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Fantasy center top 50 rankings for 2019-20

Barkov in first five; Backstrom top potential 2020 UFA; Kopitar, Barzal lead bounce-back candidates

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

***NOTE: Kuznetsov has been suspended three games

Others to consider: Colin White, C/RW, OTT; Jesperi Kotkaniemi, MTL; Joe Thornton, SJS; Derek Stepan, C, ARI; Martin Necas, CAR


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