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Central Division fantasy preview for 2019-20

MacKinnon, Kane in top five overall; Josi among best players entering contract year

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

NHL.com previews the fantasy hockey landscape for the seven Central Division teams and their relevant players. For more fantasy hockey coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

 

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OTHER DIVISION PREVIEWS: Atlantic | Metropolitan | Pacific

 

NOTE: Bold indicates offseason addition

 

TOP 10 FANTASY PLAYERS IN CENTRAL DIVISION

1. Nathan MacKinnon, C, COL (NHL.com rank: 4)
2. Patrick Kane, RW, CHI (5)
3. Ben Bishop, G, DAL (11)
4. Mikko Rantanen, RW, COL (14)
5. Tyler Seguin, C, DAL (22)
6. Blake Wheeler, RW, WPG (29)
7. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL (32)
8. Roman Josi, D, NSH (36)
9. Mark Scheifele, C, WPG (39)
10. Patrik Laine, LW/RW, WPG (40)

Highest ranked player from other Central Division team: MIN: Matt Dumba, D (103)

 

PLAYERS FROM EACH TEAM IN TOP 250 RANKINGS

NSH: 11
DAL: 9
COL: 9
STL: 9
MIN: 9
WPG: 8
CHI: 7

 

PLAYERS ON PRESEASON LISTS

COL: Philipp Grubauer (breakout); Nazem Kadri (sleeper); Sam Girard, Andre Burakovsky and J.T. Compher (deep sleepers)

CHI: Corey Crawford (injury bounce-back); Dylan Strome (breakout)

DAL: Jamie Benn (bounce-back); Roope Hintz (sleeper); Corey Perry (deep sleeper)

MIN: Matt Dumba (injury bounce-back); Mats Zuccarello and Ryan Donato (sleepers); Kevin Fiala (deep sleeper)

NSH: Mikael Granlund (bounce-back); Juuse Saros (deep sleeper)

STL: Robert Thomas (sleeper); Vince Dunn (deep sleeper); Jordan Binnington (buyer beware)

WPG: Patrik Laine (bounce-back); Nikolaj Ehlers (injury bounce-back); Josh Morrissey (sleeper); Jack Roslovic (deep sleeper)

Coaching changes: None

 

POTENTIAL 2020 UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

CHI: Erik Gustafsson; Corey Crawford; one-year contract: Robin Lehner

DAL: Anton Khudobin

MIN: Jared Spurgeon; Mikko Koivu

NSH: Roman Josi; Mikael Granlund; Craig Smith

STL: Alex Pietrangelo; Brayden Schenn

 

ROOKIE-ELIGIBLE PLAYERS

CHI: Adam Boqvist
COL: Cale Makar; Bowen Byram
DAL: Denis Gurianov
NSH: Eeli Tolvanen; Dante Fabbro
WPG: Kristian Vesalainen

 

INJURY CONCERNS

DAL: Joe Pavelski  (undisclosed)

MIN: Matt Dumba (ruptured pectoralis muscle)

STL: Vladimir Tarasenko (knee); Robert Thomas (wrist)

WPG: Patrik Laine (back, groin); Nikolaj Ehlers (fractured leg)

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