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Fantasy keeper / dynasty league rankings for 2018-19

Brady Tkachuk gains short-term value after signing with Senators; Matthew Tkachuk seeking third straight top 100 finish with Flames

by Rob Reese @NHLReese / NHL.com Fantasy Editor

NHL.com's keeper league rankings are based on team security, contract status, draft position, standard Yahoo category production and age entering the 2018-19 regular season.

 

Brady Tkachuk signs entry-level contract with Senators

Wing Brady Tkachuk, the No. 4 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft signed a three-year contract with the Ottawa Senators on Monday. He had 31 points (eight goals, 23 assists) in 40 games for Boston University last season, leading them in assists and shots on goal (131). The best-case scenario for fantasy owners in keeper or dynasty leagues is that Tkachuk, who will turn 19 on Sept. 16, plays a full season with the Senators. He is eligible to play for Belleville in the American Hockey League, which could be an option after a nine-game NHL trial.

Even with the uncertainty of an NHL role, Tkachuk gains value in long-term leagues given the Senators' need on the wing. After trading forward Mike Hoffman to the San Jose Sharks (later traded to Florida Panthers), there are left wing spots open on each of the first two lines and on the first power play. The Senators also have young forwards Logan Brown (No. 11 pick in 2017 draft) and Colin White (No. 21 pick in 2015 draft) ready to compete for roster spots. It's possible that all three forward prospects could be full-time NHL skaters this season and emerge as fantasy-relevant streaming options. Ottawa's young core brightens the outlook for one of the lowest ranked teams in fantasy, according to NHL.com.

 

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Matthew Tkachuk poised for another top 100 finish with Flames

The 20-year-old finished among the top 100 in Yahoo in each of his first two NHL seasons. Matthew Tkachuk scored an NHL career-high 24 goals, impressive considering he played on the second line at even strength away from Calgary's elite fantasy duo of Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan, and led the Flames with 10 power-play goals. 

Matthew Tkachuk's ceiling is even higher this season after assistant coach Geoff Ward was hired to help the power play (16.0 percent; tied for third worst in NHL). He's missed a total of 20 games over the past two seasons, including nearly the final month of last season with an upper-body injury, but provides the best category coverage among Flames forwards when healthy. He has added value in hits leagues with 145 in 144 career NHL games (1.0 per game). Despite being two years older than his brother Brady Tkachuk, Matthew Tkachuk (12th) has a higher fantasy rank for long-term leagues than Brady (23rd) based on team security. With the Flames adding forwards James Neal and Elias Lindholm and signing them to long-term deals, they are a top 15 fantasy team entering this season.

 

Hughes going back to NCAA; removed from rankings

Vancouver Canucks defenseman prospect Quinn Hughes is returning to University of Michigan and has been removed from NHL.com's rankings for keeper and dynasty leagues. Hughes, the No. 7 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, remains one of the most prized players at his position in fantasy leagues that allow you to stash players for future seasons. The Canucks have forwards Brock Boeser (8th) and Elias Pettersson (18th) highly ranked for long-term leagues, with Hughes soon to follow next season.

 

FANTASY KEEPER / DYNASTY RANKINGS FOR 2018-19

NOTES: Skaters who will be 22 years or younger at the start of the 2018-19 NHL season are eligible for this list. … Prospects selected in the 2018 NHL Draft or earlier or any players that have yet to play a regular season game have been included. Prospects not expected to have full-time NHL roles this season (e.g. Quinn Hughes) have been excluded. Goalies have been withheld from these rankings. … Any current restricted free agents (RFA) are noted below. … INJ. indicates players with injury concerns.

1. Connor McDavid, C, EDM (21)
2. Auston Matthews, C, TOR (21)
3. Patrik Laine, RW, WPG (20)
4. Rasmus Dahlin, D, BUF (18)
5. Jack Eichel, C, BUF (21)
6. David Pastrnak, RW, BOS (22)
7. Brock Boeser, RW, VAN (21)
8. Mathew Barzal, C, NYI (21)
9. Charlie McAvoy, D, BOS (20)
10. Mitchell Marner, C/RW, TOR (21)
11. Clayton Keller, C/LW/RW, ARI (20)
12. Matthew Tkachuk, LW, CGY (20; INJ.)
13. Mikhail Sergachev, D, TBL (20)
14. Mikko Rantanen, LW/RW, COL (21)
15. Sebastian Aho, LW/RW, CAR (21)
16. Leon Draisaitl, C/RW, EDM (22)
17. Brayden Point, C/RW, TBL (22)
18. Elias Pettersson, C, VAN (19)
19. Nico Hischier, C, NJD (19)
20. Ivan Provorov, D, PHI (21)
21. Andrei Svechnikov, RW, CAR (18)
22. Filip Zadina, LW/RW, DET (18)
23. Brady Tkachuk, LW, OTT (18)
24. Zach Werenski, D, CBJ (21; INJ.)
25. Alex DeBrincat, LW/RW, CHI (20)
26. Kyle Connor, LW, WPG (21)
27. Pierre-Luc Dubois, C/LW, CBJ (20)
28. Nikolaj Ehlers, LW/RW, WPG (22)
29. Dylan Larkin, C/RW, DET (22)
30. Aaron Ekblad, D, FLA (22)
31. Nolan Patrick, C, PHI (20)
32. William Nylander, C/RW, TOR - RFA (22)
33. Casey Mittelstadt, C, BUF (19)
34. Sam Reinhart, C/LW/RW, BUF - RFA (22)
35. Eeli Tolvanen, RW, NSH (19)
36. Lias Andersson, C, NYR (20)
37. Miro Heiskanen, D, DAL (19)
38. Filip Chytil, C, NYR (19)
39. Kailer Yamamoto, RW, EDM (20)
40. Jake DeBrusk, LW, BOS (21)
41. Anthony Beauvillier, C/LW, NYI (21)
42. Travis Konecny, C/LW/RW, PHI (21)
43. Jakub Vrana, LW/RW, WSH (22)
44. Alex Tuch, RW, VGK (22)
45. Michael Rasmussen, C, DET (19)
46. Martin Necas, C/RW, CAR (19)
47. Jack Roslovic, C/RW, WPG (21)
48. Thomas Chabot, D, OTT (21)
49. Samuel Girard, D, COL (20)
50. Henrik Borgstrom, C, FLA (21)

Other players with added value in keeper / dynasty leagues: Noah Hanifin, D, CGY - RFA (21); Ryan Donato, C, BOS (22); Timo Meier, LW/RW, SJS (22); Jesper Bratt, LW/RW, NJD (20); Jakob Chychrun, D, ARI (20); Jesse Puljujarvi, RW, EDM (20)

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