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Fantasy team power rankings July 1.0

Maple Leafs trending up with Tavares addition; Dahlin, Hutton give boost to Sabres

by Rob Reese @NHLReese / NHL.com Fantasy Editor

NHL.com will update its fantasy team power rankings based on number of players in the top 250 overall, top 75, placement of highest-ranked goalie among top 30 (if applicable) and power-play percentage from most-recent season. Any ties will be broken by other trends based on the writer's discretion.

Fantasy owners should use these rankings as a basis for team evaluation, keeper decisions and offseason draft research. These rankings have been updated after the 2018 NHL Draft, free agency and include the latest trades, injury updates, prospect news and the results of NHL.com's first fantasy mock draft.

 

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OFFSEASON TRENDS:

-- The Toronto Maple Leafs earned a spot inside the top five after signing center John Tavares to a seven-year contract. The Maple Leafs have one of the best 1-2 center combinations in the NHL alongside the Washington Capitals (Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nicklas Backstrom) and Pittsburgh Penguins (Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin). The signing boosts the fantasy value of all skaters in Toronto's top six, with the biggest riser being forward Mitchell Marner, who will likely play on a line with Tavares.

A more overlooked angle of the Tavares signing is the impact on the Maple Leafs fantasy-relevant defensemen in Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner. Each should see a boost in value and be targeted among the top 130 in standard league, 12-team drafts. Goaltender Frederik Andersen should now be one of the first goalies selected with the likelihood of a 40-win season in 2018-19.

-- The Buffalo Sabres moved up to the top 25 with the No. 1 selection of defenseman Rasmus Dahlin in the 2018 Draft. Dahlin will likely play on the Sabres top power-play unit that will feature talanted forwards Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart and possibly defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen as well. Dahlin will have every opportunity to succeed under coach Phil Housley, who had 66 points (19 goals, 47 assists) in 77 games as an 18-year-old defenseman during the 1982-83 season.

The Sabres made one of the more underrated moves of the summer by signing goaltender Carter Hutton to a three-year contract. The 32-year-old earned starts for the St. Louis Blues last season, finishing with an impressive .931 save percentage in 32 games. Even with the loss of center Ryan O'Reilly (traded to the Blues), the Sabres should be an improved team from last season and could even compete for a wild card spot if Dahlin makes an immediate impact.

Worth noting: The Winnipeg Jets overtook the Tampa Bay Lightning for the No. 1 spot after having five players selected within the top 30 in NHL.com's mock draft 1.0

 

FANTASY TEAM POWER RANKINGS FOR 2018-19

1. Winnipeg Jets
9 in top 250; 5 in top 75; highest-ranked goalie: 1; PP rank: 5

2. Tampa Bay Lightning
11 in top 250; 4 in top 75; highest-ranked goalie: 2; PP rank: 3

3. Nashville Predators
13 in top 250; 5 in top 75; highest-ranked goalie: 7; PP rank: T-12

4. Toronto Maple Leafs
10 in top 250; 5 in top 75; highest-ranked goalie: 8; PP rank: 2

5. Washington Capitals
10 in top 250;  5 in top 75; highest-ranked goalie: 3; PP rank: 7

6. Boston Bruins
11 in top 250; 4 in top 75; highest-ranked goalie: 6; PP rank: 4

7. Pittsburgh Penguins
9 in top 250; 5 in top 75; highest-ranked goalie: 10; PP rank: 1

8. San Jose Sharks
9 in top 250; 4 in top 75; highest-ranked goalie: 11; PP rank: 16

9. Vegas Golden Knights
11 in top 250; 3 in top 75; highest-ranked goalie: 5; PP rank: T-9

10. Columbus Blue Jackets
9 in top 250; 3 in top 75; highest-ranked goalie: 4; PP rank: 25

11. Florida Panthers
11 in top 250; 1 in top 75; highest-ranked goalie: 22; PP rank: 21

12. Colorado Avalanche
9 in top 250; 2 in top 75; highest-ranked goalie: 21; PP rank: 8

13. Dallas Stars
6 in top 250; 5 in top 75; highest-ranked goalie: 12; PP rank: 19

14. Philadelphia Flyers
8 in top 250; 3 in top 75; highest-ranked goalie: N/A; PP rank: 15

15. Los Angeles Kings
7 in top 250; 3 in top 75; highest-ranked goalie: 13; PP rank: T-17

16. Calgary Flames
7 in top 250; 3 in top 75; highest-ranked goalie: 23; PP rank: T-28

17. Anaheim Ducks
9 in top 250; 3 in top 75; highest-ranked goalie: 9; PP rank: 23

18. Edmonton Oilers
7 in top 250; 2 in top 75; highest-ranked goalie: 20; PP rank: 31

19. St. Louis Blues
8 in top 250; 1 in top 75; highest-ranked goalie: 18; PP rank: 30

20. Minnesota Wild
9 in top 250; 1 in top 75; highest-ranked goalie: 14; PP rank: T-17

21. Chicago Blackhawks
7 in top 250; 1 in top 75; highest-ranked goalie: 17; PP rank: T-28

22. Carolina Hurricanes
6 in top 250; 1 in top 75; highest-ranked goalie: N/A; PP rank: 22

23. Arizona Coyotes
5 in top 250; 1 in top 75; highest-ranked goalie: 15; PP rank: 26

24. New Jersey Devils
6 in top 250; 1 in top 75; highest-ranked goalie: 24; PP rank: T-9

25. Buffalo Sabres
5 in top 250; 2 in top 75; highest-ranked goalie: N/A; PP rank: 20

26. Vancouver Canucks
6 in top 250; 1 in top 75; highest-ranked goalie: 30; PP rank: T-9

27. New York Islanders
8 in top 250; 2 in top 75; highest-ranked goalie: N/A; PP rank: 6

28. New York Rangers
7 in top 250; 0 in top 75; highest-ranked goalie: 16; PP rank: T-12

29. Detroit Red Wings  
5 in top 250; 0 in top 75; highest-ranked goalie: N/A; PP rank: 24

30. Montreal Canadiens
6 in top 250; 0 in top 75; highest-ranked goalie: 19; PP rank: T-12

31. Ottawa Senators
6 in top 250; 1 in top 75; highest-ranked goalie: 25; PP rank: 27

READ: Last month's power rankings

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