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Fantasy: Top 100 forward rankings for July

Taylor Hall boosts Devils; draft picks, Alexander Radulov join list

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

The fantasy forward landscape is always dictated by line combinations. Player movement from the 2016 NHL Draft, recent trades and free agent signings have already spurred plenty of potential lineup and production changes around the League.

The most valuable fantasy forward to change teams is left wing Taylor Hall, who could ignite the New Jersey Devils offense. Center Adam Henrique, who scored 30 goals last season and reunites with his Ontario Hockey League teammate, has a chance to take the next step into the 60-point range. Forward Kyle Palmieri, who also scored 30 goals last season, could play on the right side of that line or on the second line with left wing Michael Cammalleri and sustain his breakout performance. There are now four Devils ranked among the top 100 forwards.

Then there's category cog Milan Lucic, who gives the Edmonton Oilers a much-needed physical element and could see a splash of center Connor McDavid's elite point production. Right wing Kyle Okposo should be on the first power-play unit for the Buffalo Sabres and will likely play even-strength minutes with Jack Eichel or Ryan O'Reilly. Veteran duo Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin should see at least a slight boost from a 30-goal linemate after the Vancouver Canucks signed Loui Eriksson, and you have to expect Andrew Ladd and/or PA Parenteau will benefit from exposure to John Tavares with the New York Islanders. There's even a chance Troy Brouwer, signed by the Calgary Flames, could play right wing next to Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan.

The top two picks in the 2016 NHL Draft, Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets, have feasible roads to a top-six role. In best-case scenarios, Matthews could line up next to James van Riemsdyk and either Leo Komarov or William Nylander, and Laine could land on the left side of high-end fantasy forwards Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler.

And let's not forget about the San Jose Sharks, who could have Stanley Cup Playoff standouts Logan Couture and Joonas Donskoi flanked by Mikkel Boedker. That line is capable of outstanding production in the shadow of the top line (Tomas Hertl, Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski).

Also new to the top 100 is right wing Alexander Radulov, who will put his strong Kontinental Hockey League production to the test as a likely top-six forward for the Montreal Canadiens. But even with his inclusion, the departure of defenseman P.K. Subban could have negative ramifications in all situations on the value of forwards Max Pacioretty, Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk. Conversely, the addition of Subban to the Nashville Predators could lead to greater levels of power-play production for top-35 forwards Ryan Johansen, James Neal and/or Filip Forsberg.

Here's a look at the updated fantasy forward rankings for standard Yahoo leagues (goals, assists, plus/minus, penalty minutes, power-play points, shots on goal), along with 20 players who just missed the cut. This list will continue to be updated leading up to training camp.

1. Patrick Kane, C/RW, CHI
2. Sidney Crosby, C, PIT
3. Alex Ovechkin, LW/RW, WSH
4. Jamie Benn, LW, DAL
5. Joe Pavelski, C/LW/RW, SJS
6. Tyler Seguin, C/RW, DAL
7. Connor McDavid, C, EDM
8. Johnny Gaudreau, LW, CGY (RFA)
9. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL
10. Claude Giroux, C/RW, PHI
11. John Tavares, C, NYI
12. Nikita Kucherov, RW, TBL (RFA)
13. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C/LW, WSH
14. Joe Thornton, C, SJS
15. Steven Stamkos, C, TBL
16. Anze Kopitar, C, LAK
17. Evgeni Malkin, C/RW, PIT
18. Blake Wheeler, RW, WPG
19. Artemi Panarin, LW, CHI
20. Logan Couture, C/LW, SJS
21. Corey Perry, RW, ANA
22. Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS
23. Phil Kessel, RW, PIT
24. Wayne Simmonds, LW/RW, PHI
25. Taylor Hall, C/LW, NJD
26. Filip Forsberg, C/LW/RW, NSH
27. Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH
28. Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANA
29. James Neal, LW/RW, NSH
30. Jack Eichel, C, BUF
31. Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA
32. Ryan Johansen, C/RW, NSH
33. Mark Scheifele, C, WPG (RFA)
34. Ryan O'Reilly, C/LW/RW, BUF
35. Sean Monahan, C, CGY (RFA)
36. Nathan MacKinnon, C/RW, COL (RFA)
37. Zach Parise, LW, MIN
38. Jason Spezza, C, DAL
39. Brad Marchand, LW, BOS
40. Daniel Sedin, LW, VAN
41. Jonathan Huberdeau, C/LW, FLA
42. Jonathan Toews, C, CHI
43. Alexander Steen, C/LW, STL
44. Max Pacioretty, LW, MTL
45. Tyler Toffoli, C/LW/RW, LAK
46. Tyler Johnson, C, TBL
47. Kyle Okposo, RW, BUF
48. Brayden Schenn, C/LW, PHI (RFA)
49. Jeff Carter, C/RW, LAK
50. Vincent Trocheck, C/RW, FLA
51. Matt Duchene, C/LW, COL
52. Auston Matthews, C, TOR
53. Jaromir Jagr, RW, FLA
54. Patric Hornqvist, RW, PIT
55. Patrick Sharp, C/LW/RW, DAL
56. Milan Lucic, LW, EDM
57. Ryan Kesler, C/RW, ANA
58. Jonathan Drouin, LW, TBL
59. T.J. Oshie, C/RW, WSH
60. Brandon Saad, LW/RW, CBJ
61. Jordan Eberle, RW, EDM
62. Andrew Ladd, LW, NYI
63. Patrik Laine, LW/RW, WPG
64. Derick Brassard, C, NYR
65. Gabriel Landeskog, LW, COL
66. Jakub Voracek, LW/RW, PHI
67. Tomas Hertl, C/LW, SJS
68. Rick Nash, LW/RW, NYR
69. Loui Eriksson, LW/RW, VAN
70. Robby Fabbri, C, STL
71. Kyle Palmieri, LW/RW, NJD
72. Max Domi, C/LW, ARI
73. Henrik Sedin, C, VAN
74. Jussi Jokinen, C/LW/RW, FLA
75. Teuvo Teravainen, LW, CAR
76. Dylan Larkin, C/LW, DET
77. David Krejci, C, BOS
78. Henrik Zetterberg, C/LW, DET
79. Adam Henrique, C/LW, NJD
80. Justin Williams, RW, WSH
81. Marian Hossa, RW, CHI
82. James van Riemsdyk, LW, TOR
83. Alexander Radulov, RW, MTL
84. Jeff Skinner, LW/RW, CAR
85. Boone Jenner, C/RW, CBJ
86. Jaden Schwartz, LW, STL (RFA)
87. David Backes, C/RW, BOS
88. Brendan Gallagher, RW, MTL
89. Mike Hoffman, C/LW, OTT (RFA)
90. Alex Galchenyuk, C/LW, MTL
91. Michael Cammalleri, C/LW, NJD
92. Evander Kane, LW, BUF
93. Mats Zuccarello, LW/RW, NYR
94. Mark Stone, RW, OTT
95. Bobby Ryan, LW/RW, OTT
96. Ondrej Palat, LW, TBL
97. Bryan Little, C/RW, WPG
98. Anthony Duclair, LW/RW, ARI
99. Eric Staal, C/LW, MIN
100. Joonas Donskoi, RW, SJS

Just missed: Reilly Smith (LW/RW, FLA), Paul Stastny (C, STL), Derek Stepan (C, NYR), Mikko Koivu (C, MIN), Victor Rask (C, CAR -- RFA), Mikkel Boedker (LW/RW, SJS), Brandon Dubinsky (C/LW, CBJ), Rickard Rakell (C, ANA -- RFA), Sean Couturier (C, PHI), Nikolaj Ehlers (LW/RW, WPG), Frans Nielsen (C, DET), Alex Killorn (C/LW, TBL -- RFA), Andre Burakovsky (LW, WSH), Kyle Turris (C, OTT), PA Parenteau (RW, NYI), William Nylander (C/RW, TOR), Troy Brouwer (RW, CGY), Sam Reinhart (C, BUF), Leo Komarov (C/LW/RW, TOR), David Pastrnak (LW/RW, BOS)

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