This article is part of our Blue Line Buzz series.
Kris Russell finally signed. The Oilers received next to nothing for first-overall pick Nail Yakupov, but clearly Peter Chiarelli felt he was expendable in order to shore up the defense, especially after it became clear to them that Griffin Reinhart couldn't play a regular top-six role. Under Chiarelli, the Oilers defense seems vastly improved, at least on paper, but how much will it move the needle? Oh, and Kris Russell finally signed.
That said, it's just a couple more days before the puck finally drops on the 2016-17 season Wednesday, and many of the rosters are taking shape. Defense is a funny thing, as having the best six guys on the blue line doesn't always translate to having the most successful defensive unit.
For the purpose of ranking each team's defensive group, the following metrics will be used:
GA60 = Goals Against per 60 Minutes
SA60 = Shots Against per 60 Minutes
CF% = Corsi For Percentage
DZFO% = Percentage of Face-offs in the Defensize Zone
Sv% = Save Percentage
PDO = Shooting Percentage + Save Percentage, with a norm of 100 meant to replicate puck luck
(All stats compiled are only for 5v5 situations from the 2015-16 season. Stick tap to stats.hockeyanalysis.com. Season ranks are in brackets. Blue denotes top 10, Red denotes bottom 10.)
Without further ado, here's the Blue Line Buzz team rankings to get you started.
1. Los Angeles Kings
The Kings ranked in the top five in just about every category, including first