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Fantasy top 50 center rankings for 2020-21 lists best options at position for pools this season; podcast analysis

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Senior Fantasy Editor ranks the top 50 centers for standard fantasy hockey pools in the 2020-21 season. For more fantasy coverage, visit and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.



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Standard fantasy categories include goals, assists, plus/minus, power-play points, shots on goal and hits for skaters. Value has been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past production in the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs, line combinations, power-play usage, injury history or concern (INJ. - players who could miss the start of this season), age, contract status (2020 unrestricted free agents: *; restricted: **) and overall upside for the 2020-21 season. These rankings are a collaborative effort by Pete Jensen and Rob Reese. Position eligibility is based on last season and subject to change for 2020-21 (any dual-eligible players are listed below). Some players who are eligible at center may have been categorized as left wings (e.g. Steven Stamkos, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Claude Giroux) or right wings (e.g. Blake Wheeler, Elias Lindholm) based on either their primary position last season or projected position for this season.

Tweet from @NHLFantasy: Who is the best center in #FantasyHockey?Top 50 center rankings for 2020-21 & season preview podcasts:

1. Nathan MacKinnon, C, COL
2. Connor McDavid, C, EDM
3. Leon Draisaitl, C/LW, EDM
4. Auston Matthews, C, TOR
5. Jack Eichel, C, BUF
6. Brayden Point, C, TBL
7. Elias Pettersson, C, VAN
8. Sidney Crosby, C, PIT
9. Sebastian Aho, C, CAR
10. Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR
11. Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS
12. Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT
13. Mark Scheifele, C, WPG
14. Ryan O'Reilly, C, STL
15. Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA
16. John Tavares, C, TOR
17. Anze Kopitar, C, LAK
18. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH
19. Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH
20. Sean Couturier, C, PHI
21. Nazem Kadri, C, COL
22. Bo Horvat, C, VAN
23. Jonathan Toews, C, CHI
24. Brayden Schenn, C/LW, STL
25. Mathew Barzal, C, NYI**
26. Pierre-Luc Dubois, C, CBJ**
27. Tomas Hertl, C/LW, SJS
28. Logan Couture, C, SJS
29. Sean Monahan, C, CGY
30. Dylan Larkin, C, DET
31. Brock Nelson, C/LW, NYI
32. William Karlsson, C, VGK
33. Nick Suzuki, C/RW, MTL
34. Max Domi, C/LW, CBJ
35. Kirby Dach, C, CHI
36. Ryan Strome, C/RW, NYR
37. David Krejci, C, BOS
38. Kevin Hayes, C, PHI
39. Joe Pavelski, C/RW, DAL
40. Jean-Gabriel Pageau, C, NYI
41. Nico Hischier, C, NJD
42. Quinton Byfield, C, LAK
43. Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANA
44. Jack Hughes, C/LW, NJD
45. Cody Glass, C/RW, VGK
46. Matt Duchene, C/RW, NSH
47. Paul Stastny, C, WPG
48. Eric Staal, C, BUF
49. Mikael Backlund, C/RW, CGY
50. Roope Hintz, C/LW, DAL

Out long term: Tyler Seguin, C/RW, DAL

Others to consider: Vincent Trocheck, CAR; Anthony Cirelli, TBL**; Phillip Danault, MTL; Marcus Johansson, C/LW, MIN

Other rookies to watch: Alex Turcotte, LAK; Trevor Zegras, ANA; Marco Rossi, MIN


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