The Stanley Cup has a history of honoring great defensive prospects.
This year, two of the best young defensemen in the league have come to play in the cup, while two of their peers have gone the other way.
But while these two stars have already been selected, the rest of the pack has yet to be named.
Let’s take a look at who they’ve been chosen to play alongside and who is still to be decided.
Ryan Keselos (Philadelphia Flyers): The Flyers’ rookie center was named captain in January and is expected to get more playing time this season.
The 28-year-old had a strong showing in training camp and he is expected back on the ice this season with the team.
Getzlak (Colorado Avalanche): The 22-year old left winger was named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team in January, but the 19-year veteran has been out of the lineup with a lower-body injury.
That could be the reason he was selected to the team’s All in-Depth Team.
Jakob Silfverberg (Boston Bruins): The 25-year vet has been battling injuries for years, but he has been named to one of the All-Defenseman teams this year.
He has had a great start to his career, with a goal and an assist in three games.
He will need to continue that success if he is to stay in the lineup for much of the season.
Nicklas Grossmann (Arizona Coyotes): The 24-year native of Germany was named the first-team All-Star Game captain this season, but his play hasn’t been enough to earn him a spot on the team that features all-star forwards Claude Giroux and Jason Spezza.
He is also on the All in the Depth Team.
Ryan McDonagh (Washington Capitals): The veteran defenseman was named NHL’s Most Outstanding Defenseman, but has struggled to make an impact on the Capitals’ power play this season due to a lack of scoring.
McDonag, who turns 31 in November, has been a key piece on the back end of the Capitals blue line.
His play has improved over the last two years, though, and he could be in line for a promotion next season.
Brandon Saad (New York Islanders): The 26-year oldest player on the Islanders roster is on the NHL All-Defensive Team.
The 6-foot-3 defenseman has been an integral part of the team for years now and he will be getting a shot at playing in the Stanley Cup final this season when the teams face off in the first round.
He was one of three Islanders’ defensemen named to this year’s All In-Depth team, along with defenseman Nicklas Jensen and goalie Anders Lindback.
Alexei Emelin (Washington Wizards): The Russian forward was named All-Duty Team.
Emelin was named by the NHL to the All In the Depth team for his work on the penalty kill.
The Capitals are expected to have their No. 1 line for the playoffs with Emelin and Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Ryan Johansen (Arizona Ducks): The 23-year NHL veteran defenseman is one of several players who will be vying for a spot in the All Stars.
The Ducks are expected, if not guaranteed, to select Johansen.
The 21-year former first-round pick has been in the NHL for two seasons, but had a disappointing rookie season.
He only played 15 games last season, including two starts, and is still looking to make his way in the game after the Ducks acquired him from the New York Rangers for defenseman Adam Larsson in the offseason.
Cam Fowler (Dallas Stars): The 6’2″ defenseman has the best shot of any defenseman to win the All Star Game.
He’s a key part of a solid Dallas defense, but will need some time to get comfortable with the NHL level.
Fowler, 25, is the only defenseman on the Stars’ roster.
Antoine Roussel (Pittsburgh Penguins): The 30-year olds best friend and mentor will be playing for the Penguins next season after the franchise traded him to the New Jersey Devils for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2018.
Roussels role is uncertain, but is expected not to be a top-line center.
He played a similar role for the Capitals during their championship run in 2013-14.
He also has an All-Stars chance.
Zach Parise (Minnesota Wild): The 27-year of age veteran has a chance to earn a spot with the Wild.
He had a good training camp with the club and he should be back on a line with veteran defenseman Erik Haula next season, though the veteran forward isn’t expected to be on the roster.
Adam Lowry (Dallas Kings): The Kings will have two young defense prospects, 19- and 20-year year olds Adam Lowry and Alex Piet