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


Other centers to consider in fantasy

51. Jared McCann, C/LW, SEA
52. Christian Dvorak, C/LW, MTL
53. Alex Newhook, C, COL (rookie)
54. Nick Schmaltz, C/RW, ARI
55. Joel Eriksson Ek, C, MIN
56. Charlie Coyle, C/RW, BOS


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