Earlier this month NHL Network began their reveal of the top players at every position, starting with the best defensemen in the league. In their estimation, Victor Hedman was the top name this year, something our readership predicted in 2019 when they disagreed with the network’s choice.

We asked those readers to select the best defensemen in the NHL and though Hedman was on top once again, the rest of the list doesn’t quite match up. Our PHR community-voted Top 20 Defensemen list currently looks like this:

Victor Hedman (958 votes)

Roman Josi (630 votes)

Alex Pietrangelo (587 votes)

Seth Jones (536 votes)

John Carlson (468 votes)

Cale Makar (466 votes)

Miro Heiskanen (359 votes)

Quinn Hughes (286 votes)

Shea Weber (247 votes)

Drew Doughty (230 votes)

Brent Burns (225 votes)

Dougie Hamilton (206 votes)

Shea Theodore (182 votes)

Jaccob Slavin (173 votes)

Erik Karlsson (173 votes)

Zach Werenski (166 votes)

Torey Krug (155 votes)

Charlie McAvoy (154 votes)

Ivan Provorov (152 votes)

Mark Giordano (149 votes)/Oliver Ekman-Larsson (149 votes)