to rank defensive ability in the NHL purely based on a few of the advanced statistics available online these days.

Using some of the figures from Gabe Desjardins' terrific Behind The Net site, I rank every defenceman who plays in defensive situations by the quality of players they face (QCMP) and how many goals against they are on the ice for at even strength and while shorthanded.

It's certainly not a perfect method, but it does give us a decent idea of which defensive defencemen are doing a good job of keeping the puck out of their net against good players.

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RK

NAME

TEAM

GP

QCMP

EVGA

SHGA

1

DAN HAMHUIS

VAN

64

0.065

1.91

3.80

2

JASON GARRISON

FLA

73

0.097

1.99

4.31

3

MIKE WEAVER

FLA

82

0.088

2.04

4.72

4

JOHN CARLSON

WSH

82

0.056

1.93

4.72

5

RYAN SUTER

NSH

70

0.041

1.81

4.77

6

JOHNNY BOYCHUK

BOS

69

0.044

1.55

5.44

7

BROOKS ORPIK

PIT

63

0.035

1.99

3.81

8

KARL ALZNER

WSH

82

0.059

1.90

5.64

9

KEVIN BIEKSA

VAN

66

0.070

1.67

6.04

10

CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF

VAN

79

0.029

2.06

2.19

11

MARC STAAL

NYR

77

0.076

2.20

5.55

12

WILLIE MITCHELL

LA

57

0.086

2.50

1.95

13

JAROSLAV SPACEK

MTL

59

0.053

1.95

6.02

14

SHEA WEBER

NSH

82

0.046

2.34

4.29

15

DOUGLAS MURRAY

SJ

73

0.057

2.07

5.79

16

HAL GILL

MTL

75

0.063

2.47

3.57

17

ZDENO CHARA

BOS

81

0.062

1.88

7.17

18

NICKLAS GROSSMAN

DAL

59

0.100

2.02

7.91

19

ALEX EDLER

VAN

51

0.017

2.03

5.06

20

CLAYTON STONER

MIN

57

-0.020

1.67

4.10

21

PAUL MARTIN

PIT

77

0.006

2.23

3.52

22

JEFF SCHULTZ

WSH

72

0.014

2.27

3.98

23

DAN BOYLE

SJ

76

0.065

2.37

6.58

24

BRAD STUART

DET

67

0.099

2.67

5.59

25

TONI LYDMAN

ANA

78

0.058

2.12

7.65

26

DAN GIRARDI

NYR

80

0.082

2.39

6.74

27

COLIN WHITE

NJ

69

0.016

2.05

5.83

28

MATT GREENE

LA

71

-0.017

1.84

5.59

29

ROB SCUDERI

LA

82

0.042

2.08

6.93

30

DREW DOUGHTY

LA

76

0.046

2.26

6.84

Honourable mentions: Robyn Regehr, Stephane Robidas, Brent Seabrook, Marc-Edouard Vlasic

There are a few key limitations to this list that I try and point out every time. One is that players that play with really strong teammates are rewarded, whether that be a good goaltender behind them or a strong defence partner. That's why you see a lot of defence pairings show up and why players on strong teams, like the Canucks, have a much better chance of being ranked.

Still, I think it's a fair group based only on the numbers. And you can crown Dan Hamhuis the Rod Langway Award winner for 2010-11.

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