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Fantasy: Final top 200 rankings for 2015-16

Best players if you were drafting for next season today

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

NOTE: VIEW NHL.COM'S TOP 250 PLAYER RANKINGS FOR 2016-17

The 2015-16 fantasy hockey season has come to an end, but it's never too early to preview the landscape for 2016-17. 

The top four players in standard leagues (Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Jamie Benn) are in a class of their own, but fantasy owners would be foolish to ignore the League's youth movement. Connor McDavid, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Johnny Gaudreau are new names among the top 15. 

Among goalies, Carey Price is no longer the clear No. 1 because of injury concerns and the Montreal Canadiens' collapse in his absence. Braden Holtby and Ben Bishop have solidified their elite standing, but neither should be drafted until the second round. 

Defensemen have made a lasting impression on the overall landscape this season, with Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns and Kris Letang earning top-15 consideration. You also can't afford to ignore the per-game fantasy impact of rookie Shayne Gostisbehere.  

Video: PHI@NYI: Gostisbehere buries wrister from the point

With all these trends and more fresh in our minds, let's take a look at the top 200 player rankings for 2016-17. These rankings, which include injured players, are based on performance this season but take into account expectations for next season. Use these rankings as food for thought until we revisit them at the end of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

NOTES: Standard Yahoo categories include goals, assists, plus/minus, penalty minutes, power-play points and shots on goal for skaters, and wins, goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts for goalies. Value has been quantified based on factors including line combinations, power-play usage, team goalie situations, injury history, bounce-back or breakout potential, projected regression, age, and contract status (pending unrestricted and restricted free agents are noted below).

1. Patrick Kane, C/RW, CHI
2. Sidney Crosby, C, PIT
3. Alex Ovechkin, LW/RW, WSH
4. Jamie Benn, LW, DAL
5. Erik Karlsson, D, OTT 
6. Joe Pavelski, C/LW/RW, SJS
7. Tyler Seguin, C/RW, DAL (INJ.)
8. Brent Burns, D/RW, SJS 
9. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL
10. Connor McDavid, C, EDM
11. Evgeni Malkin, C/RW, PIT (INJ.)
12. Claude Giroux, C/RW, PHI
13. Kris Letang, D, PIT 
14. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C/LW, WSH
15. Johnny Gaudreau, LW, CGY (RFA)
16. Braden Holtby, G, WSH
17. John Tavares, C, NYI
18. Anze Kopitar, C, LAK
19. Steven Stamkos, C, TBL (INJ., UFA)
20. P.K. Subban, D, MTL (INJ.)
21. Ben Bishop, G, TBL
22. Carey Price, G, MTL (INJ.)
23. Wayne Simmonds, LW/RW, PHI
24. Dustin Byfuglien, D/RW, WPG
25. Blake Wheeler, RW, WPG
26. Joe Thornton, C, SJS
27. Jonathan Quick, G, LAK
28. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI 
29. Artemi Panarin, LW, CHI
30. Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS
31. Corey Perry, RW, ANA
32. Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANA
33. Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH
34. Nikita Kucherov, RW, TBL (RFA)
35. Filip Forsberg, C/LW/RW, NSH (RFA)
36. Alexander Steen, C/LW, STL
37. Corey Crawford, G, CHI
38. Marc-Andre Fleury, G, PIT (INJ.)
39. Roman Josi, D, NSH 
40. Shayne Gostisbehere, D, PHI
41. Cory Schneider, G, NJD
42. Jack Eichel, C, BUF
43. Ryan Johansen, C/RW, NSH
44. Phil Kessel, RW, PIT
45. James Neal, LW/RW, NSH
46. Taylor Hall, C/LW, EDM
47. Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYR
48. Drew Doughty, D, LAK 
49. Ryan O'Reilly, C/LW/RW, BUF
50. Jason Spezza, C, DAL
51. Nathan MacKinnon, C/RW, COL (INJ., RFA)
52. Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA
53. Daniel Sedin, LW, VAN
54. Zach Parise, LW, MIN
55. Brad Marchand, LW, BOS
56. Max Pacioretty, LW, MTL
57. Mark Giordano, D, CGY
58. Tyler Toffoli, C/LW/RW, LAK
59. Jonathan Toews, C, CHI
60. Sean Monahan, C, CGY (RFA)
61. Jeff Carter, C/RW, LAK
62. Martin Jones, G, SJS
63. Mark Scheifele, C, WPG (RFA)
64. Pekka Rinne, G, NSH
65. John Klingberg, D, DAL 
66. Jaromir Jagr, RW, FLA (UFA)
67. John Carlson, D, WSH
68. Roberto Luongo, G, FLA
69. Derick Brassard, C, NYR
70. John Gibson, G, ANA
71. Pavel Datsyuk, C/LW, DET**
72. Patrick Sharp, C/LW/RW, DAL
73. Brayden Schenn, C/LW, PHI (RFA)
74. Matt Duchene, C/LW, COL
75. Shea Weber, D, NSH
76. Logan Couture, C/LW, SJS
77. Vincent Trocheck, C/RW, FLA (INJ., RFA)
78. Brian Elliott, G, STL
79. Jake Allen, G, STL
80. Patric Hornqvist, RW, PIT
81. Ryan Kesler, C/RW, ANA
82. Jonathan Huberdeau, C/LW, FLA
83. Ryan Suter, D, MIN
84. Victor Hedman, D, TBL
85. Duncan Keith, D, CHI
86. Tyler Johnson, C, TBL
87. Gabriel Landeskog, LW, COL
88. Brandon Saad, LW/RW, CBJ
89. Andrew Ladd, LW, CHI (UFA)
90. Devan Dubnyk, G, MIN
91. Jakub Voracek, LW/RW, PHI
92. Kevin Shattenkirk, D, STL
93. Milan Lucic, LW, LAK (UFA)
94. Petr Mrazek, G, DET (RFA)
95. Justin Faulk, D, CAR
96. Jaroslav Halak, G, NYI
97. T.J. Oshie, C/RW, WSH
98. Rick Nash, LW/RW, NYR
99. Justin Williams, RW, WSH
100. David Krejci, C, BOS
101. Evander Kane, LW, BUF (INJ.)
102. Tyson Barrie, D, COL (RFA)
103. Steve Mason, G, PHI
104. Rasmus Ristolainen, D, BUF (RFA)
105. Jordan Eberle, RW, EDM
106. Jake Muzzin, D, LAK
107. Tuukka Rask, G, BOS
108. Brent Seabrook, D, CHI
109. Max Domi, C/LW, ARI
110. Aaron Ekblad, D, FLA
111. Jaden Schwartz, LW, STL (RFA)
112. Michael Cammalleri, C/LW, NJD (INJ.)
113. Loui Eriksson, LW/RW, BOS (UFA)
114. Frederik Andersen, G, ANA (RFA)
115. Brendan Gallagher, RW, MTL (INJ.)
116. Jussi Jokinen, C/LW/RW, FLA
117. David Backes, C/RW, STL (UFA)
118. Shane Doan, LW/RW, ARI (UFA)
119. Henrik Zetterberg, C/LW, DET
120. Keith Yandle, D, NYR (UFA
121. Kyle Okposo, RW, NYI (UFA)
122. Mikko Koivu, C, MIN
123. Torey Krug, D, BOS (RFA)
124. Jeff Skinner, LW/RW, CAR
125. Sami Vatanen, D, ANA (RFA)
126. Kyle Palmieri, LW/RW, NJD (RFA)
127. Connor Hellebuyck, G, WPG (AHL)
128. Henrik Sedin, C, VAN
129. Boone Jenner, C/RW, CBJ
130. Marc-Edouard Vlasic, D, SJS
131. Marian Hossa, RW, CHI
132. Ondrej Palat, LW, TBL
133. Dougie Hamilton, D, CGY
134. Mike Hoffman, C/LW, OTT (RFA)
135. Michael Stone, D, ARI (INJ., RFA
136. Ryan McDonagh, D, NYR (INJ.)
137. James van Riemsdyk, LW, TOR (INJ.)
138. Mats Zuccarello, LW/RW, NYR
139. Tomas Hertl, C/LW, SJS (RFA)
140. Michal Neuvirth, G, PHI
141. Bobby Ryan, LW/RW, OTT
142. Alex Pietrangelo, D, STL
143. Semyon Varlamov, G, COL
144. Nazem Kadri, C, TOR (RFA)
145. Dylan Larkin, C/LW, DET
146. Cam Atkinson, RW, CBJ
147. Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT
148. Mark Stone, RW, OTT
149. Seth Jones, D, CBJ
150. Rickard Rakell, C, ANA (RFA)
151. Derek Stepan, C, NYR
152. Scott Hartnell, LW, CBJ
153. Colton Parayko, D, STL
154. James Reimer, G, SJS (UFA)
155. Mike Ribeiro, C, NSH
156. Eric Staal, C/LW, NYR (UFA)
157. Andre Burakovsky, LW, WSH
158. TJ Brodie, D, CGY
159. Sam Reinhart, C, BUF
160. Alex Galchenyuk, C/LW, MTL
161. Nick Leddy, D, NYI
162. Thomas Greiss, G, NYI
163. Andrei Markov, D, MTL
164. Zdeno Chara, D, BOS
165. Jimmy Howard, G, DET
166. Bryan Little, C/RW, WPG (INJ.)
167. Alec Martinez, D, LAK
168. Dion Phaneuf, D, OTT (INJ.)
169. Anton Stralman, D, TBL (INJ.)
170. Sergei Bobrovsky, G, CBJ
171. Paul Stastny, C, STL
172. Johnny Boychuk, D, NYI
173. Matt Murray, G, PIT
174. Reilly Smith, LW/RW, FLA
175. Matt Niskanen, D, WSH
176. Hampus Lindholm, D, ANA (RFA)
177. Morgan Rielly, D, TOR (RFA)
178. Leon Draisaitl, C/RW, EDM
179. Robin Lehner, G, BUF (INJ.)
180. Trevor Daley, D, PIT
181. Mike Green, D, DET
182. Adam Henrique, C/LW, NJD
183. Erik Johnson, D, COL
184. Victor Rask, C, CAR (RFA)
185. Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL
186. Anthony Duclair, LW/RW, ARI
187. William Nylander, C/RW, TOR
188. Mattias Ekholm, D, NSH
189. Ryan Ellis, D, NSH
190. Sean Couturier, C, PHI
191. Kyle Turris, C, OTT (INJ.)
192. Niklas Kronwall, D, DET
193. Chris Kreider, LW, NYR (RFA)
194. Antti Niemi, G, DAL
195. Tomas Tatar, LW/RW, DET
196. Jakob Silfverberg, LW/RW, ANA
197. Matt Dumba, D, MIN (RFA)
198. Dmitry Orlov, D, WSH (RFA)
199. Mike Smith, G, ARI
200. Nikolaj Ehlers, LW/RW, WPG

** Datsyuk could leave NHL after postseason

Just missed: Brandon Dubinsky (C/LW, CBJ), Teuvo Teravainen (LW, CHI), Zach Bogosian (D, BUF), Justin Abdelkader (LW/RW, DET), Robby Fabbri (C, STL), Cam Fowler (D, ANA), Alexander Edler (D, VAN - INJ.), David Perron (LW/RW, ANA - INJ., UFA), Eddie Lack (G, CAR), Travis Hamonic (D, NYI)

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