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Fantasy hockey line top 25 rankings for 2019-20

Red Wings, Ducks join list based on upside for next season; Kerfoot, Olofsson emerging on first units

by Jonathan Baron / NHL.com Fantasy Correspondent

NHL.com ranks the top fantasy hockey forward lines for the 2019-20 season and tracks notable changes and production trends from around the League. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy.

 

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LINE CHANGES

-- Entering Sunday, the Detroit Red Wings line of left wing Tyler Bertuzzi, center Dylan Larkin and right wing Anthony Mantha has combined for 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) during a four-game winning streak. Larkin leads the Red Wings with four goals and 23 shots on goal during the stretch and has reached the 30-goal mark for the first time of his NHL career. Bertuzzi has seven points (three goals, four assists) and a plus-5 during a three-game point streak with consecutive three-point games and is one goal from his first 20-goal NHL season.

Larkin's line rejoins the rankings for the first time since the Red Wings traded Gustav Nyquist and could become a regular unit in the top 25 rankings next season. The Red Wings also have young wings Filip Zadina and Taro Hirose to integrate into the top six as their rebuild continues. Hirose has points in five of his first six NHL games and has seen time on a line with breakout forward Andreas Athanasiou over the span.

-- Entering Sunday, Buffalo Sabres rookie forward Victor Olofsson has two points (one goal, one assist), including a power-play goal, and nine SOG in two games since making his NHL debut March 28 and leads Rochester of the American Hockey League with 60 points (27 goals, 33 assists) in 64 AHL games. Olofsson has skated on the top line with center Jack Eichel and right wing Sam Reinhart at even strength and also been used on the first power-play unit with valuable rookie defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, whom Olofsson played with for Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League in 2016-17 and 2017-18. Olofsson or Alexander Nylander could emerge as an in-house replacement for valuable left wing Jeff Skinner, who can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

 

PRODUCTION TRENDS

-- Colorado Avalanche forward Alexander Kerfoot has five points (one goal, four assists) during a four-game point streak skating on the first line with center Nathan MacKinnon and wing J.T. Compher. Kerfoot and Compher have helped filled the injury voids left by forwards Mikko Rantanen (mid-body) and Gabriel Landeskog (upper body), and coach Jared Bednar kept the top line intact after Landeskog's return Friday. The Avalanche have had mixed results with the top-heavy line of MacKinnon, Rantanen and Landeskog and could continue to spread out their elite forwards next season.

-- Anaheim Ducks forwards Rickard Rakell, Jakob Silfverberg and rookie Sam Steel have formed chemistry down the stretch and could carry it over to next season. Silfverberg has 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in 15 games since signing a new contract March 2, and Rakell and Steel have scored hat tricks in the past week. The Ducks also have veteran center Ryan Getzlaf, who has played frequently with Rakell in the past but is dealing with an upper-body injury, and could play them on separate lines next season. Anaheim also has young forwards Max Comtois and Daniel Sprong in the mix for top-six roles next season.

 

FANTASY LINE RANKINGS FOR 2019-20

NOTE: Value has been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past production, line continuity and contract status (potential 2019 unrestricted free agent: *; restricted: **). ... DTD indicates player with day-to-day injury.

1. BOS: Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

2. TBL: Tyler Johnson -- Brayden Point** -- Nikita Kucherov

3. TOR: Zach Hyman -- John Tavares -- Mitchell Marner**

4. CGY: Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Elias Lindholm 

5. NSH: Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

6. WPG: Kyle Connor** -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

7. FLA: Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov

8. WSH: Alex Ovechkin -- Nicklas Backstrom -- Tom Wilson

9. PIT: Jake Guentzel -- Sidney Crosby -- Bryan Rust

10. EDM: Leon Draisaitl -- Connor McDavid -- Zack Kassian / Alex Chiasson*

11. DAL: Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Alexander Radulov

12. STL: Brayden Schenn -- Ryan O'Reilly -- Vladimir Tarasenko

13. CAR: Nino Niederreiter -- Sebastian Aho** -- Justin Williams*

14. TOR: Andreas Johnsson** -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander

15. PHI: Oskar Lindblom -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

16. SJS: Timo Meier** -- Logan Couture -- Joe Pavelski* (DTD) / Gustav Nyquist*

17. VGK: Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson** -- Reilly Smith

18. VGK: Max Pacioretty -- Paul Stastny (DTD) / Cody Eakin -- Mark Stone

19. WPG: Nikolaj Ehlers -- Kevin Hayes* -- Patrik Laine**

20. WSH: Jakub Vrana** -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- T.J. Oshie

21. TBL: Ondrej Palat -- Steven Stamkos -- J.T. Miller

22. CHI: Alex DeBrincat -- Jonathan Toews -- Patrick Kane (NEW)

23. VAN: Sven Baertschi -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser (NEW)

24. DET: Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Anthony Mantha (NEW)

25. ANA: Rickard Rakell -- Sam Steel -- Jakob Silfverberg (NEW)

NOTES: The San Jose Sharks line of Meier, Couture and Nyquist was left out of the top 15 because of Nyquist's free agent status and the injury to Pavelski, who's also a potential UFA. … The Chicago Blackhawks' line of Kane, Toews and DeBrincat has been used on occasion down the stretch and carries a high ceiling for next season. … Lines for the Pittsburgh Penguins (Evgeni Malkin), New Jersey Devils (Taylor Hall), Avalanche (Rantanen, Landeskog) and Arizona Coyotes (Nick Schmaltz) were left off the rankings because of injury concerns and/or line flux. … The top line of the Columbus Blue Jackets (Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene) and New York Islanders (Anders Lee, Jordan Eberle) each has two potential UFAs and been left off the rankings.

 

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