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Fantasy: Rankings for 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL.com lists top players for basic postseason leagues

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

The 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs are almost here, meaning fans in fantasy postseason leagues need to translate their bracket predictions into the overall player landscape.

Below are fantasy player rankings by position (forwards, defensemen, goalies) for basic postseason formats counting points (goals, assists) for skaters, as well as wins and shutouts for goalies. Whether you're doing an offline snake draft or another format, use this list as a basis for your decision-making.

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YEAR-END RANKS: TOP 100 'F' | TOP 50 'D' | TOP 25 'G' | AWARDS | TOP 250 FOR 2017-18

NOTE: These rankings take into account past regular season and playoff production, likelihood of each player's team making a deep playoff run, difficulty of divisional bracket, power-play usage, lineup placement and goalie situation (workhorse or time-share).

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FANTASY FORWARD RANKINGS FOR PLAYOFFS

1. Sidney Crosby, C, PIT
2. Connor McDavid, C, EDM
3. Patrick Kane, W, CHI
4. Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH
5. Alex Ovechkin, W, WSH
6. Brad Marchand, W, BOS
7. Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT
8. Artemi Panarin, W, CHI
9. Phil Kessel, W, PIT
10. Jonathan Toews, C, CHI
11. Leon Draisaitl, W, EDM
12. David Pastrnak, W, BOS
13. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH
14. Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS
15. Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANA
16. Vladimir Tarasenko, W, STL
17. Mikael Granlund, W, MIN
18. Auston Matthews, C, TOR
19. Eric Staal, C, MIN
20. Filip Forsberg, W, NSH
21. Joe Pavelski, W, SJS
22. Max Pacioretty, W, MTL
23. Cam Atkinson, W, CBJ
24. Johnny Gaudreau, W, CGY
25. Mitchell Marner, W, TOR
26. Ryan Johansen, C, NSH
27. Logan Couture, C, SJS (INJ.)
28. Sean Monahan, C, CGY
29. Mike Hoffman, W, OTT
30. T.J. Oshie, W, WSH
31. Conor Sheary, W, PIT
32. Mats Zuccarello, W, NYR
33. Zach Parise, W, MIN
34. Corey Perry, W, ANA
35. Marcus Johansson, W, WSH
36. Alexander Radulov, W, MTL
37. Marian Hossa, W, CHI
38. Joe Thornton, C, SJS (INJ.)
39. Ryan Kesler, C, ANA
40. David Krejci, C, BOS
41. William Nylander, W, TOR
42. Jordan Eberle, W, EDM
43. Brandon Dubinsky, C, CBJ
44. Derek Stepan, C, NYR
45. Viktor Arvidsson, W, NSH
46. Alex Galchenyuk, C, MTL
47. Milan Lucic, W, EDM
48. Nick Foligno, W, CBJ
49. Jaden Schwartz, W, STL
50. Jake Guentzel, W, PIT
51. Artem Anisimov, C, CHI
52. Mikko Koivu, C, MIN
53. Kyle Turris, C, OTT
54. Rickard Rakell, W, ANA
55. Nazem Kadri, C, TOR
56. Charlie Coyle, W, MIN
57. Alexander Wennberg, C, CBJ
58. Chris Kreider, W, NYR
59. James Neal, W, NSH
60. Nino Niederreiter, W, MIN
61. Mark Stone, W, OTT
62. Patric Hornqvist, W, PIT
63. Brandon Saad, W, CBJ
64. J.T. Miller, W, NYR
65. Richard Panik, W, CHI
66. Patrick Eaves, W, ANA
67. Justin Williams, W, WSH
68. Patrick Maroon, W, EDM
69. James van Riemsdyk, W, TOR
70. Alexander Steen, W, STL
71. Nick Bonino, C, PIT
72. Nick Schmaltz, C, CHI
73. Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR
74. Patrick Marleau, W, SJS
75. Andre Burakovsky, W, WSH

Video: PIT@TOR: Crosby nets one-timer from Guentzel for PPG

Other forwards with upside: Jason Zucker (W, MIN), Jakob Silfverberg (W, ANA), Matthew Tkachuk (W, CGY), David Backes (W, BOS), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (C, EDM), Rick Nash (W, NYR), Boone Jenner (C, CBJ), Tomas Hertl (C, SJS), Sam Gagner (C, CBJ), Brendan Gallagher (W, MTL), Ryan Spooner (C, BOS), Ivan Barbashev (C, STL), Kevin Hayes (C, NYR), Mikael Backlund (C, CGY), Scott Hartnell (W, CBJ), Joel Ward (W, SJS)

Other injured forwards: Colin Wilson (W, NSH), Paul Stastny (C, STL), Mike Fisher (C, NSH), Zack Smith (INJ.), Robby Fabbri (W, STL)

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FANTASY DEFENSEMAN RANKINGS FOR PLAYOFFS

1. Duncan Keith, D, CHI
2. Kevin Shattenkirk, D, WSH
3. Brent Burns, D, SJS
4. Erik Karlsson, D, OTT
5. Roman Josi, D, NSH
6. Torey Krug, D, BOS (INJ.)
7. Justin Schultz, D, PIT
8. Shea Weber, D, MTL
9. Ryan Suter, D, MIN
10. Zach Werenski, D, CBJ
11. John Carlson, D, WSH (INJ.)
12. P.K. Subban, D, NSH
13. Oscar Klefbom, D, EDM
14. Ryan McDonagh, D, NYR
15. Alex Pietrangelo, D, STL
16. Dougie Hamilton, D, CGY
17. Brent Seabrook, D, CHI
18. Cam Fowler, D, ANA (INJ.)
19. Seth Jones, D, CBJ
20. Brady Skjei, D, NYR
21. Mark Giordano, D, CGY
22. Jake Gardiner, D, TOR
23. Andrej Sekera, D, EDM
24. Colton Parayko, D, STL
25. Matt Niskanen, D, WSH
26. Marc-Edouard Vlasic, D, SJS
27. Zdeno Chara, D, BOS
28. Matt Dumba, D, MIN
29. Dion Phaneuf, D, OTT
30. Andrei Markov, D, MTL
31. Trevor Daley, D, PIT
32. Nikita Zaitsev, D, TOR (INJ.)

Other defensemen with upside: Ryan Ellis (NSH), Sami Vatanen (D, ANA), Dmitry Orlov (WSH), Hampus Lindholm (D, ANA), Mark Streit (D, PIT), Charlie McAvoy (BOS)

Other injured defensemen: Kris Letang (PIT), Jared Spurgeon (MIN), Brandon Carlo (BOS)

Video: WSH@BOS: Shattenkirk buries Backstrom's pinpoint feed

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FANTASY STARTING GOALIE RANKINGS FOR PLAYOFFS

1. Braden Holtby, G, WSH
2. Carey Price, G, MTL
3. Devan Dubnyk, G, MIN
4. Sergei Bobrovsky, G, CBJ
5. Cam Talbot, G, EDM
6. Tuukka Rask, G, BOS
7. Matt Murray, G, PIT
8. Corey Crawford, G, CHI
9. John Gibson, G, ANA
10. Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYR
11. Pekka Rinne, G, NSH
12. Jake Allen, G, STL
13. Martin Jones, G, SJS
14. Brian Elliott, G, CGY
15. Craig Anderson, G, OTT
16. Frederik Andersen, G, TOR (INJ.)

Noteworthy backups: Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT), Jonathan Bernier (ANA), Antti Raanta (NYR), Scott Darling (CHI), Juuse Saros (NSH)

Video: TBL@MTL: Price turns away Coburn's breakaway try

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