Some teams prefer less players - more icetime.
I play forward in my Monday night league but this past spring I played defense for a tournament. I loved it! Even though you don't get nearly as much offensive glory there's just something about shutting guys down, mucking in corners and making a nice first pass. I might switch to defense full time.
Yeah - "D" is the position to play! I enjoyed chipping in my fair share of points while @ any of the forward positions, but there's something about playing defense - more intense I guess