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Fantasy team power rankings for 2018-19 on April 5

Bertuzzi, Hirose give Red Wings sneaky upside for next season; Panarin, Bobrovsky, Duchene can become unrestricted free agents from Blue Jackets

by Rob Reese @NHLReese / Fantasy Editor has updated the fantasy team power rankings based on the latest top 250 list. Factors taken into account include positional depth, power play, lineup and injury trends, overall upside and team security for standard leagues next season. Fantasy owners should use these rankings as a basis for team evaluation and keeper decisions. For more fantasy coverage, visit


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Detroit Red Wings: The top line of forwards Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi has combined for 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists) over the past six games entering Saturday. Rookie forward Taro Hirose has made an immediate impact with seven points (one goal, six assists) in nine games mostly skating on the second line with forward Andreas Athanasiou, who has nine points (four goals, five assists) over the same span.

Veteran defenseman Mike Green missed significant time this season but was fantasy-relevant with 26 points (five goals, 21 assists) in 43 games. Rookie defenseman Filip Hronek has produced in Green's absence and has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past five games, making him worthy of a late-round flier next season. Despite the Red Wings not qualifying for the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, goalie Jimmy Howard was a decent streaming option with 23 wins and a .910 save percentage in 54 games. Even before potential improvements at the 2019 NHL Draft and/or in free agency, the Red Wings have eight players in the top 250 rankings for next season.



-- The Columbus Blue Jackets have four fantasy-relevant skaters (Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky, Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel) who can become unrestricted free agents July 1. Multiple departures would negatively impact the stock of fantasy-relevant skaters Seth Jones, Cam Atkinson, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Zach Werenski and Josh Anderson. Goalie Elvis Merzlikins joined the top 250 rankings with uncertainty surrounding Bobrovsky. 

-- The Philadelphia Flyers have a promising outlook with rookie goalie Carter Hart, who is 16-12-1 with a .919 save percentage through his first 30 games. If defensemen Shayne Gostisbehere and Ivan Provorov bounce back, the Flyers should remain among the 15 most intriguing fantasy teams next season. Forward Oskar Lindblom has sleeper potential for next season after forming chemistry with valuable forwards Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek on the second line.

-- The Toronto Maple Leafs should rejoin the first five if elite center Auston Matthews stays healthy for a full season and linemate William Nylander returns to his 61-point pace from the previous two seasons. Defenseman Jake Muzzin has 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) through 30 games with the Maple Leafs and offsets the potential departure of Jake Gardiner (potential UFA). Top-nine forwards Mitchell Marner, Andreas Johnsson and Kasperi Kapanen are potential restricted free agents.



1. Tampa Bay Lightning (SAME)
2. Boston Bruins (SAME)
3. Vegas Golden Knights (SAME)
4. Toronto Maple Leafs (+4)
5. Washington Capitals (-1)
6. Pittsburgh Penguins (-1)
7. San Jose Sharks (-1)
8. Calgary Flames (-1)
9. Nashville Predators (SAME)
10. Winnipeg Jets (+1)
11. St. Louis Blues (-1)
12. Dallas Stars (+1)
13. Carolina Hurricanes (+1)
14. Colorado Avalanche (+1)
15. Philadelphia Flyers (+5)
16. Florida Panthers (+1)
17. Chicago Blackhawks (+1)
18. Columbus Blue Jackets (-6)
19. New York Islanders (-3)
20. Vancouver Canucks (-1)
21. Montreal Canadiens (SAME)
22. Edmonton Oilers (SAME)
23. Detroit Red Wings (+4)
24. Anaheim Ducks (SAME)
25. Minnesota Wild (SAME)
26. Buffalo Sabres (+3)
27. Arizona Coyotes (-4)
28. New York Rangers (SAME)
29. Los Angeles Kings (-3)
30. Ottawa Senators (SAME)
31. New Jersey Devils (SAME)

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