The Chicago Blackhawks won a Stanley Cup by riding four defensemen hard. It may not be the best blueprint -- unless you have a player of Duncan Keith’s caliber on the roster. Having a franchise defenseman like Keith or Drew Doughty goes a long way toward alleviating concerns elsewhere on defense, which is why most of the top defenses in the league are anchored by a Norris Trophy candidate.
Here’s a look at how all 30 NHL defenses stack up against each other. Note that all salary cap information is courtesy of Spotrac.com.