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Brent Burns scoring totals last year would have been great even for a forward. (The Canadian Press)

2017 Fantasy Hockey Preview: Defencemen

The corps of elite defencemen seems to have thinned out slightly because of injury considerations, age or off- years in 2016-17. Last season produced only nine rearguards with 50 or more points, down from a dozen the year before. But of the D-men who will attract the most attention on draft day, bushy-bearded Brent Burns is first to come to mind.

Brock Boeser #6 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Las Vegas Golden Knights in NHL pre-season action on September 17, 2017 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Boeser has all the Canucks' answers

NHL preseason games got underway with the young Vancouver Canucks travelling to Los Angeles, beating the Kings 4-3 in overtime Saturday before coming home to host the franchise debut for the expansion Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday.

Elias Pettersson poses for photos after being selected fifth overall by the Vancouver Canucks during the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 23, 2017 in Chicago. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Will Pettersson be the next Sedin?

The Vancouver Canucks had a successful weekend at the NHL Draft and, while grades for each of the league’s 31 teams are all over the map, the consensus is the Canucks did very well, especially with their second through fourth picks (two forwards and a goalie).

Brian Burke addresses the media Monday at the Saddledome. Photo by Stuart Dryden/Calgary Sun

Burke: No arena threats, 'we'll just leave'

In what has been the bluntest talk yet about the future of the Calgary Flames, president of operations Brian Burke said the much-loved NHL team will leave the city if they don't get the new arena they've been seeking.