Ranking The Atlantic Division Defensive Corps

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Jun 19, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman

Zdeno Chara

(33) during the second period in game four of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports

While he might not be the best defenseman in the division, Zdeno Chara is still the most fearsome in his all-around game.  His offensive production dropped off last season, but he is still a force.  He is complemented well by Dennis Seidenberg, and Johnny Boychuk made great strides last season, especially in the playoffs.  The wild card is Dougie Hamilton, who got his feet wet last season to mixed reviews, and with the departure of some veterans, will need to step up and seize the opportunity presented to him.

No blueline group in the Atlantic Division is without its questions, and no team has insurmountable depth.  The top 3 clubs of Boston, Montreal and Ottawa have an edge over the rest, but health and contract agreements will play a big role in keeping them there throughout the season.