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Fantasy top 100 forward rankings for 2017-18

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by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

Each week during the regular season, NHL.com has you covered with an overview of the fantasy forward landscape. With production trends, injury news and top 100 rankings based on performance and upside in standard Yahoo leagues, fantasy owners should use this information as a basis for roster decision-making.

 

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TOP 100 FORWARD RANKINGS

Standard Yahoo categories include goals, assists, plus/minus, PIMs, PPP and SOG for skaters. ... Value has been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past production, line combinations, power-play usage, injury history, age, sleeper, bounce-back or breakout potential, anticipated regression, contract status, Yahoo ADP and overall upside for the rest of the season. ... Any players with day-to-day injury concerns (DTD) are noted. NEW - INJ. indicates a player who has returned from injury and rejoined the rankings.

1. Nikita Kucherov, RW, TBL (SAME)

2. Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT (SAME)

3. Connor McDavid, C, EDM (+1)

4. Alex Ovechkin, LW, WSH (-1)

5. Sidney Crosby, C, PIT (SAME)

6. Blake Wheeler, C/RW, WPG (+2)

7. Nathan MacKinnon, C, COL (+2)

8. Steven Stamkos, C, TBL (DTD)

9. Claude Giroux, C/LW, PHI (+1)

10. Patrik Laine, RW, WPG (-3)

11. Phil Kessel, RW, PIT (SAME)

12. Taylor Hall, LW, NJD (SAME)

13. Brad Marchand, LW, BOS (+1)

14. Anze Kopitar, C, LAK (+2)

15. Tyler Seguin, C/RW, DAL (-2)

16. Jakub Voracek, RW, PHI (+2)

17. Jamie Benn, C/LW, DAL (-2)

18. Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANA (+2)

19. Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA (-2)

20. David Pastrnak, RW, BOS (+1)

21. Auston Matthews, C, TOR (+1)

22. Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS (NEW - INJ.)

23. John Tavares, C, NYI (SAME)

24. Johnny Gaudreau, LW, CGY (DTD)

25. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL (-1)

26. Patrick Kane, RW, CHI (-1)

27. Filip Forsberg, LW, NSH (+1)

28. Mark Scheifele, C, WPG (+1)

29. Rickard Rakell, C/LW/RW, ANA (+1)

30. Nikolaj Ehlers, LW/RW, WPG (-3)

31. Eric Staal, C, MIN (+1)

32. Mikko Rantanen, LW/RW, COL (+2)

33. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH (+2)

34. Alexander Radulov, RW, DAL (-8)

35. William Karlsson, C/LW, VGK (-4)

36. Mathew Barzal, C, NYI (-3)

37. Sean Couturier, C, PHI (-1)

38. Vincent Trocheck, C, FLA (-1)

39. Evander Kane, LW, SJS (SAME)

40. Mitchell Marner, C/RW, TOR (SAME)

41. Jonathan Marchessault, C/LW, VGK (+1)

42. Artemi Panarin, C/LW, CBJ (+1)

43. Joe Pavelski, C/RW, SJS (-5)

44. Patric Hornqvist, RW, PIT (+2)

45. Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH (+3)

46. Viktor Arvidsson, LW/RW, NSH (+3)

47. Evgenii Dadonov, LW/RW, FLA (-2)

48. Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, FLA (-4)

49. Dustin Brown, LW/RW, LAK (+7)

50. Brayden Schenn, C/LW, STL (+3)

51. Jaden Schwartz, LW, STL (+3)

52. Jason Zucker, LW/RW, MIN (+5)

53. Jack Eichel, C, BUF (-6)

54. Leon Draisaitl, C/RW, EDM (-4)

55. Wayne Simmonds, RW, PHI (-4)

56. Mikael Granlund, C/RW, MIN (-4)

57. J.T. Miller, C/LW/RW, TBL (+1)

58. Sebastian Aho, LW/RW, CAR (+1)

59. James van Riemsdyk, LW, TOR (+4)

60. Logan Couture, C/LW, SJS (+4)

61. Mike Hoffman, LW/RW, OTT (-1)

62. Gabriel Landeskog, LW, COL (-1)

63. David Perron, LW/RW, VGK (-1)

64. Teuvo Teravainen, C/LW/RW, CAR (+1)

65. William Nylander, C/RW, TOR (+2)

66. Brayden Point, C/RW, TBL (+2)

67. Ryan Johansen, C, NSH (+2)

68. Yanni Gourde, C/RW, TBL (+2)

69. Corey Perry, RW, ANA (+2)

70. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C, EDM (+6)

71. Tyler Johnson, C/RW, TBL (+1)

72. Nick Bjugstad, C/RW, FLA (+1)

73. Nazem Kadri, C, TOR (+1)

74. Paul Stastny, C, WPG (-8)

75. Jordan Eberle, C/RW, NYI (SAME)

76. Travis Konecny, C/LW/RW, PHI (+1)

77. Clayton Keller, C/LW/RW, ARI (+2)

78. Jeff Carter, C, LAK (+6)

79. Cam Atkinson, RW, CBJ (+6)

80. Chris Kreider, LW, NYR (+6)

81. Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR (+18)

82. Kyle Connor, LW, WPG (+13)

83. Brendan Gallagher, RW, MTL (SAME)

84. Jake Guentzel, C/LW, PIT (+6)

85. Tom Wilson, LW/RW, WSH (+12)

86. Anders Lee, LW, NYI (+3)

87. T.J. Oshie, RW, WSH (+10)

88. Kevin Fiala, LW/RW, NSH (-10)

89. Tyler Toffoli, C/RW, LAK (-9)

90. Kyle Palmieri, RW, NJD (-9)

91. Derek Stepan, C, ARI (NEW)

92. Josh Bailey, LW/RW, NYI (+2)

93. Ondrej Palat, LW, TBL (+7)

94. Matt Duchene, C/RW, OTT (-12)

95. Tomas Hertl, C/LW/RW, SJS (+3)

96. Sam Reinhart, C/LW/RW, BUF (-9)

97. Thomas Vanek, LW/RW, CBJ (NEW)

98. James Neal, LW/RW, VGK (-5)

99. Nico Hischier, C, NJD (NEW)

100. Kyle Turris, C, NSH (NEW)

Just missed: Derick Brassard, C, PIT; Erik Haula, C/LW, VGK; Pierre-Luc Dubois, C/LW, CBJ; Dylan Larkin, C/RW, DET; Ryan O'Reilly, C, BUF; Nino Niederreiter, LW/RW, MIN; Mikko Koivu, C, MIN; Alexander Steen, C/LW/RW, STL; Max Domi, C/LW, ARI; Jeff Skinner, LW, CAR; Tyler Bozak, C, TOR; Andre Burakovsky, LW/RW, WSH; Ty Rattie, RW, EDM; Valentin Zykov, LW/RW, CAR; Ryan Donato, C, BOS; Pontus Aberg, LW/RW, EDM

Dropped out: Craig Smith, RW, NSH; David Krejci, C, BOS

Key injuries: Sean Monahan, C, CGY (dropped out); Brock Boeser, RW, VAN; Reilly Smith, LW/RW, VGK; Matthew Tkachuk, LW, CGY; Mark Stone, RW, OTT; Jonathan Toews, C, CHI (dropped out); Rick Nash, LW/RW, BOS (dropped out); Max Pacioretty, LW, MTL; Joe Thornton, C, SJS; Nick Foligno, C/LW/RW, CBJ

 

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