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Best Defensemen in NHL 23

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With the launch date for NHL 23 fast approaching, player and team ratings continue to roll in. Highlighting the best athletes for each position on the ice. However, if you hope to prevent the other team from scoring goals, you’re going to want to know who some of the best defensemen are in the game.

Here is everything you need to know about the best defensemen in NHL 23.

Best Defensemen in NHL 23

Defensemen generally don’t put up jaw-dropping statistics or receive the praise that other positions in the NHL often do. However, they’re the backbone of any championship team, and no NHL 23 franchise would be complete without a strong line of defense.

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In NHL 23, skilled offensive-minded defensemen will provide great long-range passing and huge slap shots from the point of attack, making them fantastic support players. But the best defensemen also have elite skating ability that enables them to help join the attack and get more involved in the offense.

Below is a list of the best left and right defensemen in NHL 23.

Left Defensemen

  1. Roman Josi (Nashville Predators) – 93 
  2. Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay Lightning) – 93
  3. Devon Toews (Colorado Avalanche) – 88
  4. Morgan Rielly (Toronto Maple Leafs) – 88
  5. Miro Heiskanen (Dallas Stars) – 88
  6. Rasmus Dahlin (Buffalo Sabres) – 88
  7. Quinn Hughes (Vancouver Canucks) – 87
  8. Zach Werenski (Columbus Blue Jackets) – 87
  9. Jaccob Slavin (Carolina Hurricanes) – 87
  10. Shea Theodore (Vegas Golden Knights) – 87

Right Defensemen

  1. Cale Makar (Colorado Avalanche) – 94
  2. Adam Fox (New York Rangers) – 90
  3. John Carlson (Washington Capitals) – 90
  4. Charlie McAvoy (Boston Bruins) – 89
  5. Alex Pietrangelo (Vegas Golden Knights) – 89
  6. Aaron Ekblad (Florida Panthers) – 89
  7. Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings) – 89
  8. Kris Letang (Pittsburgh Penguins) – 88
  9. Dougie Hamilton (New Jersey Devils) – 88
  10. Moritz Seider (Detroit Red Wings) – 87

That’s everything you need to know about the best defensemen in NHL 23. If you’re interested in more sports content, be sure to check out our guides section here at Gamer Journalist. Where you can find loads of helpful information like how to use MVP Points in NBA 2K23 MyCareer.


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