NHL Defensemen Scoring Leaders for the 2019-20 Season

Looking at the NHL Defensemen Scoring leaders for the 2019-20 season we can see that a few players are really standing out. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at who these defensemen are and what makes them so successful.

Erik Karlsson leads the way for NHL defenseman scoring

Erik Karlsson leads the way for NHL defenseman scoring so far in the 2019-20 season. The San Jose Sharks star has put up nine goals and 31 assists for 40 points in just 37 games. That puts him well ahead of the pack, as the next highest scoring defenseman is Washington’s John Carlson, who has 33 points in 42 games.

Karlsson is no stranger to being at the top of the list when it comes to defenseman scoring. He has led the league in points for a defenseman four times in his career, including last season when he had 62 points in 71 games. He also led the league in assists for a defenseman in 2015-16 with 66.

If Karlsson can keep up his current pace, he could be in line for another big season. And with the Sharks currently sitting second in the Pacific Division with a 27-13-5 record, Karlsson could be playing meaningful hockey deep into the spring as well.

Brent Burns and John Klingberg are right behind Karlsson

Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks and John Klingberg of the Dallas Stars are right behind Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators in the hunt for the title of NHL’s top-scoring defenseman.

Burns, who is in his 12th NHL season has already set a career-high with 67 points in 71 games. Klingberg, who is in his seventh season, has 65 points in 69 games.

Karlsson, who is in his 10th NHL season has 72 points in 71 games. He is currently the only defenseman averaging more than a point per game this season.

Zach Werenski, Tyson Barrie, and Roman Josi round out the top five

With the NHL regular season now complete, we take a look at the top five scoring leaders among defensemen for the 2019-20 campaign. Coming in at number five is Roman Josi of the Nashville Predators who put up 65 points in 69 games played

Tied for third are Tyson Barrie of the Colorado Avalanche and Zach Werenski of the Columbus Blue Jackets who both racked up 68 points on the season. Barrie appeared in 71 games while Werenski played in all 82.

Coming in second is John Carlson of the Washington Capitals who tallied 70 points in 69 games. And leading the pack is Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks who had an outstanding season with 83 points in 70 games.

Other notable defenseman Scoring Leaders include Morgan Rielly, Dougie Hamilton, and Keith Yandle

Other notable defenseman scoring leaders for the 2019-20 season include Morgan Rielly, Dougie Hamilton, and Keith Yandle. These three have been some of the most consistent point-getters from the backend all season long

Rielly, of the Toronto Maple Leafs is currently leading all defenseman in scoring with 61 points (14 goals, 47 assists) in 64 Games Played Sitting just behind him is Hamilton of the Carolina Hurricanes who has tallied 60 points (17 goals, 43 assists) in 65 games this season. And rounding out the top three is Yandle of the Florida Panthers who has put up 56 points (9 goals, 47 assists) so far in 70 games played.

All three of these player’s impressive seasons have helped their team’s immensely – Rielly and Hamilton’s Leafs are currently 3rd in the Atlantic Division with 85 points, while Yandle’s Panthers are 4th in the same division with 84 points.

Defensemen Scoring is up across the board this season

NHL defensemen are having a banner year offensively, with scoring up across the board. A Number of players are on pace to smash previous career highs, and several young blueliners are making their mark on the league.

Here are the top 10 scoring leaders among defensemen for the 2019-20 season:

1. John Carlson, Washington Capitals – 66 points
2. Dougie Hamilton, Carolina Hurricanes – 63 points
3. Zach Werenski, Columbus Blue Jackets – 60 points
4. Tyson Barrie, Toronto Maple Leafs – 59 points
5. Roman Josi, Nashville Predators – 58 points
6. Erik Karlsson, San Jose Sharks – 57 points
7. Morgan Rielly, Toronto Maple Leafs – 54 points
8. Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks – 53 points
9. Miro Heiskanen, Dallas Stars – 51 points
10. Quinton Byfield could be the next big thing in the NHL

Power play points are a big factor for many of the top scoring defenseman

As the NHL regular season comes to a close, there are a few big takeaways when it comes to the defenseman scoring leaders. One is that power play points are a big factor for many of the top scoring defenseman. This is to be expected as most teams’ best defenseman are also their top power play quarterback. The other factor that stands out is that many of the top scoring defenseman are on teams that are towards the bottom of the standings. This likely has to do with the fact that these teams are relying on their defensemen to provide offense as they are not getting it from their forwards.

Here is a look at the top 10 scoring defenseman in the NHL heading into the final week of the Regular Season

1. John Carlson, Washington Capitals – 68 points
2. Roman Josi, Nashville Predators – 65 points
3. Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks – 64 points
4. Erik Karlsson, San Jose Sharks – 62 points
5. Miro Heiskanen, Dallas Stars – 60 points
6. Tyson Barrie, Toronto Maple Leafs – 59 points
7. Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins – 58 points
8. Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild – 57 points
9. Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues – 56 points
10 tied with 54 points

Some of the top scoring defenseman are also among the league leaders in plus/minus

In addition to points, NHL defenseman scoring leaders for the 2019-20 season are also among the league leaders in plus/minus. Plus/minus is a stat that measures a player’s impact on the game by looking at the difference between the goals scored by their team while they are on the ice versus the goals scored by their opponents while they are on the ice.

Some of the top scoring defenseman in the NHL this season include Tampa Bay Lightning’s Victor Hedman (45 points), Winnipeg Jets’ Josh Morrissey (39 points), and Washington Capitals’ John Carlson (38 points). Hedman and Morrissey are also among the league leaders in plus/minus, with Hedman boasting a plus/minus of+27 and Morrissey boasting a plus/minus of+22. Carlson is not far behind, with a plus/minus of+21.

What’s notable about these three defenseman is that they play for teams that are all near the top of the standings. The Lightning have the best record in the NHL this season, while the Jets and Capitals are second and third respectively. This just goes to show that defensemen who can contribute offensively can be a valuable asset to any team – especially those contending for a Stanley Cup

Shot volume is another key factor for many of the top scoring defenseman

Boosted by a combination of more shots, more goals, and more power-play points, these 10 NHL defenseman are currently leading the pack in terms of scoring. Of particular note is how six of them – John Carlson, Victor Hedman, Roman Josi, Tyson Barrie, Morgan Rielly, and Erik Karlsson – are averaging over three shots per game. For defensemen, that’s an extremely rare feat.

Shot volume is clearly another key factor for many of the top scoring defenseman this season. Whether it’s because they’re shooting more themselves or their teammates are funneling more pucks their way remains to be seen. But there’s no question that all 10 of these blueliners are having exceptional offensive seasons and are helping their teams in a big way on the scoresheet.

Age is not necessarily a factor for the top scoring defenseman

With the NHL season on pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a good time to take a look at the top scoring defensemen from around the league. While some may think that the older, more experienced blue-liners would be at the top of the list, that is not necessarily the case. In fact, of the top ten scoring defenseman this season, six of them are 26 years old or younger.

Here is a look at the top ten NHL defensemen in points for the 2019-20 season:

1. John Carlson, WSH: 75 points
2. Dougie Hamilton, CAR: 61 points
3. Roman Josi, NSH: 60 points
4. Brent Burns, SJS: 59 points
5. Alex Pietrangelo, STL: 56 points
6. Kris Letang, PIT: 53 points
7. Mark Giordano, CGY: 52 points
8. Torey Krug, STL: 51 points
9. Ryan Ellis, NSH: 50 points
10 Matt Benning, EDM: 42 points

The top scoring defenseman in the NHL are providing plenty of value to their teams

Defensemen in the NHL are often underrated and underappreciated, but they can be some of the most important players on the ice. They provide a crucial defensive presence, and many of them can also contribute offensively.

The 2019-20 NHL season is well underway, and there are already a few defensemen who are emerging as top scorers Dougie Hamilton of the Carolina Hurricanes leads all defensemen with 10 goals and 31 points, while Tyson Barrie of the Toronto Maple Leafs is close behind with 9 goals and 29 points.

Other top-scoring defensemen include John Carlson of the Washington Capitals (8 goals, 28 points), Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks (7 goals, 27 points), and Roman Josi of the Nashville Predators (6 goals, 26 points).

These defensemen are all providing great value to their teams with their scoring abilities, and they are sure to be Key Players as the season progresses.

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