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Vancouver Canucks center Manny Malhotra (R) celebrates his goal against the Anaheim Ducks with teammate Raffi Torres (L) during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Anaheim, California March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Blake

MIKE BLAKE

To follow up on the list of defensive defencemen earlier today, here's a similar one for defensive forwards.

Using some of the figures from Gabe Desjardins' terrific Behind The Net site, I rank every forward 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 (EVGA per 60 minutes) and while shorthanded (SHGA per 60 minutes).

Again, Vancouver and Montreal players do well given these are teams with top penalty kills and with solid goaltending.

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RK

NAME

TEAM

GP

QCMP

EVGA

SHGA

1

MANNY MALHOTRA

VAN

72

0.046

1.68

4.21

2

BRIAN ROLSTON

N.J

65

0.085

2.09

2.39

3

BROOKS LAICH

WSH

82

0.029

1.69

3.72

4

ALEX BURROWS

VAN

72

0.076

2.15

3.08

5

JANNIK HANSEN

VAN

82

0.014

1.58

2.23

6

DANA TYRELL

T.B

78

0.027

2.05

3.20

7

TOM PYATT

MTL

61

0.020

1.53

5.00

8

JEFF HALPERN

MTL

72

0.049

2.21

4.35

9

ADAM BURISH

DAL

63

0.036

1.89

5.88

10

BRAD MARCHAND

BOS

77

0.037

1.92

5.95

11

DAVID MOSS

CGY

58

0.023

2.06

4.57

12

TOMAS PLEKANEC

MTL

77

0.063

2.36

4.53

13

MARTY REASONER

FLA

82

0.027

2.14

3.94

14

DAVID LEGWAND

NSH

64

0.031

2.13

4.80

15

MATT COOKE

PIT

67

0.011

2.01

3.02

16

GREG CAMPBELL

BOS

80

0.008

1.72

4.89

17

BRIAN GIONTA

MTL

82

0.023

2.23

3.47

18

RYAN KESLER

VAN

82

0.028

1.95

6.02

19

BRANDON SUTTER

CAR

82

0.024

1.94

5.89

20

RADEK DVORAK

ATL

66

0.015

1.96

4.95

21

MARTIN HANZAL

PHX

61

0.047

2.06

6.64

22

JOEL WARD

NSH

80

0.036

2.21

5.21

23

MICHAL HANDZUS

L.A

82

0.040

2.33

4.85

24

NATE THOMPSON

T.B

79

0.028

2.31

4.17

25

JONATHAN TOEWS

CHI

80

0.079

2.27

5.98

26

ADAM HALL

T.B

82

0.042

2.32

5.16

27

PASCAL DUPUIS

PIT

81

0.020

2.16

4.61

28

BOYD GORDON

WSH

60

0.056

2.18

6.20

29

MAXIME TALBOT

PIT

82

-0.025

1.92

4.01

30

JARRET STOLL

L.A

82

0.045

2.47

4.92

Honourable mentions: Anze Kopitar, Dave Bolland, Paul Gaustad, David Backes

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. That's why you see a lot of linemates 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 I laid out above.

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