It seems like it was only yesterday when we were handing out fantasy awards for the 2012-13 NHL season, but now we're just a couple weeks away from the opening of training camps. You know what that means, right? It's time to start preparing for fantasy hockey.
You may or may not have already checked out NHL.com's top-200 overall fantasy hockey rankings, but below is a breakdown of those top 50 players. What was our reason for going with Sidney Crosby over Steven Stamkos and Alex Ovechkin? Why do we believe Erik Karlsson will bounce back from injury to regain the No. 1 fantasy defenseman status? Why are we so high on Taylor Hall? These are just a few of the questions you might have after glancing at our rankings, and now, we provide you with the reasons and explanations.
The overall ranking order is based on NHL.com's composite rankings determined by fantasy experts Matt Cubeta, Pete Jensen, Matt Sitkoff and Chris Foster (average of each expert's selections).