Fantasy Pool Look: Blueline boon

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As was displayed throughout the regular season, the NHL's more offensively-skilled defensemen have continued to riddle scoresheets in the 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs.

The last time teams vied for the Cup, back in 2004, 23 defensemen tallied four points or more. Today, before the first round has concluded, 17 defensemen have already hit this ‘milestone'. Furthermore, not one rearguard with at least two points averaged a point per game last playoffs. This time around, eight blueliners can so far make that claim.

Detroit's Mathieu Schneider, the current playoff leader among blueliners with eight points in six games, ended his post-season with enough points to rank him 32nd in playoff scoring, had this been 2004.

A defenseman. Eliminated in the first round. 32nd in scoring.

Shying away from defensemen in your hockey draft would be, once again, a mistakeÂ…

San Jose's defensemen are chipping in more than usual. Tom Preissing, Christian Ehrhoff, and Matt Carle combined for 14 assists in their five games against Nashville. All of Carle's assists have been even strength, while Ehrhoff and Preissing tallied a combined eight assists with the man advantage. Preissing led the Sharks' rearguards in scoring during the regular season with 43 pointsÂ…

The final numbers for New Jersey's EGG line: 10 goals, 14 assists, 24 points in four games against the New York Rangers. Patrick Elias, Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta may only be together on the power play nowadays, but boy are they still effective. Six of their 10 goals were with the man advantageÂ…

Farm Report: Anaheim prospect Zenon Konopka, 25, has 13 points in seven American League playoff games. Signed as a free agent in 2004, Konopka has a shot at the third line center duties in Anaheim next seasonÂ…

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