NHL Network released its list of the Top 20 defenseman in the league right now and there was a Florida Panthers skater on it.
Aaron Ekblad was ranked 15th on the list. Quite an achievement for a player with just two seasons under his belt.
Here is the complete list:
NHL Network's Top 20 Defensemen Right Now
1. Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
2. Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators
3. Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks
4. Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks
5. Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning
6. Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins
7. Roman Josi, Nashville Predators
8. P.K. Subban, Nashville Predators
9. Shea Weber, Montreal Canadiens
10. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Arizona Coyotes
11. Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild
12. Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets
13. Brent Seabrook, Chicago Blackhawks
14. John Klingberg, Dallas Stars
15. Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers
16. Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues
17. Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers
18. Shayne Gostisbehere, Philadelphia Flyers
19. John Carlson, Washington Capitals
20. Marc-Edouard Vlasic, San Jose Sharks
Click here for NHL Network's video recap of the list.
Do you feel Ekblad is too high or low on the list? Did the NHL get it right? As always, your input is qelcome in the comment section.