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NHL Network puts Kris Letang in Top 20 defensemen list

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A familiar face shows up when ranking the best defensemen in the league.

John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Last week the NHL Network had Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin among their top forwards in the NHL (uhh, ya think?) and now this week they've released the defensemen list.

Kris Letang of the Penguins checks in a #6. Here's the complete list:

NHL Network’s Top 20 Defensemen Right Now:

1. Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings

2. Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators

3. Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks

4. Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks

5. Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning

6. Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins

7. Roman Josi, Nashville Predators

8. P.K. Subban, Nashville Predators

9. Shea Weber, Montreal Canadiens

10. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Arizona Coyotes

11. Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild

12. Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets

13. Brent Seabrook, Chicago Blackhawks

14. John Klingberg, Dallas Stars

15. Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers

16. Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues

17. Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers

18. Shayne Gostisbehere, Philadelphia Flyers

19. John Carlson, Washington Capitals

20. Marc-Edouard Vlasic, San Jose Sharks

Too high or low for Letang? Feels like among the top-10 is a pretty small difference and in any given game (or year) it could be reasonably reshuffled in a major way.