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Fantasy forward top 100 rankings for 2019-20 on May 20

MacKinnon enters first five after elite postseason; Schwartz rejoins list for next season

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

NHL.com's fantasy hockey forward top 100 rankings are based on past production and expectations for next season in standard Yahoo leagues. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy.

NOTE: Trends below reflect performance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and/or IIHF World Championship, potential impact after coaching changes and other factors. Prospects for the 2019 NHL Draft (Jack Hughes, Kaapo Kakko) have been excluded for now. 

 

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TRENDING UP

Nathan MacKinnon, COL -- After finishing third overall in Yahoo this season with 99 points (41 goals, 58 assists) in 82 regular-season games, MacKinnon had his best postseason yet, scoring 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 12 games. With elite linemate Mikko Rantanen only 22 years old, MacKinnon belongs among the top five overall for next season. MacKinnon won't need surgery for his shoulder injury and is expected to be ready for training camp.

Mark Stone, VGK -- The Vegas Golden Knights have a new top line with Stone, left wing Max Pacioretty and center Paul Stastny. All three forwards remain under contract past this season, and Stone (12 points in seven games) and Pacioretty (11) led the NHL in scoring over the first round of the playoffs.

Logan Couture, SJS -- The San Jose Sharks center elevated his production again in the postseason, leading the NHL in goals (14) and points (20) through 19 playoff games. Couture, who also excelled in the 2016 (30 in 24 games) and 2018 playoffs (12 in 10 games), rejoins the top 50 for next season but faces the challenge of building upon his NHL career high in points (70 in 81 regular-season games).

Jaden Schwartz, STL -- The St. Louis Blues left wing rejoins the top 100 forwards after a bounce-back postseason, scoring more goals (12 through 18 games) than he did in the regular season (11 in 69 games) and playing on the top line with elite right wing Vladimir Tarasenko. Schwartz has dealt with injuries over the past two regular seasons but had 59 points (24 goals, 35 assists) in 62 games in 2017-18, making him an attractive middle-range option in fantasy drafts for next season.

 

FANTASY TOP 100 FORWARD RANKINGS

Standard Yahoo categories include goals, assists, plus/minus, power-play points, shots on goal and hits for skaters. Forward positions indicate Yahoo eligibility for 2018-19 season. ... 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 for next season, age and contract status (potential 2019 UFA: *; RFA: **). ... INJ. indicates player with injury concern for next season.

1. Nikita Kucherov, RW, TBL (SAME)
2. Alex Ovechkin, LW, WSH (SAME)
3. Connor McDavid, C, EDM (INJ.)
4. Brad Marchand, LW, BOS (INJ.)
5. Nathan MacKinnon, C, COL (+7)
6. Patrick Kane, RW, CHI (-1)
7. Leon Draisaitl, C/LW/RW, EDM (-1)
8. David Pastrnak, RW, BOS (INJ.)
9. Auston Matthews, C, TOR (+5)
10. Sidney Crosby, C, PIT (-1)
11. Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS (INJ.)
12. Mitchell Marner, C/RW, TOR** (-2)
13. Mikko Rantanen, RW, COL** (+2)
14. Johnny Gaudreau, LW, CGY (-3)
15. Tyler Seguin, C, DAL (-2)
16. Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA (+2)
17. John Tavares, C, TOR (SAME)
18. Steven Stamkos, C/RW, TBL (-2)
19. Blake Wheeler, C/RW, WPG (SAME)
20. Artemi Panarin, LW, CBJ* (+12)
21. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL (SAME)
22. Brayden Point, C, TBL** (-2)
23. Sebastian Aho, C/LW/RW, CAR** (SAME)
24. Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT (-2)
25. Mark Scheifele, C, WPG (-1)
26. Elias Pettersson, C, VAN (+2)
27. Patrik Laine, LW/RW, WPG** (INJ.)
28. Claude Giroux, C/LW/RW, PHI (-2)
29. Gabriel Landeskog, LW, COL (SAME)
30. Matthew Tkachuk, LW, CGY** (-3)
31. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH (-1)
32. Dylan Larkin, C, DET (+1)
33. Jack Eichel, C, BUF (+1)
34. Alex DeBrincat, LW/RW, CHI (+1)
35. Alexander Radulov, RW, DAL (+1)
36. Mark Stone, RW, VGK (+5)
37. Sean Monahan, C, CGY (-6)
38. Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, FLA (+5)
39. Taylor Hall, LW, NJD (INJ.)
40. Jake Guentzel, C/LW/RW, PIT (-2)
41. Filip Forsberg, LW, NSH (-2)
42. Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH (-2)
43. Tomas Hertl, C/LW/RW, SJS (INJ.)
44. Brock Boeser, RW, VAN** (-2)
45. Jamie Benn, C/LW, DAL (-1)
46. Phil Kessel, RW, PIT (-1)
47. Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR (-1)
48. Max Pacioretty, LW, VGK (+10)
49. Logan Couture, C/LW, SJS (+17)
50. Sean Couturier, C, PHI (-1)
51. Jonathan Marchessault, C/LW, VGK (-4)
52. Timo Meier, LW/RW, SJS** (SAME)
53. Jonathan Toews, C, CHI (+1)
54. Matt Duchene, C, CBJ* (+18)
55. Teuvo Teravainen, LW/RW, CAR (SAME)
56. Joe Pavelski, C/RW, SJS* (INJ.)
57. Viktor Arvidsson, LW/RW, NSH (-4)
58. Ryan O'Reilly, C, STL (-2)
59. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C/LW, EDM (SAME)
60. Tom Wilson, RW, WSH (+1)
61. Jakub Voracek, RW, PHI (+2)
62. Evgenii Dadonov, LW/RW, FLA (+7)
63. Elias Lindholm, C/RW, CGY (-13)
64. Brayden Schenn, C/LW, STL (-7)
65. Kyle Connor, LW, WPG** (-1)
66. Mathew Barzal, C, NYI (-1)
67. Cam Atkinson, RW, CBJ (-5)
68. Brendan Gallagher, RW, MTL (-1)
69. Evander Kane, LW, SJS (-9)
70. Jeff Skinner, C/LW, BUF (+3)
71. William Nylander, C/RW, TOR (+13)
72. Mike Hoffman, LW/RW, FLA (-4)
73. Anze Kopitar, C, LAK (+5)
74. Dylan Strome, C, CHI (+5)
75. Reilly Smith, LW/RW, VGK (-5)
76. William Karlsson, C/LW, VGK (-5)
77. Max Domi, C/LW, MTL (-2)
78. T.J. Oshie, RW, WSH (INJ.)
79. Andrei Svechnikov, LW/RW, CAR (+4)
80. Bo Horvat, C, VAN (SAME)
81. Jaden Schwartz, LW, STL (NEW)
82. Rickard Rakell, C/LW/RW, ANA (SAME)
83. Paul Stastny, C, VGK (+5)
84. Pierre-Luc Dubois, C/LW, CBJ (-3)
85. Nino Niederreiter, LW/RW, CAR (-9)
86. Clayton Keller, C/LW/RW, ARI (-1)
87. Mikael Granlund, C/LW/RW, NSH (-10)
88. Ryan Johansen, C, NSH (-1)
89. David Krejci, C, BOS (+6)
90. Mats Zuccarello, RW, DAL* (+9)
91. Anthony Mantha, LW/RW, DET (+7)
92. Chris Kreider, LW, NYR (-3)
93. Kyle Palmieri, RW, NJD (INJ.)
94. Brady Tkachuk, LW, OTT (SAME)
95. Nico Hischier, C, NJD (+1)
96. Nikolaj Ehlers, LW/RW, WPG (INJ.)
97. Vincent Trocheck, C, FLA (+3)
98. Patric Hornqvist, RW, PIT (-7)
99. Zach Parise, LW, MIN (-2)
100. Roope Hintz, C/LW, DAL (NEW)

Dropped out: Anders Lee, LW, NYI*; Dustin Brown, RW, LAK

Just missed: Jake DeBrusk, LW/RW, BOS; Josh Anderson, RW, CBJ; James van Riemsdyk, LW, PHI; Andreas Athanasiou, C/LW/RW, DET; David Perron, LW/RW, STL; Sam Reinhart, C/RW, BUF; Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANA; Tyler Bertuzzi, LW/RW, DET; Gustav Nyquist, LW/RW, SJS*; Jakob Silfverberg, RW, ANA; Ryan Donato, C/LW/RW, MIN**; Jordan Eberle, C/RW, NYI; Kevin Hayes, C, PHI; Yanni Gourde, C/LW/RW, TBL; Kevin Labanc, LW/RW, SJS**; Jonathan Drouin, C/LW, MTL; Eric Staal, C, MIN; Jakub Vrana, LW/RW, WSH**; Travis Konecny, C/LW/RW, PHI**; Tomas Tatar, LW/RW, MTL; Marcus Johansson, LW, BOS*; Jason Zucker, LW/RW, MIN; Andreas Johnsson, LW/RW, TOR**; Ondrej Kase, RW, ANA (INJ.); Alex Galchenyuk, C/LW, ARI

 

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