Defensemen are in high demand.
About half the teams in the NHL are seeking defensemen right now, either via trade or free agency. But with the scarcity of top-tier defensemen the best place to acquire one is in the draft. Just ask the Anaheim Ducks, who stole Cam Fowler at No. 12 last summer.
So, let's say you are a scout, and your GM asks you to find a defenseman in the draft. Where exactly should you look? And what do you look for? Going back over the past 20 years of draft data, we've narrowed down the best amateur leagues at producing top defensemen and the traits that seem to project a successful future. Here's what we found.
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