1. Alex Goligoski
2015-16 team: Dallas Stars
Position: Defenseman
2015-16 cap hit: $4,600,000
Scouting Report: Puck-moving defenseman with excellent mobility and hockey sense. Despite lack of size, can distribute hits and jump into the play. Capable of playing big minutes.

2. Keith Yandle 
2015-16 team: New York Rangers
Position: Defenseman
2015-16 cap hit: $2,625,000
Scouting Report: Great puck-handling ability and superior shot. Superior offensive instincts and very good competitor. Occasionally overwhelmed and outmuscled. Quality passer.

3. Brian Campbell 
2015-16 team: Florida Panthers
Position: Defenseman
2015-16 cap hit: $7,142,875
Scouting Report: Confident, creative and intelligent. Outstanding mobility and ability to man the point on the power play. Can get knocked off the puck easily, and is a bit of a liability in the defensive zone. Solid veteran presence.

4. Roman Polak 
2015-16 team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Position: Defenseman
2015-16 cap hit: $2,040,323
Scouting Report: Defensively sound, with adequate size and strength. Injury history and lack of offensive ability are both red flags. Plays a smooth, steady game, despite a vulnerability to wearing down as the season progresses.

5. Kevan Miller 
2015-16 team: Boston Bruins
Position: Defenseman
2015-16 cap hit: $800,000
Scouting Report: Good puck-mover with impressive size. Doesn’t have great skating ability, and has never been an overwhelming oppressive presence. Solid blueliner.

6. Jason Demers 
2015-16 team: Dallas Stars
Position: Defenseman
2015-16 cap hit: $2,210,000
Scouting Report: Can do it all: play a physical game, join the rush, skate around defenders and shoot the puck quite well from the point. Caveats include a lack of game-to-game consistency and decision-making ability.

7. Kris Russell 
2015-16 team: Dallas Stars
Position: Defenseman
2015-16 cap hit: $2,600,000
Scouting Report: Confident with tremendous shot-blocking ability and power play prowess. Great wheels permit good puck movement. Lack of size and strength (and the occasional mental lapse) are all reasons for concern.

8. John-Michael Liles 
2015-16 team: Boston Bruins
Position: Defenseman
2015-16 cap hit: $3,875,000
Scouting Report: Can be an asset on special teams. Strong puck mover with plenty of speed and mobility. Limited offensive game, smallish frame and lack of desperation have all plagued him.

Justin Weiss is a staff editor at Elite Sports New York, where he covers the New York Islanders and Brooklyn Cyclones. In 2016, he received a Quill Award for Freelance Journalism. He has written for the Long Island Herald, FanSided and YardBarker.