Ranking The Atlantic Division Defensive Corps

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May 13, 2013; Boston, MA USA; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf (3) looks to make a pass during the second period in game seven of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Like him or not, Dion Phaneuf is still a high quality defenseman in the NHL, if not as dominant as many expected him to be.  Cody Franson (when he gets signed) needs to continue on with what was a career season for him, and should be able to do that.  Maybe this will be the year the Leafs find the right way to deploy Jake Gardiner, and he should be a spark for the Leafs.  Carl Gunnarson is solid if not spectacular, and is a steadying influence on the blue line for the Blue Team.