Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins
Kris Letang once again proved that he can be lethal with the puck, and is one of the better playmaking defenseman in the NHL. Letang is used on the power play and penalty kill, as well as the top defensive pairing for the Penguins. He suffered some injury issues this season, and missed 13 games but was still able to tally 38 points (5 goals, 33 assists) in 35 games. If it wasn’t for injury, and a lockout shortened season, Letang would be on-pace to shatter all his previous career highs. On the power play, Letang was able to produce as well, tallying 13 points (1 goal, 12 assists) with the man advantage. He is not known as a physical defenseman, however his defensive skills are not to be ignored. Letang will track down a puck carrier and take the puck away, sending it up ice on a fast break the other way. This is shown in his impressive plus/minus rating of +16. Needless to say, Letang is helped a bit with a healthy Malkin and Crosby, but that shouldn’t overshadow what he has done.