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Fantasy hockey top 50 center rankings

Most valuable options at position for standard leagues; season preview podcasts

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy ranks the top 50 fantasy hockey centers for the 2021-22 season in standard leagues. For more fantasy coverage, visit and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.



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Standard fantasy categories: 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, injury history or concern (INJ.), age, contract status (restricted free agents listed below) and overall upside for this season. Forward position eligibility for Yahoo Fantasy leagues is listed below. These rankings are a collaborative effort by Pete Jensen and Rob Reese.

Some players who are eligible at center may have been categorized as left wings (e.g. Gabriel Landeskog, J.T. Miller, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins) or right wings (e.g. Steven Stamkos, Sam Reinhart, T.J. Oshie, Joe Pavelski) based on either their primary position last season or projected position for this season.

1. Connor McDavid, C, EDM
2. Leon Draisaitl, C/LW, EDM
3. Nathan MacKinnon, C, COL
4. Auston Matthews, C, TOR (INJ.)
5. Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA
6. Brayden Point, C/RW, TBL
7. Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR
8. Sebastian Aho, C, CAR
9. Mark Scheifele, C, WPG (suspended 1 game)
10. Sidney Crosby, C, PIT (INJ.)
11. Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS
12. Elias Pettersson, C, VAN
13. John Tavares, C, TOR
14. Anze Kopitar, C, LAK
15. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH
16. Sam Bennett, C/LW, FLA
17. Ryan O'Reilly, C, STL
18. Mathew Barzal, C, NYI
19. Jack Hughes, C/LW, NJD
20. Roope Hintz, C/LW, DAL
21. Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH (INJ.)
22. Sean Couturier, C, PHI
23. Elias Lindholm, C/RW, CGY
24. Nick Suzuki, C/RW, MTL
25. Jack Eichel, C, BUF (INJ.)
26. Brayden Schenn, C/RW, STL
27. Tyler Seguin, C/RW, DAL
28. Vincent Trocheck, C, CAR (INJ.)
29. Bo Horvat, C, VAN
30. Kirby Dach, C, CHI
31. Dylan Larkin, C, DET
32. Trevor Zegras, C/LW, ANA (rookie)
33. Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT (INJ.)
34. Jonathan Toews, C, CHI
35. William Karlsson, C, VGK
36. Ryan Strome, C/RW, NYR
37. Josh Norris, C, OTT
38. Tomas Hertl, C/LW, SJS
39. Jordan Staal, C, CAR
40. Nazem Kadri, C, COL
41. Sean Monahan, C, CGY
42. Jeff Carter, C/RW, PIT*
43. Christian Dvorak, C/LW, MTL
44. Jean-Gabriel Pageau, C, NYI
45. Joel Eriksson Ek, C, MIN
46. Anthony Cirelli, C/RW, TBL
47. Pierre-Luc Dubois, C, WPG
48. Yanni Gourde, C/RW, SEA (INJ.)
49. Nico Hischier, C, NJD
50. Jack Roslovic, C/RW, CBJ


Other centers to consider in fantasy

51. Brock Nelson, C, NYI
52. Jared McCann, C/LW, SEA
53. Alex Newhook, C, COL (rookie)
54. Nick Schmaltz, C/RW, ARI

Key injuries: Quinton Byfield, C, LAK (rookie); Kevin Hayes, C, PHI


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