As expected here are the top 5 LD and top 5 RD. Because I ranked them together there are 4 LDs left out that ranked higher than the RDs, but as always the top 25 for each position will be at the end of the thread. Because I am ranking defensemen instead of forwards now, I updated the statistics used to calculate the overalls. Here are the changes: Before: Offense - Points Per Game, Goals Per Game, Assists Per Game Defense - Takeaways Per Game, Interceptions Per Game, Own End Efficiency Team Play - Penalties Per Game, Plus Minus Per Game, Win Percentage After: Offense - Points Per Game, Assists Per Game, Plus Minus Per Game Defense - Takeaways Per Game, Interceptions Per Game, Own End Efficiency Team Play - Puck Possession Per Game, Penalties Per Game, Win Percentage I wanted to fit Puck Possession Per Game in because I think that is one of the stats that (most times) represents skill, especially for defensemen in the AHL. The top-end defensemen are usually the ones running the breakouts, which would result in a high Puck Possession time. I took out goals per game because I felt that represented skill the least among the rest of the stats. If you have any feedback for other stats I could try using instead of the 9 listed above, please let me know. I kind of just took a guess for these. Reminder: Overalls are calculated by ranking your stat against everyone else's and then assigned a value between 50 (worst) and 99 (best). **THESE RANKINGS ONLY ARE BASED ON STATS NOT SKILL** Anyways, here are the top 5 defensemen at each position: #5 - @PigsOnJupiter (LD) / @K inG x NeymaR (RD) Pigs had a very successful first season on defense. You would think an elite forward transitioning to defense would mean high offensive stats, but that is not the case. Pigs has the second-highest defensive rating among the top 10 defensemen overall. It's safe to say he was a pillar on the back end for Charlotte. I don't know a whole lot about Neymar. In the one game I played against him, he carried his team defensively. Although the stats don't exactly represent it. But I would have to imagine playing on a team like Toronto probably affects his stats quite a bit. Overall a great season considering the team he was on. #4 - @ALERGH (LD) / @Mr WorldWlde 69 (RD) In my opinion, Alergh is one of the more underrated guys in the A. Luckily for Bridgeport he's on a DP contract. Not to mention he played most of his games with Bridgeport's third line. Although having the best defensive C in the AHL (@TITOTHICMEAT ) is probably an advantage. Similar to Neymar, I don't know much about Worldwide, but he does have an elite gamertag. I'm sure it wasn't easy playing on Texas this season. But he was able to finish with a respectable record as well as solid stats. #3 - @BigD Auditor (LD) / @killamilla6 (RD) I'm sure it's not a surprise to see BigD in the top 5. The most well-rounded stats we have seen so far, as well as holding the title for best record, places BigD at #3. Bridgeport's top defenseman comes in at #4 overall as well. Killa has had himself an awesome regular season, but due to some unfortunate circumstances had his postseason ended early. Having himself and Pigs gave Charlotte a top D pair they may have been missing last season. #2 - @xBeg I37I (LD) / @Zach x 56 (RD) I personally had Beg as a top 5 d man before I ran the numbers so this isn't a surprise to me and shouldn't be to anyone. What really stands out is his Puck Possession. If you watch any of his games, Beg is the alpha on the ice. The breakouts rarely run through anyone else. His elite vision allows his team to enter the opponent's zone at will. Zach, like Alergh is also a name that you don't hear come up as much. His stats aren't as well-rounded as most, but he clearly is a two-way defenseman based on his Assists/GP as well as his position leading OEE. #1 - @Tibbernac (LD) / @vBxnditt (RD) Bandit at #1 for RD and #2 overall is exactly where I personally had him. Leading all defensemen in Points Per Game as well as Assists Per Game will separate him from most. I think of him and Tibby as a 1A/1B comparison. And in fact, Bandit was only behind Tibby by 0.06 OVR which accurately represents how close these two are. Regardless, I personally believe them to be the best at their positions respectfully. Tibby's stats are just flat-out jaw-dropping. The only defenseman to be at least a 90 OVR in every category shows why he is #1. Although he didn't lead in any of them, which visualizes how amazing his overall game was this season. His worst stat being Plus Minus Per Game, but you can interpret that stat in so many different ways. It's almost 100% that one of these two will take home the Eddie. **AGAIN THESE ARE BASED ON STATS NOT SKILL** As mentioned here are the top 50 Defensemen (Statistically): A total of 136 Players were ranked This is not an accurate representation of skill. Just stats and stats alone.