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Fantasy top 100 forward rankings for 2018-19

Bruins, Jets, Penguins each have three among first 25 players; Tavares, van Riemsdyk lead potential free agents

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

All year long, NHL.com updates the top 100 fantasy forward landscape based on past production and expectations for next season in standard Yahoo leagues. Fantasy owners should use these updated rankings as a basis for team evaluation, keeper decisions and offseason draft research. These rankings will be updated throughout the offseason after the 2018 NHL Draft, free agency, trades, injury updates, emerging prospects, mock drafts and other developments.

 

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Seven of NHL.com's top 10 forwards were ranked in that realm prior to the start of this season. The new additions are centers Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning), Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche) and wing Patrik Laine (Winnipeg Jets), replacing right wings Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks), Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis Blues; shoulder surgery) and left wing Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars).

Three teams (Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, Jets) have three players among the top 25 overall, with right wing David Pastrnak jumping nine spots to 11th after an elite Stanley Cup Playoff showing. With well-documented chemistry in the postseason, Columbus Blue Jackets forwards Artemi Panarin, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Cam Atkinson are on the rise compared to their previous ranks in late March.

Notable unrestricted free agents include center John Tavares (New York Islanders) and James van Riemsdyk (Toronto Maple Leafs), and whether each forward stays or leaves will have a sizable impact on fantasy-relevant players from their current and/or new teams. With the Buffalo Sabres winning the 2018 NHL Draft Lottery, top center Jack Eichel has obvious bounce-back appeal.

 

NOTES: Positions indicate eligibility in Yahoo leagues this season (subject to change at Yahoo's discretion). ... INJ. indicates players who dealt with injuries at the end of the regular season and/or in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Standard Yahoo skater categories include goals, assists, plus/minus, penalty minutes, power-play points and shots on goal. ... Value has been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past production, projected line combinations, power-play usage, injury history, sleeper upside, anticipated regression or bounce-back candidacy, age and contract status (pending unrestricted or restricted free agent).

 

TOP 100 FORWARD RANKINGS

1. Connor McDavid, C, EDM
2. Nikita Kucherov, RW, TBL
3. Sidney Crosby, C, PIT
4. Alex Ovechkin, LW, WSH
5. Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT
6. Brad Marchand, LW, BOS
7. Steven Stamkos, C, TBL
8. Nathan MacKinnon, C, COL
9. Patrik Laine, RW, WPG
10. Auston Matthews, C, TOR
11. David Pastrnak, RW, BOS
12. Blake Wheeler, C/RW, WPG
13. Claude Giroux, C/LW, PHI
14. Taylor Hall, LW, NJD (INJ.)
15. Phil Kessel, RW, PIT
16. Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS
17. Tyler Seguin, C/RW, DAL
18. Jamie Benn, C/LW, DAL
19. John Tavares, C, NYI (UFA)
20. Patrick Kane, RW, CHI
21. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL (INJ.)
22. Artemi Panarin, C/LW, CBJ
23. Filip Forsberg, LW, NSH
24. Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA
25. Mark Scheifele, C, WPG
26. Jack Eichel, C, BUF
27. Anze Kopitar, C, LAK
28. Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANA
29. Johnny Gaudreau, LW, CGY
30. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH
31. Joe Pavelski, C/RW, SJS
32. Jakub Voracek, RW, PHI
33. Mitchell Marner, C/RW, TOR
34. William Karlsson, C/LW, VGK (RFA)
35. Mathew Barzal, C, NYI
36. Evander Kane, LW, SJS
37. Leon Draisaitl, C/RW, EDM
38. Nikolaj Ehlers, LW/RW, WPG
39. Rickard Rakell, C/LW/RW, ANA
40. Mikko Rantanen, LW/RW, COL
41. Alexander Radulov, RW, DAL
42. Patric Hornqvist, RW, PIT
43. Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH
44. Sean Monahan, C, CGY (INJ.)
45. Brock Boeser, RW, VAN (INJ.)
46. Jonathan Marchessault, C/LW, VGK
47. Sean Couturier, C, PHI (INJ.)
48. Mark Stone, RW, OTT (RFA - INJ.)
49. Viktor Arvidsson, LW/RW, NSH
50. Mikael Granlund, C/RW, MIN
51. William Nylander, C/RW, TOR (RFA)
52. Max Pacioretty, LW, MTL (INJ.)
53. Matthew Tkachuk, LW, CGY (INJ.)
54. Brayden Schenn, C/LW, STL
55. Eric Staal, C, MIN
56. Vincent Trocheck, C, FLA
57. Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, FLA
58. J.T. Miller, C/LW/RW, TBL (RFA)
59. Evgenii Dadonov, LW/RW, FLA
60. Gabriel Landeskog, LW, COL
61. Jaden Schwartz, LW, STL (INJ.)
62. Sebastian Aho, LW/RW, CAR
63. Logan Couture, C/LW, SJS
64. Mike Hoffman, LW/RW, OTT
65. Cam Atkinson, RW, CBJ
66. Brayden Point, C/RW, TBL
67. Clayton Keller, C/LW/RW, ARI
68. Anders Lee, LW, NYI
69. Wayne Simmonds, RW, PHI (INJ.)
70. Jeff Carter, C, LAK
71. Nazem Kadri, C, TOR
72. Ryan Johansen, C, NSH
73. Matt Duchene, C/RW, OTT
74. Jonathan Toews, C, CHI (INJ.)
75. James van Riemsdyk, LW, TOR (UFA)
76. Teuvo Teravainen, C/LW/RW, CAR
77. Dustin Brown, LW/RW, LAK
78. Jason Zucker, LW/RW, MIN (RFA)
79. Yanni Gourde, C/RW, TBL
80. Reilly Smith, LW/RW, VGK
81. Kyle Connor, LW, WPG
82. Chris Kreider, LW, NYR
83. T.J. Oshie, RW, WSH
84. Dylan Larkin, C/RW, DET (RFA)
85. Jake Guentzel, C/LW, PIT
86. Pierre-Luc Dubois, C/LW, CBJ
87. Brendan Gallagher, RW, MTL
88. Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR
89. Tyler Johnson, C/RW, TBL
90. Corey Perry, RW, ANA
91. Kevin Fiala, LW/RW, NSH
92. Tyler Toffoli, C/RW, LAK
93. Alex DeBrincat, LW/RW, CHI
94. Pavel Buchnevich, LW/RW, NYR
95. Jordan Eberle, C/RW, NYI
96. Sam Reinhart, C/LW/RW, BUF (RFA)
97. Travis Konecny, C/LW/RW, PHI
98. Nico Hischier, C, NJD
99. Anthony Mantha, LW/RW, DET (RFA)
100. David Perron, LW/RW, VGK (UFA)

 

Just missed: Josh Bailey, LW/RW, NYI; Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C, EDM; Nino Niederreiter, LW/RW, MIN; Craig Smith, RW, NSH; Kyle Palmieri, RW, NJD; Kyle Turris, C, NSH; Mats Zuccarello, RW, NYR; Bo Horvat, C, VAN; Zach Hyman, C/LW, TOR; Nick Bjugstad, C/RW, FLA; Alex Galchenyuk, C/LW, MTL; Jeff Skinner, LW, CAR; Derek Stepan, C, ARI (INJ.); Ryan O'Reilly, C, BUF; Nolan Patrick, C, PHI; Nick Schmaltz, C/LW, CHI; Henrik Zetterberg, C/LW, DET; Derick Brassard, C, PIT; Patrick Marleau, C/LW, TOR; Ondrej Palat, LW, TBL

Other notable RFAs: Tomas Hertl, C/LW/RW, SJS; Tom Wilson, LW/RW, WSH; Max Domi, C/LW, ARI; Valentin Zykov, LW/RW, CAR; Sven Baertschi, LW, VAN (INJ.); Oliver Bjorkstrand, RW, CBJ

 

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