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Fantasy Hockey Draft Prep: Ranking the top 100 players for 2020-21 season

Fantasy Hockey Draft Prep: Ranking the top 100 players for 2020-21 season

Here's how one analyst ranks the NHL's best as the new season nears.

By Kyle Riley

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Leon Draisaitl had a sensational 2019-20 campaign, leading the league with an absurd 110 points in just 71 contests. The 25-year-old pivot was rewarded handsomely for his efforts, taking home the Hart Trophy as the NHL's MVP, the Ted Lindsay Award as the league's most outstanding player as voted by his peers, and the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer. With all that being said, it may seem strange to see him appear at No. 3 in the rankings below, but I simply can't ignore Connor McDavid's unbeatable mix of consistency and elite production and Nathan MacKinnon's immense upside. Nonetheless, the first three players in this list, who all happen to be centers, are essentially interchangeable, so how you order them on draft day will essentially boil down to personal preference.

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Carlson has firmly established himself as a top-five Fantasy option at his position over the past three seasons, but he should be viewed as the consensus No.1 Fantasy blueliner heading into this year's drafts after leading all defensemen with 75 points in 69 games last campaign. There will, however, still be plenty of attractive options at the rearguard position later on if you miss out on Carlson, including reigning Norris Trophy winner Roman Josi, Stanley Cup champion Victor Hedman, and superb sophomores Cale Makar and Quinn Hughes.

With the shortened regular season, NHL teams will be utilizing a tandem approach to goaltending now more than ever, which means true workhorse netminders will be a rare commodity during this year's Fantasy drafts. Andrei Vasilevskiy and Connor Hellebuyck are both elite netminders with questionable backups that will see a massive share of their team's starts in goal this season. It's no coincidence that they're the first two goaltenders to appear in the rankings below.

Without further ado, here's my list of the top 100 Fantasy hockey players for the 2020-21 season based on CBS scoring:

  1. Connor McDavid, C, Oilers

  2. Nathan MacKinnon, C, Avalanche

  3. Leon Draisaitl, C, Oilers

  4. Jack Eichel, C, Sabres

  5. Sidney Crosby, C, Penguins

  6. Alex Ovechkin, LW, Capitals

  7. Steven Stamkos, C, Lightning

  8. Auston Matthews, C, Maple Leafs

  9. Artemi Panarin, LW, Rangers

  10. Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, Lightning

  11. Evgeni Malkin, C, Penguins

  12. John Tavares, C, Maple Leafs

  13. Mika Zibanejad, C, Rangers

  14. John Carlson, D, Capitals

  15. Sebastian Aho, LW, Hurricanes

  16. Patrick Kane, RW, Blackhawks

  17. Mitch Marner, C, Maple Leafs

  18. Mikko Rantanen, RW, Avalanche

  19. Brad Marchand, LW, Bruins

  20. Mark Scheifele, C, Jets

  21. Andrei Svechnikov, RW, Hurricanes

  22. Brayden Point, C, Lightning

  23. Elias Pettersson, C, Canucks

  24. Connor Hellebuyck, G, Jets

  25. J.T. Miller, C, Canucks

  26. Aleksander Barkov, C, Panthers

  27. Ilya Samsonov, G, Capitals

  28. David Pastrnak, RW, Bruins

  29. Roman Josi, D, Predators

  30. Carter Hart, G, Flyers

  31. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, Capitals

  32. Matthew Tkachuk, LW, Flames

  33. Johnny Gaudreau, LW, Flames

  34. Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, Panthers

  35. Kyle Connor, LW, Jets

  36. Cale Makar, D, Avalanche

  37. Tuukka Rask, G, Bruins

  38. Quinn Hughes, D, Canucks

  39. Blake Wheeler, RW, Jets

  40. Jake Guentzel, LW, Penguins

  41. Robin Lehner, G, Golden Knights

  42. Patrik Laine, RW, Jets

  43. Victor Hedman, D, Lightning

  44. Ryan O'Reilly, C, Blues

  45. Patrice Bergeron, C, Bruins

  46. Sean Couturier, C, Flyers

  47. Teuvo Teravainen, C, Hurricanes

  48. William Nylander, C, Maple Leafs

  49. Travis Konecny, C, Flyers

  50. Dylan Larkin, C, Red Wings

  51. Mathew Barzal, C, Islanders

  52. Igor Shesterkin, G, Rangers

  53. Mike Hoffman, LW, Blues

  54. Claude Giroux, C, Flyers

  55. Jordan Binnington, G, Blues

  56. Brayden Schenn, C, Blues

  57. Frederik Andersen, G, Maple Leafs

  58. Miro Heiskanen, D, Stars

  59. Taylor Hall, LW, Sabres

  60. Carey Price, G, Canadiens

  61. Nicklas Backstrom, C, Capitals

  62. Brent Burns, D, Sharks

  63. Sean Monahan, C, Flames

  64. Anze Kopitar, C, Kings

  65. Alex Pietrangelo, D, Golden Knights

  66. Gabriel Landeskog, LW, Avalanche

  67. Aaron Ekblad, D, Panthers

  68. Torey Krug, D, Blues

  69. Philipp Grubauer, G, Avalanche

  70. Anders Lee, C, Islanders

  71. Dougie Hamilton, D, Hurricanes

  72. Bo Horvat, C, Canucks

  73. Kris Letang, D, Penguins

  74. Anthony DeAngelo, D, Rangers

  75. Ryan Strome, C, Rangers

  76. Logan Couture, C, Sharks

  77. Matt Duchene, C, Predators

  78. Anton Khudobin, G, Stars

  79. Keith Yandle, D, Panthers

  80. Max Pacioretty, LW, Golden Knights

  81. Elias Lindholm, RW, Flames

  82. Nazem Kadri, C, Avalanche

  83. Mark Stone, RW, Golden Knights

  84. Braden Holtby, G, Canucks

  85. Alex DeBrincat, RW, Blackhawks

  86. Evander Kane, LW, Sharks

  87. Thomas Chabot, D, Senators

  88. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, LW, Oilers

  89. Phil Kessel, RW, Coyotes

  90. David Perron, RW, Blues

  91. Zach Werenski, D, Blue Jackets

  92. Evgenii Dadonov, RW, Senators

  93. Rasmus Dahlin, D, Sabres

  94. Max Domi, C, Blue Jackets

  95. Jamie Benn, C, Stars

  96. Pierre-Luc Dubois, C, Blue Jackets

  97. Tyson Barrie, D, Oilers

  98. Shea Theodore, D, Golden Knights

  99. Tristan Jarry, G, Penguins

Erik Karlsson, D, Sharks


Matt Larkin's Top 250 Fantasy Hockey Players for 2021-22 (Updated)

OCT. 7 UPDATE: It’s draftin’ season. The 2021-22 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’s contract, as it’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’s hoping it’s easier to prepare for 2021-22 than it was for 2020-21. Entering last season, players from seven NHL teams hadn’t played for almost a year. We had 2020 bubble tournament hangovers and team COVID-19 outbreaks to deal with. Player values were wildly unpredictable.

Entering 2021-22, things aren’t fully back to normal by any means, as we’re evaluating players after a 56-game season in which they played solely within realigned divisions. But with a more traditional off-season flow, maybe it’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 3.0 of my top 250 fantasy players of 2021-22. Let’s do this! We’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’t shift much at first, but the changes will become more significant as the pre-season progresses, prospects do or don’t make their teams and injuries occur.

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

(c) In previous incarnations of this list, I haven’t awarded enough value to the “stat stuffers,” the players who provide well-rounded contributions in many roto categories. You’ll notice massive year-over-year leaps for players like Darnell Nurse. It was overdue. The stat suffers can carry your team.

(d) You’ll see a few players who aren’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’s fate if he wins a job and challenges for the Calder Trophy. If he doesn’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’t yet revealed which goalie will get the lion’s share of starts, I’ve paired the stoppers together in the rankings, If one begins to separate from the other in training camp, I’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’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’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’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’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 82-game season is probably 40 goals, 90 points and 300 shots.

5. Auston Matthews, C, Maple Leafs (-1):
The best goal-scorer on the planet will get 60 one of these years…if he can play a full season. He’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’re still talking about it less than a week out means it’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: 113 points per 82 games.

7. Alex Ovechkin, LW, Capitals:
Even if, going into his age-36 season, he’ll never be a 50-goal man again, he remains a fantasy monster. You can still count on him for 40 goals, 300 shots and 200 hits.

8. Brad Marchand, LW, Bruins:
I’ve surprised myself ranking him above David Pastrnak, but the Nose Face Killah deserves it. He’s scored at a 100-point pace in four straight seasons, he’s more durable than ‘Pasta’ and contributes more to the rough-stuff fantasy categories.

9. Nikita Kucherov, RW, Lightning:
Showed in his sublime post-season that he’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.

10. Mikko Rantanen, RW, Avalanche:
No one doubted Rantanen’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.

11. 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 2019-20 and remains one of the safest picks to contend for it in 2021-22.

12. 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 100-point club.

13. Connor Hellebuyck, G, Jets: Volume is at a premium during the NHL’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 2017-18. Oh, and he’s really good.

14. 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.

15. Aleksander Barkov, C, Panthers: Last season felt like a put-it-all-together campaign for Barkov, who captured the Selke Trophy. He’s a complete 200-foot player but not at the expense of his fantasy value. He’s still an annual threat for top-10 production. It’s also possible we haven’t seen his best season yet given his improved supporting cast.

16. Cale Makar, D, Avalanche: He’s already producing at the rate of Erik Karlsson’s peak, if not better, in just two full NHL seasons. If any blueliner this millennium can make a run at 100 points, it’s Makar, especially when he calls so many elite players teammates.

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

18. 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’s win-you-your-pool good when he’s on a heater, and he started last season slowly after recovering from COVID-19, so he may be a bargain.

19. Mark Scheifele, C, Jets: The deeper analytics suggest Scheifele is overrated, but that doesn’t affect his fantasy outlook much because he plays so many minutes. His per-60 stats aren’t so efficient, but he nevertheless averages 34 goals and 85 points per 82 games across his past five seasons.

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

21. Elias Pettersson, C, Canucks: Give all the Canucks mulligans for a cursed 2021-22. We haven’t seen the best of ‘Petey’ yet. There’s a 40-goal, 90-point season in him. He’s an electrifying talent.

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

23. John Carlson, D, Capitals: He’ll deliver top-five fantasy numbers at his position in his sleep, and he’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.

24. 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’s a dynamic puck-mover in a great fantasy situation. Also underrated in pools for his contribution to the blocks category.

25. Alex DeBrincat, LW, Blackhawks: Which was the anomaly: DeBrincat’s 41-goal breakout in 2018-19 or his 18-goal flop in 2019-20? The latter year had a massive shooting percentage regression, so it wasn’t a surprise to see DeBrincat get back to his top-tier sniper numbers last season, burying 32 goals in 52 games. That’s the real version of him. You can feel safe paying for it in your draft.

26. Brady Tkachuk, LW, Senators (-7): Even if his offense doesn’t take a step forward, he’s the frontrunner to lead the NHL in shots and hits. If he can improve incrementally and produce something like a 30-30-60 offensive stat line, he’s a first-rounder next year. But the contract squabble is officially starting to scare me. We’re close enough to the start of the season that he’s (a) going to miss games or (b) could take time to get his sea legs. What a shame.

27. Matthew Tkachuk, RW, Flames: Isn’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.

28. Brayden Point, C, Lightning:
Don’t confuse playoff pools with regular-season pools. He’s an easy top-five pick in April. In September drafts? He’s more of a rock-solid second- or third-round pick who has shown he can score 90-plus points but, because he’s asked to do so much at both ends of the ice, could range as low as 70.

29. 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.

30. Shea Theodore, D, Golden Knights: He doesn’t bring much to the grit categories, but he offers so much offensively that it doesn’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’s no suggestion yet that he’ll miss regular-season games.

31. Igor Shesterkin, G, Rangers: He’s positioned for one of the bigger workloads in the league, he’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.

32. Darnell Nurse, D, Oilers: He’s a plus contributor in goals and points playing in the most fertile fantasy environment, he’s in his prime, and he loads up on hits, blocks and shots, too. Pro-rated pace last season: 23 goals, 53 points, 226 shots, 171 hits, 146 blocks. Are you kidding me? Even if his crazy-high shooting percentage regresses to the mean, he’s still the most balanced contributor among all fantasy D-men.

33. Kyle Connor, LW, Jets: A full season of Connor should deliver, at worst, 35-35-70, and 40-40-80 is hardly a stretch for the speedy shot generator.

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

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

36. 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’ve scaled back my hype. Did I go too far, though?

37. Steven Stamkos, C, Lightning: He still scores enough to be a first-line fantasy center when he’s in the lineup. But you have to draft him assuming he plays about 60 games at this point. That said, his 60-game sample will still trump most players’ 82-game samples.

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

39. 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’d rate as a top-three pick in goal if it weren’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.

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

41. 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.

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

43. Sidney Crosby, C, Penguins:
He’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.

44. 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’t a lock to improve or ice even a top-20 offense this season, so Hamilton has more downside than normal.

45. 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 1,000 minutes played. He did so playing in Arizona. Now we’re dropping him into the all-world Colorado lineup. We cross our fingers he can stay healthy, because he’s capable of being a league winner if he does.

46. Quinn Hughes, D, Canucks: He should rank far higher in points-only leagues, as he’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.

47. 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.

48. Brock Boeser, RW, Canucks: Still odd to see no 30-goal seasons on his resume yet considering he’s one of the sport’s elite pure shooting talents. If he can play 70-plus games in what should be a full NHL calendar, that should change in 2021-22.

49. Taylor Hall, LW, Bruins: OK, so his 2017-18 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 25-goal, 60-point floor with potential for quite a bit more?

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

51. Jacob Markstrom, G, Flames:
He’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.

52. 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 – and now he’s out after testing positive for COVID-19.

53. Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Blackhawks: The good news: ‘Flower’ should get 50-plus starts coming off his Vezina season. The bad: he’s joining the worst defensive team of the past several seasons. Fleury will be busy, and it could hurt his rate stats.

54. 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’s offense. On the other hand, there’s very little offensive help around him. Will the assist total shrink if the forwards can’t finish?

55. Morgan Rielly, D, Maple Leafs:
That 20-goal season in 2018-19 feels like a dream. Even if he’s not reaching double digits, he’s squarely in the D1 tier with his consistent point production. It’s also worth noting he was much more of a factor in the hits and blocks categories last season.

56. Thatcher Demko, G, Canucks:
Ah, finally. The starter’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’ busy off-season improves the team’s defensive play.

57. 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’t stop him from leading all defensemen in goals last season.

58. 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’d bet on something between Year 1 and Year 2.

59. 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.

60. Johnny Gaudreau, LW, Flames: Interestingly, Gaudreau’s game didn’t suffer after the switch to old-school coach Darryl Sutter. ‘Johnny Hockey’ actually finished his season with 22 points in his final 16 games. He still has potential to turn a profit at his projected ADP.

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

62. Jason Robertson, LW, Stars:
Placed top-10 in points per 60 during his tremendous rookie year. I’m keeping the ranking conservative because it was a small sample size, but I’m bullish overall. He has taken over as Dallas’ top left winger.

63. Roope Hintz, C, Stars:
Robertson’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’ go-to duo.

64. 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.

65. Patrik Laine, RW, Blue Jackets (+3): He should be churning out 50-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’s younger than two of the three 2021 Calder Trophy finalists! He’ll never come cheaper, and he’s found some intriguing chemistry with Jakub Voracek in the pre-season.

66. 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’s line are exciting, but keep in mind Reinhart has enjoyed quality linemates for much of his career already.

67. William Nylander, RW, Maple Leafs:
It’s music to my ears when the prehistoric thinkers slander Nylander’s game, as it helps him fall in drafts seemingly every year. Pencil him in for 25-plus goals, 60 points and 200 shots.

68. Tyler Seguin, C, Stars: It’s weird for one of the most bankable performers of the past decade to land in a boom-bust category, but that’s how I see the current version of Seguin. At 29, perhaps he returns to being a top-20 scorer in the league, or perhaps his hip problems have altered his trajectory for good. He’s a guy I’ll draft if he falls far enough, but I won’t reach expecting the Seguin of old.

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

70. Anze Kopitar, C, Kings:
I predict Kopitar’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.

71. 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’t think 30 goals and a Calder Trophy are unrealistic to expect.

72. Thomas Chabot, D, Senators: He’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.

73. 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.

74. Filip Forsberg, LW, Predators: Underrated. Gets you 25 goals, 50 points, 200 shots and more than a hit per game. A shame he’s never gotten to play with a dominant center.

75. 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’s moving from Colorado to expansion Seattle. I’ll split the difference. He won’t be as valuable as he was with the Avs, especially with Chris Driedger siphoning starts, but the Kraken’s strength on paper appears to be team defense, so Grubauer’s rate stats might remain strong.

76. Aaron Ekblad, D, Panthers: The predicted breakout was happening. Ekblad was producing at roughly a 25-goal pace for an 82-game season before his horrific broken leg. Here’s hoping he returns fully healed, as, like many big, high-pedigree defensemen, he’s just settling into his prime in his mid-20s.

77. 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’s ever played for. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he delivered his most valuable fantasy campaign to date.

78. 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.

79. Elias Lindholm, C, Flames:
Though there are exceptions like Caufield, it’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?

80. Tyler Toffoli, RW, Canadiens: Only six players topped Toffoli’s 28 goals last season, and he typically plays with an ascendant talent in Nick Suzuki. But Toffoli’s scoring-chance generation didn’t actually spike, and he posted a career-high shooting percentage last year. He’s still a safe bet for 25 to 30 goals, but don’t count on him sustaining his 44-goal pace of 2021-22.

81. 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 2021-22, 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’s point total for a while.

82. Charlie McAvoy, D, Bruins: Real Life McAvoy has arrived, as he finished fifth in the 2021 Norris vote while logging 24 minutes a night as an all-around horse. Fantasy McAvoy isn’t quite a D1 yet, but he’s getting closer. We’re looking for that breakthrough to a 10-40-50 year with his usual bushel of hits and blocks.

83. John Klingberg, D, Stars:
Miro Heiskanen gets the love as the better overall player but hasn’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 2014-15, his rookie year.

84. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, LW, Oilers:
Can we blame the down year on contract uncertainty? I’m willing to. Playing in Edmonton’s top six and lapping up power-play looks, he’s a strong bet to return to his usual 60-point range.

85. Brayden Schenn, C, Blues:
So safe. You draft him for about 25 goals, 55 points and well north of 100 hits.

86. 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’ll keep scoring if he remains on a line with Hintz and Robertson, but Pavelski is 37. He turned a profit in 2020-21 pools because his stock had plummeted, but now he’ll cost a pretty penny. The risk is way higher.

87. Dominik Kubalik, LW, Blackhawks:
Predictably, his shooting percentage cratered in Year 2, but he still offers plenty to like. Among forwards with 500 or more minutes at 5-on-5 last season, he placed in the 94th percentile in shots per 60. His 30-goal season in 2019-20 won’t be his last.

88. 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’s still a Cap, he’s motivated to silence his critics, and his team needs him with Nicklas Backstrom hurt, so I’m leaning toward ‘Good Kuznetsov’ showing up this season.

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

90. Teuvo Teravainen, RW, Hurricanes (-14): A concussion limited him to 21 games last season, and that will probably cause some casual drafters to overlook him. He’s a reliable top-six forward, but I’ve flipped him with Necas since Necas saw time on Line 1 in the pre-season.

91. Semyon Varlamov, G, Islanders (-18): 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 2021-22.

92. Miro Heiskanen, D, Stars: He’s a wonderful talent, and he showed in the 2020 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’t need to be more than a 40-point player to be a stud for Dallas. He has the upside to do more, but he’s not guaranteed to.

93. Ryan O’Reilly, C, Blues:
A floor play, like so many Blues forwards. Doesn’t stand out in a particular category, but he’s a safe bet for 60-plus points as a fantasy team’s No. 2 center.

94. 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’s back to being the real Trocheck now, and he’s a nice asset for goals, points, shots and hits.

95. Juuse Saros, G, Predators: He was the best goalie in the league for the second half of 2021 and likely won some fantasy GMs their pools. So why the relatively low rank? The Preds’ off-season behavior signalled a shift toward getting younger and, perhaps, temporarily weaker. Wins might be hard to come by for Saros.

96. Joel Farabee, LW, Flyers:
Produced at a 30-goal pace in his breakout sophomore campaign. Since it’s too early to know if he can maintain a 16.1 shooting percentage, it would be good if he keeps increasing his shot rate, but he’s surpassed Travis Konecny as Philly’s most promising winger at this point.

97. Ilya Samsonov, G, Capitals:
COVID-19 derailed what was supposed to be a huge breakout year for elite prospect Samsonov. His potential remains as high as any goaltender’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.

98. David Perron, RW, Blues: Perron is the undisputed Boring Veteran King of fantasy hockey in my opinion. He’s perpetually overlooked yet plays on a scoring line and delivers something like 20-40-60 every year, with occasional spikes to even better per-game production like he showed last season.

99. Jeremy Swayman, G, Bruins (+18): Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy is indicating a true competition between 2020-21 breakout rookie Swayman and Linus Ullmark, whom the team paid starter’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.

100. 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’s especially enticing in shots leagues.

101. 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’s grip on the No. 1 gig remains slippery, but at least he’s a clear 1A to start the year.

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

103. Bryan Rust, RW, Penguins: Typically locked onto a line with Crosby and Guentzel, Rust tends to cost a lot less in drafts. That’s exciting for a guy with 49 goals and 98 points in 111 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.

104. Anthony Mantha, LW, Capitals: He has far better teammates around him than he did in Detroit but more competition for looks. Since he’s at worst entrenched in the top six, 25 goals aren’t a stretch at all.

105. Nicklas Backstrom, C, Capitals: He should remain one of the game’s best sources of assists, even at 33, but he’s week-to-week with a hip injury and likely won’t be ready for opening night.

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

107. 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’s offense plateau in the 50-point range? At least Christian Dvorak should help on the defensive side. Here’s hoping Suzuki keeps Caufield as a linemate all season.

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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 2022 unrestricted free agents: *) 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
4. Auston Matthews, C, TOR
5. Brad Marchand, LW, BOS
6. Artemi Panarin, LW, NYR
7. Mikko Rantanen, RW, COL
8. Alex Ovechkin, LW, WSH
9. David Pastrnak, RW, BOS
10. Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, TBL
11. Patrick Kane, RW, CHI (COVID-19 protocol)
12. Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, FLA
13. Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA
14. Brady Tkachuk, LW, OTT
15. Mitchell Marner, RW, TOR
16. Brayden Point, C/RW, TBL
17. Kirill Kaprizov, LW/RW, MIN
18. Cale Makar, D, COL
19. Victor Hedman, D, TBL
20. Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR
21. Adam Fox, D, NYR
22. Aaron Ekblad, D, FLA
23. Sebastian Aho, C, CAR
24. Andrei Svechnikov, LW/RW, CAR
25. Anze Kopitar, C, LAK
26. John Carlson, D, WSH
27. Robin Lehner, G, VGK
28. Connor Hellebuyck, G, WPG
29. Steven Stamkos, C/RW, TBL
30. Igor Shesterkin, G, NYR
31. Matthew Tkachuk, LW/RW, CGY
32. Mark Scheifele, C, WPG (COVID-19 protocol)
33. Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS*
34. Sidney Crosby, C, PIT (INJ.)
35. John Tavares, C, TOR
36. Mark Stone, RW, VGK (DTD)
37. Darcy Kuemper, G, COL*
38. Ilya Sorokin, G, NYI
39. Elias Pettersson, C, VAN
40. Alex DeBrincat, LW/RW, CHI
41. Gabriel Landeskog, C/LW, COL
42. Kyle Connor, LW, WPG
43. Frederik Andersen, G, CAR
44. Dougie Hamilton, D, NJD
45. Quinn Hughes, D, VAN
46. Nikolaj Ehlers, LW/RW, WPG
47. Morgan Rielly, D, TOR*
48. Charlie McAvoy, D, BOS
49. Spencer Knight, G, FLA (rookie)
50. Jack Campbell, G, TOR*
51. Jake Guentzel, LW/RW, PIT
52. Johnny Gaudreau, LW/RW, CGY*
53. J.T. Miller, C/LW, VAN
54. William Nylander, LW/RW, TOR
55. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH
56. Darnell Nurse, D, EDM
57. Alex Pietrangelo, D, VGK
58. Sam Bennett, C/LW, FLA
59. Sergei Bobrovsky, G, FLA
60. Vitek Vanecek, G, WSH
61. Shea Theodore, D, VGK
62. Tyson Barrie, D, EDM
63. Miro Heiskanen, D, DAL
64. Brock Boeser, RW, VAN
65. Sam Reinhart, C/RW, FLA
66. Ryan O'Reilly, C, STL
67. T.J. Oshie, C/RW, WSH
68. Drew Doughty, D, LAK (INJ.)
69. Jack Hughes, C/LW, NJD (INJ.)
70. Mathew Barzal, C, NYI
71. Ilya Samsonov, G, WSH

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2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Rankings

1Connor McDavid(EDM - C,F)1153.35.21+02Leon Draisaitl(EDM - C,LW)2246.08.12+03Nathan MacKinnon(COL - C)2308.29.93+04Nikita Kucherov(TB - RW)4329.310.24+05Auston Matthews(TOR - C,F)2359.811.56+16Andrei Vasilevskiy(TB - G)44011.512.85-17Mikko Rantanen(COL - RW,F)74114.511.97+08David Pastrnak(BOS - RW,F)64014.811.99+19Patrick Kane(CHI - RW,F)74316.212.310+110Alex Ovechkin(WSH - LW,F)84817.013.98-211Artemi Panarin(NYR - LW,F)63817.512.814+312Brad Marchand(BOS - LW,F)83917.711.212+013Jonathan Huberdeau(FLA - LW,F)133619.78.011-214Aleksander Barkov Jr.(FLA - C,F)104619.811.915+115Mika Zibanejad(NYR - C)154723.810.724+916Mitchell Marner(TOR - RW,F)125124.314.921+517John Carlson(WSH - D)66226.317.513-418Sebastian Aho(CAR - C)145226.312.417-119Cale Makar(COL - D)96526.519.420+120Victor Hedman(TB - D)118531.224.719-121Sidney Crosby(PIT - C,F)174231.87.525+422Connor Hellebuyck(WPG - G)128132.022.916-623Robin Lehner(VGK - G)208232.722.222-124Brayden Point(TB - C,F)146133.018.927+325Jake Guentzel(PIT - LW,RW)244934.59.429+426Alex DeBrincat(CHI - LW,RW)196935.516.926+027Kirill Kaprizov(MIN - LW)206435.714.528+128Brady Tkachuk(OTT - LW)810237.031.030+229Mark Scheifele(WPG - C,F)255437.010.731+230Darcy Kuemper(COL - G)1712243.236.018-1231Patrice Bergeron(BOS - C,F)307144.215.432+132Max Pacioretty(VGK - LW,F)258944.321.349+1733Elias Pettersson(VAN - C)357845.314.837+434Gabriel Landeskog(COL - C,LW)237946.018.539+535Steven Stamkos(TB - C,F)2710647.028.152+1736John Tavares(TOR - C,F)317448.516.340+437Kyle Connor(WPG - LW,F)435848.85.736-138Adam Fox(NYR - D)2014149.042.623-1539J.T. Miller(VAN - LW,RW)436351.87.955+1640Andrei Svechnikov(CAR - LW,RW)2411752.235.457+1741Mark Stone(VGK - RW,F)2711753.329.535-642Anze Kopitar(LA - C,F)417254.511.069+2743Semyon Varlamov(NYI - G)3212556.331.646+344Roman Josi(NSH - D)188957.323.938-645Nikolaj Ehlers(WPG - LW,RW,F)418559.016.265+2046Matthew Tkachuk(CGY - LW,F)288759.722.542-447Igor Shesterkin(NYR - G)3712360.030.247+048Darnell Nurse(EDM - D)299961.523.441-749Shea Theodore(VGK - D)388362.315.068+1950Ryan O'Reilly(STL - C)457462.311.043-751Juuse Saros(NSH - G)2512466.230.634-1752Linus Ullmark(BOS - G)1315667.545.956+453Aaron Ekblad(FLA - D)2913368.534.759+654Frederik Andersen(CAR - G)4012769.030.766+1255Dougie Hamilton(NJ - D)2016969.546.833-2256Morgan Rielly(TOR - D)5112569.725.177+2157Philipp Grubauer(SEA - G)4112870.327.445-1258Roope Hintz(DAL - LW)369370.719.748-1059Charlie McAvoy(BOS - D)4710970.822.871+1260Alex Pietrangelo(VGK - D)4611471.026.162+261Blake Wheeler(WPG - RW,F)2110471.527.651-1062Sam Reinhart(FLA - C,RW,F)539872.815.763+163Ryan Nugent-Hopkins(EDM - LW,C)589074.011.578+1564Mathew Barzal(NYI - C,F)529974.715.150-1465Marc-Andre Fleury(CHI - G)4612976.735.458-766Kris Letang(PIT - D)4910077.220.060-667Elias Lindholm(CGY - C,RW,F)549679.514.081+1468Seth Jones(CHI - D)3716379.740.561-769Cam Talbot(MIN - G)5715583.234.973+470Brock Boeser(VAN - RW)5814383.230.887+1771Johnny Gaudreau(CGY - LW,F)5213385.226.767-472Quinn Hughes(VAN - D)3815885.348.983+1173Tyson Barrie(EDM - D)3618887.048.364-974Jack Campbell(TOR - G)4817187.839.353-2175Ilya Samsonov(WSH - G)818789.566.9120+4576Nicholas Suzuki(MTL - C)5012589.823.470-677David Perron(STL - LW,RW,F)6311090.218.696+1978Tyler Seguin(DAL - C,F)3413691.234.744-3479Jakob Chychrun(ARI - D)3317091.345.254-2580Bryan Rust(PIT - LW,RW)7011592.818.6109+2981William Nylander(TOR - C,RW,F)5717593.539.8114+3382Sean Couturier(PHI - C,F)7611393.514.0128+4683Joe Pavelski(DAL - C,RW,F)6012593.721.085+284Thatcher Demko(VAN - G)2615995.041.2106+2285Jason Robertson(DAL - LW)7514196.022.492+786T.J. Oshie(WSH - RW,F)8014299.820.586+087Tomas Hertl(SJ - C,LW)54173101.038.789+288Zach Hyman(EDM - C,F)76159101.229.093+589Jordan Binnington(STL - G)78126101.217.190+190Taylor Hall(BOS - LW,F)70133101.723.279-1191Drew Doughty(LA - D)60197102.745.682-992Jacob Markstrom(CGY - G)22157103.545.6117+2593Brayden Schenn(STL - C,LW,F)89120106.711.9116+2394Jeff Petry(MTL - D)44164107.244.874-2095Kevin Fiala(MIN - LW,F)71148108.824.4144+4996Ilya Sorokin(NYI - G)49254109.078.9124+2897Thomas Chabot(OTT - D)48152109.237.491-698Tristan Jarry(PIT - G)3188109.871.775-2399Jonathan Marchessault(VGK - C,LW)77163109.829.395-4100Bo Horvat(VAN - C,F)84134111.516.7115+15101Filip Forsberg(NSH - LW,F)65195112.040.6149+48102Ondrej Palat(TB - LW,F)64188112.341.384-18103Carey Price(MTL - G)48219113.558.994-9104Carter Hart(PHI - G)19173115.549.9136+32105Mackenzie Blackwood(FA - G)27203115.852.5112+7106Anthony Mantha(WSH - LW,RW)53250115.864.3196+90107Tom Wilson(WSH - RW,F)92153115.819.2122+15108Teuvo Teravainen(CAR - LW,RW,F)72159117.228.1146+38109Vincent Trocheck(CAR - C,F)72151117.232.3110+1110Vladimir Tarasenko(STL - RW,F)89167117.827.9135+25111Ryan Strome(NYR - RW,F)93161117.823.0123+12112Sam Bennett(FLA - C,F)67199120.847.3155+43113Cole Caufield(MTL - RW,F)81172122.535.3105-8114Sergei Bobrovsky(FLA - G)2227123.570.0161+47115Dominik Kubalik(CHI - LW)106135123.59.7147+32116Jonathan Toews(CHI - C,F)87177123.732.9148+32117Torey Krug(STL - D)88176123.830.1103-14118Miro Heiskanen(DAL - D)69190124.344.1100-18119Zach Werenski(CBJ - D)50179124.839.6125+6120Evgeni Malkin(PIT - C,F)85155125.025.4101-19121Jack Eichel(BUF - C,F)33245126.784.5139+18122MacKenzie Weegar(FLA - D)112157127.316.1102-20123Oliver Bjorkstrand(CBJ - RW,F)69170127.730.8171+48124John Klingberg(DAL - D)95160128.721.4108-16125Evgeny Kuznetsov(WSH - C,F)58247129.268.1119-6126Nicklas Backstrom(WSH - C,F)5714489.229.276-50127Patrik Laine(CBJ - LW,RW)91156130.024.4107-20128Martin Necas(CAR - C)90192130.235.898-30129Drake Batherson(OTT - C)76174131.239.0142+13130Chris Kreider(NYR - LW,F)91171132.823.9133+3131Claude Giroux(PHI - LW,C,RW)96172132.826.5141+10132Josh Norris(OTT - C)86166133.830.8151+19133Pavel Buchnevich(STL - LW,F)107153134.516.6153+20134Neal Pionk(WPG - D)63193136.539.0111-23135Alex Nedeljkovic(DET - G)33205137.558.2173+38136Alexander Radulov(DAL - RW,F)77248139.560.0140+4137Anders Lee(NYI - LW)90171139.535.0127-10138Dylan Larkin(DET - C)104194140.730.2230+92139Tyler Toffoli(MTL - C,RW,F)79153102.626.2183+44140Brent Burns(SJ - D)64211141.553.097-43141Patric Hornqvist(FLA - RW,F)73244141.853.2194+53142Ryan Ellis(PHI - D)118197142.526.1152+10143Jamie Benn(DAL - C,LW)118186142.824.3134-9144Conor Garland(VAN - RW)121163144.312.6162+18145Evander Kane(SJ - LW,F)57183108.448.7130-15146Brendan Gallagher(MTL - RW,F)97206148.734.5147Andre Burakovsky(COL - LW,F)103215149.239.6143-4148Jake Oettinger(DAL - G)18150112.648.8157+9149Ivan Provorov(PHI - D)24157115.848.772-77150Mike Smith(EDM - G)6200117.879.488-62151Travis Konecny(PHI - RW)95223154.745.2154+3152Elvis Merzlikins(CBJ - G)37205157.258.5245+93153Jack Hughes(NJ - C)72238123.859.7168+15154Spencer Knight(FLA - G)55185125.055.8118-36155Pierre-Luc Dubois(WPG - C)107219159.841.6229+74156Cam Atkinson(PHI - RW,F)91214161.839.5221+65157Timo Meier(SJ - LW,RW)94225161.848.1195+38158Jean-Gabriel Pageau(NYI - C,F)82272166.861.0145-13159Alec Martinez(VGK - D)15214138.670.980-79160John Gibson(ANA - G)45293174.276.0161Petr Mrazek(TOR - G)72241143.658.9138-23162Jared Spurgeon(MIN - D)116182145.623.1137-25163Mikhail Sergachev(TB - D)106177146.224.0126-37164Brock Nelson(NYI - C,LW)129245178.845.0178+14165William Karlsson(VGK - C)139160149.87.7175+10166Logan Couture(SJ - C,F)102226150.447.8165-1167Sean Monahan(CGY - C,F)160232182.324.5215+48168Nazem Kadri(COL - C,F)105282182.555.2169Nico Hischier(NJ - C)137231183.333.6182+13170Vitek Vanecek(WSH - G)100218155.241.3169-1171Alex Killorn(TB - C,LW,F)130226185.829.8172Devon Toews(COL - D)93236157.450.9104-68173Joel Farabee(PHI - LW)163216187.819.0197+24174Samuel Girard(COL - D)132207160.426.9121-53175Erik Karlsson(SJ - 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2020 21 hockey fantasy

Fantasy hockey top 200 player rankings



100 forwards | 50 'D' | 25 goalies

Top 10 waiver wire pickups

Power rankings | Top 25 lines

DFS picks | Projected lineups

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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 2022 unrestricted free agents: *) 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
4. Auston Matthews, C, TOR
5. Brad Marchand, LW, BOS
6. Artemi Panarin, LW, NYR
7. Mikko Rantanen, RW, COL
8. Alex Ovechkin, LW, WSH
9. David Pastrnak, RW, BOS
10. Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, TBL
11. Patrick Kane, RW, CHI (COVID-19 protocol)
12. Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, FLA
13. Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA
14. Brady Tkachuk, LW, OTT
15. Mitchell Marner, RW, TOR
16. Brayden Point, C/RW, TBL
17. Kirill Kaprizov, LW/RW, MIN
18. Cale Makar, D, COL
19. Victor Hedman, D, TBL
20. Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR
21. Adam Fox, D, NYR
22. Aaron Ekblad, D, FLA
23. Sebastian Aho, C, CAR
24. Andrei Svechnikov, LW/RW, CAR
25. Anze Kopitar, C, LAK
26. John Carlson, D, WSH
27. Robin Lehner, G, VGK
28. Connor Hellebuyck, G, WPG
29. Steven Stamkos, C/RW, TBL
30. Igor Shesterkin, G, NYR
31. Matthew Tkachuk, LW/RW, CGY
32. Mark Scheifele, C, WPG (COVID-19 protocol)
33. Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS*
34. Sidney Crosby, C, PIT (INJ.)
35. John Tavares, C, TOR
36. Mark Stone, RW, VGK (DTD)
37. Darcy Kuemper, G, COL*
38. Ilya Sorokin, G, NYI
39. Elias Pettersson, C, VAN
40. Alex DeBrincat, LW/RW, CHI
41. Gabriel Landeskog, C/LW, COL
42. Kyle Connor, LW, WPG
43. Frederik Andersen, G, CAR
44. Dougie Hamilton, D, NJD
45. Quinn Hughes, D, VAN
46. Nikolaj Ehlers, LW/RW, WPG
47. Morgan Rielly, D, TOR*
48. Charlie McAvoy, D, BOS
49. Spencer Knight, G, FLA (rookie)
50. Jack Campbell, G, TOR*
51. Jake Guentzel, LW/RW, PIT
52. Johnny Gaudreau, LW/RW, CGY*
53. J.T. Miller, C/LW, VAN
54. William Nylander, LW/RW, TOR
55. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH
56. Darnell Nurse, D, EDM
57. Alex Pietrangelo, D, VGK
58. Sam Bennett, C/LW, FLA
59. Sergei Bobrovsky, G, FLA
60. Vitek Vanecek, G, WSH
61. Shea Theodore, D, VGK
62. Tyson Barrie, D, EDM
63. Miro Heiskanen, D, DAL
64. Brock Boeser, RW, VAN
65. Sam Reinhart, C/RW, FLA
66. Ryan O'Reilly, C, STL
67. T.J. Oshie, C/RW, WSH
68. Drew Doughty, D, LAK (INJ.)
69. Jack Hughes, C/LW, NJD (INJ.)
70. Mathew Barzal, C, NYI
71. Ilya Samsonov, G, WSH

Fantasy Hockey Advice - TOP 100 FORWARDS for 2021-22 - Fantasy Hockey Draft Strategy

Top 300 player rankings for the 2020-21 fantasy hockey season

So, a lot has changed since we last saw you in March. The Stanley Cup was decided in Edmonton, between two southern teams. The words Bubble, Qualification Round, and Kraken entered our vocabularies. There have also been some changes to our default points scoring system. We've made improvements to increase the value of defensemen and goalies, while increasing scoring overall.


Goals (G) 2

Assists (A) 1

Power Play Points (PPP) .5

Short Handed Points (SHP) .5

Shots on Goal ( SOG) .1

Hits (HIT) .1

Blocked Shots (BLK) .5


Wins (W) 4

Goals Against (GA) -2

Saves (SV) .2

Shutouts (SO) 3

Overtime Losses (OTL) 1

This new system gives points for Saves (5 saves equals 1 point), and adds a point for an Overtime Loss. A goalie that is forced to save a lot of shots in the crease deserves the credit for keeping his team in the game.

Additionally, many of you were already using Hits and Blocks in your custom leagues, so we took the leap and added them to the default system. Blocks are worth more then Hits, since Hits are more common. Since defensemen are more likely to get blocks, the top defensemen will be just as valuable to your team as they are to theirs. We also add in bonuses for points scored on special teams, increasing scoring across your leagues.

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Rank/Player, Team (Positions, Primary Position Rank)

1. Leon Draisaitl, EDM (C; C1)
2. Connor McDavid, EDM (C; C2)
3. Nathan MacKinnon, COL (C; C3)
4. Alex Ovechkin, WAS (LW; LW1)
5. Steven Stamkos, TB (C; C4)
6. Auston Matthews, TOR (C; C5)
7. Mika Zibanejad, NYR (C; C6)
8. Jack Eichel, BUF (C; C7)
9. Nikita Kucherov, TB (RW; RW1)Kucherov will be out for season. Ranking update to follow.
10. Andrei Vasilevskiy, TB (G; G1)
11. Sebastian Aho, CAR (LW; LW2)
12. John Carlson, WAS (D; D1)
13. Mitch Marner, TOR (C; C8)
14. Jonathan Huberdeau, FLA (LW; LW3)
15. Jake Guentzel, PIT (LW; LW4)
16. Connor Hellebuyck, WPG (G; G2)
17. Brad Marchand, BOS (LW; LW5)
18. Patrick Kane, CHI (RW; RW2)
19. Brent Burns, SJ (D; D2)
20. Sidney Crosby, PIT (C; C9)
21. Artemi Panarin, NYR (LW; LW6)
22. J.T. Miller, VAN (C; C10)
23. Roman Josi, NSH (D; D3)
24. Mikko Rantanen, COL (RW; RW3)
25. John Tavares, TOR (C; C11)
26. Blake Wheeler, WPG (RW; RW4)
27. Alex Pietrangelo, VGK (D; D4)
28. Anton Khudobin, DAL (G; G3)
29. Cale Makar, COL (D; D5)
30. David Pastrnak, BOS (RW; RW5)
31. Patrik Laine, WPG (RW; RW6)
32. Dougie Hamilton, CAR (D; D6)
33. Jordan Binnington, STL (G; G4)
34. Victor Hedman, TB (D; D7)
35. Elias Pettersson, VAN (C; C12)
36. Tuukka Rask, BOS (G; G5)
37. Erik Karlsson, SJ (D; D8)
38. Frederik Andersen, TOR (G; G6)
39. Kyle Connor, WPG (LW; LW7)
40. Mark Scheifele, WPG (C; C13)
41. Mark Giordano, CGY (D; D9)
42. Taylor Hall, BUF (LW; LW8)
43. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, EDM (LW; LW9)
44. Ryan Pulock, NYI (D; D10)
45. Andrei Svechnikov, CAR (RW; RW7)
46. Igor Shesterkin, NYR (G; G7)
47. Travis Konecny, PHI (C; C14)
48. Kris Letang, PIT (D; D11)
49. Aleksander Barkov, FLA (C; C15)
50. Carter Hart, PHI (G; G8)
51. Patrice Bergeron, BOS (C; C16)
52. Jeff Petry, MON (D; D12)
53. Sean Couturier, PHI (C; C17)
54. Anze Kopitar, LA (C; C18)
55. Seth Jones, CLS (D; D13)
56. Gabriel Landeskog, COL (LW; LW10)
57. Ivan Provorov, PHI (D; D14)
58. Carey Price, MON (G; G9)
59. Mark Stone, VGK (RW; RW8)
60. Ilya Samsonov, WAS (G; G10)
61. Alexander Edler, VAN (D; D15)
62. Darnell Nurse, EDM (D; D16)
63. Tristan Jarry, PIT (G; G11)
64. Ryan Graves, COL (D; D17)
65. Brayden Point, TB (C; C19)
66. Miro Heiskanen, DAL (D; D18)
67. Robin Lehner, VGK (G; G12)
68. Bo Horvat, VAN (C; C20)
69. Evgeni Malkin, PIT (C; C21)
70. Rasmus Dahlin, BUF (D; D19)
71. Jamie Benn, DAL (C; C22)
72. Mike Hoffman, FA (LW; LW11)
73. Logan Couture, SJ (C; C23)
74. Thomas Chabot, OTT (D; D20)
75. Max Pacioretty, VGK (LW; LW12)
76. Mathew Barzal, NYI (C; C24)
77. Jacob Trouba, NYR (D; D21)
78. Matthew Tkachuk, CGY (LW; LW13)
79. Ryan O'Reilly, STL (C; C25)
80. Neal Pionk, WPG (D; D22)
81. Teuvo Teravainen, CAR (C; C26)
82. Johnny Gaudreau, CGY (LW; LW14)
83. Elias Lindholm, CGY (RW; RW9)
84. Ryan Ellis, NSH (D; D23)
85. Bryan Rust, PIT (RW; RW10)
86. Quinn Hughes, VAN (D; D24)
87. Shea Theodore, VGK (D; D25)
88. Adam Henrique, ANH (C; C27)
89. Zach Parise, MIN (LW; LW15)
90. Chris Kreider, NYR (LW; LW16)
91. Oliver Bjorkstrand, CLM (LW; LW17)
92. Colton Parayko, STL (D; D26)
93. Juuse Saros, NSH (G; G13)
94. Nicklas Backstrom, WAS (C; C28)
95. Ryan Suter, MIN (D; D27)
96. Jacob Markstrom, CGY (G; G14)
97. Jared Spurgeon, MIN (D; D28)
98. Claude Giroux, PHI (C; C29)
99. Zach Werenski, CLS (D; D29)
100. Evgenii Dadonov, OTT (RW; RW11)
101. Pierre-Luc Dubois, CLS (LW; LW18)
102. Brady Tkachuk, OTT (LW; LW19)
103. Jaccob Slavin, CAR (D; D30)
104. T.J. Oshie, WAS (RW; RW12)
105. Alex DeBrincat, CHI (RW; RW13)
106. Charlie McAvoy, BOS (D; D31)
107. Darcy Kuemper, ARI (G; G15)
108. Kailer Yamamoto, EDM (RW; RW14)
109. Brayden Schenn, STL (LW; LW20)
110. Duncan Keith, CHI (D; D32)
111. Mikko Koskinen, EDM (G; G16)
112. Dylan Larkin, DET (C; C30)
113. Anthony Cirelli, TB (C; C31)
114. Victor Olofsson, BUF (RW; RW15)
115. Adam Fox, NYR (D; D33)
116. Sergei Bobrovsky, FLA (G; G17)
117. Drew Doughty, LA (D; D34)
118. Philipp Grubauer, COL (G; G18)
119. Evander Kane, SJ (LW; LW21)
120. William Nylander, TOR (C; C32)
121. Aaron Ekblad, FLA (D; D35)
122. Jake Muzzin, TOR (D; D36)
123. Anthony Mantha, DET (RW; RW16)
124. William Karlsson, VGK (C; C33)
125. Torey Krug, STL (D; D37)
126. Timo Meier, SJ (LW; LW22)
127. Esa Lindell, DAL (D; D38)
128. Mikhail Sergachev, TB (D; D39)
129. Tom Wilson, WAS (RW; RW17)
130. Morgan Rielly, TOR (D; D40)
131. Filip Forsberg, NSH (RW; RW18)
132. Mackenzie Blackwood, NJ (G; G19)
133. Anders Lee, NYI (C; C34)
134. Rasmus Ristolainen, BUF (D; D41)
135. Braden Holtby, VAN (G; G20)
136. Brendan Gallagher, MON (RW; RW19)
137. Filip Hronek, DET (D; D42)
138. Tomas Hertl, SJ (LW; LW23)
139. Jordan Eberle, NYI (RW; RW20)
140. Reilly Smith, VGK (RW; RW21)
141. Tomas Tatar, MON (LW; LW24)
142. Elvis Merzlikins, CLM (G; G21)
143. David Perron, STL (RW; RW22)
144. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI (D; D43)
145. Tony DeAngelo, NYR (D; D44)
146. Kyle Palmieri, NJ (RW; RW23)
147. Joe Pavelski, DAL (C; C35)
148. Jonathan Toews, CHI (C; C36)
149. Jean-Gabriel Pageau, NYI (C; C37)
150. Tanner Pearson, VAN (LW; LW25)
151. Shea Weber, MON (D; D45)
152. Tyson Barrie, EDM (D; D46)
153. Zach Hyman, TOR (C; C38)
154. Jakub Vrana, WAS (RW; RW24)
155. Petr Mrazek, CAR (G; G22)
156. Sam Reinhart, BUF (C; C39)
157. Sean Monahan, CGY (C; C40)
158. Evgeny Kuznetsov, WAS (C; C41)
159. John Marino, PIT (D; D47)
160. Linus Ullmark, BUF (G; G23)
161. Keith Yandle, FLA (D; D48)
162. Mikael Granlund, FA (C; C42)
163. Jonathan Marchessault, VGK (LW; LW26)
164. Alexander Radulov, DAL (RW; RW25)
165. Mattias Ekholm, NSH (D; D49)
166. Blake Coleman, TAM (C; C43)
167. Ryan Strome, NYR (C; C44)
168. Vladimir Tarasenko, STL (RW; RW26)
169. Brock Boeser, VAN (RW; RW27)
170. Damon Severson, NJ (D; D50)
171. Alex Iafallo, LOS (C; C45)
172. Dominik Kubalik, CHI (LW; LW27)
173. Tyler Myers, VAN (D; D51)
174. Brock Nelson, NYI (C; C46)
175. Matt Dumba, MIN (D; D52)
176. Nikolaj Ehlers, WPG (LW; LW28)
177. Max Domi, CLM (C; C47)
178. Ryan McDonagh, TB (D; D53)
179. Alexis Lafreniere, NYR (LW; LW29)
180. Patric Hornqvist, FLA (RW; RW28)
181. Jakub Voracek, PHI (LW; LW30)
182. Marcus Pettersson, PIT (D; D54)
183. Tyler Bertuzzi, DET (LW; LW31)
184. Jaden Schwartz, STL (LW; LW32)
185. Ilya Sorokin, NYI (G; G24)
186. John Klingberg, DAL (D; D55)
187. Samuel Girard, COL (D; D56)
188. Anthony Duclair, FA (LW; LW33)
189. Phillip Danault, MON (C; C48)
190. Jakob Chychrun, ARI (D; D57)
191. Jason Zucker, PIT (LW; LW34)
192. Nate Schmidt, VAN (D; D58)
193. Nazem Kadri, COL (C; C49)
194. Ondrej Palat, TAM (LW; LW35)
195. Frank Vatrano, FLA (C; C50)
196. Nick Suzuki, MON (C; C51)
197. Brady Skjei, CAR (D; D59)
198. Jakob Silfverberg, ANH (RW; RW29)
199. Josh Morrissey, WPG (D; D60)
200. Roope Hintz, DAL (LW; LW36)
201. Cam Talbot, MIN (G; G25)
202. Vladislav Namestnikov, DET (C; C52)
203. Travis Sanheim, PHI (D; D61)
204. Ryan Getzlaf, ANH (C; C53)
205. Anthony Beauvillier, NYI (LW; LW37)
206. Nico Hischier, NJ (C; C54)
207. Ryan Johansen, NSH (C; C55)
208. Devon Toews, COL (D; D62)
209. Dmitry Orlov, WAS (D; D63)
210. Josh Anderson, MON (RW; RW30)
211. Semyon Varlamov, NYI (G; G26)
212. Matt Grzelcyk, BOS (D; D64)
213. Eric Staal, BUF (C; C56)
214. Rickard Rakell, ANH (C; C57)
215. Jaroslav Halak, BOS (G; G27)
216. Hampus Lindholm, ANH (D; D65)
217. Carl Soderberg, FA (C; C58)
218. Nick Leddy, NYI (D; D66)
219. Josh Bailey, NYI (LW; LW38)
220. Carl Soderberg, FA (C; C59)
221. Pavel Francouz, COL (G; G28)
222. Brandon Tanev, PIT (LW; LW39)
223. Kevin Shattenkirk, ANH (D; D67)
224. Erik Gustafsson, PHI (D; D68)
225. Noah Hanifin, CGY (D; D69)
226. Boone Jenner, CLS (LW; LW40)
227. Christian Dvorak, ARI (LW; LW41)
228. Nick Foligno, CLS (LW; LW42)
229. John Gibson, ANH (G; G29)
230. Brandon Montour, BUF (D; D70)
231. Joonas Korpisalo, CLM (G; G30)
232. Matt Duchene, NSH (C; C60)
233. Connor Brown, OTT (RW; RW31)
234. Kevin Labanc, SJ (RW; RW32)
235. Lars Eller, WAS (C; C61)
236. Ben Bishop, DAL (G; G31)
237. Brandon Saad, COL (LW; LW43)
238. Pavel Buchnevich, NYR (LW; LW44)
239. Denis Gurianov, DAL (RW; RW33)
240. David Krejci, BOS (C; C62)
241. James van Riemsdyk, PHI (LW; LW45)
242. Marc-Andre Fleury, VGK (G; G32)
243. Justin Faulk, STL (D; D71)
244. Martin Necas, CAR (C; C63)
245. Clayton Keller, ARI (C; C64)
246. Kasperi Kapanen, PIT (RW; RW34)
247. Pekka Rinne, NSH (G; G33)
248. Jeff Skinner, BUF (LW; LW46)
249. Vincent Trocheck, CAR (C; C65)
250. Dustin Brown, LA (RW; RW35)
251. Phil Kessel, ARI (RW; RW36)
252. Vince Dunn, STL (D; D72)
253. Kevin Hayes, PHI (C; C66)
254. Cam Atkinson, CLS (RW; RW37)
255. Jonathan Drouin, MON (C; C67)
256. Charlie Coyle, BOS (RW; RW38)
257. Alex Galchenyuk, OTT (RW; RW39)
258. Justin Schultz, WAS (D; D73)
259. Joel Armia, MON (RW; RW40)
260. Casey DeSmith, PIT (G; G34)
261. Jordan Staal, CAR (C; C68)
262. Derek Stepan, ARI (C; C69)
263. T.J. Brodie, TOR (D; D74)
264. Alex Tuch, VGK (RW; RW41)
265. Mikael Backlund, CGY (C; C70)
266. Paul Stastny, WPG (C; C71)
267. Kirby Dach, CHI (C; C72)
268. Alexandar Georgiev, NYR (G; G35)
269. P.K. Subban, NJD (D; D75)
270. Jeff Carter, LA (C; C73)
271. Jesperi Kotkaniemi, MON (C; C74)
272. Andreas Johnsson, NJ (LW; LW47)
273. Tim Steutzle, OTT (LW; LW48)
274. Thatcher Demko, VAN (G; G36)
275. Matt Murray, OTT (G; G37)
276. Henrik Lundqvist, WAS (G; G38)
277. Corey Crawford, NJ (G; G39)
278. Jonathan Quick, LOS (G; G40)
279. Chris Driedger, FLA (G; G41)
280. Alex Stalock, MIN (G; G42)
281. Antti Raanta, ARI (G; G43)
282. James Reimer, CAR (G; G44)
283. Brian Elliott, PHI (G; G45)
284. Cal Petersen, LOS (G; G46)
285. Jake Allen, MON (G; G47)
286. Mike Smith, EDM (G; G48)
287. David Rittich, CGY (G; G49)
288. Malcolm Subban, CHI (G; G50)
289. Jack Campbell, TOR (G; G51)
290. Jonathan Bernier, DET (G; G52)
291. Curtis McElhinney, TAM (G; G53)
292. Martin Jones, SJ (G; G54)
293. Carter Hutton, BUF (G; G55)
294. Devan Dubnyk, SJ (G; G56)
295. Ville Husso, STL (G; G57)
296. Laurent Brossoit, WPG (G; G58)
297. Collin Delia, CHI (G; G59)
298. Thomas Greiss, DET (G; G60)
299. Marcus Hogberg, OTT (G; G61)
300. Anthony Stolarz, ANH (G; G62)

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Matt Larkin's Top 250 Fantasy Hockey Players for 2020-21

JAN. 12 UPDATE: The season is upon us. Are you the type who drafts a fantasy league at the last possible moment? This finalized edition of the top 250 rankings is for you. Or maybe you've already drafted but want to back out of some bad late-round picks and trawl the waiver wire for sleepers. I have you covered there, too.

This year’s top 250 list might be the most fluid I've ever crafted. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, We’re dealing with: shortened 2019-20 seasons that halted some players’ momentum; extremely murky developmental timelines for prospects who haven’t gotten to play many if any games since last winter; and NHL veterans from teams who missed the bubble tournament who will have gone 10 months between games when the season starts.

Some disclaimers:

(a) This is a working list. I will periodically update it based on injuries, training camp battles and freshly announced line deployments. The rankings won’t shift much at first, but the changes will become more significant as the pre-season progresses, prospects do or don’t make their teams and injuries occur.

(b) These are fantasy rankings, not real-life rankings. If I had to win a real-life Game 7, I’d obviously choose Seth Jones over Tyson Barrie for my starting lineup. In fantasy? Give me the guy quarterbacking the Edmonton Oilers’ power play.

(c) I project players for 82-game statistical totals when discussing them in their bios – even though the season is 56 games. It’s just easier to contextualize players’ values in full-season terms. We all know what a ’30-goal scorer’ is. In a 56-game season we’d have to call him a ‘20.5-goal scorer.’ To heck with that.

(d) You’ll see a few players who aren’t even guaranteed long-term roster spots ranked ahead of players whose production you can set your watch to, such as Quinton Byfield over Joe Pavelski. The late rounds are for chasing big rewards on minimal risks. A prospect like Byfield could completely change your team’s fate if he wins a job and challenges for the Calder Trophy. If he doesn’t make the team? You can cut him, and Pavelski types will always be waiting for you on the wire.

A bonus disclaimer for this final update: I'm trying to walk to the line between noting some key changes in camp lines – without overreacting. Andrei Svechnikov, for instance, has been moved off the big line in Carolina with Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen at the moment. I'm not changing Svechnikov's rank. He could easily end up back with his usual cronies after one game. You can drive yourself insane chasing coaches' decisions during camp. You can reach on Tage Thompson today because he's playing with Jack Eichel and Taylor Hall – only to find out Victor Olofsson gets the job back two days from now. That's why it's always best to bet on talent first, line combinations second.

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

It’s an annual tradition for me to accidentally omit a big-name player. If you notice a conspicuous absence, tweet me @THNMattLarkin. Thanks!

It’s go time.

1. Connor McDavid, C, Oilers: Think about how difficult it is to separate the fantasy values of McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Nathan MacKinnon. Then ask yourself: “Which of the three may not have hit his ceiling yet?”

2. Leon Draisaitl, C, Oilers: I don’t fault anyone who prefers Draisaitl at No. 1. Not the most efficient scorer in the league, but he plays so many minutes that he dominates with his volume scoring. A super-safe fantasy superstar.

3. Nathan MacKinnon, C, Avalanche: Was elite for several years already but showed last season he can carry a team and challenge for best-player-in-the-world status even when his great linemates are hurt. The shortened schedule might cost him his first 100-point season.

4. Artemi Panarin, LW, Rangers: An elite playmaker who makes others around him better. Second in NHL in points per 60 last season. Underrated as a goal-scorer, too.

5. Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, Lightning: A Vezina finalist three straight seasons. That kind of consistency is unheard of for NHL goalies nowadays. ‘Vasy’ sits in a tier of his own as the top fantasy netminder.

6. Auston Matthews, C, Maple Leafs: Best bet on the board to lead NHL in goals this season. Lost race by one goal last year. Since start of his career: leads all players in goals per 60. Ice time jumped almost two minutes per game after Sheldon Keefe took over as coach.

7. Alex Ovechkin, LW, Capitals: As I say every year: he’s still a cheat code in pools that count shots and hits. You could take him as high as fourth in those leagues. Decline will come one of these years, but a decline for him could still mean leading the league in shots and finishing top five in goals.

8. Jack Eichel, C, Sabres:
Was on pace for 43 goals and 94 points when league shut down last March. Now he gets Taylor Hall as a linemate, too. Welcome to the first round, Jack. 

9. Mitch Marner, RW, Maple Leafs:
One of the best pure playmakers on the planet and still might have another inch of ceiling to reach. Will he lead the league in assists one of these years?

10. Brad Marchand, LW, Bruins:
Recovery from sports-hernia surgery has gone smoothly, and Marchand will start the season on time. Great news for your first-round picking with injured Nikita Kucherov off the board.

11. Mikko Rantanen, RW, Avalanche: 
Injuries limited him to 42 games last season. Maybe you get a discount on him because of that. A top-tier passer who will continue teaming with MacKinnon for eye-popping offensive numbers.

12. Patrick Kane, RW, Blackhawks: Reaching the “boring veteran” phase of his fantasy-hockey career. You can probably get him near the end of Round 1, and he carries a great mix of super-high floor and a ceiling to still crack the top five in league scoring.

13. Connor Hellebuyck, G, Jets:
Was the best goalie in the league last season. It wasn’t close. Numbers will be tough to sustain if Jets don’t clean up their defensive play, however. He had to bail them out too much in 2019-20.

14. John Carlson, D, Capitals: Didn’t get the Norris Trophy last season, but he was still a fantasy monster. He was on pace for 89 points when the season shut down. That would’ve been the most by a defenseman since Ray Bourque in 1993-94.

15. Sidney Crosby, C, Penguins: Ceiling starting to lower just a bit for the future Hall of Famer. But the floor remains rock solid. You can still count on Sid for point-per-game production at minimum.

16. Elias Pettersson, C, Canucks: Sublime offensive skills, and a leap is coming in Year 3. Wouldn’t be remotely surprising to see him post a 40-50-90 pace.

17. Sebastian Aho, C, Hurricanes: Already good enough to be the No. 1 center on any fantasy team, and he could flirt with first-round value by next year.

18. Mika Zibanejad, C, Rangers: Too low for a guy who led the NHL in goals per game and went nuclear for 34 goals in his final 40 games? Maybe. I’m just being a bit conservative because ‘DJ ZBad’ scored on 19.7 percent of his shots last season. I still think he’s an excellent bet for a 40-40-80 pace. But we can’t project him to flirt with 70 goals, right? He's "unfit to play" as he recovers from COVID-19 and is questionable for opening night, but he's close enough to returning that I'm not dissuaded from picking him.

19. Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, Panthers: Ninth in scoring over the past two seasons. Still somehow underrated. A bountiful source of assists. Annoying if he ends up off the Aleksander Barkov line.

20. David Pastrnak, RW, Bruins (+12):
Would be my No. 4 overall player had he started season on time. Great to hear he's ahead of schedule and might only miss a couple weeks of game action. I'd sign off on picking him in Round 2 of 12-team drafts now.

21. Mark Scheifele, C, Jets: One of the best goal scorers at the center position. Guaranteed top-end linemates every season, too.

22. Andrei Svechnikov, RW, Hurricanes: A total package of size, strength and dedication. Is this the year coach Rod Brind’Amour unleashes Svechnikov and gives him top-line minutes? If so, we could see a leap from star to borderline superstar.

23. Brayden Point, C, Lightning: Positively dominant 2020 playoffs showed us his MVP-level talent. He can take over games. He’s asked to do so many things that he doesn’t have to win a scoring title to be a great real-life player. Best to project him out as a steady point-per-game pivot.

24. Roman Josi, D, Predators: After an unbelievably consistent run of offensive production, Josi achieved personal bests even in a shortened season and won his first Norris. Won’t come at any kind of discount anymore, but he’s as safe a pick as you’ll find, even if he regresses to his typical pace of 55 to 60 points.

25. Evgeni Malkin, C, Penguins: No player averaged more points per 60 minutes last season. He remains a beast, but a beast who will miss about a quarter of every season, give or take. That’s why you can’t justify picking him in Round 1 anymore. Too much risk.

26. Aleksander Barkov, C, Panthers: Ice time plummeted by a couple minutes per game. His points per 60 were exactly in line with his previous two seasons at 5-on-5. If his ice time goes back up, so will his point total. Could be a relative bargain in drafts this year.

27. Cale Makar, D, Avalanche: Did things no rookie defenseman had done since Brian Leetch in the late 1980s and plays in an extremely fantasy-friendly environment. Would it surprise anyone if Makar led all defensemen in scoring as a sophomore?

28. Quinn Hughes, D, Canucks: Can’t mention Makar without mentioning Hughes, who made a similar impact controlling the game with his otherworldly offensive skills. These two dynamos should be the most coveted fantasy D-men of the next decade.

29. Steven Stamkos, C, Lightning:
Fantastic news that he's slated to open camp with no restrictions, as the Bolts need him badly with Kucherov out. At this point in his career, however, we have to bake the injury risk into Stamkos' draft-day price. The maladies are just too frequent.

30. Patrik Laine, RW, Jets: The supernova season and Rocket Richard Trophy haven’t happened yet, but Laine is still just 22. Last season was by far his most consistent yet, wire to wire, ending a pattern of extreme streaks and slumps earlier in his career. If he’s achieved more all-around maturity, maybe he’s ready to take another leap. But does he need a change of scenery?

31. Victor Hedman D, Lightning: Settling into a Malkin zone: still an all-world talent whenever he’s on the ice, but prone to aches and pains, so his team limits his reps and he misses clusters of games. When he plays, he’s still fantasy gold.

32. John Tavares, C, Maple Leafs:
Not even the best fantasy center on his own team, but you can still set your watch to 30-plus goals and point-per-game production out of Tavares.

33. Tuukka Rask, G, Bruins: Fresh off his best season since he won the Vezina in 2013-14. Ready to resume his role as Boston’s No. 1 after exiting the 2020 post-season bubble for a family emergency.

34. Matthew Tkachuk, LW, Flames: If your league counts penalty minutes, Tkachuk is Marchand Lite. Both spend plenty of time in the sin bin for their agitating ways. Both are truly gifted offensive threats, too.

35. Carter Hart, G, Flyers: Firmly entrenched as the bellcow No. 1 netminder on a great defensive team. It wouldn’t be a shock to see him drafted as a top-three goalie by next season. Get him now while he hasn’t quite achieved star status.

36. Taylor Hall, LW, Sabres: Will be fun to see what he can do with Eichel. Don’t go crazy overbidding though. A new team doesn’t make Hall any less of an injury risk. He still has downside mixed in with the upside.

37. Ilya Samsonov, G, Capitals:
Igor Shesterkin had the better rookie year, but Samsonov has a superior defensive team in front of him and arguably an easier path to wins.

38. Dougie Hamilton, D Hurricanes: The most reliable source of goals at his position. He’d missed one game in four years before a freak injury last season, so don’t think of him as a massive risk.

39. Igor Shesterkin, G, Rangers: Posted incredible rookie numbers in a small sample size despite playing in front of a truly terrible defensive club. That’s how good this guy is. Has the ceiling to be the No. 1 overall fantasy goalie as soon as this year if the Blueshirts tighten up their two-way game.

40. Kyle Connor, LW, Jets: So underappreciated. Three consecutive 30-goal efforts and would’ve scored 40 last year if not for the shutdown.

41. Carey Price, G, Canadiens: Team around him should improve. Jake Allen will also help reduce Price’s reps. He won’t lead league in minutes a third straight year, but he could post better rate stats with more rest – like Rask.

42. Johnny Gaudreau, LW, Flames: Since a second-half swoon that began after the all-star break in the 2018-19 season, Gaudreau has 23 goals and 78 points in his past 90 games. Disappointing for a guy who was a consensus first-round pick a year ago. This season will be crucial in determining his long-term future with the Flames.

43. Mathew Barzal, C, Islanders: Watching him, you’d swear he was a perennial 90-point threat. The talent is evident. The production hasn’t quite matched it yet. He still has another gear. 

44. Robin Lehner, G, Golden Knights: Marc-Andre Fleury’s presence caps Lehner’s volume a bit, but Lehner should still post excellent numbers even if he only starts 55 percent of the games.

45. Zach Werenski, D, Blue Jackets: Attacks like a forward. Popped 20 goals in 63 games last season. Only Hamilton has more goals among D-men over the past three years.

46. Jake Guentzel, LW, Penguins:
Players don’t always bounce back well from shoulder injuries, but I’ll give Guentzel the benefit of the doubt since he’s youngish as 26 and made it back in time for the playoffs. Was on track for a second straight 40-goal year before he got hurt.

47. Patrice Bergeron, C, Bruins: With Marchand and Pastrnak on his wings, Bergeron remains as valuable as ever as he reaches his mid-30s, though he could start slowly with Pastrnak still out. Bergeron is also a lock to miss a handful of games every season for general bodily maintenance.

48. Mark Stone, RW, Golden Knights: Almost peerless defensively as a winger, but he’s a pretty dominant offensive player, too. In his six seasons as an NHL regular: 29 goals and 73 points per 82 games.

49. Shea Theodore, D, Golden Knights: The best offensive play driver among all defensemen last season. We haven’t seen his peak yet. It’ll probably come this year.

50. Jacob Markstrom, G, Flames: Even if he returns to being merely good and not great as a Flame: money talks. A six-year deal at a $6-million AAV tells us he’ll play a lot. On a decent defensive club with playoff aspirations, Markstrom will be pretty valuable thanks to his expected volume.

51. Jordan Binnington, G, Blues: Down year a concern since the sample size going in was small. Still: trading Allen confirmed the Blues’ confidence in Binnington, and his fantasy setup remains extremely promising as the clear No. 1 on a good team that plays strong defense.

52. Brady Tkachuk, LW, Senators: A true power forward who racks up shots, hits and PIMs. With better linemates, his elite per-60 shot rate should result in more finishes. How do 30 goals, 100 PIM, 300 shots and 300 hits sound? That's the pro-rated pace he could produce this year. This kid is a fantasy MONSTER in the making.

53. Alex Pietrangelo, D, Golden Knights: Was on pace for career-best numbers when season paused. Could he reach a new peak in Vegas? Coach Pete DeBoer likes to activate his defensemen.

54. Thomas Chabot, D, Senators: Will be interesting to see what he can do with more help arriving in Ottawa. The Sens run their offense through him, and he led all NHLers in ice time last season. Great talent, great volume, better finishers to pass to now. Stock: up.

55. William Nylander, RW, Maple Leafs: Finally has a coach that commits to him as a permanent top-six forward…right? Cross your fingers that the demotion to the second power-play unit isn't permanent.

56. Gabriel Landeskog, LW, Avalanche (-7): His typically robust hit total plummeted to a career-low rate last season. Hopefully that was just a reflection of him being banged up. The hits are a key element of his fantasy worth. Also demoted to line 2 as we start the season, though I'd bet on him eventually rejoining MacKinnon and Rantanen.

57. Miro Heiskanen, D, Stars: One of the toughest players to rank. Was so all-world amazing in the playoffs that he may be overdrafted. He’s been merely good, not yet great, for fantasy purposes across his first couple regular seasons. He’s one of the best in the game, but just don’t do something crazy like commit a second-round pick to him yet. I'm not ready to drop him in the ranks yet because of the Stars' COVID cases given the team will still play its entire schedule. You can drop Dallas guys a few spots in head-to-head drafts if you like, however.

58. Max Pacioretty, LW, Golden Knights: Settled into his new team after a rough first year. He’s back to being a super safe source of goals.

59. Travis Konecny, RW, Flyers: Skilled, feisty and getting better. For the first time in a long time, Claude Giroux isn’t the first Flyer forward you want to draft.

60. Alex DeBrincat, LW, Blackhawks: Give him a mulligan after disappointing season. His shooting percentage cratered. Bet on a return to at least a 30-goal pace.

61. Brent Burns, D, Sharks: Still a difference maker in pools thanks to his prolific shot and goal totals on defense. But red flags are emerging. He’s quietly 35, and the Sharks team around him looks very weak.

62. Sean Couturier, C, Flyers: The reigning Selke winner deserves credit for his reliable offense, too, with a floor of about 70 points in a full season.

63. Blake Wheeler, RW, Jets: In decline at 34, but he’s still one of the game’s better playmaking wingers and has great finishers to pass the puck to.

64. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, Capitals: A great talent, but we’ve reached the point where he’s become mildly overrated as a fantasy option. Has reached the point-per-game mark just once since joining the NHL in 2013-14. The Caps have put their top six forwards in a blender and churned out different lines to open the year. Don't worry about that. There's no bad permutation.

65. Rasmus Dahlin, D, Sabres: Aggressive ranking, for sure, but when you establish a 40-point floor as a defenseman before you even turn 20, you’re destined to be a star, in fantasy and real life.

66. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, LW, Oilers: Under the radar as the Oilers' most productive left winger. Racks up points on the NHL’s top power-play unit.

67. Tristan Jarry, G, Penguins: His numbers tanked after the all-star break. Are we sure he’s good? The Penguins believe it. They chose him over Matt Murray. Jarry is a viable fantasy starter, but he’s not one of the safest.

68. Teuvo Teravainen, LW, Hurricanes: Since he’s the playmaker on a line with goal-scorers, Teravainen gets forgotten a bit. That also makes him underrated..

69. Morgan Rielly, D, Maple Leafs: If he can avoid the injury bug this time, he should return to racking up points pushing the puck to a team full of potent scorers.

70. Brock Boeser, RW, Canucks: One of the best pure shooting talents in the game. Would love to see him stay healthy for a full season. For all the gushing, he doesn’t have a 30-goal season to his name yet. Injuries have robbed him of that.

71. Ryan O’Reilly, C, Blues: Locked into a large role on a good team. He won’t carry you, but he’s a strong No. 2 fantasy center who gets you 60 points or more in his sleep.

72. Kailer Yamamoto, RW, Oilers: If you have the guts to reach on him 10 spots earlier than this, you might win your league. Struck up a tremendous rapport with Draisaitl and was almost a point-per-game player last season. Only reason to be conservative is that the sample size was just 27 games. But I’m bullish.

73. Filip Forsberg, LW, Predators: Has played to his floor rather than ceiling the past couple seasons, but it’s a good floor. You can draft him for 25-30-55 and could end up with 35-35-70.

74. J.T. Miller, LW, Canucks (-16): Some will shy away after his breakout season at 27. But he had shown flashes in New York and Tampa, he carries a first-round draft pedigree, and he has excellent chemistry with Pettersson. Too bad COVID-19 complications will cost him a couple weeks to start the year.

75. Kevin Fiala, LW, Wild: Surface stat line of 23-31-54 in 63 games doesn’t do him justice. He had 53 points in his final 56 games and 26 points in his final 18 games. He was a breakout star. The only reason not to rank him higher is that he’s teased before.

76. Pierre-Luc Dubois, C, Blue Jackets:
He’s a tank of a man, the type of No. 1 center you win with in the playoffs. But his real-life value might inflate his fantasy value a bit. In pools you want him as your No. 2 center – not your No. 1 yet. Hopefully his reported desire for a trade out of Columbus doesn't detract from his play this season.

77. Erik Karlsson, D, Sharks: There’s no questioning his hockey ability. But we have to question his ability to stay healthy now. The risk doesn’t justify the investment unless he really falls in your draft. 

78. Claude Giroux, LW, Flyers: Ice time fell off a cliff with coaching change. So did his numbers. Still plays on a deep team with quality linemates. A declining Giroux is still valuable in pools.

79. Elias Lindholm, RW, Flames: One of the only Calgary forwards who didn’t have a down year. Moving to center this season as the Flames try to mix up their line chemistry.

80. Frederik Andersen, G, Maple Leafs: They’re rolling with him again. He’s been a great source of counting stats as the league’s busiest goalie during his tenure in Toronto. After a bad year in which he lost his confidence, he’ll come cheaper than normal in drafts. Bounce-back candidate.

81. Tyson Barrie, D, Oilers: An all-offense blueliner joins a team that posted the highest power-play efficiency in 41 years last season. Sign me up.

82. Torey Krug, D, Blues: Krug should still be one of the NHL’s better offensive defensemen, but St. Louis isn’t as fertile of a fantasy-pool environment as Boston was. Krug’s numbers could dip slightly.

83. Alexis Lafreniere, LW, Rangers: Should be a startable fantasy winger from Game 1 of his career. Since the Blueshirts are so strong at left wing already, though, Lafreniere has to earn his way up the depth chart and opens the season on Line 3. Regardless, he’s a strong bet to lead rookies in scoring since he landed on such an up-tempo team.

84. Jakub Vrana, LW, Capitals: He’s one of the most efficient goal-scorers in the game over the past couple seasons on a per-60 basis. If Caps take the training wheels off and play him more than 14 minutes a game: easy 35-goal scorer.

85. Mike Hoffman, LW, Blues: Hoffman is among the game’s most consistent 30-goal threats, so he'll help the Blues a ton in real life, but they're a so-so landing spot for his fantasy value. He's never played on a team this good or this structured defensively, so he may not get as many offensive chances as he did in the past. 

86. John Klingberg, D, Stars: Heiskanen is the future, but Klingberg has been the better fantasy defenseman to this point. He’s 10th in scoring among D-men since debuting in 2014-15.

87. Dylan Larkin, C, Red Wings: Too low for a No. 1 center? Maybe, but he’s only had one A-grade season of fantasy production. That might remain the case until Detroit’s prospects stick with the big club for good.

88. Sean Monahan, C, Flames: Not necessarily a buy low coming off his worst season in years. At risk of being separated from Gaudreau during the season if they aren't producing.

89. Nicklas Backstrom, C, Capitals: Aging nicely. No longer a star, but he remains a fixture in Washington’s top six who will contribute a chunky assist total.

90. Anze Kopitar, C, Kings: Spin the wheel! Has alternated good and bad years for five seasons. The pattern points to “bad season” this time. The year-to-year inconsistency makes him a headache to own.

91. Ryan Ellis, D, Predators: People don’t realize how special he is – because they don’t see enough of him. He’s missed significant chunks of time due to injury in two of his past three seasons. When he’s in the lineup, he’ll give you D1 production. Worth more in head-to-head formats.

92. Evander Kane, LW, Sharks (-7): Offers a tasty stat buffet for poolies. Goals, shots, hits and PIM. I was prepared to really bury him in the ranks amid rumors that he'd opt out of the 2020-21 season, but it appears he's set to play. I'll still drop him a few slots in case his bankruptcy declaration is a distraction.

93. Timo Meier, LW, Sharks: Disappointed in 2019-20 but finished strong after a sluggish start. Didn’t shoot the puck as much last season. Hopefully he can do more damage with a healthier supporting cast this time.

94. Nazem Kadri, C, Avalanche: Not a guy you build your fantasy team around, but he’s a nice complementary piece who contributes goals, PIM and power-play points.

95. Nikolaj Ehlers, LW: A better own in roto formats than head-to-head, because he’s prone to massive slumps that can last weeks at a time. He takes a circuitous journey to get his 20-plus goals and 50-plus points, but he will get there.

96. Kris Letang, D, Penguins: Still productive enough to be ranked higher, but you basically have to project for him playing only 75 percent of his team’s games at this point. 

97. Brendan Gallagher, RW, Canadiens:
The most proficient shot generator in the game by a significant margin on a per-60 basis. Put him down for the equivalent of 30 goals and 275 shots.

98. Kyle Palmieri, RW, Devils: Gets roughly 30 goals every year. A great guy to grab while someone else is reaching too far on a hipster pick.

99. Sam Reinhart, RW, Sabres: Still waiting to see him put it together for a whole season. Typically, he starts slowly and catches fire in the second half. Last season, he did the opposite.

100. Bo Horvat, C, Canucks: Reliable floor of 20 goals and 50 points for Canucks’ leader. His playoffs teased an ability to do more offensively. Can he keep that momentum going?

101. Dominik Kubalik, LW, Blackhawks: 30 goals as a rookie, but he did so with unreal efficiency, converting 19.1 percent of his shots. Just in case he got puck-luck help, I’m bidding conservatively on him.

102. Tony DeAngelo, D, Rangers: Tremendous 2019-20 as Rangers’ power-play quarterback. But what if the more-complete Adam Fox overtakes DeAngelo? The two could cannibalize each other’s value a bit.

103. Tomas Hertl, C, Sharks: A torn MCL and ACL ended his season early. It’ll almost be a year between NHL games for him. Any risk of “rink rust”?

104. Brayden Schenn, C, Blues: Five straight seasons of at least 54 points, with triple-digit hit totals every year, too. Reliable as heck.

105. Logan Couture, C, Sharks: Not a flashy pick at this stage of his career, but before you reach on a rookie, ask yourself: is the kid a lock for 20-plus goals and 60-plus points, pro-rated? Couture is.

106. Kirill Kaprizov, LW, Wild:
‘The Best Player Not in the NHL’ is supremely skilled, he’s smart, and he’s built like a sturdy little tank. Scouts say he has elements of Panarin, Marchand and Tarasenko in his game. Kaprizov will be an impact player right away, but the Wild's lack of skill at center will limit his linemate quality and upside temporarily. 

107. Neal Pionk, D, Jets (+18): Surrounded by talented offensive forwards in Winnipeg. Led all qualified NHL blueliners in points per 60 on the power play last season, and there’s no reason for his role to change. In fact: I realized I had Pionk away too low. Giving him a big boost.

108. Sergei Bobrovsky, G, Panthers (-29): Will get every chance to redeem himself given his $10-million price tag. Has shown the ability to fight back from bad years in the past. An intriguing buy-low candidate. Make that buy-really-low, as he's currently "unfit to play" and will miss the start of the season.

109. Max Domi, C, Blue Jackets: Domi is an emotional player. He plays his best when stimulated and motivated. He thus could bounce back massively with coach John Tortorella. Or they could clash. Domi is a boom-bust pick this season.

110. Anthony Mantha, RW, Red Wings: There’s a 30-goal season coming if he can play anything close to a full year. He’s scored 30.5 per 82 games over past two seasons, but he’s missed 43 games over that stretch.

111. Adam Fox, D, Rangers:
Overshadowed by Makar and Hughes, but Fox was excellent as a rookie and better defensively. It feels like a matter of time before he permanently seizes the right point on the Rangers’ top power-play unit from DeAngelo.

112. Tomas Tatar, LW, Canadiens: Six straight 20-goal seasons. Whether Phillip Danault or Nick Suzuki is his center, Tatar will be ticketed for the top left-winger job in Montreal.

113. Jonathan Marchessault, LW, Golden Knights: Locked into a top-six role and generates a lot of shots along with his usual 25 goals. Safe.

114. Bryan Rust, RW, Penguins: So tough to rank. Love the speed and the fact he’s always playing with an elite center. But the breakout was so extreme. Even in 55 games, he smashed his career highs. I’m interested, but I won’t take him before guys who post steady 30-30-60 lines.

115. Jakub Voracek, RW, Flyers: Piles up assists and power-play points, but he’s no longer above average in any other fantasy category.

116. Nick Suzuki, C, Canadiens: Hyper-intelligent. Had climbed his way to the No. 1 center role by the post-season. Ceiling should grow with a full season in that role, though the Habs could essentially have two first lines.

117. Nico Hischier, C, Devils (-7): Time for a fourth-year leap. Since his debut in 2017-18, he ranks 105th among NHL forwards in power-play minutes per game. Look for the Devils’ new coaching staff to give him more opportunities. Nursing a leg injury that will keep him out for the season opener, but he shouldn't miss much time.

118. Victor Olofsson, LW, Sabres: Showed well on Eichel’s left wing as a rookie. He's a player you'll have to follow closely as his line deployment keeps changing. As long as he stays in top six, you're golden. Great shooter.

119. Philipp Grubauer, G, Avalanche: Could be a steal if he delivers a full, healthy season as the Avs’ No. 1. If he doesn’t show he can be The Guy, however, the Avs could seek an in-season replacement via trade.

120. Aaron Ekblad, D, Panthers ­– Still just 24. Hedman didn’t start posting big point totals until the season in which he turned 24. Ekblad led all D-men in primary assists per 60 last season.

121. Juuse Saros, G, Predators: Seized the job with excellent surge after the all-star break: 11-4,-0 2.14 goals-against average, .936 save percentage. Struggled during the play-ins, however, and Pekka Rinne, a.k.a. Nashville royalty, will still maintain a large role.

122. Jack Hughes, C, Devils: One of my favorite buy lows. Terrible rookie year, but his advanced metrics showed he did a decent job generating chances and had horrific luck. After an extra-long off-season to bulk up, he could bust out in a big way.

123. Ivan Provorov, D, Flyers: Got back on the path to becoming elite with the coaching change in Philly. Could ascend to the D1 tier this season.

124. John Gibson, G, Ducks: Could only overachieve for so long with such a difficult workload. Finally imploded last season. Still an excellent goalie. If Ducks improve even 10 percent as a team, he’ll be usable again in fantasy.

125. Seth Jones, D, Blue Jackets (-28): Jones might be worth more in real life than fantasy at this point, and I'm downgrading him in the rankings for this final draft. Werenski is the one tasked with jumping up in the play more. Jones handles more of the all-around shutdown work.

126. Dylan Strome, C, Blackhawks:
No Toews. No Kirby Dach. This season undoubtedly provides Strome with the biggest opportunity of his career. He's the de facto No. 1 center. 

127. Cam Atkinson, RW, Blue Jackets: Had played at least 79 games in five of six seasons before an injury-abbreviated 2019-20. Probably doesn’t score 40 goals again, but a pace of 25 isn’t too much to ask for.

128. Ryan Strome, C, Rangers:
Value is tied to his role as Panarin’s center. As long as Strome keeps that job and holds off, say, Filip Chytil, s’all good.

129. Evgenii Dadonov, RW, Senators: Maybe he’s less productive away from Huberdeau and Barkov on a new team. But Dadonov made them better, too. Maybe he does the same for projected linemate Tim Stuetzle.

130. Darcy Kuemper, G, Coyotes: Would rank a lot higher on a better team. Finished fifth and seventh in Vezina voting in his past two seasons. But the Coyotes are in dark times. They could be worse this season. If you draft Kuemper, you hope he gets traded to a contender.

131. Anders Lee, LW, Islanders: Hasn’t shown much of a ceiling since John Tavares left, but you can still count on Lee to parlay his stellar net-front skills into 25 goals.

132. Denis Gurianov, RW, Stars: Led all rookies with 20 goals despite playing a measly 12:59 per game. Time for Dallas to make him a top-six fixture. Breakout alert.

133. Tom Wilson, RW, Capitals: A great buy in PIMs/hits leagues, as he can flirt with the league lead in both categories while also chipping in 20-plus goals.

134. Anthony Cirelli, C, Lightning: Could follow Sean Couturier’s career path. The defensive play is already elite, and the offense is starting to catch up. 

135. Charlie McAvoy, D, Bruins: Still waiting for the offensive numbers to catch up to his all-around ability. With Krug gone, he’s Boston’s best puck-moving blueliner now. If a breakout is going to happen, this is the year.

136. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Coyotes: If Coyotes regress, it shouldn’t affect ‘OEL,’ as he’s always posted strong stats on bad teams. He remains one of the better goal-scorers at his position.

137. Clayton Keller, RW, Coyotes:
The Coyotes are certainly paying him to be a marquee scorer. When will the evolution happen? At 22, he still has plenty of time. MacKinnon, for instance, was a disappointment until going bonkers in his age-22 campaign.

138. Shea Weber, D, Canadiens: Can’t count on him to play a full season but, amazingly, he’s back to producing his vintage Man-Beast stat lines whenever he’s in the Habs’ lineup.

139. Kasperi Kapanen, RW, Penguins (-11): Expected to get a long look with Crosby, and Kapanen’s speedy north-south game makes him an ideal fit. Will miss the start of the season as he finishes his quarantining, however.

140. Matt Duchene, C, Predators: The production rarely matches the name brand, but he’s bounced back from bad years before, so he’s still draftable for his upside.

141. Mark Giordano, D, Flames: He’ll keep declining at 37, but his role as the minutes eater and top puck-mover in Calgary hasn’t gone anywhere.

142. Joonas Korpisalo, G, Blue Jackets: I flipped him and Elvis Merzlikins, as most depth-chart reports are listing Korpisalo ahead of Merzlikins, but I expect close to a 50-50 split.

143. Mikhail Sergachev, D, Lightning: Still a baby in defenseman years at 22, and already productive enough to be a D2 in most pools. Good floor but also has plenty of upside.

144. Jeff Petry, D, Canadiens: One of the more underrated defensemen in the game has elevated himself from waiver-wire fodder to someone who should be drafted in all leagues.

145. David Perron, RW, Blues: Might be the quintessential boring-veteran draft pick. He’s always available relatively late, and he always delivers helpful offense. Across the past four seasons he averages 24 goals and 64 points per 82 games. Since he never plays a full year, knock five goals and 10 points off that projection and he’s still pretty handy.

146. Oliver Bjorkstrand, RW, Blue Jackets: Was enjoying a really nice breakout before fracturing his ankle. Had 14 goals in a 17-game stretch before the injury. He could be a steal with a mid-round investment.

147. Andre Burakovsky, LW, Avalanche (+11): Finally posted numbers reflective of his talent after trade to Colorado. I wouldn’t mind seeing it one more time before I’m all in. Was an underachiever for so many years in Washington that he burned me. But if he stays on the MacKinnon line…I don't think it sticks all year, but the upside is tantalizing.

148. Tyler Bertuzzi, LW, Red Wings: Eventually might get passed on depth chart by higher-pedigree prospects, but he’s Detroit’s best option alongside Larkin and Mantha for now. Back-to-back 20-goal efforts.

149. Brock Nelson, C, Islanders: Extremely consistent. Rarely misses a game. Has landed between 19 and 26 goals in six consecutive seasons. 

150. Keith Yandle, D, Panthers (-17): Still such a steady source of assists, but he's 34 and starting the year off the top power-play unit. 

151. Alexander Radulov, RW, Stars: Aging out of fantasy stardom, but he showed enough in the playoffs to make me think he can land somewhere between his usual 70-point season and his disastrous 2019-20 numbers. He can still deliver a 20-30-50 pace for us.

152. Martin Necas, RW, Hurricanes: Can’t be trusted for a spike in goals yet because his shot rate is so low. But a climb to the 50-point range is attainable for the slick-mitted Necas, who should be a top-six fixture.

153. Matt Murray, G, Senators: Coming off terrible year with a good defensive team playing in front of him. Was actually better when the Pens did a weaker job limiting chances. Does that mean Murray could find a rhythm with more work in Ottawa? Medium risk, medium reward.

154. Anton Khudobin, G, Stars: Best goalie in the league in terms of goals saved above average per 60 over the past two seasons. A complicated player to draft, though. Ben Bishop will eventually return, and Khudobin faded a bit late in the playoffs under a starter’s workload.

155. William Karlsson, C, Golden Knights: An underwhelming fantasy option since his anomalous 43-goal explosion two years ago, but he’s the best pivot on a Vegas team that is very thin up the middle.

156. Matt Dumba, D, Wild: Can be such a difference maker if he can rebound from a poor season. He’s one of the few defensemen in the league capable of scoring 20 goals in a full season. He had 12 in just 32 games the season prior.

157. T.J. Oshie, RW, Capitals:
Lockout year excluded, has eight straight seasons of at least 18 goals and 49 points. No longer an upside guy, but safe as ever.

158. Jaden Schwartz, LW, Blues:
Played every game for the first time in his career last season. Still just 28. He should remain a solid secondary scorer for the Blues and for your fantasy team, especially if injury woes are behind him.

159. Reilly Smith, RW, Golden Knights: Not a spectacular talent but does everything pretty well and always gets enough points to be rosterable in medium to deep formats.

160. Jason Zucker, LW, Penguins: Went 6-6-12 in 15 games after arriving with Pens via trade. Should be a bargain as long as he holds off Jared McCann for the No. 2 left-wing gig.

161. Rickard Rakell, LW, Ducks: Back to back disappointing years. Shooting percentage way down. That may reflect a decline in linemate quality, and that isn't guaranteed to change just yet on a rebuilding team.

162. Mikko Koskinen, G, Oilers: So GM Ken Holland didn't land an upgrade after Koskinen and Mike Smith flopped in the post season. Koskinen was slightly above average in the regular season. He can probably replicate that this season.

163. Phil Kessel, RW, Coyotes: One more try? They need him. If his shot rate and accuracy return to his career norms, he’s back to being a worthy pick.

164. Tim Stutzle, C, Senators : Note the change in the spelling of his last name. It's officially the German-style Stutzle now, FYI. You obviously don't want to get carried away with his highlight tape from the WJC, but…OK, maybe you do. The 2020 draft's No. 3 overall pick was projected to be a big-time game breaker at the NHL level, so it didn't feel like a fluke to see him dazzle for Germany. It's fine to reach a round or two for him.

165. Chris Kreider, LW, Rangers: Lafreniere might push him down to Line 3 soon. That’ll hurt. But it's not happening yet. Kreider’s blend of goals and hits still makes him a nice depth piece.

166. Paul Stastny, C, Jets: Played well with Ehlers and Laine on his wings when Jets rented him in 2017-18. Likely will team with them again.

167. Braden Holtby, G, Canucks: Not as old as people think. Canucks goaltending coach Ian Clark could fix him. But how will the starts shake out between him and Thatcher Demko?

168. Thatcher Demko, G, Canucks: Earned himself a bigger piece of the pie and rendered Markstrom expendable with great relief work in playoffs. But Holtby signing was disappointing from a poolie perspective. These two will damage each other’s value. You may have to handcuff one with the other.

169. Elvis Merzlikins, G, Blue Jackets:
Still prefer Merzlikins long term, but Korpisalo might have a 51/49 edge in terms of playing time to open the year. 

170. Kaapo Kakko, RW, Rangers: Was one of the worst regulars in the NHL last year. He was also 18. The potential hasn’t gone anywhere. Once he finds his footing, he could bust out in a hurry. Projects to be a star with tremendous intelligence and puck skills.

171. David Krejci, C, Bruins: You know what you get with him every year. Not exciting but the playmaking floor is high.

172. Filip Hronek, D, Red Wings: Less valuable in plus-minus leagues but is an underrated point-producer as the primary power-play conductor in Motown.

173. Cam Talbot, G, Wild: No team limits shot quality better than the Wild – two years running. Could Talbot have a monster year, then? Tough to say. Some goalies play better when they’re busier. Decent boom-bust option as your No. 2 netminder.

174. Mackenzie Blackwood, G, Devils (+6): Made tremendous strides last season. Positioned as Devils’ long-term starter, and Corey Crawford's retirement should mean a much bigger piece of the playing-time pie for Blackwood now.

175. Rasmus Ristolainen, D, Sabres: Hate on him all you want. He may as well be a different player when it comes to fantasy. He’s extremely useful there. Gives you 40 points, 200 hits and 100 blocks a year.

176. Ryan Pulock, D, Islanders: 
A bomber on the blueline who is particularly valuable in hits/blocks formats.

177. Ryan Suter, D, Wild:
The Nicklas Backstrom of the blueline. Past his prime but keeps pumping out good assist totals.

178. Drew Doughty, D, Kings: Numbers never matched his real life contributions even when the Kings were good. On a rebuilding team, he’s merely a depth piece in pools thanks to his high-volume role.

179. Anthony Duclair LW, Panthers (+10): Opening camp on the first line with Barkov. Could be a real fantasy steal if that role holds. But if the inconsistent Duclair drops in the lineup, be prepared to drop him to the waiver wire.

180. Nikita Gusev, LW, Devils: Fell short of his prediction that he could score 128 points (LOL). But he found himself after the first couple of months. Among players with at least 500 minutes at 5-on-5, he cracked the top 50 in points per 60.

181. Tyler Toffoli, RW, Canadiens: Looked great in brief stint with Canucks, but that was because he played with Pettersson. Habs setup is more like what he had in L.A.: a workmanlike offense by committee. I wouldn’t bet on 30 goals.

182. Josh Bailey, RW, Islanders: Poor man’s Voracek. Never reaches 20 goals but provides enough assists to fill out your depth on the wings.

183. Robert Thomas, RW, Blues (+6): Sleeper. Has produced strong point totals relative to his small workload in first two seasons. Opening the season with Jaden Schwartz and Mike Hoffman, Thomas is getting an opportunity to blossom as a true top-six forward.

184. Semyon Varlamov, G, Islanders: Any goalie in the Mitch Korn/Piero Greco tree is worth owning. If Varlamov seems low, it’s because megaprospect Ilya Sorokin will threaten to steal the No. 1 job.

185. Jared Spurgeon, D, Wild: Doesn’t post astronomical point totals but can be counted in for double-digit goals every year. High floor.

186. Jamie Benn, LW, Stars: Feels like he’s older than 31 because he’s so far removed from being a top-tier pick in pools. Even as an elder statesman, though, he can deliver 20 goals and 150-plus hits. Not bad.

187. Darnell Nurse, D, Oilers: Offers a similar mixed bag of counting stats to Ristolainen’s but shoots the puck more, usually scores a bit less.

188. Kevin Shattenkirk, D, Ducks: Signing with the rebuilding Ducks actually boosts Shattenkirk’s value. He played PP2 in Tampa, but he'll run PP1 in Anaheim. The Ducks converted at 14.7 percent last season, good for 30th in the league. They signed Shattenkirk for a reason.

189. Pavel Buchnevich, RW, Rangers: I just can’t get excited about him, but as long as Buchnevich keeps playing with Zibanejad, there’s still plenty to like.

190. Quinton Byfield, C, Kings (-24): He has the size and strength of a 30-year-old man and the upside to be Eric Lindros Lite if he delivers on his potential. But he's shaping up as a taxi-squad guy to start the year. A must-own in leagues with benches. A wait-and-see in non-bench leagues.

191. Jeff Skinner, LW, Sabres (-73): Is he the most volatile player of his generation, year to year? His goal totals in the past eight seasons: 13, 33, 18, 28, 37, 24, 40. 14. The pattern says the yo-yo will swing favorably this season, but he's opening the year buried in the lineup. He's a boom-bust pick at the moment.

192. Conor Garland, RW, Coyotes: Playing in obscurity, he’s one of the cheaper sources of 20 goals you’ll find.

193. Kevin Hayes, C, Flyers: Solidified the Flyers' center depth. A very useful real-life contributor in all situations. His fantasy impact isn’t nearly as big.

194. Nick Schmaltz, LW, Coyotes: Can deliver a bushel of assists, but he’s empty calories otherwise in fantasy.

195. Ryan Johansen, C, Predators: Duchene signing predictably ate into Johansen’s production. I’d rather swing and miss on a higher-ceiling proposition at this point than roster Johansen.

196. Ryan Getzlaf, C, Ducks: Will maintain a scoring-line role in Anaheim until Trevor Zegras is ready. The upside is gone, but you could do worse for your third center in pools.

197. Zach Hyman, LW, Maple Leafs: Good bet for even-strength goals but doesn’t get much power-play time and is oddly reliant on empty-net goals to puff up his totals. Starting season on the third line, but that creates a buy-low opportunity, as I still think he'll end up on one of the top two lines before long.

198. Jonathan Drouin, LW, Canadiens: With Habs adding two big-ticket wingers this off-season, it’s no longer a guarantee he plays on top two lines.

199. Jake DeBrusk, LW, Bruins: Can deliver 20 goals, but his game has plateaued. Can at least be counted on for a scoring-line role.

200. Brandon Saad, LW, Avalanche: Might not be asked to do as much in Colorado as he was in Chicago. He’ll boost the Avs' depth, but his fantasy numbers might dip a bit.

201. Roope Hintz, C, Stars: Big and fast. Has the tools to take another step forward in Year 3. A mini-breakout could jump him to 25 goals and 50 points.

202. Phillip Danault, C, Canadiens: Domi trade keeps Danault safely in top-six role…for now. Jesperi Kotkaniemi is still a threat. Few players in the game drive possession better than Danault, and he can give you 45-plus points, too.

203. Viktor Arvidsson, RW, Predators: Rebound candidate? One season removed from being really good. Has to get back to shooting the puck a ton if he wants to be a 30-goal scorer again.

204. Jordan Eberle, RW, Islanders: One of the many Isles vets you can count on for middling depth production. But Eberle appears to be out of upside now.

205. Nils Hoglander, LW, Canucks (NR): Slick-mitted. Slated to start the season on Vancouver's second line. A lot to like from this rookie.

206. Joe Thornton, C, Maple Leafs: Playing the left wing with Matthews and Marner sounds more like a cute gimmick than something that makes actual hockey sense – can Jumbo keep pace with them? – but Thornton is obviously a must-draft in deeper leagues as long as he holds onto that job.

207. Anthony Beauvillier, LW, Islanders:
He had so much moxie in the playoffs. His shot rate absolutely exploded. It jumped 40 percent! Still waiting to see it translate to the regular season. If it doesn’t, he’s just a roster filler in pools.

208. Alex Iafallo, LW, Kings: He likely isn’t L.A.’s long-term answer on a scoring line, but the role is there for now, and he enjoyed a mini breakout last season.

209. Dominik Kahun, LW, Oilers: Bargain signing for the Oilers, and he’ll be a fantasy bargain if he stays on a scoring line.

210. Jaccob Slavin, D, Hurricanes: The game’s best shutdown blueliner is also a solid source of even-strength points. The lack of power-play looks caps his ceiling as more of a D3 or D4 guy.

211. Zach Parise, LW, Wild: His numbers suggest to draft him much higher, but he’s just not a guy I’ll invest in. At 36, he only offers a medium reward but with high risk.

212. Eric Staal, C, Sabres: With Hall, Reinhart, Skinner and Olofsson, Staal is all but guaranteed two good goal-scoring wingers to boost his point total.

213. Josh Norris, C, Senators (+20): The reigning AHL rookie of the year has my attention, especially since he's likely starting the season centering the top line.

214. Vincent Trocheck, C, Hurricanes: Hasn’t been the same player since horrifically breaking his leg in November 2018. Given how good he was before that moment, he’s worth a late-round flier.

215. Cody Glass, C, Golden Knights (-18): They sure do need him after trading Stastny, but it doesn't appear Glass will crack the top two lines to open the year. Frustrating.

216. Owen Tippett, RW, Panthers (-10): He transitioned so seamlessly in his first full AHL season. Good potential as a goal-scorer, but we need to see him inside Florida's top six before we get too excited.

217. Alex Tuch, RW, Golden Knights (-17): Net-crashing power forward shook off bad regular season and looked dangerous in playoffs. Still can only do so much for your fantasy team if he can’t ascend higher than the third line, however. He's day to day at the moment and not expected to be out long term.

218. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, Blues (-19): Three surgeries on the same shoulder. It’s possible he’ll never be the same player again. He's likely to play this season, but it's tough to know when. He'll be re-evaluated next month.

219. Nick Robertson, LW, Maple Leafs: We know the reward potential is huge, but it appears he'll start the season on Toronto's taxi squad. I'd still draft him in deep leagues because of his potential – if you have a bench.

220. Gabe Vilardi, C, Kings (-11): Overcame lengthy recovery from a major back injury and showed nice promise in a cup of coffee last year. Will be a lot more valuable if Byfield doesn’t make the team, however, and Vilardi starting the season "unfit to play" could push him down the depth chart when he returns.

221. Tyler Seguin, C, Stars: Hip surgery is serious business. It’ll sideline him into April, rendering him merely a high-end bench stash for the draft season.

222. Mikael Backlund, C, Flames: Can get hot, but he’s still more useful in real life as a two-way guy. Could even drop to the third line if Lindholm moves to center.

223. Zack Kassian, RW, Oilers: Does a lot of the same things Tom Wilson does but costs less in drafts. But whereas Wilson is his team’s No. 1 right winger, Kassian has a lot more competition for that job this year. For now, he has the gig.

224. Drake Batherson, RW, Senators (+6): Nothing left to accomplish in the AHL, where he’s rifled off 116 points in 103 games across the past two seasons. Time to sink or swim in the NHL, and he's ticketed for a scoring-line assignment to start the season.

225. Filip Zadina, RW, Red Wings: Showed flashes in an injury-shortened year. Hoping he gets a full season in and breaks out this time. Still oozes potential to become a Marian Hossa type of player someday.

226. Tanner Pearson, LW, Canucks: I know he had a good year. I just prefer to bet on talent in fantasy, and Pearson is a fairly ordinary talent. Worth picking as long as he remains in top six.

227. Kevin Labanc, RW, Sharks: There simply isn’t much competition for prime ice time on the right wing in San Jose. That makes Labanc rosterable if you can stomach a bad plus-minus on a declining team.

228. Alex Killorn, LW, Lightning: Meh. Career-best 26 goals but he also led the NHL in shooting percentage at 20.0, almost double his career mark. Major regression candidate.

229. Oskar Lindblom LW, Flyers (NR): A sneaky-good shot generator who had 11 goals in 30 games last season. Cancer free and slated to start season on first line.

230. Andreas Johnsson, LW, Devils: Good enough to climb all the way to the first line if he’s healthy. A decent reclamation-project pick.

231. Nate Schmidt, D, Canucks: His speedy game should play well in the Canucks high-octane attack.

232. John Marino, D, Penguins: Overshadowed by a magical class of rookie D-men in 2019-20. Marino was a revelation too. Even if he simply maintains the same level of play, he’s draftable.

233. P.K. Subban, D, Devils: Nowhere to go but up after the worst season of his career, and there’s still upside. I have no problem rolling the dice on him as my fourth defenseman.

234. Ilya Sorokin, G, Islanders: You have my blessing to reach on him earlier than this. Has a real shot to overtake Varlamov and become this season’s Shesterkin. A potential league-winning stash for your bench.

235. Barrett Hayton, C, Coyotes: We can throw out his forgettable 2019-20 debut. Injuries played a part. He’s gifted scorer with a great shot and can do a bit of everything. The Stepan trade increases the odds of Hayton getting a long look this year.

236. Jean-Gabriel Pageau, C, Islanders: Was worth more in pools as a Senator. As an Islander he’s a third-liner, albeit a great one. Regular season and playoffs so far with them: 10 goals and 13 points in 29 games.

237. Jack Studnicka, RW, Bruins (NR): He'll open the season with a plum assignment alongside Marchand and Bergeron. Just understand that it's likely Pastrnak takes that job back once he returns. Grab the two-way prospect Studnicka for early-season fireworks and hope he plays well enough to stay in the top six. Makes for a great handcuff if you draft Pastrnak.

238. Mikhail Grigorenko, LW, Blue Jackets (NR): Slated to start the year on the Jackets' top line with Dubois and Bjorkstrand. There are worse fliers to try. 

239. Ben Bishop, G, Stars: Still a good bet to get his starting job back once he returns from knee surgery, but he’s not expected back until late March or early April, so he’s a stash or a Khudobin handcuff for now.

240. Joe Pavelski, RW, Stars: Playoff run was magical but, because he's 36, the ugly regular season is a better predictor of his future results. No longer a must-draft player.

241. T.J. Brodie, D, Maple Leafs: Partnering with Rielly, Brodie is a sleeper to post a career-best assist total playing on such a run-and-gun team.

242. Devon Toews, D, Avalanche (NR): After the Avs stole him from the Islanders, Toews gets to open camp paired with Makar. Toews lands in the most fantasy-friendly setup of his career so far.

243. Dylan Cozens, C, Sabres: He's the Sabres' long-term plan at No. 2 center. Stash him for his upside and hope he climbs the lineup and gets power-play time.

244. James van Riemsdyk, LW, Flyers: Feels odd to rank 'JVR' this low, but he's not a coach's favorite in Philly. He ended up a healthy scratch during the 2020 playoffs and might start this season outside the top six forwards.

245. Craig Smith, RW, Bruins (-33): Only two players in the NHL shoot the puck more frequently per 60 than Smith, but he remains outside the top six even with Pastrnak injury. Not a great sign.

246. Christian Dvorak, C, Coyotes: A safe bet for a scoring-line role all season, but the ceiling isn't sky-high. A depth pick that won't hurt you.

247. Mikael Granlund, LW, Predators (-45): Disappointing from a fantasy perspective to see him return with Preds. Playing on a team that runs its offense through its defensemen has killed Granlund's value. Visa issues will cost him games to start the season, too. I didn't need more excuses not to draft him.

248. Matt Grzelcyk, D, Bruins (NR): Starting the season in Krug's old role as power-play quarterback – without much competition on the left side. Unless Boston makes a trade, Grzelcyk likely keeps the gig all season.

249. Marco Rossi, C, Wild (-61): The Wild are weak at center, so he had a better shot than most 2020 draftees to make the team and play on a scoring line, but he's currently out indefinitely with an upper-body injury. Hopefully the ailment doesn't keep him out long-term, but he's an extremely risky pick now in redraft leagues.

250. Trevor Zegras, C, Ducks (-41): One of the best prospects in the sport at his position. Has truly special playmaking skills. Unfortunately, the Ducks have decided to start the world juniors MVP in the AHL this season. If you have room to stash him in redraft leagues, I'd still do it.

ON THE BUBBLE: Tage Thompson, Grigori Denisenko, Marcus Johansson, Chandler Stephenson, Nick Bjugstad, Jesse Puljujarvi, Emil Bemstrom, Sam Steel, Samuel Girard, Vince Dunn, Bowen Byram, Ondrej Palat, Jake Virtanen, Ondrej Kase, Ty Smith, Patric Hornqvist, Jack Roslovic, Liam Foudy, Jake Muzzin, Andreas Athanasiou, James Neal, Zach Sanford, Josh Anderson, Mattias Ekholm, Linus Ullmark, Colton Parayko, Josh Morrissey.

DROPPED OUT OF TOP 250: Nikita Kucherov (injury), Jonathan Toews (illness), Kirby Dach (injury)

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