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Fantasy: Top 250 rankings for 2017-18

NHL.com lists most valuable standard-league assets for next season

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

With trades, the NHL Expansion Draft, the 2017 NHL Draft, and free agency, the fantasy hockey landscape has been shaken up by the flurry of roster activity.

There have been several trades involving high-end fantasy players. Left wing Artemi Panarin, a top 30 asset, was sent to the Columbus Blue Jackets after forming the most productive point pair in the NHL with right wing Patrick Kane for the Chicago Blackhawks over the past two seasons. The Montreal Canadiens acquired forward Jonathan Drouin, who has a chance to break out with an expanded 5-on-5 role. Other prominent forwards who were traded include Brayden Schenn (St. Louis Blues), Brandon Saad (Chicago Blackhawks) and Jordan Eberle (New York Islanders), who will have a chance to skate with Vladimir Tarasenko, Jonathan Toews and John Tavares, respectively. Forwards Marcus Johansson (New Jersey Devils) and Derek Stepan (Arizona Coyotes) should remain productive fantasy players but could see a dip in value after being traded.

 

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The Vegas Golden Knights, who begin play this season, selected three-time Stanley Cup champion goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and goal-scorers James Neal and Jonathan Marchessault in the expansion draft. The Golden Knights also traded for young power-play defenseman Shea Theodore and signed Kontinental Hockey League forward Vadim Shipachyov to be their No. 1 center.

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The biggest question after the 2017 draft is whether centers Nico Hischier (Devils) and Nolan Patrick (Philadelphia Flyers) can make an impact even remotely comparable to the top picks of the past two years. Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) and Jack Eichel (Buffalo Sabres) went No. 1 and No. 2 in the 2015 NHL Draft, and Auston Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Patrik Laine (Winnipeg Jets) were selected at the top of the 2016 NHL Draft. Hischier and Patrick each will have a clear opportunity to land a top-six role for his new team and join the top 250 rankings based on potential.

In free agency, right wing Alexander Radulov surprisingly signed with the Dallas Stars, catapulting in the fantasy rankings with a chance to play with Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza. Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk will bring power-play expertise to the New York Rangers, and veteran forward Patrick Marleau left the San Jose Sharks to join the Toronto Maple Leafs and Matthews, Mitchell Marner and William Nylander. Another KHL forward, Evgeny Dadonov, will return to the NHL and could be a fantasy sleeper with center Aleksander Barkov with the Florida Panthers.

 

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Lastly, some goaltenders around the NHL have renewed fantasy upside. With Dallas' many improvements, Ben Bishop appears poised to rejoin the top 10 or 15 at his position. Scott Darling (Carolina Hurricanes) and Antti Raanta (Coyotes) each will have a chance to translate efficiency as a backup to a starting role with his new team. Brian Elliott (signed with Flyers), Mike Smith (traded to Calgary Flames) and Steve Mason (signed with Jets) have bounce-back appeal, and Antti Niemi (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Ryan Miller (Anaheim Ducks) each can revitalize his career as a No. 2 goalie for an elite team.

With all these recent developments in mind, here are NHL.com's updated top 250 player rankings for standard Yahoo fantasy leagues. There will be many more transactions and news before NHL training camps open in September, so stay tuned for updates over the summer.

 

1. Connor McDavid, C, EDM
2. Sidney Crosby, C, PIT
3. Auston Matthews, C, TOR
4. Nikita Kucherov, RW, TBL
5. Jamie Benn, LW, DAL
6. Brent Burns, D, SJS
7. Patrick Kane, RW, CHI
8. Alex Ovechkin, LW, WSH
9. Erik Karlsson, D, OTT - INJ.
10. Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT
11. Brad Marchand, LW, BOS
12. Patrik Laine, LW/RW, WPG
13. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL
14. Jack Eichel, C, BUF
15. Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH
16. Tyler Seguin, C/RW, DAL - INJ.
17. Mark Scheifele, C, WPG
18. Leon Draisaitl, C/RW, EDM
19. John Tavares, C, NYI
20. Matt Murray, G, PIT
21. Carey Price, G, MTL
22. Victor Hedman, D, TBL
23. Braden Holtby, G, WSH
24. Steven Stamkos, C, TBL - INJ.
25. Dustin Byfuglien, D, WPG
26. Artemi Panarin, LW, CBJ
27. Phil Kessel, RW, PIT
28. Cam Talbot, G, EDM
29. Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANA
30. Joe Pavelski, C/RW, SJS
31. Blake Wheeler, RW, WPG
32. David Pastrnak, RW, BOS - RFA
33. Mitchell Marner, C/RW, TOR
34. Sergei Bobrovsky, G, CBJ
35. Roman Josi, D, NSH
36. Filip Forsberg, LW, NSH
37. Wayne Simmonds, RW, PHI
38. Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS
39. John Gibson, G, ANA
40. Jake Allen, G, STL
41. Johnny Gaudreau, LW, CGY
42. Max Pacioretty, LW, MTL
43. Tuukka Rask, G, BOS
44. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH
45. Ryan Johansen, C, NSH - INJ.
46. William Nylander, C/RW, TOR
47. Alexander Radulov, LW/RW, DAL
48. P.K. Subban, D, NSH
49. Pekka Rinne, G, NSH
50. Sean Monahan, C, CGY
51. Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA
52. Devan Dubnyk, G, MIN
53. Jonathan Quick, G, LAK
54. Duncan Keith, D, CHI
55. Kevin Shattenkirk, D, NYR
56. Claude Giroux, C, PHI
57. Martin Jones, G, SJS
58. Mikael Granlund, C/LW/RW, MIN
59. Cam Atkinson, RW, CBJ
60. Mike Hoffman, LW/RW, OTT
61. Corey Perry, RW, ANA
62. Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, TBL
63. Jeff Carter, C, LAK
64. Jonathan Toews, C, CHI
65. Zach Werenski, D, CBJ
66. Shea Weber, D, MTL
67. Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, FLA
68. Ben Bishop, G, DAL
69. Kris Letang, D, PIT - INJ.
70. Anze Kopitar, C, LAK
71. Frederik Andersen, G, TOR
72. Sebastian Aho, LW/RW, CAR
73. Dougie Hamilton, D, CGY
74. Nikolaj Ehlers, LW/RW, WPG
75. Corey Crawford, G, CHI
76. Jakub Voracek, LW/RW, PHI
77. Drew Doughty, D, LAK
78. Jonathan Drouin, LW/RW, MTL
79. Rasmus Ristolainen, D, BUF
80. Taylor Hall, LW, NJD
81. Ryan Kesler, C, ANA
82. James van Riemsdyk, LW, TOR
83. Jeff Skinner, LW, CAR
84. John Klingberg, D, DAL
85. Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYR
86. Torey Krug, D, BOS - INJ.
87. Justin Schultz, D, PIT
88. T.J. Oshie, RW, WSH
89. Eric Staal, C, MIN
90. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI
91. Brandon Saad, LW/RW, CHI
92. Brayden Schenn, C/LW, STL
93. Craig Anderson, G, OTT
94. Logan Couture, C, SJS
95. Nathan MacKinnon, C/RW, COL
96. Henrik Zetterberg, C/LW, DET
97. Rickard Rakell, C/LW, ANA
98. Jake Guentzel, C/LW, PIT
99. Ryan O'Reilly, C/LW, BUF
100. Jordan Eberle, RW, NYI
101. Ryan Suter, D, MIN
102. Jason Spezza, C/RW, DAL
103. Nazem Kadri, C, TOR
104. Viktor Arvidsson, LW/RW, NSH
105. Mark Stone, RW, OTT
106. Alex Pietrangelo, D, STL
107. Tyler Toffoli, C/RW, LAK
108. Kyle Turris, C, OTT
109. Anders Lee, LW, NYI
110. Brian Elliott, G, PHI
111. Evander Kane, LW, BUF
112. Mark Giordano, D, CGY
113. Scott Darling, G, CAR
114. James Neal, RW, VGK
115. Zach Parise, LW, MIN
116. John Carlson, D, WSH
117. Mikko Koivu, C, MIN
118. Patric Hornqvist, RW, PIT
119. Oscar Klefbom, D, EDM
120. Aaron Ekblad, D, FLA
121. Mike Smith, G, CGY
122. Andre Burakovsky, LW/RW, WSH
123. Mats Zuccarello, RW, NYR
124. Cory Schneider, G, NJD
125. Kyle Okposo, RW, BUF - INJ.
126. Milan Lucic, LW, EDM
127. Jaden Schwartz, C/LW, STL
128. Jaroslav Halak, G, NYI
129. Jakob Silfverberg, RW, ANA
130. Alex Galchenyuk, C, MTL
131. Mika Zibanejad, C/RW, NYR
132. Robin Lehner, G, BUF
133. Shayne Gostisbehere, D, PHI
134. Marcus Johansson, LW/RW, NJD
135. Conor Sheary, LW/RW, PIT
136. Nino Niederreiter, LW/RW, MIN
137. Matthew Tkachuk, LW, CGY
138. Ryan McDonagh, D, NYR
139. Ondrej Palat, LW, TBL
140. Nick Foligno, LW/RW, CBJ
141. Patrick Marleau, C/LW, TOR
142. Alexander Wennberg, C, CBJ - RFA
143. Kyle Palmieri, RW, NJD
144. Evgeny Dadonov, LW/RW, FLA (NEW)
145. Vadim Shipachyov, C, VGK
146. Chris Kreider, LW, NYR
147. Justin Faulk, D, CAR
148. Marc-Andre Fleury, G, VGK
149. Keith Yandle, D, FLA
150. Tyler Johnson, C, TBL
151. Nick Schmaltz, C/LW, CHI
152. Nico Hischier, C, NJD (NEW)
153. Nolan Patrick, C, PHI - INJ. (NEW)
154. Derek Stepan, C, ARI
155. Matt Duchene, C/RW, COL
156. James Reimer, G, FLA
157. Roberto Luongo, G, FLA
158. Colton Parayko, D, STL
159. Vincent Trocheck, C, FLA
160. Patrick Maroon, LW, EDM
161. Alexander Steen, LW/RW, STL
162. Bryan Little, C, WPG
163. Cam Fowler, D, ANA
164. Max Domi, LW, ARI
165. Sam Reinhart, C/RW, BUF
166. Connor Hellebuyck, G, WPG
167. Brendan Gallagher, RW, MTL
168. Rick Nash, LW/RW, NYR
169. David Krejci, C, BOS - INJ.
170. Joe Thornton, C, SJS - INJ.
171. Dmitry Orlov, D, WSH
172. Jake Gardiner, D, TOR
173. Joshua Ho-Sang, C/RW, NYI
174. Seth Jones, D, CBJ
175. Brady Skjei, D, NYR
176. Anthony Mantha, LW/RW, DET
177. Charlie McAvoy, D, BOS
178. Nikita Zaitsev, D, TOR
179. Jesse Puljujarvi, RW, EDM
180. Elias Lindholm, C/RW, CAR
181. Matt Dumba, D, MIN
182. Teuvo Teravainen, C/LW/RW, CAR
183. Ryan Strome, C/RW, EDM (NEW)
184. Jacob Trouba, D, WPG
185. Gabriel Landeskog, LW, COL
186. Charlie Coyle, C/RW, MIN
187. Tyson Barrie, D, COL
188. Shea Theodore, D, VGK
189. Jimmy Howard, G, DET
190. Nick Leddy, D, NYI
191. Patrick Eaves, RW, ANA
192. Steve Mason, G, WPG (NEW)
193. Matt Niskanen, D, WSH
194. Bo Horvat, C, VAN - RFA
195. Robby Fabbri, C/LW, STL - INJ.
196. Thomas Greiss, G, NYI
197. Brent Seabrook, D, CHI
198. Justin Williams, RW, CAR
199. Ryan Ellis, D, NSH
200. Jaccob Slavin, D, CAR
201. Jonathan Marchessault, C/LW, VGK
202. Jaromir Jagr, LW/RW, UFA
203. Juuse Saros, G, NSH
204. J.T. Miller, C/LW/RW, NYR
205. Mikael Backlund, C, CGY
206. Richard Panik, LW/RW, CHI
207. Gustav Nyquist, LW/RW, DET
208. Tyler Bozak, C, TOR
209. Artem Anisimov, C, CHI
210. Bobby Ryan, RW, OTT
211. Daniel Sedin, LW, VAN
212. Morgan Rielly, D, TOR
213. Antti Niemi, G, PIT (NEW)
214. Radim Vrbata, RW, FLA (NEW)
215. Boone Jenner, C/LW, CBJ
216. David Backes, RW, BOS
217. Tomas Tatar, LW/RW, DET
218. Mathew Barzal, C, NYI
219. Antti Raanta, G, ARI
220. Patrick Sharp, LW/RW, CHI (NEW)
221. Kyle Connor, LW, WPG
222. Clayton Keller, C, ARI
223. Ivan Barbashev, C/LW, STL
224. Tyson Jost, C, COL
225. Brandon Dubinsky, C, CBJ - INJ.
226. Dion Phaneuf, D, OTT
227. Tomas Hertl, C/LW, SJS
228. Jake Muzzin, D, LAK
229. Dylan Larkin, C/RW, DET
230. Pierre-Luc Dubois, C, CBJ
231. Kevin Hayes, C/RW, NYR
232. Zdeno Chara, D, BOS
233. Kevin Fiala, LW/RW, NSH - INJ.
234. Ivan Provorov, D, PHI
235. Marc-Edouard Vlasic, D, SJS
236. Scott Hartnell, LW, NSH (NEW)
237. Ryan Pulock, D, NYI
238. Sami Vatanen, D, ANA (INJ.)
239. Philipp Grubauer, G, WSH
240. Jared Spurgeon, D, MIN
241. Petr Mrazek, G, DET
242. Jason Zucker, LW/RW, MIN
243. Paul Stastny, C, STL
244. Andreas Athanasiou, C/LW, DET - RFA
245. Mikko Rantanen, LW/RW, COL
246. Brock Boeser, RW, VAN
247. Josh Manson, D, ANA (NEW)
248. Dylan Strome, C, ARI
249. Ryan Miller, G, ANA (NEW)
250. Jason Pominville, RW, BUF (NEW)

Dropped out: Marian Hossa (RW, CHI - INJ.), Brayden Point (C/RW, TBL), Anthony Stolarz (G, PHI), Andrei Markov (D, UFA), Michael Frolik (C/RW, CGY), Mathieu Perreault (C/LW, WPG), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (C, EDM), Sean Couturier (C, PHI), Tanner Pearson (LW, LAK), Semyon Varlamov (G, COL), Jakob Chychrun (D, ARI), Connor Brown (RW, TOR - RFA)

NOTES: Standard Yahoo categories include goals, assists, plus/minus, penalty minutes, PPP and SOG 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).

 

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