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Fantasy: Top 250 rankings for 2017-18

NHL.com updates its most valuable standard-league assets for this season

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

The start of the 2017-18 NHL season is right around the corner, meaning it's time to get your fantasy hockey rankings in order.

Yahoo has released its fantasy hockey game, meaning there are position eligibility updates, early average draft position figures and preseason rankings from Yahoo's Scott Pianowski. NHL.com has since updated its rankings after taking recent roster/injury developments and early ADP data into account. Previewing the 31 teams and projecting points for relevant forwards and defensemen and wins for goaltenders over the past month have also led to some rankings adjustments.

 

FANTASY RANKINGS: Top 100 'F' | C | LW | RW | Top 50 'D' | Top 25 'G'

DRAFT GUIDES: Standard mock 2.0 | Keeper / dynasty | Hits | Faceoff wins

2017-18 PROJECTIONS: Forward points | D-man points | Goalie wins | Team previews

LISTS: 'F' bargains | 'D' | 'G' | Breakouts | Sleepers | Deep sleepers | Rookies

 

Below are NHL.com's updated top 250 rankings with Yahoo pre-ranks listed in parentheses. N/R indicates players ranked by NHL.com who were not ranked in Yahoo's top 250. These rankings will continue to be updated with further preseason developments. Remember to keep NHL.com's fantasy cheat sheet handy for your upcoming draft(s).

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 but not limited to past production, line combinations, defense pairs, power-play usage, team goalie situations, injury history, age, sleeper, bounce-back or breakout potential, anticipated regression, contract status and Yahoo ADP. … Any players with injury concerns (INJ.) are noted below.

Video: Pete Jensen reveals his top 10 fantasy defensemen

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

Other key injuries: Brandon Dubinsky (C, CBJ), Sami Vatanen (D, ANA), Hampus Lindholm (D, ANA), Ryan Ellis (D, NSH), Derick Brassard (C, OTT), Jakob Chychrun (D, ARI), Travis Zajac (C, NJD), Andrej Sekera (D, EDM), Colin White (C, OTT)

Players outside NHL.com's top 250 who are ranked in Yahoo's top 250: Ellis (142), Loui Eriksson (LW/RW, VAN - 165), Craig Smith (RW, NSH - 166), Andrew Ladd (LW, NYI - 178), TJ Brodie (D, CGY - 189), Michael Frolik (RW, CGY - 191), Reilly Smith (RW, VGK - 194), Jussi Jokinen (LW, EDM - 201), Adam Henrique (C, NJD - 207), Sam Bennett (C/LW, CGY - 208), Chris Kunitz (LW, TBL - 215), Dubinsky (219), Semyon Varlamov (G, COL - 222), David Perron (LW/RW, VGK - 224), Jimmy Vesey (LW, NYR - 226), Victor Rask (C, CAR - 228), Martin Hanzal (C, DAL - INJ. - 230), Tomas Plekanec (C, MTL - 233), Alex Goligoski (D, ARI - 234), Vatanen (238), Josh Morrissey (D, WPG - 239), Ondrej Pavelec (G, NYR - 240), Brassard (242), Anton Forsberg (G, CHI - 247), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (C, EDM - 248), Nick Holden (D, NYR - 250)

[ RELATED: Top 250 rankings for 2017-18, Update No. 3 ]

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