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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 / NHL.com

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 NHL.com 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 NHL.com's top 250 rankings.

 

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FORWARDS

John Tavares, C, NYI
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 34; current NHL.com 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 NHL.com rank: 111

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DEFENSEMEN

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

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

 

GOALIES

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

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

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

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

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