The NHL Network recently named their current top 20 defensemen, with two New York Rangers making the list.
As the NHL Network continues their month of lists, they announced their Top 20 Defensemen Right Now and New York Rangers Captain Ryan McDonagh (17) and Kevin Shattenkirk (15) both made the countdown. It appears as though the league is noticing the improvement of the team’s defense, as both McDonagh and Shattenkirk are expected to be the Rangers top pair this season.
After signing Shattenkirk, Brendan Smith and a bevy of young talents, the Rangers defense has been seen as one of the most improved over the offseason. This top 20 list is another way of showing this improvement from last season. The list is loaded with high-quality defensemen from all around the NHL.
— NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) August 29, 2017