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Fantasy top 100 forwards: Three Jackets on the rise

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets


Every Tuesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey insider Pete Jensen will provide you with in-depth forward analysis. From updated weekly top 100 rankings to trending players and more, Jensen will be your go-to guy for fantasy forward advice all season long.

TOP 100 FANTASY FORWARDS
These rankings are based on expectations for the season ahead. Value is quantified by line combinations, overall upside and past performance in standard Yahoo categories (goals, assists, plus-minus, penalty minutes, power-play points and shots on goal).

1. Sidney Crosby, C (SAME)

2. Steven Stamkos, C (SAME)

3. Corey Perry, RW (SAME) - DTD

4. Evgeni Malkin, C/RW (SAME)

5. John Tavares, C (SAME)

6. Claude Giroux, C/RW (+1)

7. Tyler Seguin, C/RW (+1)

8. Ryan Getzlaf, C (-2)

9. Alex Ovechkin, LW/RW (SAME)

10. Phil Kessel, RW (+1)

11. Patric Hornqvist, RW (+3)

12. Joe Pavelski, LW/C/RW (SAME)

13. Jamie Benn, LW (-3)

14. Jonathan Toews, C (+1)

15. Chris Kunitz, LW (-2)

16. Patrick Kane, C/RW (SAME)

17. Ryan Johansen, C/RW (+1)

18. Jakub Voracek, RW (+10)

19. Pavel Datsyuk, LW/C (SAME) - DTD

20. Logan Couture, LW/C (+4)

21. Rick Nash, LW/RW (+1)

22. Henrik Zetterberg, LW/C (-2)

23. Anze Kopitar, C (SAME)

24. Nicklas Backstrom, C (+1)

25. Nathan MacKinnon, C/RW (-4)

26. Daniel Sedin, LW (SAME)

27. Henrik Sedin, C (SAME)

28. Wayne Simmonds, RW (+3)

29. Joe Thornton, C (+3)

30. Patrice Bergeron, C (+4)

31. Matt Duchene, LW/C (-1)

32. Patrick Marleau, LW/C (+6)

33. James Neal, LW/RW (SAME)

34. Kyle Okposo, RW (+3)

35. Jason Spezza, C (SAME)

36. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW (+21)

37. Tyler Toffoli, RW (+2)

38. Filip Forsberg, LW/C/RW (+18)

39. Martin St. Louis, C/RW (+1)

40. Max Pacioretty, LW (-4)

41. David Backes, C/RW (SAME)

42. Jeff Carter, C/RW (SAME)

43. Ryan Kesler, C/RW (SAME)

44. Tyler Johnson, C/RW (+18)

45. Marian Gaborik, RW (SAME)

46. David Krejci, C (SAME) - DTD

47. Eric Staal, C (+6)

48. Milan Lucic, LW (-4)

49. Marian Hossa, RW (-2)

50. James van Riemsdyk, LW (-1)

51. Radim Vrbata, RW (SAME)

52. Jaromir Jagr, RW (SAME)

53. Jarome Iginla, RW (-5)

54. Blake Wheeler, RW (+9)

55. Gabriel Landeskog, LW (-5)

56. Brandon Saad, LW/RW (+5)

57. Jonathan Drouin, LW (+2)

58. Mike Cammalleri, LW/C (NR - IR)

59. Gustav Nyquist, C/RW (-4)

60. Pascal Dupuis, LW/RW (-2)

61. Jordan Eberle, RW (-1)

62. Valtteri Filppula, LW/C (+8)

63. Ryan O'Reilly, LW/C (-9)

64. Scott Hartnell, LW (+10)

65. Evander Kane, LW (+3)

66. Jaden Schwartz, LW (+6)

67. Brayden Schenn, LW/C (+2)

68. Carl Soderberg, LW/C (+12)

69. Bobby Ryan, LW/RW (-3)

70. Loui Eriksson, LW/RW (-5)

71. Jason Pominville, RW (-7)

72. Paul Stastny, C (NR - IR)

73. Alexander Steen, LW/C (-6)

74. Brock Nelson, C (+1)

75. Andrew Ladd, LW (+1)

76. Johan Franzen, LW/RW (NR - IR)

77. Chris Kreider, LW (+4)

78. Brad Marchand, LW (+7)

79. Ryan Callahan, RW (+9)

80. Johnny Gaudreau, LW (+7)

81. Alex Galchenyuk, LW/C (-10)

82. Mike Ribeiro, C (+2)

83. Ondrej Palat, LW (-4)

84. Bryan Little, C/RW (-6)

85. Tanner Pearson, LW (-8)

86. Nick Bonino, C (+7)

87. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C (+3)

88. Nick Foligno, LW (+3)

89. Derek Stepan, C (NR - IR)

90. Kyle Turris, C (-8)

91. Thomas Vanek, LW/RW (-18)

92. Sean Monahan, C (NEW)

93. Jori Lehtera, C (NEW)

94. Nikita Kucherov, LW/RW (+5)

95. Shane Doan, LW/RW (-6)

96. Jiri Hudler, LW/RW (NEW)

97. Clarke MacArthur, LW (NEW)

98. Antoine Vermette, LW/C (NEW)

99. Steve Downie, LW/RW (NEW)

100. Tomas Plekanec, C (-4)

Just missed: Derick Brassard, Tommy Wingels, Antoine Roussel, Mikael Granlund, Elias Lindholm, Justin Abdelkader, Reilly Smith, Mikko Koivu, Troy Brouwer, Chris Higgins

Dropped out: Wingels, Granlund, Abdelkader, Koivu, Cam Atkinson, David Perron, Mikkel Boedker

Key injuries: Zach Parise, Taylor Hall, Patrick Sharp, Brandon Dubinsky, T.J. Oshie, Valeri Nichushkin, Michael Raffl

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