Top 5 Forwards OVERALL
When the opposition has the puck, regardless of the zone, a player and his team are on defense. Their objective is to prevent the other team from creating offensive advantages. They achieve this by attempting to make defensive plays.
Here are examples of positive defensive plays by a Defenseman who:
Slides to block a shot in the crease to save a goal.
Makes a diving play extending his stick to block a backdoor pass to a wide open player.
Uses an active stick in the neutral zone to stop a pass and prevent a breakaway.