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Fantasy hockey top forward rankings

 

RANKINGS: &#; | 'D' | Goalie

Center | Left wing | Right wing

PROJECTIONS: &#; F | D | G

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FANTASY TOP FORWARDS

Standard fantasy categories: goals, assists, plus/minus, power-play points, shots on goal and hits for skaters. Value has been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past production in the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs, line combinations, injury history or concern (INJ.), age, contract status (restricted free agents listed below) and overall upside for this season. Forward position eligibility for Yahoo Fantasy leagues is listed below. These rankings are a collaborative effort by Pete Jensen and Rob Reese.

1. Connor McDavid, C, EDM
2. Leon Draisaitl, C/LW, EDM
3. Nathan MacKinnon, C, COL (COVID protocol)
4. Nikita Kucherov, RW, TBL
5. Auston Matthews, C, TOR (INJ.)
6. Artemi Panarin, LW, NYR
7. Brad Marchand, LW, BOS
8. Mikko Rantanen, RW, COL
9. David Pastrnak, RW, BOS
Patrick Kane, RW, CHI
Alex Ovechkin, LW, WSH
Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, FLA
Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA
Brayden Point, C/RW, TBL
Brady Tkachuk, LW, OTT (RFA)
Mitchell Marner, RW, TOR
Kirill Kaprizov, LW/RW, MIN
Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR
Sebastian Aho, C, CAR
Andrei Svechnikov, LW/RW, CAR
Matthew Tkachuk, LW/RW, CGY
Steven Stamkos, C/RW, TBL
Mark Scheifele, C, WPG (suspended 1 game)
Sidney Crosby, C, PIT (INJ.)
Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS
Max Pacioretty, LW, VGK
Elias Pettersson, C, VAN
Alex DeBrincat, LW/RW, CHI
Gabriel Landeskog, C/LW, COL
Mark Stone, RW, VGK
Kyle Connor, LW, WPG
Nikolaj Ehlers, LW/RW, WPG
Jake Guentzel, LW/RW, PIT (COVID protocol)
John Tavares, C, TOR
Anze Kopitar, C, LAK
Johnny Gaudreau, LW/RW, CGY
J.T. Miller, C/LW, VAN
William Nylander, LW/RW, TOR
Brock Boeser, RW, VAN (INJ.)
Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH
Sam Bennett, C/LW, FLA
Sam Reinhart, C/RW, FLA
Ryan O'Reilly, C, STL
Mathew Barzal, C, NYI
Jack Hughes, C/LW, NJD
Roope Hintz, C/LW, DAL
Jason Robertson, LW, DAL
T.J. Oshie, C/RW, WSH
Ondrej Palat, LW, TBL
Joe Pavelski, C/RW, DAL
Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH (INJ.)
Sean Couturier, C, PHI
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C/LW, EDM
Tyler Toffoli, LW/RW, MTL
Cole Caufield, RW, MTL (rookie)
Martin Necas, C/RW, CAR
Elias Lindholm, C/RW, CGY
Nick Suzuki, C/RW, MTL
Anthony Mantha, LW/RW, WSH
Blake Wheeler, C/RW, WPG
Zach Hyman, LW/RW, EDM
Tom Wilson, RW, WSH
David Perron, LW/RW, STL
Jack Eichel, C, BUF (INJ.)
Patric Hornqvist, RW, FLA
Kevin Fiala, LW/RW, MIN
Brayden Schenn, C/RW, STL
Tyler Seguin, C/RW, DAL
Bryan Rust, LW/RW, PIT
Dominik Kubalik, LW/RW, CHI
Filip Forsberg, LW, NSH
Pavel Buchnevich, RW, STL
Alexander Radulov, LW/RW, DAL
Alexis Lafreni&#;re, LW, NYR
Vincent Trocheck, C, CAR (INJ.)
Bo Horvat, C, VAN
Teuvo Teravainen, LW/RW, CAR
Taylor Hall, LW, BOS
Kirby Dach, C, CHI
Viktor Arvidsson, LW/RW, LAK
Brendan Gallagher, RW, MTL
Dylan Larkin, C, DET
Conor Garland, LW/RW, VAN
Trevor Zegras, C/LW, ANA (rookie)
Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT (INJ.)
Andre Burakovsky, LW/RW, COL
Drake Batherson, RW, OTT
Patrik Laine, LW/RW, CBJ
Carter Verhaeghe, C/LW, FLA
Tim St&#;tzle, LW, OTT
Jonathan Toews, C, CHI
William Karlsson, C, VGK
Ryan Strome, C/RW, NYR
Jamie Benn, C/LW, DAL
Jonathan Marchessault, C/LW, VGK
Josh Norris, C, OTT

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Fantasy hockey top player rankings

 

RANKINGS &#;: Forward | 'D' | Goalie

Center | Left wing | Right wing

PROJECTIONS: &#; F | D | G

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FANTASY TOP PLAYER RANKINGS

Standard fantasy categories: goals, assists, plus/minus, power-play points, shots on goal and hits for skaters; wins, goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts for goalies. Value has been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past production in the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs, line combinations, defense pairs, power-play usage, team goalie situations, anticipated start volume, projected goal support (or lack thereof), injury history or concern (INJ.), age, contract status (potential unrestricted free agents: *) and overall upside for this season. This list includes players from the Seattle Kraken (SEA; expansion team). Forward position eligibility for Yahoo Fantasy leagues is listed below. These rankings are a collaborative effort by Pete Jensen and Rob Reese.

1. Connor McDavid, C, EDM
2. Leon Draisaitl, C/LW, EDM
3. Nathan MacKinnon, C, COL (COVID protocol)
4. Nikita Kucherov, RW, TBL
5. Auston Matthews, C, TOR (INJ.)
6. Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, TBL
7. Artemi Panarin, LW, NYR
8. Brad Marchand, LW, BOS
9. Mikko Rantanen, RW, COL
David Pastrnak, RW, BOS
Patrick Kane, RW, CHI
Alex Ovechkin, LW, WSH (DTD)
Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, FLA
Cale Makar, D, COL
Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA
Brayden Point, C/RW, TBL
Brady Tkachuk, LW, OTT (RFA)
Mitchell Marner, RW, TOR
Victor Hedman, D, TBL
Kirill Kaprizov, LW/RW, MIN
Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR
Adam Fox, D, NYR
Sebastian Aho, C, CAR
Robin Lehner, G, VGK
Connor Hellebuyck, G, WPG
Darcy Kuemper, G, COL*
Andrei Svechnikov, LW/RW, CAR
Matthew Tkachuk, LW/RW, CGY
Aaron Ekblad, D, FLA
John Carlson, D, WSH
Steven Stamkos, C/RW, TBL
Mark Scheifele, C, WPG
Sidney Crosby, C, PIT (INJ.)
Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS*
Max Pacioretty, LW, VGK
Igor Shesterkin, G, NYR
Semyon Varlamov, G, NYI (DTD)
Quinn Hughes, D, VAN
Elias Pettersson, C, VAN
Alex DeBrincat, LW/RW, CHI
Gabriel Landeskog, C/LW, COL
Mark Stone, RW, VGK
Kyle Connor, LW, WPG
Nikolaj Ehlers, LW/RW, WPG
Jake Guentzel, LW/RW, PIT (COVID protocol)
John Tavares, C, TOR
Anze Kopitar, C, LAK
Marc-Andre Fleury, G, CHI*
Frederik Andersen, G, CAR
Dougie Hamilton, D, NJD
Seth Jones, D, CHI
Johnny Gaudreau, LW/RW, CGY*
J.T. Miller, C/LW, VAN
Ilya Sorokin, G, NYI
Spencer Knight, G, FLA (rookie)
Charlie McAvoy, D, BOS
William Nylander, LW/RW, TOR
Alex Pietrangelo, D, VGK
Shea Theodore, D, VGK (DTD)
Brock Boeser, RW, VAN (INJ.)

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Fantasy Hockey Rankings

1Connor McDavid(EDM - C,F)1152Leon Draisaitl(EDM - C,LW)2243Nathan MacKinnon(COL - C)2304Nikita Kucherov(TB - RW)4325Auston Matthews(TOR - C,F)2356Andrei Vasilevskiy(TB - G)4407Mikko Rantanen(COL - RW,F)7418David Pastrnak(BOS - RW,F)6409Patrick Kane(CHI - RW,F)74310Alex Ovechkin(WSH - LW,F)84811Artemi Panarin(NYR - LW,F)63812Brad Marchand(BOS - LW,F)83913Jonathan Huberdeau(FLA - LW,F)133614Aleksander Barkov Jr.(FLA - C,F)104615Mika Zibanejad(NYR - C)154716Mitchell Marner(TOR - RW,F)125117John Carlson(WSH - D)66218Sebastian Aho(CAR - C)145219Cale Makar(COL - D)96520Victor Hedman(TB - D)118521Sidney Crosby(PIT - C,F)174222Connor Hellebuyck(WPG - G)128123Robin Lehner(VGK - G)208224Brayden Point(TB - C,F)146125Jake Guentzel(PIT - LW,RW)244926Alex DeBrincat(CHI - LW,RW)196927Kirill Kaprizov(MIN - LW)206428Brady Tkachuk(OTT - LW)829Mark Scheifele(WPG - C,F)255430Darcy Kuemper(COL - G)1731Patrice Bergeron(BOS - C,F)307132Max Pacioretty(VGK - LW,F)258933Elias Pettersson(VAN - C)357834Gabriel Landeskog(COL - C,LW)237935Steven Stamkos(TB - C,F)2736John Tavares(TOR - C,F)317437Kyle Connor(WPG - LW,F)435838Adam Fox(NYR - D)2039J.T. Miller(VAN - LW,RW)436340Andrei Svechnikov(CAR - LW,RW)2441Mark Stone(VGK - RW,F)2742Anze Kopitar(LA - C,F)417243Semyon Varlamov(NYI - G)3244Roman Josi(NSH - D)188945Nikolaj Ehlers(WPG - LW,RW,F)418546Matthew Tkachuk(CGY - LW,F)288747Igor Shesterkin(NYR - G)3748Darnell Nurse(EDM - D)299949Shea Theodore(VGK - D)388350Ryan O'Reilly(STL - C)457451Juuse Saros(NSH - G)2552Linus Ullmark(BOS - G)1353Aaron Ekblad(FLA - D)2954Frederik Andersen(CAR - G)4055Dougie Hamilton(NJ - D)2056Morgan Rielly(TOR - D)5157Philipp Grubauer(SEA - G)4158Roope Hintz(DAL - LW)369359Charlie McAvoy(BOS - D)4760Alex Pietrangelo(VGK - D)4661Blake Wheeler(WPG - RW,F)2162Sam Reinhart(FLA - C,RW,F)539863Ryan Nugent-Hopkins(EDM - LW,C)589064Mathew Barzal(NYI - C,F)529965Marc-Andre Fleury(CHI - G)4666Kris Letang(PIT - D)4967Elias Lindholm(CGY - C,RW,F)549668Seth Jones(CHI - D)3769Cam Talbot(MIN - G)5770Brock Boeser(VAN - RW)5871Johnny Gaudreau(CGY - LW,F)5272Quinn Hughes(VAN - D)3873Tyson Barrie(EDM - D)3674Jack Campbell(TOR - G)4875Ilya Samsonov(WSH - G)876Nicholas Suzuki(MTL - C)5077David Perron(STL - LW,RW,F)6378Tyler Seguin(DAL - C,F)3479Jakob Chychrun(ARI - D)3380Bryan Rust(PIT - LW,RW)7081William Nylander(TOR - C,RW,F)5782Sean Couturier(PHI - C,F)7683Joe Pavelski(DAL - C,RW,F)6084Thatcher Demko(VAN - G)2685Jason Robertson(DAL - LW)7586T.J. Oshie(WSH - RW,F)8087Tomas Hertl(SJ - C,LW)5488Zach Hyman(EDM - C,F)7689Jordan Binnington(STL - G)7890Taylor Hall(BOS - LW,F)7091Drew Doughty(LA - D)6092Jacob Markstrom(CGY - G)2293Brayden Schenn(STL - C,LW,F)8994Jeff Petry(MTL - D)4495Kevin Fiala(MIN - LW,F)7196Ilya Sorokin(NYI - G)4997Thomas Chabot(OTT - D)4898Tristan Jarry(PIT - G)399Jonathan Marchessault(VGK - C,LW)77Bo Horvat(VAN - C,F)84Filip Forsberg(NSH - LW,F)65Ondrej Palat(TB - LW,F)64Carey Price(MTL - G)48Carter Hart(PHI - G)19Mackenzie Blackwood(FA - G)27Anthony Mantha(WSH - LW,RW)53Tom Wilson(WSH - RW,F)92Teuvo Teravainen(CAR - LW,RW,F)72Vincent Trocheck(CAR - C,F)72Vladimir Tarasenko(STL - RW,F)89Ryan Strome(NYR - RW,F)93Sam Bennett(FLA - C,F)67Cole Caufield(MTL - RW,F)81Sergei Bobrovsky(FLA - G)2Dominik Kubalik(CHI - LW)Jonathan Toews(CHI - C,F)87Torey Krug(STL - D)88Miro Heiskanen(DAL - D)69Zach Werenski(CBJ - D)50Evgeni Malkin(PIT - C,F)85Jack Eichel(BUF - C,F)33MacKenzie Weegar(FLA - D)Oliver Bjorkstrand(CBJ - RW,F)69John Klingberg(DAL - D)95Evgeny Kuznetsov(WSH - C,F)58Nicklas Backstrom(WSH - C,F)57Patrik Laine(CBJ - LW,RW)91Martin Necas(CAR - C)90Drake Batherson(OTT - C)76Chris Kreider(NYR - LW,F)91Claude Giroux(PHI - LW,C,RW)96Josh Norris(OTT - C)86Pavel Buchnevich(STL - LW,F)Neal Pionk(WPG - D)63Alex Nedeljkovic(DET - G)33Alexander Radulov(DAL - RW,F)77Anders Lee(NYI - LW)90Dylan Larkin(DET - C)Tyler Toffoli(MTL - C,RW,F)79Brent Burns(SJ - D)64Patric Hornqvist(FLA - RW,F)73Ryan Ellis(PHI - D)Jamie Benn(DAL - C,LW)Conor Garland(VAN - RW)Evander Kane(SJ - LW,F)57Brendan Gallagher(MTL - RW,F)97Andre Burakovsky(COL - LW,F)Jake Oettinger(DAL - G)18Ivan Provorov(PHI - D)24Mike Smith(EDM - G)6Travis Konecny(PHI - RW)95Elvis Merzlikins(CBJ - G)37Jack Hughes(NJ - C)72Spencer Knight(FLA - G)55Pierre-Luc Dubois(WPG - C)Cam Atkinson(PHI - RW,F)91Timo Meier(SJ - LW,RW)94Jean-Gabriel Pageau(NYI - C,F)82Alec Martinez(VGK - D)15John Gibson(ANA - G)45Petr Mrazek(TOR - G)72Jared Spurgeon(MIN - D)Mikhail Sergachev(TB - D)Brock Nelson(NYI - C,LW)William Karlsson(VGK - C)Logan Couture(SJ - C,F)Sean Monahan(CGY - C,F)Nazem Kadri(COL - C,F)Nico Hischier(NJ - C)Vitek Vanecek(WSH - G)Alex Killorn(TB - C,LW,F)Devon Toews(COL - D)93Joel Farabee(PHI - LW)Samuel Girard(COL - D)Erik Karlsson(SJ - D)Anthony DeAngelo(CAR - D)Phil Kessel(ARI - RW,F)Mark Giordano(SEA - D)71Anthony Duclair(FLA - LW,RW,F)93Jeff Carter(PIT - C,F)98Tim Stutzle(OTT - C,LW)Anthony Beauvillier(NYI - LW,F)Carter Verhaeghe(FLA - NA)Joel Eriksson Ek(MIN - C)Mathew Dumba(MIN - D)Dustin Brown(LA - LW,RW,F)Kirby Dach(CHI - C)Jordan Eberle(SEA - RW,F)Oliver Ekman-Larsson(VAN - D)Rasmus Ristolainen(PHI - D)67Jaden Schwartz(SEA - LW,F)Denis Gurianov(DAL - RW)Maxime Comtois(ANA - LW)Connor Brown(OTT - RW,F)Vince Dunn(SEA - D)Jeremy Swayman(BOS - G)Josh Anderson(MTL - RW,F)Tomas Tatar(NJ - LW,RW)Christian Dvorak(MTL - C,LW,F)Clayton Keller(ARI - LW,RW)Tyler Bertuzzi(DET - LW)Kevin Lankinen(CHI - G)89Trevor Zegras(ANA - C)Kaapo Kahkonen(MIN - G)Rasmus Dahlin(BUF - D)Pavel Zacha(NJ - C,F)Mike Hoffman(MTL - LW,RW)Jake Muzzin(TOR - D)Matt Murray(OTT - G)25Jaccob Slavin(CAR - D)Nick Schmaltz(ARI - C,F)James van Riemsdyk(PHI - LW,F)Viktor Arvidsson(LA - LW,RW)Victor Olofsson(BUF - RW)Mattias Ekholm(NSH - D)Jakub Voracek(CBJ - LW,RW,F)Kyle Palmieri(NYI - RW,F)Chris Driedger(SEA - G)Filip Hronek(DET - D)Yegor Sharangovich(NJ - C)Jordan Staal(CAR - C,LW,F)Kasperi Kapanen(PIT - RW,F)Blake Coleman(CGY - LW,RW)Jacob Trouba(NYR - D)59Alexis Lafreniere(NYR - LW)Mikael Backlund(CGY - C,F)Jack Roslovic(CBJ - C,F)Rickard Rakell(ANA - LW, RW)Oliver Wahlstrom(NYI - C)Ryan Pulock(NYI - D)96Ty Smith(NJ - D)Jesse Puljujarvi(EDM - RW,F)Jason Zucker(PIT - LW,RW)Anthony Cirelli(TB - C)Frank Vatrano(FLA - LW, RW)Craig Smith(BOS - RW,F)Josh Bailey(NYI - RW,F)Nino Niederreiter(CAR - LW,RW)Jamie Drysdale(ANA - D)Eeli Tolvanen(NSH - LW)Yanni Gourde(SEA - LW,F)Nils Hoglander(VAN - LW)Jakub Vrana(DET - LW,RW,F)Kaapo Kakko(NYR - RW)Pavel Francouz(COL - G)Cal Petersen(LA - G)Evgenii Dadonov(VGK - LW,RW)Reilly Smith(VGK - RW,F)Colton Parayko(STL - D)Jaroslav Halak(VAN - G)Mats Zuccarello(MIN - RW,F)Michael Bunting(TOR - LW)80James Reimer(SJ - G)28Carter Hutton(ARI - G)29Kevin Hayes(PHI - C)Quinton Byfield(LA - C)Rasmus Andersson(CGY - D)Jake Allen(MTL - G)96Ryan Suter(DAL - D)Jared McCann(SEA - C,F)Mikael Granlund(NSH - LW,RW)Justin Faulk(STL - D)Jesperi Kotkaniemi(CAR - C)Nick Ritchie(TOR - LW,F)Brandon Saad(STL - LW,RW,F)Adin Hill(SJ - G)Kevin Labanc(SJ - LW,RW)Dustin Tokarski(BUF - G)3434Alex Iafallo(LA - C)Ryan Johansen(NSH - C,F)Marco Rossi(MIN - C)Bowen Byram(COL - D)Anton Khudobin(DAL - G)Andrew Mangiapane(CGY - LW)Gemel Smith(TB - C,F)Jeff Skinner(BUF - C,LW)Jesper Bratt(NJ - RW)Jonathan Bernier(NJ - G)Anton Lundell(FLA - C)Ben Bishop(DAL - G)Marcus Johansson(SEA - LW,RW,F)Nick Foligno(BOS - LW,RW,F)Robby Fabbri(DET - C,LW,F)Phillip Danault(LA - C,F)Joonas Korpisalo(CBJ - G)Boris Katchouk(TB - LW)Alex Goligoski(MIN - D)Jonathan Drouin(MTL - LW,F)Joonas Donskoi(SEA - RW,F)Corey Perry(TB - RW,F)Brett Pesce(CAR - D)Taylor Raddysh(TB - RW)Adam Boqvist(CBJ - D)Boone Jenner(CBJ - C,LW,F)Adrian Kempe(LA - LW)Vitali Kravtsov(NYR - RW)Esa Lindell(DAL - D)Paul Stastny(WPG - C,F)Sampo Ranta(COL - LW)Andrew Shaw(CHI - C,RW,F)Mikko Koskinen(EDM - G)Vasily Podkolzin(VAN - RW)Erik Cernak(TB - D)Nikita Zaitsev(OTT - D)Connor McMichael(WSH - C)Chandler Stephenson(VGK - C,F)Josh Morrissey(WPG - D)Casey Mittelstadt(BUF - C)Max Domi(CBJ - C,LW)Zack Kassian(EDM - RW,F)Andrew Copp(WPG - C,F)Nikita Gusev(TOR - LW)Matt Duchene(NSH - C,F)Noah Dobson(NYI - D)Hendrix Lapierre(WSH - C)Kailer Yamamoto(EDM - C)Tyler Myers(VAN - D)Alex Tuch(VGK - RW)Matt Grzelcyk(BOS - D)Alex Galchenyuk(ARI - C,LW)Jordan Kyrou(STL - C)Brandon Tanev(SEA - LW,RW,F)Eric Staal(MTL - C,F)Dylan Cozens(BUF - C)Moritz Seider(DET - D)Vasili Podkolzin(VAN - RW)Ryan Getzlaf(ANA - C,F)Garrett Pilon(WSH - C)Ryan Suzuki(CAR - C)Adam Henrique(ANA - C,F)Sean Walker(LA - D)Antti Raanta(CAR - G)Brandon Pirri(CHI - C,F)Ryan McDonagh(TB - D)Tanner Pearson(VAN - LW,F)Gustav Nyquist(CBJ - LW,RW,F)Alex Newhook(COL - C,F)Shane Bowers(COL - C)Charlie Coyle(BOS - C,RW,F)Justin Holl(TOR - D)David Krejci(BOS - C,F)Brandon Montour(FLA - D)Oskar Lindblom(PHI - RW)Travis Sanheim(PHI - D)Jonas Brodin(MIN - D)Damon Severson(NJ - D)Shayne Gostisbehere(ARI - D)Dmitry Orlov(WSH - D)Andreas Johnsson(NJ - LW)Ryan Graves(NJ - D)Jakob Silfverberg(ANA - RW,F)Andreas Athanasiou(LA - C,LW)Ross Colton(TB - LW)Justin Schultz(WSH - D)Jack Studnicka(BOS - C)Owen Tippett(FLA - RW)Casey DeSmith(PIT - G)Thomas Greiss(DET - G)Alexandar Georgiev(NYR - G)Alexander Barabanov(SJ - LW)Brenden Dillon(WPG - D)Ville Husso(STL - G)Aaron Dell(BUF - G)Jake DeBrusk(BOS - LW,RW)Zach Parise(NYI - LW,F)Jordan Greenway(MIN - LW)Hampus Lindholm(ANA - D)Carl Soderberg(COL - C,F)T.J. Brodie(TOR - D)Cole Perfetti(WPG - C)Ondrej Kase(TOR - RW)Tuukka Rask(BOS - G)Alexander Wennberg(SEA - C,F)Jonathan Quick(LA - G)Keith Yandle(PHI - D)Dylan Strome(CHI - C,F)P.K. Subban(NJ - D)Marcus Foligno(MIN - LW,F)Seth Griffith(EDM - C,RW,F)Lars Eller(WSH - C,F)Patrick Brown(PHI - C,F)Noah Hanifin(CGY - D)Phillip Tomasino(NSH - C)Alexander Romanov(MTL - D)Braden Holtby(VAN - G)Eetu Tuulola(CGY - RW)Ryan Dzingel(ARI - LW,RW)John Marino(PIT - NA)Nolan Patrick(VGK - C)Alexander Edler(LA - D)Brett Leason(WSH - C)Jimmy Huntington(TB - C)Mike Reilly(BOS - D)Brady Skjei(CAR - D)Martin Jones(PHI - G)Pekka Rinne(NSH - G)Calle Jarnkrok(SEA - C,F)Nicholas Robertson(TOR - LW)Jonah Gadjovich(SJ - LW)Kyle Rau(MIN - C,F)David Rittich(NSH - G)Shea Weber(MTL - D)Joel Kiviranta(DAL - LW)Erik Haula(BOS - C,LW,F)Kevin Shattenkirk(ANA - D)Evan Bouchard(EDM - D)Cody Glass(NSH - C)Dominik Kahun(EDM - C)Nick Bonino(SJ - C,F)Cory Conacher(FA - LW,F)Lucas Raymond(DET - LW)Shane Pinto(OTT - RW)Arthur Kaliyev(LA - LW)Duncan Keith(EDM - D)Tyler Ennis(OTT - C,LW,F)Henrik Lundqvist(WSH - G)Nate Schmidt(WPG - D)Joe Thornton(FLA - C,F)Filip Zadina(DET - LW)Ryan Donato(SEA - LW)Radko Gudas(FLA - D)Alexandre Texier(CBJ - C,LW)Jake Gardiner(CAR - D)Cam Fowler(ANA - D)Martin Frk(LA - RW,F)Jake Bean(CBJ - D)
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Fantasy pool rankings: Stanley Cup Final

 

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FANTASY PLAYOFF POOL RANKINGS

Basic playoff pools have the following scoring system: goals and assists count for skaters with a potential bonus for a hat trick, and wins count for team goalies with a potential bonus for a shutout. Value has been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past production in the regular season and playoffs, line combinations, defense pairs, power-play usage, goalie start volume and timeshare situations, injury history or concern (INJ. for injured or DTD for day to day), contract status, age and positional matchups in the Stanley Cup Final. The Montreal Canadiens are facing elimination (*). These rankings are a collaborative effort by Pete Jensen and Rob Reese.

1. Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, TBL
2. Nikita Kucherov, F, TBL
3. Brayden Point, F, TBL
4. Victor Hedman, D, TBL
5. Steven Stamkos, F, TBL
6. Carey Price, G, MTL*
7. Ondrej Palat, F, TBL
8. Cole Caufield, F, MTL*
9. Nick Suzuki, F, MTL*
Tyler Toffoli, F, MTL*
Alex Killorn, F, TBL
Anthony Cirelli, F, TBL
Jeff Petry, D, MTL*
Erik Cernak, D, TBL
Shea Weber, D, MTL*
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Yanni Gourde, F, TBL
Blake Coleman, F, TBL
Josh Anderson, F, MTL*
Tyler Johnson, F, TBL
Barclay Goodrow, F, TBL
Jesperi Kotkaniemi, F, MTL*
Eric Staal, F, MTL*
Brendan Gallagher, F, MTL*
Ryan McDonagh, D, TBL

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Matt Larkin's Top Fantasy Hockey Players for (Updated)

OCT. 7 UPDATE: It&#x;s draftin&#x; season. The NHL campaign starts in less than a week, and the majority of leagues are drafting right around now, so this is a crucial update for the rankings. We have to be decisive about wishy-washy situations such as Brady Tkachuk&#x;s contract, as it&#x;s time to pick players. We can also assign much more weight to line combinations and goalie-platoon arrangements, as whatever configurations exist now are fairly likely to stick by next week.

Here&#x;s hoping it&#x;s easier to prepare for than it was for Entering last season, players from seven NHL teams hadn&#x;t played for almost a year. We had bubble tournament hangovers and team COVID outbreaks to deal with. Player values were wildly unpredictable.

Entering , things aren&#x;t fully back to normal by any means, as we&#x;re evaluating players after a game season in which they played solely within realigned divisions. But with a more traditional off-season flow, maybe it&#x;s a bit easier to forecast fantasy values. It will never be tougher than it was last January, at least.

With that, we dive into version of my top fantasy players of Let&#x;s do this! We&#x;ll start with the disclaimers. Make sure you read them before diving into the rankings.

(a) This is a working list. I periodically update it based on injuries, training-camp battles and freshly announced line deployments. The rankings won&#x;t shift much at first, but the changes will become more significant as the pre-season progresses, prospects do or don&#x;t make their teams and injuries occur.

(b) These are fantasy rankings, not real-life rankings. I obviously don&#x;t think there are 34 hockey players better than Mark Stone. In fantasy, though? He&#x;s not a dominator when it comes to scoring goals, generating shots or throwing hits.

(c) In previous incarnations of this list, I haven&#x;t awarded enough value to the stat stuffers, the players who provide well-rounded contributions in many roto categories. You&#x;ll notice massive year-over-year leaps for players like Darnell Nurse. It was overdue. The stat suffers can carry your team.

(d) You&#x;ll see a few players who aren&#x;t even guaranteed long-term roster spots ranked ahead of players whose production you can set your watch to, such as Matt Boldy over Alex Iafallo. The late rounds are for chasing big rewards on minimal risks. A prospect like Boldy could completely change your team&#x;s fate if he wins a job and challenges for the Calder Trophy. If he doesn&#x;t make the team? You can cut him, and Iafallo types will always be waiting for you on the wire.

(e) In this goalie-platoon era, we have to look at the position differently. Many creases project to have timeshares and, for teams that haven&#x;t yet revealed which goalie will get the lion&#x;s share of starts, I&#x;ve paired the stoppers together in the rankings, If one begins to separate from the other in training camp, I&#x;ll give the 1A a major jump.

(f) These rankings factor in the following categories: goals, assists, plus-minus, penalty minutes, shots, power-play points, hits, blocks, wins, goals-against average, saves, save percentage and shutouts.

(g) It&#x;s an annual tradition for me to accidentally omit a big-name player. If you notice a conspicuous absence, tweet me @THNMattLarkin. Thanks!

1. Connor McDavid, C, Oilers:
Our parents tell us tales of fantasy seasons past in which Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux were so dominant that they were illegal to draft. If McDavid gets any better, some pools will have to consider that, too. He&#x;s a human cheat code.

2. Leon Draisaitl, C, Oilers:
Over the past three seasons, Draisaitl ranks second in goals, second in assists, second in points and, crucially, first in games played. He&#x;s the safest pick in fantasy hockey.

3. Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, Lightning:
His past four seasons have produced a Vezina Trophy, four Vezina finalist finishes and a Conn Smythe Trophy. He&#x;s the fifth goalie ever to lead the league in wins four straight years. He offers a significant advantage over every other player at his position.

4. Nathan MacKinnon, C, Avalanche:
Floor in an game season is probably 40 goals, 90 points and shots.

5. Auston Matthews, C, Maple Leafs (-1):
The best goal-scorer on the planet will get 60 one of these years&#x;if he can play a full season. He&#x;d be my No. 2 player if not for his propensity to get dinged up. It sounds like the wrist will be healed in time for the start of the regular season, but the fact we&#x;re still talking about it less than a week out means it&#x;s time to drop him a spot.

6. Artemi Panarin, LW, Rangers:
Only McDavid and Draisaitl average more points across the past two seasons. Panarin as a Ranger: points per 82 games.

7. Alex Ovechkin, LW, Capitals:
Even if, going into his age season, he&#x;ll never be a goal man again, he remains a fantasy monster. You can still count on him for 40 goals, shots and hits.

8. Brad Marchand, LW, Bruins:
I&#x;ve surprised myself ranking him above David Pastrnak, but the Nose Face Killah deserves it. He&#x;s scored at a point pace in four straight seasons, he&#x;s more durable than &#x;Pasta&#x; and contributes more to the rough-stuff fantasy categories.

9. Nikita Kucherov, RW, Lightning:
Showed in his sublime post-season that he&#x;s still the same world-class player after hip surgery. As the Lightning chase a three-peat, however, he could be a candidate for load management and some missed games during the fantasy-hockey playoffs, a.k.a. the end of the regular season.

Mikko Rantanen, RW, Avalanche:
No one doubted Rantanen&#x;s top-tier playmaking ability, but he busted out as a goal-scorer last year. That raises his fantasy ceiling to that of a top-five player.

David Pastrnak, RW, Bruins: That a point-per-game campaign felt like a disappointment tells you how special he is. He shared the Rocket Richard in and remains one of the safest picks to contend for it in

Mitch Marner, RW, Maple Leafs: Only three players have more assists in the past three seasons. If he and Matthews can play even 70 healthy games together, Marner should finally join the point club.

Connor Hellebuyck, G, Jets: Volume is at a premium during the NHL&#x;s new goalie-platoon era. No netminder has more games or saves across the past four seasons than Hellebuyck, who also sits second in wins and third in shutouts over that span. He has started 16 more games than the second-busiest goalie since Oh, and he&#x;s really good.

Patrick Kane, RW, Blackhawks: The most boring elite-player pick keeps adding to his Hall of Fame credentials. Kane has finished as a top-five scorer in four of his past six seasons.

Aleksander Barkov, C, Panthers: Last season felt like a put-it-all-together campaign for Barkov, who captured the Selke Trophy. He&#x;s a complete foot player but not at the expense of his fantasy value. He&#x;s still an annual threat for top production. It&#x;s also possible we haven&#x;t seen his best season yet given his improved supporting cast.

Cale Makar, D, Avalanche: He&#x;s already producing at the rate of Erik Karlsson&#x;s peak, if not better, in just two full NHL seasons. If any blueliner this millennium can make a run at points, it&#x;s Makar, especially when he calls so many elite players teammates.

Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, Panthers: He&#x;s no longer underrated. You probably have to pay a second-round price for him now. But that&#x;s OK. He&#x;s floated comfortably north of a point per game for three consecutive seasons.

Mika Zibanejad, C, Rangers: Two seasons ago, he sniped 23 goals in his final 22 games. Last season, he delivered three hat tricks and two six-point games. He&#x;s win-you-your-pool good when he&#x;s on a heater, and he started last season slowly after recovering from COVID, so he may be a bargain.

Mark Scheifele, C, Jets: The deeper analytics suggest Scheifele is overrated, but that doesn&#x;t affect his fantasy outlook much because he plays so many minutes. His per stats aren&#x;t so efficient, but he nevertheless averages 34 goals and 85 points per 82 games across his past five seasons.

Sebastian Aho, C, Hurricanes: Am I crazy or is he somehow still underrated? It&#x;s a strange thought for someone who is pretty much a lock for 30 goals and 80 points.

Elias Pettersson, C, Canucks: Give all the Canucks mulligans for a cursed We haven&#x;t seen the best of &#x;Petey&#x; yet. There&#x;s a goal, point season in him. He&#x;s an electrifying talent.

Kirill Kaprizov, LW, Wild: Met the considerable hype and was immediately one of the league&#x;s best players as a rookie. What might he do if his ice time spikes to reflect his talent? Perennial all-star alert.

John Carlson, D, Capitals: He&#x;ll deliver top-five fantasy numbers at his position in his sleep, and he&#x;s durable to boot. One of the few D-men worthy of being picked in the first couple rounds. I flipped him above Fox as Carlson is a bigger goal-scoring threat.

Adam Fox, D, Rangers: With a strong finish to his rookie year followed by a Norris Trophy in his abbreviated sophomore campaign, Fox has 65 points in his past 82 games. He&#x;s a dynamic puck-mover in a great fantasy situation. Also underrated in pools for his contribution to the blocks category.

Alex DeBrincat, LW, Blackhawks: Which was the anomaly: DeBrincat&#x;s goal breakout in or his goal flop in ? The latter year had a massive shooting percentage regression, so it wasn&#x;t a surprise to see DeBrincat get back to his top-tier sniper numbers last season, burying 32 goals in 52 games. That&#x;s the real version of him. You can feel safe paying for it in your draft.

Brady Tkachuk, LW, Senators (-7): Even if his offense doesn&#x;t take a step forward, he&#x;s the frontrunner to lead the NHL in shots and hits. If he can improve incrementally and produce something like a offensive stat line, he&#x;s a first-rounder next year. But the contract squabble is officially starting to scare me. We&#x;re close enough to the start of the season that he&#x;s (a) going to miss games or (b) could take time to get his sea legs. What a shame.

Matthew Tkachuk, RW, Flames: Isn&#x;t quite as prolific as younger brother Brady in the shot and hit categories, but Matthew is still excellent in both, and he has a higher scoring floor at this stage of his career.

Brayden Point, C, Lightning:
Don&#x;t confuse playoff pools with regular-season pools. He&#x;s an easy top-five pick in April. In September drafts? He&#x;s more of a rock-solid second- or third-round pick who has shown he can score plus points but, because he&#x;s asked to do so much at both ends of the ice, could range as low as

Victor Hedman, D, Lightning: The future Hall of Famer delivered an elite fantasy season despite playing hurt for much of it. A healthy Hedman still has the ceiling to match almost any other D-man in pools.

Shea Theodore, D, Golden Knights: He doesn&#x;t bring much to the grit categories, but he offers so much offensively that it doesn&#x;t matter. Only two D-men average more shots per 60 at 5-on-5 over the past two seasons. Currently day to day with an undisclosed injury, but there&#x;s no suggestion yet that he&#x;ll miss regular-season games.

Igor Shesterkin, G, Rangers: He&#x;s positioned for one of the bigger workloads in the league, he&#x;s already played at an elite level with shoddy defense in front of him, and that team in front of him looks improved defensively going forward. Shesterkin has the upside to finish as the No. 1 fantasy goalie as soon as this season.

Darnell Nurse, D, Oilers: He&#x;s a plus contributor in goals and points playing in the most fertile fantasy environment, he&#x;s in his prime, and he loads up on hits, blocks and shots, too. Pro-rated pace last season: 23 goals, 53 points, shots, hits, blocks. Are you kidding me? Even if his crazy-high shooting percentage regresses to the mean, he&#x;s still the most balanced contributor among all fantasy D-men.

Kyle Connor, LW, Jets: A full season of Connor should deliver, at worst, , and is hardly a stretch for the speedy shot generator.

Gabriel Landeskog, LW, Avalanche: He&#x;s not as physical as he used to be, but he remains an extremely safe bet for point production playing alongside MacKinnon and Rantanen.

Mark Stone, RW, Golden Knights: We all love Mark Stone. He&#x;s one of the best hockey players on Earth. Honestly, though? He&#x;s become mildly overrated in fantasy because he&#x;s not an overly impactful contributor in goals, shots, hits or blocks.

Andrei Svechnikov, LW, Hurricanes: The potential is just limitless. He has the talent and drive and physicality to become an all-around fantasy superstar. I got caught over-projecting him a bit last year, so I&#x;ve scaled back my hype. Did I go too far, though?

Steven Stamkos, C, Lightning: He still scores enough to be a first-line fantasy center when he&#x;s in the lineup. But you have to draft him assuming he plays about 60 games at this point. That said, his game sample will still trump most players&#x; game samples.

Tyson Barrie, D, Oilers: Staying in Edmonton is wonderful news for Barrie&#x;s pool value. His defensive shortcomings matter little in the fantasy realm. He&#x;s a point- and shot-producing machine.

Robin Lehner, G, Golden Knights: One of the biggest, most purely talented goaltenders in the game now gets the net to himself on a top Stanley Cup contender. He&#x;d rate as a top-three pick in goal if it weren&#x;t for the injury risk. Also carrying a courageous but potentially distracting burden after publicly calling out the NHL on a variety of controversial topics last weekend.

Patrice Bergeron, C, Bruins: We&#x;ll see him decline one of these years but, at 36, he&#x;s as valuable as ever. Puts up strong goal and point numbers playing on hockey&#x;s best line, and, wow, does he still pepper the net with a lot of shots.

Max Pacioretty, LW, Golden Knights: If you use your top couple picks on a playmaker and a goalie, Pacioretty can supplement you nicely in the goal and shot categories while he makes magic with Stone.

John Tavares, C, Maple Leafs: Does Tavares present a buy-low opportunity? He&#x;s coming off a down year, the image of his scary playoff injury is burned into the hockey world&#x;s collective mind, he&#x;s locked into a scoring-line role and power-play duty in a rich fantasy environment, and he&#x;ll be just 31 when the season starts.

Sidney Crosby, C, Penguins:
He&#x;s a floor play at this stage of his career, but the floor is still so high: point-per-game production at worst. Crosby may not compete for scoring crowns anymore but remains an all-star-caliber player. Wrist surgery will cost him training camp and at least the first week of the season. It sounds like the worst-case scenario has him only missing half a dozen games, so he suddenly looks like a value pick if he falls a couple rounds.

Dougie Hamilton, D, Devils: The safest source of goals and shots among all fantasy defensemen for several years running now. But Hamilton has spent most of his career playing for above-average teams. The rebuilding Devils have potential but aren&#x;t a lock to improve or ice even a top offense this season, so Hamilton has more downside than normal.

Darcy Kuemper, G, Avalanche: Over the past three seasons, Kuemper graded out in the top third of the league in goals saved above average per 60 at 5-on-5 among goalies with at least 1, minutes played. He did so playing in Arizona. Now we&#x;re dropping him into the all-world Colorado lineup. We cross our fingers he can stay healthy, because he&#x;s capable of being a league winner if he does.

Quinn Hughes, D, Canucks: He should rank far higher in points-only leagues, as he&#x;s one of the few blueliners capable of pulling a Makar and producing a point-per-game season. Under my scoring parameters, however, Hughes takes a hit because he brings little in the grit categories.

Nikolaj Ehlers, RW, Jets:
Talent was never in question for the speedy Ehlers. The consistency was missing until last season. If he maintains it? This ranking is probably too low.

Brock Boeser, RW, Canucks: Still odd to see no goal seasons on his resume yet considering he&#x;s one of the sport&#x;s elite pure shooting talents. If he can play plus games in what should be a full NHL calendar, that should change in

Taylor Hall, LW, Bruins: OK, so his Hart Trophy season will likely be remembered as a career anomaly. But he showed in his late-season Bruins run that he can still be a difference-maker. How about a goal, point floor with potential for quite a bit more?

Mathew Barzal, C, Islanders:
Barzal&#x;s skating and puck-ragging ability reflect that of a fantasy first-rounder. In Barry Trotz&#x;s disciplined system, however, Barzal&#x;s ceiling is capped. He&#x;s only very good in a hockey-pool context.

Jacob Markstrom, G, Flames:
He&#x;s not a sexy pick, but volume is king in the current fantasy-goalie landscape, and he has one of the safest paths to it. He also plays on a team that played stingy defense once Darryl Sutter took over as coach last season.

Jake Guentzel, LW, Penguins (-7): Averages 38 goals and 82 points per 82 games in his past three seasons. With no Crosby or Malkin to start the season, though, who feeds Guentzel the biscuit? He could start sluggishly &#x; and now he&#x;s out after testing positive for COVID

Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Blackhawks: The good news: &#x;Flower&#x; should get plus starts coming off his Vezina season. The bad: he&#x;s joining the worst defensive team of the past several seasons. Fleury will be busy, and it could hurt his rate stats.

Roman Josi, D, Predators: A healthy Josi is one of the most reliable fantasy D-men of his generation, especially because, in a rover role, he controls his team&#x;s offense. On the other hand, there&#x;s very little offensive help around him. Will the assist total shrink if the forwards can&#x;t finish?

Morgan Rielly, D, Maple Leafs:
That goal season in feels like a dream. Even if he&#x;s not reaching double digits, he&#x;s squarely in the D1 tier with his consistent point production. It&#x;s also worth noting he was much more of a factor in the hits and blocks categories last season.

Thatcher Demko, G, Canucks:
Ah, finally. The starter&#x;s net in Vancouver is unquestionably his, even if Jaroslav Halak plays much more than a typical backup. Demko has Vezina-Trophy-caliber talent and size. Whether he breaks through as a fantasy star this season depends on whether the Canucks&#x; busy off-season improves the team&#x;s defensive play.

Jakob Chychrun, D, Coyotes:
He did a lot of the things Nurse did last season but, because Chychrun plays in obscurity and still has to prove he can do it again, he should cost significantly less. He can carry you in multiple categories. Is the awful supporting cast a concern? It didn&#x;t stop him from leading all defensemen in goals last season.

J.T. Miller, C, Canucks: He was an elite fantasy forward in his first season with Vancouver. Even with everything going wrong last year, he was plenty valuable. I&#x;d bet on something between Year 1 and Year 2.

Jeff Petry, D, Canadiens:
Four straight seasons of stat-stuffing fantasy value. Petry helps in pretty much every category. At 33, he could start to decline soon, but so far so good.

Johnny Gaudreau, LW, Flames: Interestingly, Gaudreau&#x;s game didn&#x;t suffer after the switch to old-school coach Darryl Sutter. &#x;Johnny Hockey&#x; actually finished his season with 22 points in his final 16 games. He still has potential to turn a profit at his projected ADP.

Jordan Binnington, G, Blues: He&#x;s only been an average netminder since his scintillating rookie year. But he&#x;s safely entrenched as a starter on a team with playoff aspirations. That checks two crucial boxes.

Jason Robertson, LW, Stars:
Placed top in points per 60 during his tremendous rookie year. I&#x;m keeping the ranking conservative because it was a small sample size, but I&#x;m bullish overall. He has taken over as Dallas&#x; top left winger.

Roope Hintz, C, Stars:
Robertson&#x;s linemate is just a really tough player to match up against: big yet fast, with smooth hands. He and Robertson have usurped Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn as Dallas&#x; go-to duo.

Alex Pietrangelo, D, Golden Knights: Third in goals and sixth in shots among defensemen across the past five seasons, with prolific shot-block totals to boot.

Patrik Laine, RW, Blue Jackets (+3): He should be churning out goal seasons for us to enjoy. Instead, his promising career is a series of fits and starts, and Year 1 in Columbus was a nightmare. Freed from coach John Tortorella, Laine will get every chance to redeem himself as an alpha goal-scorer. He&#x;s younger than two of the three Calder Trophy finalists! He&#x;ll never come cheaper, and he&#x;s found some intriguing chemistry with Jakub Voracek in the pre-season.

Sam Reinhart, RW, Panthers:
It went relatively unnoticed in the Buffalo wasteland, but Reinhart went off in the stretch run last season, burying 18 goals in 37 games from March through early May. If he can just do it for an entire season, a career year is in store. The trade to Florida and starting off on Barkov&#x;s line are exciting, but keep in mind Reinhart has enjoyed quality linemates for much of his career already.

William Nylander, RW, Maple Leafs:
It&#x;s music to my ears when the prehistoric thinkers slander Nylander&#x;s game, as it helps him fall in drafts seemingly every year. Pencil him in for plus goals, 60 points and shots.

Tyler Seguin, C, Stars: It&#x;s weird for one of the most bankable performers of the past decade to land in a boom-bust category, but that&#x;s how I see the current version of Seguin. At 29, perhaps he returns to being a top scorer in the league, or perhaps his hip problems have altered his trajectory for good. He&#x;s a guy I&#x;ll draft if he falls far enough, but I won&#x;t reach expecting the Seguin of old.

Sean Couturier, C, Flyers: I still think of him as a defense-first player because he&#x;s so strong there, but he&#x;s been one of the better offensive players at his position for the past four seasons. Very reliable.

Anze Kopitar, C, Kings:
I predict Kopitar&#x;s best offensive season in a while. Not only does Viktor Arvidsson provide Kopitar with a linemate upgrade, but Phillip Danault can take over a lot of defensive responsibility, freeing up Kopitar to concentrate on scoring.

Cole Caufield, RW, Canadiens:
Such a fun pick to make. It was a small sample size but, between the regular season and playoffs, Caufield flashed a lightning-fast release and superstar upside. The eight goals in 30 games are respectable, but the 78 shots really stand out. The little guy was getting his chances. I don&#x;t think 30 goals and a Calder Trophy are unrealistic to expect.

Thomas Chabot, D, Senators: He&#x;ll break through as an elite-tier fantasy defenseman one of these years. He has the raw offensive talent, the huge share of ice time, the improving lineup around him, and he helps in pretty much every stat category.

Neal Pionk, D, Jets: Not a great source of goals, but Pionk piles up points, gets a lot of power-play work alongside dangerous forwards and throws a lot of hits.

Filip Forsberg, LW, Predators: Underrated. Gets you 25 goals, 50 points, shots and more than a hit per game. A shame he&#x;s never gotten to play with a dominant center.

Philipp Grubauer, G, Kraken:
Some might draft him higher after an amazing year in which he finished as a Vezina finalist. Others may avoid him since he&#x;s moving from Colorado to expansion Seattle. I&#x;ll split the difference. He won&#x;t be as valuable as he was with the Avs, especially with Chris Driedger siphoning starts, but the Kraken&#x;s strength on paper appears to be team defense, so Grubauer&#x;s rate stats might remain strong.

Aaron Ekblad, D, Panthers: The predicted breakout was happening. Ekblad was producing at roughly a goal pace for an game season before his horrific broken leg. Here&#x;s hoping he returns fully healed, as, like many big, high-pedigree defensemen, he&#x;s just settling into his prime in his mids.

Seth Jones, D, Blackhawks: Was arguably an overrated fantasy commodity in recent years, but I see legit upside now. The Blackhawks are the first offense-minded team he&#x;s ever played for. It wouldn&#x;t be a surprise if he delivered his most valuable fantasy campaign to date.

Zach Hyman, LW, Oilers (-9): Keeps getting bumped off the McDavid line, giving me no choice but to drop the rank a bit, but I'm not overreacting. Hyman will have quality linemates in any scenario.

Elias Lindholm, C, Flames:
Though there are exceptions like Caufield, it&#x;s typically risky to start reaching on hipster picks in the first half dozen rounds of a draft. Instead, wise GMs grab the bankable boring vets like Lindholm. Think of it this way: any rookie that produces what Lindholm does in his sleep every year would be a Calder finalist, so why not take the safe production?

Tyler Toffoli, RW, Canadiens: Only six players topped Toffoli&#x;s 28 goals last season, and he typically plays with an ascendant talent in Nick Suzuki. But Toffoli&#x;s scoring-chance generation didn&#x;t actually spike, and he posted a career-high shooting percentage last year. He&#x;s still a safe bet for 25 to 30 goals, but don&#x;t count on him sustaining his goal pace of

Kris Letang, D, Penguins (-5): He still produces D1 numbers, flirting with point-per-game production and contributing physical play. The knock is always his durability, but he only missed one game last season. Even if he returns to missing 15 or 20 games in , three quarters of a Letang season is better than what most blueliners can do in a full season. Only problem: the Pens are missing their best forwards to open the year, which might suppress Letang&#x;s point total for a while.

Charlie McAvoy, D, Bruins: Real Life McAvoy has arrived, as he finished fifth in the Norris vote while logging 24 minutes a night as an all-around horse. Fantasy McAvoy isn&#x;t quite a D1 yet, but he&#x;s getting closer. We&#x;re looking for that breakthrough to a year with his usual bushel of hits and blocks.

John Klingberg, D, Stars:
Miro Heiskanen gets the love as the better overall player but hasn&#x;t surpassed teammate Klingberg in fantasy. He continues to lead all Dallas D-men in power-play minutes per game. He sits ninth among defensemen in scoring since , his rookie year.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, LW, Oilers:
Can we blame the down year on contract uncertainty? I&#x;m willing to. Playing in Edmonton&#x;s top six and lapping up power-play looks, he&#x;s a strong bet to return to his usual point range.

Brayden Schenn, C, Blues:
So safe. You draft him for about 25 goals, 55 points and well north of hits.

Joe Pavelski, RW, Stars:
Pavelski struggled in his first season as a Star, managing 14 goals in 67 games. He needed just 25 games to get his 14th goal last season and ended up with 25 in 56 games. He&#x;ll keep scoring if he remains on a line with Hintz and Robertson, but Pavelski is He turned a profit in pools because his stock had plummeted, but now he&#x;ll cost a pretty penny. The risk is way higher.

Dominik Kubalik, LW, Blackhawks:
Predictably, his shooting percentage cratered in Year 2, but he still offers plenty to like. Among forwards with or more minutes at 5-on-5 last season, he placed in the 94th percentile in shots per His goal season in won&#x;t be his last.

Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, Capitals: The challenge with a player as volatile as Kuznetsov is that he can go bust as often as he booms. He&#x;s still a Cap, he&#x;s motivated to silence his critics, and his team needs him with Nicklas Backstrom hurt, so I&#x;m leaning toward &#x;Good Kuznetsov&#x; showing up this season.

Martin Necas, RW, Hurricanes (+12): The incremental gains continue. Necas is solidified as a long-term fixture in Carolina&#x;s top six now. It wouldn&#x;t be a surprise if he cracked 40 assists this season, and he&#x;s not a zero in hits and blocks.

Teuvo Teravainen, RW, Hurricanes (): A concussion limited him to 21 games last season, and that will probably cause some casual drafters to overlook him. He&#x;s a reliable top-six forward, but I&#x;ve flipped him with Necas since Necas saw time on Line 1 in the pre-season.

Semyon Varlamov, G, Islanders (): Varlamov kicks off a tier of shaky No. 1 but excellent No. 2 fantasy goalies for me. His rate stats should be excellent as always, but mega-prospect Ilya Sorokin remains a major threat to playing time, especially now that an undisclosed injury is expected to sideline Varlamov into the start of

Miro Heiskanen, D, Stars: He&#x;s a wonderful talent, and he showed in the playoffs that he can carry a team offensively, but Heiskanen still lives in the better in real life than fantasy tier for now. Prime-year Drew Doughty lived there. Heiskanen doesn&#x;t need to be more than a point player to be a stud for Dallas. He has the upside to do more, but he&#x;s not guaranteed to.

Ryan O&#x;Reilly, C, Blues:
A floor play, like so many Blues forwards. Doesn&#x;t stand out in a particular category, but he&#x;s a safe bet for plus points as a fantasy team&#x;s No. 2 center.

Vincent Trocheck, C, Hurricanes: The struggling version of Trocheck was the mirage. As he told me in an interview last season, he had returned too early from a broken leg. He&#x;s back to being the real Trocheck now, and he&#x;s a nice asset for goals, points, shots and hits.

Juuse Saros, G, Predators: He was the best goalie in the league for the second half of and likely won some fantasy GMs their pools. So why the relatively low rank? The Preds&#x; off-season behavior signalled a shift toward getting younger and, perhaps, temporarily weaker. Wins might be hard to come by for Saros.

Joel Farabee, LW, Flyers:
Produced at a goal pace in his breakout sophomore campaign. Since it&#x;s too early to know if he can maintain a shooting percentage, it would be good if he keeps increasing his shot rate, but he&#x;s surpassed Travis Konecny as Philly&#x;s most promising winger at this point.

Ilya Samsonov, G, Capitals:
COVID derailed what was supposed to be a huge breakout year for elite prospect Samsonov. His potential remains as high as any goaltender&#x;s in the league, but the Caps like Vitek Vanecek, too, so much that they gave up draft capital to reacquire him. Since Samsonov is not a lock to eclipse 50 games, he is a wobbly G1. I still love him as a G2 with league-winning upside, though.

David Perron, RW, Blues: Perron is the undisputed Boring Veteran King of fantasy hockey in my opinion. He&#x;s perpetually overlooked yet plays on a scoring line and delivers something like every year, with occasional spikes to even better per-game production like he showed last season.

Jeremy Swayman, G, Bruins (+18): Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy is indicating a true competition between breakout rookie Swayman and Linus Ullmark, whom the team paid starter&#x;s money at a $5-million AAV. Both will be must-start options when playing, but Swayman has outplayed Ullmark in the pre-season and has the upper hand in the 1A/1B split at the moment.

Kevin Fiala, RW, Wild: Takes a circuitous route to getting his numbers, mixing piping-hot streaks with slumps, but the star DNA is there. He&#x;s especially enticing in shots leagues.

Sergei Bobrovsky, G, Panthers: Panthers coach Joel Quenneville has indicated Bobrovsky will get the workload while Spencer Knight would be the guy learning and absorbing. Bobrovsky&#x;s grip on the No. 1 gig remains slippery, but at least he&#x;s a clear 1A to start the year.

Blake Wheeler, RW, Jets: His best days are done, but it&#x;s a testament to how good Wheeler has been that his decline still yielded 46 points in 50 games. As long as he&#x;s getting prime scoring-line work in Winnipeg, he&#x;s an asset for assists and points.

Bryan Rust, RW, Penguins: Typically locked onto a line with Crosby and Guentzel, Rust tends to cost a lot less in drafts. That&#x;s exciting for a guy with 49 goals and 98 points in games over the past two seasons, which adjusts to 36 goals and 72 points per 82 games. Like Guentzel, however, Rust could start slowly minus his usual center.

Anthony Mantha, LW, Capitals: He has far better teammates around him than he did in Detroit but more competition for looks. Since he&#x;s at worst entrenched in the top six, 25 goals aren&#x;t a stretch at all.

Nicklas Backstrom, C, Capitals: He should remain one of the game&#x;s best sources of assists, even at 33, but he&#x;s week-to-week with a hip injury and likely won&#x;t be ready for opening night.

Jonathan Marchessault, LW, Golden Knights: He&#x;s peaked and toils on Vegas&#x; second line, but he&#x;s plenty valuable as a secondary scorer who regularly delivers big shot totals.

Nick Suzuki, C, Canadiens:
Any team would love a player so intelligent at such a young age. Losing Danault takes away a lot of matchup insulation, however. With more work to do at both ends of the ice, might Suzuki&#x;s offense plateau in the point range? At least Christian Dvorak should help on the defensive side. Here&#x;s hoping Suzuki keeps Caufield as a linemate all season.

Carter Verhaeghe, LW, Panthers: Just as they did with Marchessault, the Panthers stole Verhaeghe from a too-deep Tampa club and gave him a shot at a first-line role. He was an even-strength scoring machine as Barkov&#x;s regular left winger and showed a fine touch in winning the AHL scoring crown a couple years back. He&#x;s for real.

Ryan Ellis, D, Flyers: Health is a bugaboo for him more seasons than not but, playing top-pair on what should be higher-scoring team than the Predators were, Ellis has a shot to give you career-best numbers at the ADP of a D2.

Ryan Strome, C Rangers: Seemingly always in the trade rumor mill, but he&#x;s Panarin&#x;s center for now, and he&#x;s fared swimmingly in that role.

Josh Norris, C, Senators (-8): Centers one of the league&#x;s most exciting young lines between Tkachuk and Drake Batherson. Norris is arguably the best source of assists and points of the trio right now. We want to see Tkachuk in the lineup and playing on Norris&#x; left wing, though.

Drake Batherson, RW, Senators (-4): Is this the year where you want as many pieces of the Senators&#x; scoring core as possible? That year is coming. Batherson doesn&#x;t have the highest ceiling of the Sens forwards as a pure scorer but, like M.I.A. linemate Tkachuk, Batherson brings the nice statistical buffet. He could improve to post Brayden Schenn-like numbers this season.

Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, Blues: Is he a name-brand player whose shoulder woes will stop him from being a top-flight pool pick? Or is he an exciting buy low with potential to start scoring 30 goals a year again? Think about how much has to go right for the latter to happen &#x; his health, his trade request, a good landing spot &#x; and I think he&#x;s a dangerous investment.

Claude Giroux, LW, Flyers: A perfectly safe floor play at this stage of his career, but the ceiling is gone. He&#x;s graduated to the Boring Veteran Brigade.

Tim Stutzle, LW, Senators: The dynamic Stutzle has the breathtaking skill to surpass Norris as Ottawa&#x;s top center at some point, but Stutzle remains on the wing for now and likely in a second-line role, though the Tkachuk situation might change that. Stutzle&#x;s range of outcomes includes taking the league by storm and becoming a star this season, but I&#x;m projecting him for a more of a modest breakout given he&#x;s still a teenager.

Carter Hart, G, Flyers (+11): We&#x;re all at a loss over , when the confident, cerebral rising star Hart imploded and was, statistically, the NHL&#x;s worst goaltender. He&#x;s still just 23 and has typically been known for his mental toughness, so I think a return to glory is far more likely than not. He&#x;s been excellent in the pre-season. We can&#x;t put all the stock into that, but it&#x;s certainly a positive.

Zach Werenski, D, Blue Jackets:
Even in a bad year, Werenski&#x;s totals projected to his customary double-digit goals and plus points. But with his team stripped of additional talent this summer, can Werenski still get as many scoring chances or set up as many goals?

Bo Horvat, C, Canucks:
With the likes of Conor Garland, Jason Dickinson and Vasili Podkolzin added to Vancouver&#x;s forward group, Horvat was a good bet for an upgrade in linemates. Through camp, however, he was with Tanner Pearson and Zack MacEwen. Hmm. It&#x;s far too early to panic, but we obviously want to see higher-end wingers for Bo.

Drew Doughty, D, Kings: He was a mainstay on my overrated list for a long time. Now he&#x;s arguably underrated in pools. He can still get you a type of stat line but also makes positive contributions in hits and blocks. Once better in real life than fantasy, he&#x;s now much better in fantasy than in real life.

Trevor Zegras, C, Ducks: Zegras is one of the most exciting playmaking prospects the NHL has seen in a while, armed with dazzling puck skills and highlight-reel flash, and he&#x;s actually underrated as a goal-scoring threat. Caufield will top most Calder Trophy prediction lists, but don&#x;t sleep on Zegras, who should finish locked in as Anaheim&#x;s No. 1 center.

Jack Hughes, C, Devils: If fantasy GMs are frustrated that Hughes didn&#x;t improve in year 2, there&#x;s your buying opportunity. Hughes&#x; underlying metrics did improve. The pucks didn&#x;t go in, but he was generating chances. Look for a Year-3 breakout.

Pavel Buchnevich, RW, Blues: Coming off his best season but joins a more disciplined system and won&#x;t have the caliber of linemates he did in New York. A good player, but I&#x;d bid cautiously.

T.J. Oshie, RW, Capitals: A safe source of tier-2 scoring as always in Washington&#x;s top six. Oshie turns 35 this season, however, meaning some downside will soon creep into his profile.

Tom Wilson, RW, Capitals: He&#x;s a unique player, a top fantasy enforcer for hits and PIMs leagues who also happens to play on his team&#x;s first line. It&#x;s a lovely cocktail, but it makes Wilson consistently expensive to draft. I prefer to grab less-heralded players who do similar things in later rounds.

Ivan Provorov, D, Flyers: The retooled Philly lineup will deliver a more proficient partner for Provorov in the right-shooting Ellis. That should help Provorov back on the path to becoming one of the game&#x;s great D-men in real life and fantasy. He&#x;s an intriguing breakout pick.

Ilya Sorokin, G, Islanders (+71): Sorokin has as much potential as any puck-stopper but is still a luxury 1B for the Isles. The difference between him and guys like Swayman and Knight is that Sorokin has much stiffer competition for the net in Varlamov. That&#x;s when Varlamov is healthy, at least. With Varlamov hurt to start the year, Sorokin has an enormous opportunity to permanently seize 1A status, hence my aggressive boost in Sorokin&#x;s ranking here.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, Canucks: Yes, the contract is bad, and he&#x;ll likely become Vancouver&#x;s new Loui Eriksson at some point. Right now, however? In his first season as a Canuck? I actually see quite a bit of fantasy upside. The Canucks will play him a ton at his AAV, and he&#x;s never competed on a roster with this much pure scoring ability. &#x;Bad&#x; OEL&#x;s pro-rated to 43 points, shots and hits. If that&#x;s his floor, he&#x;s a steal in pools.

Carey Price, G, Canadiens (): I was already bearish on Price, as he&#x;s been decidedly below average in three of his past four regular seasons, but the shocking news that he&#x;s entered the player assistance program makes his value a complete unknown.

Dylan Larkin, C, Red Wings: His totals are all over the place in his past few seasons, and coach Jeff Blashill felt Larkin pressed in his first season as captain. Don&#x;t get off the train just yet, though, as Detroit&#x;s next wave of talent is starting to flow in. Larkin&#x;s floor is still probably 50 points and big pile of shots. Nothing to sneeze at.

Pierre-Luc Dubois, C, Jets: A nine-goal season in 46 games? Woof. Dubois&#x; physical tools are tantalizing, but he hasn&#x;t synthesized them to deliver a noteworthy fantasy season. There&#x;s still time, however. He only just turned 23, and his life circumstances will be far less turbulent this season. He&#x;s in far better shape and far more prepared. Bounce-back alert.

Conor Garland, RW, Canucks: The career sample size isn&#x;t huge, but we can pretty confidently peg him for a goal, point campaign with a lot of scoring talent around him in Vancouver.

Chris Kreider, LW, Rangers:
A plus contributor for goals and hits, but he can only do so much damage in a third-line role. If Alexis Lafreniere's shift to the right wing proves permanent, though, Kreider plays in the top six and his value trends back up.

Blake Coleman, RW, Flames (+6): Given the Flames&#x; depth on the left side, Coleman will likely slide to the right and earn his most significant playing time since the Devils traded him to Tampa. If you like 20 goals, shots and hits, pick him. He saw some pre-season time on Calgary&#x;s first line. Whether he stays there or not, it&#x;s clear he&#x;ll have a large role.

Max Comtois, LW, Ducks: In 84 games across the past two seasons, Comtois has 23 goals and hits. That&#x;s a fair projection for this season and, with the Ducks&#x; top prospects starting to populate the team, there&#x;s room for more.

Tomas Hertl, C, Sharks:
Quietly still just 27 and didn&#x;t really miss a beat returning from a bad knee injury last season. The lack of talent around him is a concern, but you can probably still count on him for 25 goals and 50 points at worst. If he&#x;s traded during the season: maybe more.

Andre Burakovsky, RW, Avalanche: Big and talented. Any time Landeskog or Rantanen gets hurt, Burakovsky slides up and excels as the understudy. If you draft one of those two, consider grabbing Burakovsky later as insurance.

Nazem Kadri, C, Avalanche:
Doesn&#x;t have the upside he did a few years go, but he's a well-rounded veteran who is average or better in pretty much every fantasy category.

Josh Anderson, RW, Canadiens: Pretty much the exact fantasy profile of Coleman minus the first-line deployment. Anderson&#x;s pro-rated stats in Year 1 with the Habs would've been 27 goals, shots and hits.

Travis Konecny, RW, Flyers (+24): We obviously don&#x;t want to weigh the one bad year too heavily, but the apparent disconnect from coach Alain Vigneault is concerning. I&#x;d feel more confident in a return to goal production if Konecny got traded. That said, he&#x;s sitting pretty on the first line at the moment. That&#x;s what we want to see.

Oliver Bjorkstrand, RW, Blue Jackets: Averages 28 goals per 82 games across his past three seasons. It&#x;s just really tough to feel optimistic about many Columbus players at the moment, though.

Logan Couture, C, Sharks: He no longer excels in any category, but you&#x;re drafting him for his steady role as a top-six forward. Even a declining Couture on a bad San Jose team remains a near lock for 20 goals and 50 points.

Clayton Keller, LW, Coyotes:
Still waiting for him to return to his rookie heights, let alone exceed them, and he&#x;ll be hard pressed to do either on a barren Coyotes squad. Even the current version of Keller is rosterable, however. He can produce like a star for months at a time, and he shoots the puck a lot.

Nico Hischier, C, Devils:
I like Hischier as a buy-low pick coming off an injury-shortened season and playing on a Devils team that has significantly improved on paper. He has to be better if he&#x;s out there on the power play with Hamilton and Tomas Tatar joining the fray, right?

Sean Monahan, C, Flames:
He was a slam-dunk goal guy just a couple seasons ago. Now? He has 32 goals in games over his past two seasons. He has a lot of mileage for a year-old. We&#x;re talking many surgeries to many body parts. He has a surprising amount of downside at a relatively young age.

Brendan Gallagher, RW, Canadiens: Year in and year out, he shoots the puck more than anyone in hockey on a per basis. But he only plays about 15 minutes a game, capping his upside, his rugged style has battered his body in consecutive seasons, and the Habs have far more competition for playing time and power-play work on the wings than they did a couple years ago. That makes Gallagher more of a useful depth piece than a real roster building block in pools now.

Cam Talbot, G, Wild: I almost gave him and Kaapo Kahkonen the tandem treatment, but Talbot started 10 games more than Kakhonen last season, outplayed him in the second half and was Minnesota&#x;s unquestioned starter come playoff time. That said, Talbot is a starter who may only log 45 games.

Tony DeAngelo, D, Hurricanes (+12): Hey, I&#x;m not ranking players on their character here. We don&#x;t have to like Mr. DeAngelo to acknowledge he&#x;s quite a talented offensive defenseman. He has the upside to be a top value at his position with Carolina currently deploying him on the first pair with Jaccob Slavin and on the to power-play unit. On the other hand, DeAngelo could just as easily get into some kind of practice skirmish and be off the team before October is up.

Cal Petersen, G, Kings (+22): He was really good for much of last season and has seemingly solidified the 1A role with Jonathan Quick transitioning to a 1B. On what should be an improved Kings team on both sides of the puck, Petersen is one of my favorite value picks in net. His three-year extension at a $5-million AAV establishes him as a clear-cut No. 1. That&#x;s an extremely important piece of information.

Linus Ullmark, G, Bruins ():
He was the inferior half of the Bruins' goalie duo in the pre-season, so the guess here is that Swayman gets the net for Game 1. That said, the contract alone keeps Ullmark&#x;s floor at 30 starts or more. He isn't being paid ride-the-pine money.

Alexander Radulov, RW, Stars:
Looked finished during the regular season. Looked far from finished in limited duty last year. At 35, he probably still has enough upside to be draftable, though you should shorten that leash if he starts out slowly.

Petr Mrazek, G, Maple Leafs


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Jack Campbell, G, Maple Leafs:

The Leafs paid UFA Mrazek a starter-like AAV, but Campbell was so good last season that he&#x;s earned just as big of an opportunity at a bellcow role. I&#x;ve thus projected for the pair to share the net equally on a Toronto team that improved dramatically in its own end last season and can yield two fantasy-relevant tenders.

Brent Burns, D, Sharks: His dominant days are done, and I&#x;m wary of pretty much all Sharks for Even at 35, Burns can still probably compile respectable counting stats as your second or third fantasy D-man.

MacKenzie Weegar, D, Panthers: Weegar has emerged as one of the best shutdown defensemen in hockey. But is the offense here to stay as well? His production doubled after Ekblad&#x;s season-ending injury, but (a) Weegar plays the opposite side and thus didn&#x;t assume Ekblad&#x;s role and (b) Weegar&#x;s ice time actually declined after Ekblad&#x;s injury. Weegar thus showed signs of real growth as a two-way force.

Torey Krug, D, Blues: His numbers predictably nosedived after he left his cushy role piling up points with the Bruins. He&#x;s still an excellent puck-mover, however. At worst, he&#x;ll be an assists asset. At best, he returns to being a high-end point producer at his position.

Jamie Drysdale, D, Ducks: The Ducks have finished second last followed by last in power-play efficiency across their past two seasons. They sure do need the dynamic young puck-rusher Drysdale. He should get every opportunity to become a focal point and challenge for the Calder Trophy.

Alexis Lafreniere, RW, Rangers (+7): He&#x;s hardly the first No. 1 overall pick to fall short in Year 1. It&#x;s too early to worry, and, keep in mind, he went almost a year without playing competitive hockey before debuting last winter. What we need to see more of in is chance generation. Among forwards who played at least minutes at 5-on-5, he sat th in individual scoring chances per I&#x;m wary of projecting him too highly until he shows he can get to the net more, but it&#x;s intriguing to see him playing top-line right wing with Kreider and Zibanejad.

Rasmus Dahlin, D, Sabres: Three years in, the body of work doesn&#x;t yet match the hype that made him &#x;s No. 1 overall draft pick. People said the same things about stars like Hedman and Chris Pronger early in their careers, too. Dahlin is just He can still become all-world.

Devon Toews, D, Avalanche: The Avalanche snatched Toews from the cap-crunched New York Islanders for a pair of draft picks and increased his ice time by more than four minutes per game. Entrusted huge minutes alongside Makar, the relatively unheralded Toews scored at close to a point pace and was elite defensively, too. Makar gets the fantasy glory, and that just makes the overshadowed Toews more of a bargain. Too bad shoulder surgery will cost him the start of the season, though. He&#x;d be about 30 spots higher otherwise.

Sam Bennett, C, Panthers: Do you believe in &#x;Florida Sam Bennett&#x;? That Sam Bennett was absolute supernova: 15 points in 10 games, averaging almost four shots and three hits per contest. That&#x;s, like, first-rounder fantasy production. The sample size was miniscule, however, and he was a perennial underachiever in Calgary, so he&#x;s very much a dice roll in fantasy.

Jordan Kyrou, RW, Blues (+5): I want to rank Kyrou higher. He projects to become a legit top-six NHL forward and produced like one last year. But St. Louis&#x; depth chart is so crowded on the right wing that nights of playing 12 or so minutes were commonplace for Kyrou last season. &#x;is what I said before he spent all pre-season on the Blues&#x; top line with Perron and O&#x;Reilly. Woo hoo! The arrow points way up for this kid.

Spencer Knight, G, Panthers (+25): Even as a 1B, he&#x;s such a talented prospect that he&#x;ll carve out fantasy value starting 25 to 30 games. He also has better than a puncher&#x;s chance to usurp Bobrovsky. If Knight does that: league winner.

Timo Meier, LW, Sharks: He&#x;s better than this. I swear! His shooting percentage plummeted last season. That was the reason for the piddly 12 goals. He&#x;s still one of the elite 5-on-5 shot generators. Even if he&#x;s not scoring, he&#x;s at worst dominant in one category. If the pucks start going in again, you have a draft-day steal.

Anders Lee, LW, Islanders: He&#x;s back from his torn ACL with no restrictions, ready to resume his role as an annual goal man. Some rink rust should be expected, however. Rather than draft him, consider targeting him for a trade after the first month or so.

Frederik Andersen, G, Hurricanes (+33):Will the Canes&#x; risky new goaltending plan pay off? Andersen appears to have the edge as the starter to open the season, and his fantasy ceiling is actually pretty high, but he carries enough health and performance red flags that we have to price the threat of Antti Raanta into the ranking.

Mikhail Sergachev, D, Lightning: He may seem like a seasoned vet since he already has two Cup rings, but he&#x;s just He&#x;s already a dependable fantasy blueliner, but he still has potential to become a lot more. A breakout looms.

Tristan Jarry, G, Penguins: Am I punishing him too much for his nightmarish playoffs? He&#x;s still worth something as a presumed starter, but you need another strong goalie if you draft Jarry. Also worth noting: wins could be hard to come by early on with Crosby and Malkin out.

Jonathan Toews, C, Blackhawks (+5): If Toews&#x; chronic immune response syndrome is under control and allows him to play, he&#x;s the cheapest source of 60 points in fantasy drafts. He&#x;s trending in the right direction to play on opening night.

Cam Atkinson, RW, Flyers (): Atkinson isn&#x;t a wow pick at this stage of his career, but he&#x;s a proven goal-scorer who may get an uptick in production after being traded to Philly. He certainly shoots enough to return to the goal range if his accuracy rebounds, but he&#x;s toiling on the third line at the moment, so I&#x;ve flopped him and Konecny.

Ondrej Palat, LW, Lightning: I probably have him lower than most considering he enjoys life on Tampa&#x;s top line with Point and Kucherov. Palat is a foot player who is more valuable for his real-life contributions and doesn&#x;t score many goals, though. He&#x;s good enough to be owned in most leagues but isn&#x;t a needle mover.

Kyle Palmieri, RW, Islanders: Had a bad year in New Jersey but scored at his usual goal pace in the playoffs with the Isles. He should be fine.

Jesse Puljujarvi, RW, Oilers (+18): The dream of Puljujarvi posting huge numbers on a scoring-line role in Edmonton isn&#x;t dead. His return to the NHL was mostly successful and made him a fringe fantasy factor at times with 15 goals and plus hits in 55 games. The Oilers still aren&#x;t too deep on the right wing, so he&#x;s holding strong as McDavid&#x;s right winger.

Jakub Voracek, RW, Blue Jackets (+27): A bad team discount pick. He lands on a weaker team but shouldn&#x;t have any trouble earning significant minutes and power play time. Even in his decline, he&#x;s averaged 68 points per 82 games over the past three seasons.

Evgeni Malkin, C, Penguins: We always draft him expecting him to miss games during the season, but this time he&#x;s already out to start the season &#x; for a couple months. He&#x;s an all-time great talent, but he&#x;s 35 and getting rickety.

Kaapo Kakko, RW, Rangers: Perhaps Lafreniere has the more exciting ceiling, but don&#x;t forget about fellow lottery pick Kakko. His underlying play-driving metrics improved a ton from year 1 to year 2.

Nils Hoglander, LW, Canucks (+33): His 13 goals and 27 points in 56 games were a nice start as a rookie. He&#x;s an upside pick considering he&#x;s a talented scorer who&#x;s currently tabbed as Pettersson and Boeser&#x;s linemate.

James van Riemsdyk, LW, Flyers: Not an exciting pick these days, but he&#x;s still a pretty consistent goal threat. I just don&#x;t see a ton of upside here anymore.

Jack Eichel, C, Sabres: We finally got some good news this week: his camp has been able to share additional medical information with teams interested in trading for him. The bad news: the clock doesn&#x;t start on his injury recovery until he gets his treatment. He&#x;s still months away from playing hockey in the best-case scenario.

Samuel Girard, D, Avalanche: I really like the real Samuel Girard, and his fantasy numbers weren&#x;t half bad in On a team with Makar and Toews, however, Girard is at best the No. 3 scoring option on Colorado&#x;s blueline.

Kasperi Kapanen, RW, Penguins: Lacks the finishing ability to ever be an above-average goal-scorer and will start the season without Malkin, so I&#x;m not enthusiastically drafting Kapanen this season despite him producing 30 points in 40 games last year.

Casey Mittelstadt, C, Sabres: Post-hype breakout alert. Mittelstadt, only a couple years removed from elite-tier prospect status, found himself under coach Don Granato. Mittelstadt finished with eight goals and 16 points in his last 21 games and has a chunky scoring-line role sewn up for

Matt Dumba, D, Wild:
Had 12 goals in 32 games two seasons ago. Since: 12 goals in games. Darn. Dumba still warrants rostering because he chips in a variety of stats, but maybe he won&#x;t become a fantasy star after all.

Mike Smith, G, Oilers:
He was quietly one of the most valuable fantasy netminders last season. He&#x;s also 39 and struggled badly in the two seasons prior. He could excel again, or the bottom could fall out and Edmonton might make a mid-season trade for a goaltender. Don&#x;t pick Smith as your No. 1. He at least has the potential to be a good No. 2 if he keeps the starting gig again.

Joel Eriksson Ek, C, Wild (+30): Maybe that shooting percentage regresses, but Eriksson Ek still showed a lot last year. He can score goals, he&#x;s physical, and he&#x;s starting to deliver on that first-round promise. Right now he&#x;s centering the Kaprizov line. Excellent.

Jared McCann, LW, Kraken (+26): If you&#x;re looking for that medium-potential, buy-low pick that becomes William Karlsson on an expansion team, it&#x;s McCann. He scored 14 goals in 43 games logging just 14 minutes and change per night last season. He&#x;s a first-liner now for the Kraken.

Tyler Johnson, C, Blackhawks (NR): Parachuting from bottom-six duty for Tampa into a mouthwatering first-line center job with DeBrincat and  Kane on the wings is QUITE the change for Johnson&#x;s fantasy value. You could make a case for ranking him higher, but we can&#x;t say for certain he holds off Kirby Dach. The minute Johnson gets yanked from line 1, he&#x;s droppable, so don&#x;t overbid.

Vince Dunn, D, Kraken (+21): Finally gets a chance to spread his wings and play bigger minutes. The Kraken D-corps is actually pretty deep and crowded. I thus don&#x;t necessarily expect a spike in 5-on-5 ice time for Dunn, but he should see lots of opportunities with the man advantage.

Nick Ritchie, LW, Maple Leafs (+35): Ritchie could fit as a mini Tom Wilson type on the Leafs&#x; first line. That&#x;s his current assignment: the road grader alongside Matthews and Marner. The fantasy potential here is pretty significant if Ritchie can keep the gig.

Ty Smith, D, Devils (): I think Smith can be Quinn Hughes Lite this season: nice point total and power-play numbers while not delivering a ton in the other fantasy categories. An undisclosed injury knocked him out of the pre-season, however, and he&#x;s trending toward missing regular-season games at this point.

Viktor Arvidsson, RW, Kings: He&#x;s barely been rosterable for the past two seasons, but I like him as a later-round flier joining a new team that will deploy him in a plum scoring role. He shoots the puck as much as ever.

Denis Gurianov, RW, Stars: I whiffed a bit on a Gurianov breakout prediction last season. I&#x;ll double down and say he returns to goal land because his shooting percentage will positively regress.

John Gibson, G, Ducks: Gibson deserves to be a top fantasy goalie. He just couldn&#x;t hold it together in the past few years as the team around him crumbled. If you believe the Ducks can rocket up the standings this season, go ahead and reach for Gibson.

Jordan Eberle, RW, Kraken: Someone has to do the scoring for Seattle. Why not Eberle? He should see enough playing time in scoring situations to get 20 goals and 45 points at minimum.

Phil Kessel, RW, Coyotes:
Quietly delivered 20 goals in 56 games last season, though he was buoyed by a career-best shooting percentage. He&#x;s the type of player you add and drop throughout a season and stream while he&#x;s hot. Missed training camp with a foot injury and wants to be traded to a contender, which would be a boon for his fantasy value.

Mike Hoffman, LW, Canadiens: Even during a season dotted with healthy scratches, Hoffman scored at a goal pace. You could do worse for a depth winger in leagues that count power-play points. That&#x;s where Hoffman makes his hay. He&#x;ll miss the start of the season with a lower-body injury, however.

Tomas Tatar, LW, Devils: He&#x;s better than what he showed in his disastrous contract year that ended with the Habs scratching him during the post-season. Tatar is a proven play driver, and the Devils are paying him scoring-line money, so he&#x;s a nice buy-low pick.

Vasili Podkolzin, RW, Canucks:
KHL imports can be tough to project because they play limited minutes there during their teenage years. Podkolzin&#x;s fantasy upside is undeniable, however. He&#x;s a Grade-A prospect with an aggressive style that could make him a multi-category stat suffer. He&#x;s ticketed for a top-six job.

Lucas Raymond, LW, Red Wings (+30): With his mature all-round game and exceptional intelligence, he just feels like a throwback Red Wings player, doesn&#x;t he? He deserves a roster spot after a dazzling pre-season. As Detroit&#x;s best forward prospect, he could have a noteworthy impact immediately. The Jakub Vrana injury only increases Detroit&#x;s need for Raymond.

Mats Zuccarello, RW, Wild:
You&#x;re paying for assists and not much else for &#x;The Norwegian Hobbit,&#x; but he&#x;ll get plenty of those as long as he keeps playing with Kaprizov.

Victor Olofsson, RW, Sabres: Buffalo players are tough sells in plus-minus leagues, but power-play specialist Olofsson is one of the cheapest picks among players with plausible goal ability.

Rickard Rakell, LW, Ducks:
Can his shooting percentage really be unlucky three years in a row? Is this just who he is now? Rakell has lost his scoring touch. I&#x;d love to see him traded to a contender that could pair him with an elite playmaker.

Nino Niederreiter, LW, Hurricanes:
Playing on a good team&#x;s second line seems appealing, and he was plenty good last year, but he&#x;s so inconsistent from season to season that you never know what you&#x;re getting. Jesperi Kotkaniemi is pushing him for that spot, too.

Anton Khudobin, G, Stars

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Braden Holtby, G, Stars

Wasn&#x;t this supposed to be Jake Oettinger&#x;s big year? Instead, he&#x;s likely AHL bound while Khudobin and Holtby fight for starts.. Ben Bishop could also end up healthy enough to be medically cleared later this season, too

Patric Hornqvist, RW, Panthers: He&#x;s a handy player to ride when he&#x;s in the lineup. The shots and hits keep coming. But the Panthers&#x; depth chart is deeper now, and Hornqvist, 34, pretty much never plays a full season because of his grinding, taxing style. Draft him knowing 60 games is a win.

Anthony Duclair, LW, Panthers: Deserves more respect in fantasy circles. Shoots the puck a ton, often plays in the top six on a pretty loaded team and was actually unlucky with his shooting percentage last season.

Brock Nelson, C, Islanders: A consistent source of 20 to 25 goals. You can add him in the later rounds if you&#x;re low in that category and need a safe selection.

Filip Hronek, D, Red Wings: Still their primary source of offense on the point. He&#x;s draftable if you&#x;re willing to pay the plus-minus tax.

Jaden Schwartz, LW, Kraken: Seattle is paying him to be a front-line scorer. He&#x;s a proven top-six talent, but he&#x;s inconsistent year to year and injury-prone, so I&#x;m not tripping over myself to draft him despite his exciting opportunity.

Erik Karlsson, D, Sharks: It&#x;s staggering that he&#x;s only His multitude of injuries and declining play make him seem like he&#x;s nearing the end of his career. He&#x;s one of the best players of his generation, so there are worse ideas than betting on a Karlsson redemption arc, but San Jose just isn&#x;t a fertile fantasy ecosystem right now.

Kailer Yamamoto, RW, Oilers: The scariest thing about his massively disappointing season? It was almost double the sample size of his thrilling breakout the season before. My confidence is shaken after I pumped him up as a home-run pick last season. Still, as is the case with Puljujarvi, there just isn&#x;t vicious competition to be a top-six right winger in Edmonton, so Yamamoto will get another shot at glory.

Jack Roslovic, C, Blue Jackets: Slated to open the season as Columbus&#x; No. 2 center. Draftable for his role alone, and he does have great speed and a first-round pedigree.

Anthony Cirelli, C, Lightning: Seemed to be trending toward solid fantasy value, but his offense took a backseat to his crucial real-life defensive work last season. I&#x;m no longer certain he&#x;s a must-roster player in pools.

Alex Nedeljkovic, G, Red Wings: Noooo. After a stellar rookie season in which he posted a SP, he was ready for top goalie status. Now he&#x;s inexplicably been traded to lowly Detroit. If the Wings surprise, it&#x;ll largely be because of &#x;Ned,&#x; but joining a rebuilding squad will damage his win potential and rate stats.

Justin Faulk, D, Blues: Chips in enough in the basic scoring categories that he doesn&#x;t hurt you, and he&#x;s become quite an asset in the secondary stats like shots, hits and blocks.

Jared Spurgeon, D, Wild: Reliable for double digit goals and power-play points with blocks as well.

Josh Bailey, RW, Islanders:
Unsung in real life. In fantasy, he&#x;s empty calories. Augments your assist category but doesn&#x;t do a whole lot else.

Eeli Tolvanen, RW, Predators: Remember how excited we were about him a couple years go when was smashing KHL records? He finally looked like he belonged in the NHL last season, and the Preds sure do need him. Why not grab him instead of a boring vet at this stage of your draft? Tolvanen at least has significant potential even if he&#x;s no sure thing.

Shane Pinto, C, Senators (+18): Turned pro after a great college career and jumped into the NHL seamlessly late last season. With Colin White out four to six months, Pinto only needs to beat out Chris Tierney for long-term duty in the top six.

Cole Sillinger, C, Blue Jackets (NR): The draft&#x;s 12th-overall pick is trending toward making the Blue Jackets as their opening-night No. 1 center between Laine and Voracek. We have ourselves a new Calder Trophy threat.

Matt Boldy, LW, Wild: Still trending toward making the team. He&#x;s a scoring machine who made the AHL look pretty easy after turning pro last season. Major sleeper, even if he doesn&#x;t start the season on a scoring line.

Rasmus Ristolainen, D, Flyers: Won&#x;t be asked to score a ton on his new team, but he can supplement your hits and shots categories. Not currently sitting on either power-play unit, though.

Jeff Carter, C, Penguins: Does Carter actually have a bit of juice at 36? He buried nine goals in 14 games following his trade to Pittsburgh, he still shoots a lot, and he&#x;s likely starting the season in a No. 2 center job while Malkin is out &#x; ugh, make that No. 1 center with Crosby out too? Carter could be a nice temporary early-season pickup playing with Guentzel (if healthy) and Rust.

Alexander Holtz, LW, Devils (+6): New Jersey&#x;s first-rounder is easily its best goal-scoring prospect. Maybe he makes the team and is one of the NHL&#x;s top rookies. He&#x;s already generating buzz with his laser of a shot. I want at least a few of these lottery-ticket picks at the end of every draft. If he gets cut, no biggie. He&#x;s your last pick, right?

Jake Allen, G, Canadiens (NR): If Price misses more than a few weeks, this ranking will end up far too low, but the situation is so murky that we can&#x;t reach too far on Allen.

Jamie Benn, LW, Stars: Now that expectations have been recalibrated for the one-time Art Ross winner, he&#x;s a decent roster filler who can chip in OK point production and helps in the big-man categories.

Yegor Sharangovich, RW, Devils: Had 13 goals and 26 points in 39 games over the final three months of his intriguing rookie year. The surge was quiet enough that he probably won&#x;t cost much in drafts. Could be an uber-cheap source of plus goals.

William Karlsson, C, Golden Knights: His goal season has disappeared in the rearview mirror, but he&#x;s a high-floor pick, good for 20 goals and a high plus-minus if your league uses it as a category.

Kirby Dach, C, Blackhawks (): Dach&#x;s pedigree and opportunity trump the fact he hasn&#x;t accomplished much yet in the NHL. You want him. But you may have to be patient with him. He&#x;s pencilled in for third-line duty right now thanks to Tyler Johnson surprisingly vaulting himself onto line 1 and Jonathan Toews looking healthy enough to handle line 2.

Mackenzie Blackwood, G, Devils: He was slated to start, give or take, 60 percent of the games on a team that made a ton of roster upgrades over the summer, but he&#x;s currently unvaccinated, which will cap his playing-time ceiling.

Shane Gostisbehere, D, Coyotes: He&#x;s only a few years removed from being a stellar fantasy blueliner. Goes to a weaker team but will also be entrusted with a bigger role. Wouldn&#x;t be surprising to see him deliver 40 points from the point.

Kaapo Kahkonen, G, Wild: As far as 1Bs go, Kahkonen is among the best, and he looked like a genuine starter for an extended stretch last season before hitting the skids. Starting 30 to 35 games, he could be an adequate No. 2 or excellent No. 3 on your squad.

Luke Kunin, RW, Predators: Playing a night, he produced a pro-rated pace of 23 goals, 41 points and hits. Still just

Owen Tippett, RW, Panthers (NR): Opening the year with Huberdeau and Bennett and carries first-round prospect pedigree. Tippett could jump to plus goals in a full season as a top-sixer.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi, LW, Hurricanes (NR): His under-the-hood numbers haven&#x;t been pretty so far in his career, but the opportunity on Carolina&#x;s second line to start the season gives him potential.

Oliver Wahlstrom, RW, Islanders: We know the Isles need more goals, and they don&#x;t have the cap space to go get another veteran sniper. That means Wahlstrom has potential to climb as high as the top line as the season progresses.

Alex Iafallo, LW, Kings
: He&#x;s probably a placeholder until L.A.&#x;s higher-end prospects rise up but, for now, he plays almost 20 minutes a game and can offer a stat line or better.

Moritz Seider, D, Red Wings: He&#x;s going to be a S.T.U.D., a workhorse who plays high-leverage minutes and in all situations. I think Seider makes Detroit. What we don&#x;t know yet is what his fantasy profile will be. Best case: he&#x;s a two-way beast who stuffs the scoresheet across multiple categories. As we saw with Alexander Romanov in Montreal last season, though, not every top-prospect defenseman brings his offense with him as a rookie.

Cody Glass, C, Predators: Was Vegas&#x; top prospect and inaugural draft pick, but the light hasn&#x;t switched on four years after they selected him, and he gets a fresh start with Nashville. The playmaking potential is there, but it&#x;s time to worry if he doesn&#x;t make big strides in

Phil Tomasino, RW, Predators (+9): He&#x;s Nashville&#x;s top goal-scoring prospect and doesn&#x;t have serious competition to make the team. Looking good to open the year in the NHL.

Chris Driedger, G, Kraken: He&#x;s been one of the best backups in hockey for the past two seasons. Sharing Seattle&#x;s net with Grubauer, Driedger is a 1B but should have a sizeable role.

Radko Gudas, D, Panthers: Along with Jani Hakanpaa, Gudas is the rare bottom-pair banger who offers real fantasy value. In hits leagues, Gudas can singlehandedly turn the tide for you. His NHL-best in 54 games put him on pace for in an game schedule, flirting with Matt Martin&#x;s single-season record of

Alec Martinez, D, Golden Knights: I should probably rank him higher for his shot-blocking prowess alone. The offensive breakout in his age season made no sense to me, however. I don&#x;t see it happening again.

Elvis Merzlikins, G, Blue Jackets:
OK, so the contract extension gives us clarity. Merzlikins is the long-term No. 1 and maybe will play a bit more than Korpisalo &#x; albeit on a bad team. Korpisalo, a pending UFA, is more of a fantasy bench stash now in case he&#x;s traded to a contender. Step up, Edmonton!

Jordan Greenway, LW, Wild:
The big fella is finding his groove as a playmaking winger. If he can use that frame and up his hit total just a bit more, he can really warrant some attention in fantasy.

Tuukka Rask, G, UFA:
Draft him. Stash him. When he returns from hip surgery in the winter, whether it&#x;s with the Bruins or a new team, he&#x;ll do so as a starter and potential league-winning acquisition in fantasy. He still insists he'll only return as a Bruin, but who knows how he'll feel if they decide they don't need him?

Seth Jarvis, C, Hurricanes: We don't even know if Jarvis makes the Canes or where he plays, but keep a close eye out in the days to come. His offensive potential is big. He tore up the WHL and AHL last year.

Alex Newhook, C, Avalanche (): The team&#x;s top forward prospect played in the NCAA, AHL and NHL last season, even suiting up in the playoffs. He&#x;s a speedy, slashing puckhandler in the Brayden Point mold. His pre-season has been uneven at best, though, to the point he&#x;s not a lock to make the team. He might be better as a priority early-season waiver add than a must-draft youngster.

Jakub Vrana, LW, Red Wings (): Vrana was among the most efficient goal scorers in the league during his time with the Caps, so it made perfect sense when he busted out for eight goals and 11 points in 11 games after a trade to Detroit boosted his average TOI by close to three minutes. He&#x;ll be out until winter after shoulder surgery. His potential impact is still meaty enough to make him worth a draft-and-stash.

Quinton Byfield, C, Kings (): With two great defensive centers ahead of him on the depth chart, the hulking Byfield was ready enjoy some cupcake matchups playing in the bottom six. Then came Tuesday&#x;s game, in which he was stretchered off with what has now been revealed as a fractured ankle. What a bummer.

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