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Fantasy: Top 250 rankings for 2017-18, Update No. 1

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

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

The 2016-17 fantasy hockey season has come to an end, which means it's a good time to preview 2017-18. 

The top three players in standard leagues should not surprise anyone. Forwards Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers), Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks) have unparalleled offensive production compared to the rest of the pack when healthy. Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) also remains a surefire first-round pick after another season covering goals, shots on goal, and power-play points at an elite level. 

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That said, these perennial fantasy studs have a number of young players in their rearview mirror. Rookies Auston Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Patrik Laine (Winnipeg Jets), along with 23-year-old Nikita Kucherov and 20-year-old Jack Eichel (Buffalo Sabres) led the NHL's youth movement. Each warrants first-round fantasy consideration next fall. 

Among defensemen, the usual names lead the list: Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks) and Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators). But another defenseman has surfaced among the top 20 overall. Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay Lightning) broke out for 72 points and 33 power-play points in 79 games, even though the Lightning missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs because of injuries to forwards Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson. With Kris Letang (Pittsburgh Penguins) uncertain for training camp because of neck surgery, Justin Schultz has a chance to sustain his offensive production next season. 

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The goalie landscape starts and ends with Braden Holtby (Washington Capitals) after his third consecutive 40-win season. Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens) has been outstanding since the hiring of Claude Julien as coach and deserves to be taken in the first or second round, per usual. Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets) bounced back to rejoin the elite, and fantasy owners should not hesitate to view Cam Talbot as a top-five option at the position given his heavy workload and the Edmonton Oilers' rise to contention. Other keeper-league gems at the position include Matt Murray (Penguins), John Gibson (Anaheim Ducks), Jake Allen (St. Louis Blues) and Andrei Vasilevskiy (Lightning). 

Then there's the potential class of unrestricted free agents. The Capitals (defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk; forwards T.J. Oshie, Justin Williams) and San Jose Sharks (forwards Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau) face some big offseason decisions. Other notable players who could hit the market include right wings Alexander Radulov (Montreal Canadiens) and Jaromir Jagr (Florida Panthers), plus goalies Brian Elliott (Calgary Flames) and Ben Bishop (Los Angeles Kings). 

With all these trends fresh in our minds, let's take an early look at the top 250 player rankings for 2017-18. These rankings, which include injured players, are based on performance this season and take into account expectations for next season. Use these rankings as food for thought until we revisit them at the end of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Also keep in mind these rankings could be shaken up by the NHL Expansion Draft for the Vegas Golden Knights in June. 

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

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).

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