Posted On: 10/20/20 6:35 PM

With the 2020-2021 season only a month away, we thought it’s time to showcase the real heroes that keep goalies sane and forwards in check. Here are the top defensemen to watch for this year from each team in Section 1AA.

Griffin LudtkeGriffinLudtkeDefenseLakeville South | 2021StateMN - Lakeville South #3

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Ludtke has improved steadily in his three seasons for Lakeville South and showed why he’s deserving of the scholarship that he accepted from Nebraska-Omaha in 2018. Last year he led all Cougar defensemen with 25 points (9G, 16A) including 3 points in playoffs to help secure Lakeville South the 1AA Section Title. After wearing the "A" proudly last season, Ludtke will dawn the "C" for Lakeville South for his final season of high school hockey.

Ben MonsonBenMonsonDefenseLakeville North | 2021MN - Lakeville North #17

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Lakeville North is losing their top 2 scoring defenders in Cole Pearson (8G, 20A) and Mario GaspariniMarioGasparini5'11" | DefenseLakeville North | 2021MN (4G, 10A), but Monson was not far behind with 14 points (1G, 14A) and he even missed 3 games last year. A 3-year

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