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Fantasy center top 50 rankings for 2019-20

Barkov in first five; Backstrom top potential 2020 UFA; Kopitar can bounce back

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Senior Fantasy Editor's fantasy hockey top 50 center rankings are based on past production and expectations for the 2019-20 season in standard leagues. For more fantasy coverage, visit and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.


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PROJECTIONS: Forward points | D-men | Goalie/team winsMock | Cheat sheet



Standard fantasy categories include goals, assists, plus/minus, power-play points, shots on goal and hits for skaters. Forward positions indicate Yahoo eligibility for 2019-20; some of the players below have dual eligibility, but their primary position is center. ... Value has been quantified based on factors including past production, projected line combinations, power-play usage, injury history, sleeper upside, anticipated regression or bounce-back candidacy, age and contract status (current unrestricted and restricted free agents listed below). Potential 2020 UFAs (*) and RFAs (**) are also noted. ... INJ. indicates player with injury concern(s) from the end of last season or this offseason.

1. Connor McDavid, C, EDM
2. Nathan MacKinnon, C, COL
3. Sidney Crosby, C, PIT
4. Auston Matthews, C, TOR
5. Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA
6. Tyler Seguin, C, DAL
7. Steven Stamkos, C, TBL
8. John Tavares, C, TOR
9. Elias Pettersson, C, VAN
10. Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT (INJ.)
11. Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS
12. Mark Scheifele, C, WPG
13. Sebastian Aho, C, CAR
14. Jack Eichel, C, BUF
15. Brayden Point, C, TBL (INJ.)
16. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH (SUSP.)
17. Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH*
18. Sean Monahan, C, CGY
19. Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR
20. Tomas Hertl, C/LW, SJS
21. Logan Couture, C, SJS
22. Matt Duchene, C, NSH
23. Dylan Larkin, C, DET
24. Mathew Barzal, C, NYI**
25. Sean Couturier, C, PHI
26. Jonathan Toews, C, CHI
27. Ryan O'Reilly, C, STL
28. Jack Hughes, C, NJD
29. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C/LW, EDM
30. Brayden Schenn, C/LW, STL
31. Max Domi, C/LW, MTL**
32. Dylan Strome, C, CHI**
33. Anze Kopitar, C, LAK
34. Roope Hintz, C/LW, DAL**
35. Nico Hischier, C, NJD**
36. Paul Stastny, C, VGK
37. Bo Horvat, C, VAN
38. Vincent Trocheck, C, FLA
39. Nazem Kadri, C, COL
40. Pierre-Luc Dubois, C, CBJ**
41. William Karlsson, C, VGK
42. Ryan Johansen, C, NSH
43. Nick Schmaltz, C/LW, ARI
44. Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANA
45. David Krejci, C, BOS
46. Andreas Athanasiou, C/LW, DET** (INJ.)
47. Anthony Cirelli, C, TBL**
48. Cody Glass, C, VGK
49. Eric Staal, C, MIN
50. Kevin Hayes, C, PHI

***NOTES: Kuznetsov has been suspended three games; Point (hip surgery) is expected to be out until at least late October.

Others to consider: Jesperi Kotkaniemi, C, MTL; Colin White, C/RW, OTT; Sam Steel, C, ANA; Mikael Backlund, C, CGY; Martin Necas, C, CAR


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