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Fantasy: Potential unrestricted free agents in 2019

Panarin, Bobrovsky entering contract years; Karlsson can hit market next July 1

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Senior Fantasy Editor has identified the fantasy-relevant players at each position that can become UFAs on July 1, 2019, along with their final Yahoo rank from the 2017-18 season and current rank for 2018-19.

These players can shake up the landscape production-wise in their contract years, especially if any are traded before or during this season -- not to mention if some hit the market next offseason. Fantasy owners should use this list as a basis for team evaluation, keeper decisions and offseason draft research. For more fantasy coverage, visit

NOTE: Players are listed in order of consensus rank for 2018-19. ... Players who recently signed one-year contracts (e.g. Mark Stone, Petr Mrazek, Robin Lehner, Joe Thornton) have been excluded from this list for now.


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Artemi Panarin, LW, CBJ
2017-18 Yahoo performance-based rank: 31; preseason rank for 2018-19: 29

Joe Pavelski, C/RW, SJS
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 57; rank: 46

Wayne Simmonds, RW, PHI
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 149; rank: 78

Jeff Skinner, LW, BUF
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 198; rank: 92

Eric Staal, C, MIN
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 46; rank: 115

Anders Lee, LW, NYI
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 92; rank: 130

Jordan Eberle, RW, NYI
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 137; rank: 154

Yanni Gourde, C/RW, TBL
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 77; rank: 158

Matt Duchene, C, OTT
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 183; rank: 170

Derick Brassard, C, PIT
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 162; rank: 191

Mats Zuccarello, RW, NYR
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 164; rank: 219

Jakob Silfverberg, RW, ANA
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 207; rank: N/A



Erik Karlsson, D, OTT
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 172; rank: 8

Jake Gardiner, D, TOR
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 182; rank: 131

Tyler Myers, D, WPG
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 195; rank: 210

Zdeno Chara, D, BOS
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 223; rank: 247

Alexander Edler, D, VAN
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 197; rank: N/A



Pekka Rinne, G, NSH
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 4; rank: 41

Sergei Bobrovsky, G, CBJ
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 32; rank: 43

Cam Talbot, G, EDM
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 368; rank: 108

Mike Smith, G, CGY
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 126; rank: 117

Semyon Varlamov, G, COL
2017-18 Yahoo rank: 134; rank: 141

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