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Blue Line Buzz: Playoff Edition

Jason Chen

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Itís playoff time!

As usual, the Blue Line Buzz is here with your fantasy primer for defensemen, and while it seems both logical and practical to simply use rankings based on production during the regular season, remember that if a playerís team is eliminated, that player can no longer contribute to fantasy. In other words, while Erik Karlsson may be the best defenseman in the league this year, the Ottawa Senators arenít likely to win the Stanley Cup, which means a lesser defenseman, such as Kevin Shattenkirk on the Presidents Trophy-winning Washington Capitals, potentially has far more value.

So, without further ado, hereís the 2017 Blue Line Buzz playoff fantasy primer. Players are ranked in order but grouped by team, and the teams are further ranked by their regular season finish.

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