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Fantasy: Rankings for 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL.com lists most valuable forwards, defensemen, goaltenders for basic postseason pools

by Rob Reese @NHLReese / NHL.com Fantasy Editor

The 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs are almost here, meaning fans in fantasy postseason pools need to translate their bracket predictions into the overall player landscape.

Below are fantasy player rankings by position (forwards, defensemen, goalies) for basic postseason pools counting points (goals, assists) for skaters, as well as wins and shutouts for goalies. Whether you're doing an offline snake draft or another format, use this list as a basis for your decision-making.

 

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NOTE: These rankings take into account past regular season and playoff production, likelihood of each player's team advancing and making a deep playoff run, difficulty of divisional bracket, power-play usage, lineup placement and goalie situation (workhorse or time-share). Players from eliminated teams have been removed from the lists, and players from teams facing elimination (*) are noted.

 

FANTASY FORWARD RANKINGS FOR PLAYOFFS

1. Sidney Crosby, C, PIT
2. Nikita Kucherov, RW, TBL
3. Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT (DTD)
4. Brad Marchand, LW, BOS*
5. Alex Ovechkin, LW, WSH
6. David Pastrnak, RW, BOS*
7. Steven Stamkos, C, TBL
8. Patrik Laine, RW, WPG
9. Filip Forsberg, LW, NSH
10. Blake Wheeler, C/RW, WPG
11. Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS*
12. Phil Kessel, RW, PIT
13. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH
14. Auston Matthews, C, TOR*
15. Joe Pavelski, C/RW, SJS
16. Evander Kane, LW, SJS
17. Jake Guentzel, C/LW, PIT
18. Mark Scheifele, C, WPG
19. Patric Hornqvist, RW, PIT
20. Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH
21. Jonathan Marchessault, C/LW, VGK
22. Ryan Johansen, C, NSH
23. William Karlsson, C/LW, VGK
24. Viktor Arvidsson, LW/RW, NSH
25. Kyle Connor, LW, WPG
26. Brayden Point, C/RW, TBL
27. Reilly Smith, LW/RW, VGK
28. Nikolaj Ehlers, LW/RW, WPG (DTD)
29. Logan Couture, C/LW, SJS
30. Ondrej Palat, LW, TBL
31. James Neal, LW/RW, VGK
32. Tomas Hertl, C/LW/RW, SJS
33. J.T. Miller, C/LW/RW, TBL
34. Erik Haula, C/LW, VGK
35. Paul Stastny, C, WPG
36. Mitchell Marner, C/RW, TOR*
37. T.J. Oshie, RW, WSH
38. Yanni Gourde, C/RW, TBL
39. David Perron, LW/RW, VGK
40. Tyler Johnson, C/RW, TBL
41. William Nylander, C/RW, TOR*
42. Timo Meier, LW/RW, SJS
43. Austin Watson, LW, NSH
44. Kyle Turris, C, NSH
45. Derick Brassard, C, PIT
46. Alex Killorn, LW, TBL
47. Joonas Donskoi, LW/RW, SJS
48. James van Riemsdyk, LW, TOR*
49. Colton Sissons, C/LW, NSH
50. David Backes, C/RW, BOS*
51. Kevin Fiala, LW/RW, NSH
52. Rick Nash, LW/RW, BOS*
53. Craig Smith, RW, NSH
54. Nazem Kadri, C, TOR*
55. Jake DeBrusk, LW, BOS*
56. Tom Wilson, LW/RW, WSH
57. Patrick Marleau, C/LW, TOR*
58. Mikkel Boedker, LW/RW, SJS
59. Joe Thorton, C, SJS (INJ.)
60. David Krejci, C, BOS*
61. Tyler Bozak, C, TOR*
62. Nick Bonino, C, NSH
63. Danton Heinen, C/LW/RW, BOS*
64. Chandler Stephenson, C/LW, WSH
65. Lars Eller, C, WSH

 

FANTASY DEFENSEMAN RANKINGS FOR PLAYOFFS

1. Victor Hedman, TBL 
2. Brent Burns, SJS
3. John Carlson, WSH
4. P.K. Subban, NSH
5. Dustin Byfuglien, WPG
6. Torey Krug, BOS*
7. Roman Josi, NSH
8. Kris Letang, PIT
9. Morgan Rielly, TOR*
10. Ryan McDonagh, TBL
11. Mattias Ekholm, NSH
12. Justin Schultz, PIT
13. Jake Gardiner, TOR*
14. Ryan Ellis, NSH
15. Charlie McAvoy, BOS*
16. Colin Miller, VGK
17. Marc-Edouard Vlasic, SJS
18. Tyler Myers, WPG
19. Shea Theodore, VGK
20. Brian Dumoulin, PIT
21. Jacob Trouba, WPG
22. Mikhail Sergachev, TBL
23. Matt Niskanen, WSH
24. Josh Morrissey, WPG
25. Dmitry Orlov, WSH

 

FANTASY GOALIE RANKINGS FOR PLAYOFFS

1. Pekka Rinne, NSH
2. Connor Hellebuyck, WPG
3. Marc-Andre Fleury, VGK
4. Andrei Vasilevskiy, TBL
5. Martin Jones, SJS
6. Tuukka Rask, BOS*
7. Matt Murray, PIT
8. Braden Holtby, WSH
9. Frederik Andersen, TOR*

 

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