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Fantasy forward point projections for 2018-19

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by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy / NHL.com

NHL.com has projected the point total of each fantasy-relevant forward in 2018-19. These projections should be used as a basis for decision-making in all fantasy leagues, especially points-only formats. For more fantasy hockey coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy.

Fantasy hockey leagues come in all shapes and sizes, but one of the few constants is that points (goals and assists) are always factored into the scoring.

NHL.com fantasy writers Pete Jensen, Rob Reese and David Satriano have previewed each of the 31 teams this offseason. In the process, they have collaborated on point projections for each fantasy-relevant forward.

 

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The below totals should be viewed as safe point estimates and do not indicate each player's ceiling or floor. Forwards who have been safely estimated to reach at least 45 points have been included.

 

FORWARD POINT PROJECTIONS FOR 2018-19 SEASON

NOTES: Forward point projections have been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past production, projected line combinations, power-play usage, injury history, sleeper upside, anticipated regression or bounce-back candidacy, age and contract status (pending unrestricted or restricted free agent). Any potential 2019 UFAs (*) and RFAs (**) are also noted below. The order of projected point totals (highest to lowest) does not reflect order of rank in NHL.com's fantasy top 250 because those rankings take standard peripheral categories into account (plus/minus, power-play points, shots on goal, hits).

Players who missed time because of injury either last season or in recent seasons but produce at a high rate when healthy (e.g. Ryan Getzlaf, Jack Eichel) have been projected based on the assumption that they will play close to a full season. Injuries could affect whether players meet or come close to their point projection. Positions indicate eligibility in Yahoo leagues. INJ. indicates players with injury concerns.

 

Connor McDavid, C, EDM -- 105
Nikita Kucherov, RW, TBL -- 95
Sidney Crosby, C, PIT -- 92
Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT -- 92
John Tavares, C, TOR -- 91
Nathan MacKinnon, C, COL -- 90
Claude Giroux, C/LW, PHI -- 88
Anze Kopitar, C, LAK -- 87
Taylor Hall, LW, NJD -- 86
Auston Matthews, C, TOR** -- 86
Johnny Gaudreau, LW, CGY -- 86
David Pastrnak, RW, BOS -- 86
Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH -- 86
Tyler Seguin, C, DAL -- 85
Blake Wheeler, C/RW, WPG -- 85
Jamie Benn, C/LW, DAL -- 85
Brad Marchand, LW, BOS -- 85
Steven Stamkos, C, TBL -- 84
Mark Scheifele, C, WPG -- 83
Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA -- 82
Alex Ovechkin, LW, WSH -- 81
Artemi Panarin, LW, CBJ* -- 80
Phil Kessel, RW, PIT -- 79
Mitchell Marner, RW, TOR** -- 78
Jack Eichel, C, BUF -- 78
Patrick Kane, RW, CHI -- 77
Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH -- 77
Mathew Barzal, C, NYI -- 76
Mikko Rantanen, RW, COL** -- 75
Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANA -- 75
Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS (INJ.) -- 75
Leon Draisaitl, C/RW, EDM -- 74
Patrik Laine, RW, WPG** -- 73
Jakub Voracek, RW, PHI -- 73
Rickard Rakell, LW/RW, ANA -- 73
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL -- 72
Filip Forsberg, LW, NSH -- 72
Vincent Trocheck, C, FLA -- 71
Brock Boeser, RW, VAN -- 71
Clayton Keller, LW/RW, ARI -- 70
Alexander Radulov, RW, DAL -- 70
Ilya Kovalchuk, LW/RW, LAK -- 70
Sebastian Aho, C/LW, CAR** -- 70
Eric Staal, C, MIN -- 69
Brayden Point, C, TBL** -- 69
Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, FLA -- 69
Mikael Granlund, C/RW, MIN -- 68
Sean Couturier, C, PHI (INJ.) -- 68
Sean Monahan, C, CGY -- 68
Joe Pavelski, C/RW, SJS* -- 68
William Nylander, C/RW, TOR (RFA) -- 67
William Karlsson , C/LW, VGK** -- 67
Ryan O'Reilly, C, STL -- 67
Max Pacioretty, LW, VGK -- 66
Teuvo Teravainen, LW/RW, CAR** -- 66
Jonathan Marchessault, C/LW, VGK -- 65
Jeff Skinner, LW, BUF* -- 65
Jaden Schwartz, LW, STL -- 65
Evgenii Dadonov, LW/RW, FLA -- 65
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C/LW, EDM -- 65
Jeff Carter, C, LAK -- 64
Gabriel Landeskog, LW, COL -- 64
Matt Duchene, C, OTT* -- 63
Nikolaj Ehlers, LW/RW, WPG -- 63
Dylan Larkin, C, DET -- 63
Logan Couture, C/LW, SJS -- 63
Nico Hischier, C, NJD -- 62
Evander Kane, LW, SJS -- 62
Viktor Arvidsson, RW, NSH -- 62
Mark Stone, RW, OTT* -- 62
Ryan Johansen, C, NSH -- 61
Alex DeBrincat, LW/RW, CHI -- 61
Brayden Schenn, C, STL -- 60
Sam Reinhart, C/RW, BUF -- 60
Jordan Eberle, C/RW, NYI* -- 60
Jake Guentzel, LW, PIT** -- 60
J.T. Miller, C/RW, TBL -- 60
Cam Atkinson, RW, CBJ -- 60
Bo Horvat, C, VAN -- 59
Kyle Connor, LW, WPG** -- 59
Mike Hoffman, LW/RW, FLA -- 58
Alex Galchenyuk, C/LW, ARI -- 58
James van Riemsdyk, LW, PHI -- 57
Reilly Smith, LW/RW, VGK -- 57
Jason Zucker, LW/RW, MIN -- 56
Nazem Kadri, C, TOR -- 56
Derek Stepan, C, ARI -- 56
Yanni Gourde, C/RW, TBL* -- 56
Nick Schmaltz, C/LW, CHI** -- 55
Elias Pettersson , C, VAN -- 55
David Krejci, C, BOS -- 55
Kyle Palmieri, RW, NJD -- 55
T.J. Oshie, RW, WSH -- 54
Pierre-Luc Dubois, C/LW, CBJ -- 54
Joe Thornton, C, SJS (INJ.)* -- 54
Matthew Tkachuk, LW, CGY -- 53
Jonathan Toews, C, CHI -- 53
Tomas Hertl, C/LW/RW, SJS -- 53
Brendan Gallagher, RW, MTL -- 53
Anders Lee, LW, NYI* -- 53
Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR -- 53
Tyler Toffoli, RW, LAK -- 53
Wayne Simmonds, RW, PHI (INJ.)* -- 52
David Perron, LW, STL -- 52
Valentin Zykov, LW/RW, CAR -- 52
Ondrej Kase, RW, ANA -- 52
Ondrej Palat, LW, TBL -- 52
Mats Zuccarello, RW, NYR* -- 51
Zach Hyman, LW, TOR -- 51
Anthony Mantha, LW/RW, DET -- 51
Jack Roslovic, C, WPG -- 51
Alex Tuch, RW, VGK** -- 51
Danton Heinen, LW/RW, BOS -- 51
Nino Niederreiter, LW/RW, MIN -- 50
James Neal, RW, CGY -- 50
Patric Hornqvist, RW, PIT -- 50
Andrei Svechnikov, RW, CAR -- 50
Dustin Brown, RW, LAK (INJ.) -- 50
Jake DeBrusk, LW, BOS -- 50
Casey Mittelstadt, C, BUF -- 50
Kevin Fiala, LW/RW, NSH -- 50
Travis Konecny, LW/RW, PHI** -- 50
Pavel Buchnevich, RW, NYR** -- 50
Paul Stastny, C, VGK -- 50
Max Domi, C/LW, MTL -- 50
Alexander Steen, RW, STL -- 49
Derick Brassard, C, PIT* -- 49
Chris Kreider, LW, NYR -- 49
Josh Bailey, RW, NYI -- 49
Adam Henrique, C, ANA -- 49
Kailer Yamamoto , RW, EDM -- 49
Anthony Beauvillier, C/LW, NYI** -- 49
Corey Perry, RW, ANA -- 49
Brandon Saad, LW, CHI -- 48
Patrick Marleau, C/LW, TOR -- 48
Filip Zadina , LW, DET -- 48
Valeri Nichushkin , RW, DAL -- 48
Kyle Okposo, RW, BUF -- 48
Nolan Patrick, C, PHI -- 48
Mikko Koivu, C, MIN -- 48
Kyle Turris, C, NSH -- 48
Craig Smith, RW, NSH -- 48
Jordan Staal, C, CAR -- 48
Jonathan Drouin, C, MTL -- 47
Justin Williams, RW, CAR -- 47
Sven Baertschi, LW, VAN -- 47
Tyler Johnson, C/RW, TBL -- 47
Erik Haula, C/LW, VGK -- 46
Brady Tkachuk , LW, OTT -- 46
Timo Meier, LW, SJS, SJS** -- 46
Oliver Bjorkstrand , RW, CBJ --46
Eeli Tolvanen, RW, NSH -- 46
Jason Spezza, C/RW, DAL* -- 46
Elias Lindholm , C/RW, CGY -- 45
Alexander Wennberg, C, CBJ -- 45
Daniel Sprong, RW, PIT -- 45
Jakob Silfverberg, RW, ANA* -- 45
Jakub Vrana, LW/RW, WSH -- 45
Mikael Backlund, C, CGY -- 45
Alexander Kerfoot, C, COL -- 45
Tyson Jost, C/LW, COL -- 45
Thomas Vanek, LW/RW, DET -- 45
Jesse Puljujarvi, RW, EDM** -- 45
Marcus Johansson, LW, NJD* -- 45
Zach Parise, LW, MIN (INJ.) -- 45
Alex Killorn, LW, TBL -- 45
Bryan Little, C, WPG -- 45

Key injuries: Ryan Kesler, C, ANA

 

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