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Fantasy: Potential unrestricted free agents in 2018

Tavares, Carlson can hit market July 1; Kovalchuk eligible for NHL return

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy /

The start of free agency is the most-anticipated event of the summer for fantasy hockey owners, and the destinations of this year's potential unrestricted free agents could shake up the landscape for next season.

Below are the fantasy-relevant players at each position that could become UFAs on July 1, along with their current Yahoo and ranks for reference. Fantasy owners should use this list as a basis for team evaluation, keeper decisions and offseason draft research.

NOTE: Potential restricted free agents have been included in's top 250 rankings.


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John Tavares, C, NYI
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 34; current rank: 26

Ilya Kovalchuk, LW/RW, N/A
*NOTE: Played past 5 seasons in Kontinental Hockey League; eligible for NHL return

James van Riemsdyk, LW, TOR
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 76; current rank: 111

James Neal, LW/RW, VGK
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 217; current rank: 174

David Perron, LW/RW, VGK
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 102; current rank: 185

Paul Stastny, C, WPG
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 206; current rank: 199

Joe Thornton, C, SJS
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 314; current rank: 215
*NOTE: Missed 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs with knee injury

Rick Nash, LW/RW, BOS
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 244; current rank: 239

Thomas Vanek, LW/RW, CBJ
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 140; current rank: N/A

Michael Grabner, LW/RW, NJD
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 274; current rank: N/A

Patrick Maroon, LW, NJD
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 163; current rank: N/A



John Carlson, WSH
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 46; current rank: 67

Mike Green, DET
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 322; current rank: 233



Carter Hutton, STL
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 45; current rank: N/A

Jonathan Bernier, COL
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 207; current rank: N/A

Jaroslav Halak, NYI
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 443; current rank: N/A

Kari Lehtonen, DAL
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 191; current rank: N/A

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