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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

The 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs yielded plenty of fantasy developments heading into next season, and the offseason ahead promises to shake up the landscape even further.

From the Nashville Predators' surprising run to the Stanley Cup Final to the rise of the young Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs, there are plenty of players who have gained fantasy value from the postseason. Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel, who led the NHL in playoff goals (13) as a rookie, warrants much earlier consideration in drafts next fall.

We've now reached what could be the most exciting offseason in the modern era of fantasy sports. With the Vegas Golden Knights set to construct their roster in the NHL Expansion Draft on June 21, a new team of potentially fantasy-relevant players will be incorporated into the top 250 rankings. The Golden Knights have already signed forward Vadim Shipachyov, who finished third in Kontinental Hockey League scoring last season with 76 points (26 goals, 50 assists). They also could add Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who has reportedly agreed to waive his no-movement clause for purposes of the Expansion Draft.

Speaking of goalies, Ben Bishop (Dallas Stars) and Scott Darling (Carolina Hurricanes) have already joined new teams after trades. Bishop carries bounce-back potential and Darling has plenty of breakout appeal for next season.

Other teams could follow suit by trading players to avoid losing them in the Expansion Draft. There's also the anticipation of the 2017 NHL Draft on June 23-24, not to mention the start of free agency July 1. Among the best potential unrestricted free agents are defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, forwards Alexander Radulov and T.J. Oshie, veterans Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Jaromir Jagr, and goalie Brian Elliott. Another major storyline is the New Jersey Devils having the rights to Russian forward Ilya Kovalchuk, who could return to the NHL as early as next season and potentially be traded to a new team.

But before all those dominoes fall, let's kick off the offseason with updated top 250 fantasy player rankings, including players who have gained and lost value based on the playoffs and other League news. These rankings will continue to be updated after the Expansion Draft, free agency and other offseason developments.

Video: Jensen breaks down fantasy value of acquired goalies

 

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

Dropped out: Cam Ward (G, CAR), Hampus Lindholm (D, ANA - INJ.), Andrew Shaw (C/RW, MTL), Derick Brassard (C, OTT - INJ.), Jonathan Bernier (G, ANA - UFA), Radim Vrbata (RW, ARI - UFA), Scott Hartnell (LW, CBJ)

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 below).

* UFA: pending is a pending unrestricted free agent. RFA: player is a pending restricted free agent. INJ.: player is recovering from injury.

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