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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 NHL's most productive point pair 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 chances 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 dips in value after their trades.

 

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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 2015, and Auston Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Patrik Laine (Winnipeg Jets) led the 2016 draft class. Hischier and Patrick will have clear opportunities to land top-six roles for their 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 has 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) will have chances to translate efficiency as a backup to a starting role with their 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) can revitalize their career as the 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.

Video: Jensen breaks down fantasy value of acquired goalies

 

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