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Six Flames land on Yahoo's pre-season top fantasy rankings

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

Fantasy hockey is officially back, and Yahoo's position eligibility changes have had a sizable impact on the top 200 player landscape.

Based on last season, there were 60 dual-eligible players in NHL.com's top 200 for August, including 15 in the top 50. Now, after Yahoo's position refining, there are 20 dual-eligible players in the top 200, with Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche being the lone top 50 assets with multi-position eligibility. Players who had positions added or removed, in many cases, have seen changes in their rank based on position scarcity.

Yahoo's pre-ranks, which can affect a player's average draft position, have also been released. There could be a run on goalies in many leagues based on high pre-ranks at the position (eight goalies in top 30 by Yahoo; four in top 30 by NHL.com), so any players NHL.com has ranked ahead of their Yahoo standing (i.e. Carey Price, Cory Schneider, Matt Murray / Marc-Andre Fleury tandem) should be prioritized. That strategy applies to forwards and defencemen who are ranked higher by NHL.com as well.

The aforementioned trends, along with injury updates, recent signings (i.e. Jiri Hudler to Dallas Stars) and a coaching change by the Avalanche have altered player rankings compared to our August update.

Sign up for a Yahoo fantasy hockey league now and begin ranking players based on NHL.com's updated list. NHL.com will continue to update its rankings throughout September with training camps, injury updates, the World Cup of Hockey 2016 and NHL preseason right around the corner.

NOTE: Numbers in parentheses indicate each player's Yahoo pre-rank as of Sept. 1 ... Standard Yahoo categories include goals, assists, plus/minus, penalty minutes, power play points and shots on goal for skaters, and wins, GAA, save percentage and shutouts for goalies.

1. Patrick Kane, RW, CHI (Yahoo rank: 1)

2. Sidney Crosby, C, PIT (3)

3. Alex Ovechkin, LW, WSH (2)

4. Jamie Benn, LW, DAL (4)

5. Erik Karlsson, D, OTT (18)

6. Brent Burns, D, SJS (13)

7. Joe Pavelski, C/RW, SJS (9)

8. Tyler Seguin, C, DAL (12)

9. Connor McDavid, C, EDM (5)

10. P.K. Subban, D, NSH (22)

11. Johnny Gaudreau, LW, CGY* (8)

12. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL (6)

13. John Tavares, C, NYI (11)

14. Kris Letang, D, PIT (41)

15. Braden Holtby, G, WSH (10)

16. Claude Giroux, C, PHI (15)

17. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH (17)

18. Steven Stamkos, C, TBL (7)

19. Carey Price, G, MTL (20)

20. Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT (21)

21. Nikita Kucherov, RW, TBL* (29)

22. Ben Bishop, G, TBL (14)

23. Anze Kopitar, C, LAK (26)

24. Cory Schneider, G, NJD (25)

25. Joe Thornton, C, SJS (40)

26. Corey Perry, RW, ANA (16)

27. Blake Wheeler, RW, WPG (36)

28. Artemi Panarin, LW, CHI (27)

29. Taylor Hall, LW, NJD (48)

30. Logan Couture, C, SJS (24)

31. Martin Jones, G, SJS (23)

32. Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS (35)

33. Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH (31)

34. Jonathan Quick, G, LAK (19)

35. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI (45)

36. Wayne Simmonds, RW, PHI (43)

37. Dustin Byfuglien, D, WPG (38)

38. Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANA (54)

39. Corey Crawford, G, CHI (30)

40. Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA (46)

41. Filip Forsberg, LW, NSH (50)

42. Phil Kessel, RW, PIT (32)

43. Jack Eichel, C, BUF (39)

44. John Gibson, G, ANA (28)

45. James Neal, RW, NSH (33)

46. Nathan MacKinnon, C/RW, COL (52)

47. Mark Scheifele, C, WPG (51)

48. Roman Josi, D, NSH (57)

49. Sean Monahan, C, CGY (49)

50. Drew Doughty, D, LAK (44)

51. Shayne Gostisbehere, D, PHI (53)

52. Jason Spezza, C, DAL (55)

53. John Carlson, D, WSH (56)

54. Ryan O'Reilly, C/LW, BUF (86)

55. Pekka Rinne, G, NSH (34)

56. Max Pacioretty, LW, MTL (47)

57. Ryan Johansen, C, NSH (61)

58. Jake Allen, G, STL (42)

59. Zach Parise, LW, MIN (59)

60. Mark Giordano, D, CGY (70)

61. Daniel Sedin, LW, VAN (69)

62. John Klingberg, D, DAL (60)

63. Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, FLA (80)

64. Victor Hedman, D, TBL (76)

65. Brian Elliott, G, CGY (71)

66. Brad Marchand, LW, BOS (58)

67. Matt Duchene, C, COL (72)

68. Duncan Keith, D, CHI (63)

69. Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYR (37)

70. Keith Yandle, D, FLA (77)

71. Jonathan Toews, C, CHI (66)

72. Matt Murray, G, PIT (73)

73. Alexander Steen, C/LW, STL (74)

74. Tyler Toffoli, C/RW, LAK (95)

75. Brayden Schenn, C/LW, PHI (81)

76. Roberto Luongo, G, FLA (64)

77. Brandon Saad, LW/RW, CBJ (82)

78. Kyle Okposo, RW, BUF (98)

79. Devan Dubnyk, G, MIN (67)

80. Patrick Sharp, LW/RW, DAL (84)

81. Tyler Johnson, C, TBL (114)

82. Auston Matthews, C, TOR (121)

83. Milan Lucic, LW, EDM (91)

84. Shea Weber, D, MTL (62)

85. Jordan Eberle, RW, EDM (93)

86. Jaromir Jagr, RW, FLA (116)

87. Patric Hornqvist, RW, PIT (124)

88. Tyson Barrie, D, COL (92)

89. Gabriel Landeskog, LW, COL (68)

90. Andrew Ladd, LW, NYI (79)

91. Jeff Carter, C, LAK (94)

92. Rasmus Ristolainen, D, BUF* (104)

93. Jonathan Drouin, LW, TBL (117)

94. Kevin Shattenkirk, D, STL (100)

95. Max Domi, LW, ARI (90)

96. Aaron Ekblad, D, FLA (83)

97. Jakub Voracek, LW/RW, PHI (97)

98. Rick Nash, LW, NYR (101)

99. Dylan Larkin, C/RW, DET (111)

100. Patrik Laine, RW, WPG (145)

101. Torey Krug, D, BOS (75)

102. Vincent Trocheck, C, FLA (128)

103. Frederik Andersen, G, TOR (87)

104. T.J. Oshie, RW, WSH (99)

105. Tuukka Rask, G, BOS (65)

106. Ryan Kesler, C, ANA (89)

107. Justin Faulk, D, CAR (78)

108. Robby Fabbri, C/LW, STL (156)

109. Mike Hoffman, LW, OTT (130)

110. Marc-Andre Fleury, G, PIT (129)

111. Alex Galchenyuk, C, MTL (96)

112. Ryan Suter, D, MIN (122)

113. Brent Seabrook, D, CHI (120)

114. Kyle Palmieri, RW, NJD (108)

115. Jake Muzzin, D, LAK (106)

116. Petr Mrazek, G, DET (85)

117. Henrik Sedin, C, VAN (125)

118. Jaden Schwartz, LW, STL (127)

119. Mark Stone, RW, OTT (107)

120. David Krejci, C, BOS (105)

121. James van Riemsdyk, LW, TOR (109)

122. Derick Brassard, C, OTT (137)

123. Alexander Radulov, RW, MTL (119)

124. Alex Pietrangelo, D, STL (143)

125. Loui Eriksson, LW, VAN (112)

126. Mika Zibanejad, C/RW, NYR (180)

127. Marc-Edouard Vlasic, D, SJS (139)

128. Brendan Gallagher, RW, MTL (147)

129. Boone Jenner, C/LW, CBJ (102)

130. Tomas Hertl, C, SJS (118)

131. Thomas Greiss, G, NYI (123)

132. Sami Vatanen, D, ANA (138)

133. Teuvo Teravainen, LW/RW, CAR (183)

134. Adam Henrique, C, NJD (113)

135. Robin Lehner, G, BUF (132)

136. Jussi Jokinen, LW, FLA (103)

137. Seth Jones, D, CBJ (157)

138. Jeff Skinner, LW, CAR (115)

139. Henrik Zetterberg, C/LW, DET (134)

140. Marian Hossa, RW, CHI (133)

141. Mats Zuccarello, RW, NYR (152)

142. Anthony Duclair, LW/RW, ARI (174)

143. Bobby Ryan, RW, OTT (126)

144. Dougie Hamilton, D, CGY (110)

145. Justin Williams, RW, WSH (131)

146. Bryan Little, C, WPG (136)

147. Ryan McDonagh, D, NYR (153)

148. Jaroslav Halak, G, NYI (135)

149. Michael Cammalleri, LW, NJD (148)

150. Sam Reinhart, C/RW, BUF (182)

151. Rickard Rakell, C, ANA* (164)

152. Joonas Donskoi, RW, SJS (149)

153. Colton Parayko, D, STL (160)

154. Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, TBL (204)

155. David Backes, RW, BOS (208)

156. Ondrej Palat, LW, TBL (161)

157. Mikkel Boedker, LW, SJS (178)

158. James Reimer, G, FLA (151)

159. Anton Stralman, D, TBL (172)

160. Leon Draisaitl, C, EDM (177)

161. Mike Smith, G, ARI (185)

162. Jiri Hudler, C/RW, DAL (241)

163. Derek Stepan, C, NYR (169)

164. William Nylander, C/RW, TOR (188)

165. Andre Burakovsky, LW, WSH (162)

166. Reilly Smith, RW, FLA (194)

167. Craig Anderson, G, OTT (88)

168. Nikolaj Ehlers, LW/RW, WPG (213)

169. Dylan Strome, C, ARI (163)

170. Morgan Rielly, D, TOR (219)

171. David Pastrnak, RW, BOS (159)

172. Michal Neuvirth, G, PHI (166)

173. Cam Atkinson, RW, CBJ (140)

174. Nick Leddy, D, NYI (191)

175. Paul Stastny, C, STL (192)

176. Eric Staal, C, MIN (202)

177. Sergei Bobrovsky, G, CBJ (142)

178. PA Parenteau, RW, NYI (237)

179. Zdeno Chara, D, BOS (205)

180. Scott Hartnell, LW, CBJ (176)

181. Semyon Varlamov, G, COL (146)

182. Gustav Nyquist, LW/RW, DET (175)

183. Jesse Puljujarvi, RW, EDM (179)

184. Mikko Koivu, C, MIN (206)

185. TJ Brodie, D, CGY (190)

186. Evander Kane, LW, BUF (233)

187. Cam Talbot, G, EDM (154)

188. Shane Doan, RW, ARI (223)

189. Frans Nielsen, C, DET (225)

190. Hampus Lindholm, D, ANA* (167)

191. Tomas Tatar, LW, DET (200)

192. Steve Mason, G, PHI (195)

193. Kyle Turris, C, OTT (168)

194. Michael Stone, D, ARI (181)

195. Chris Kreider, LW, NYR (141)

196. Alec Martinez, D, LAK (150)

197. Brandon Dubinsky, C, CBJ (210)

198. Mattias Ekholm, D, NSH (215)

199. Jarome Iginla, RW, COL (173)

200. Trevor Daley, D, PIT (230)

* - Player is a restricted free agent

Just missed: Victor Rask (C, CAR; Yahoo rank: 265), Troy Brouwer (RW, CGY; 288), Justin Abdelkader (LW/RW, DET; 258), Connor Hellebuyck (G, WPG; 214), Mike Green (D, DET; 220), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (C, EDM; 244), Matt Niskanen (D, WSH; 184), Matt Dumba (D, MIN; 171), Leo Komarov (C/RW, TOR; 264), Ryan Pulock (D, NYI; Yahoo: 198)

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