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Fantasy hockey cheat sheet for 2017-18

Impact of offseason moves, Golden Knights' roster selection on top 250 player landscape

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Senior Fantasy Editor

It's never too early to start preparing for fantasy hockey.

There has already been a flurry of activity around the League surrounding the NHL Expansion Draft and 2017 NHL Draft, and free agency has produced many moves with fantasy implications. From the Vegas Golden Knights' roster selection to a number of signings and blockbuster trades, has had you covered leading up to your fantasy draft.

There are still months to go before the start of the 2017-18 NHL season, but here is the fantasy scoop on some of the biggest developments so far this offseason.


Fantasy top 250 rankings for 2017-18 lists most valuable standard-league assets for this season


Rankings by position: Top 100 'F' | Top 50 'D' | Top 25 'G' 


31 in 31: Fantasy hockey team previews:
Anaheim | Arizona | Boston | Buffalo | Calgary | Carolina | Chicago | Colorado | Columbus | Dallas | Detroit | Edmonton | Florida | Los Angeles | Minnesota | Montreal | Nashville | New Jersey |


Fantasy faceoffs: writers debate who should be drafted higher

CENTER: Eichel vs. Backstrom | Giroux vs. J. Carter
LEFT WING: Forsberg vs. Gaudreau | Drouin vs. Hall
RIGHT WING: Nylander vs. Radulov | Laine vs. Tarasenko
DEFENSEMAN: Shattenkirk vs. Keith | Ristolainen vs. Ekman-Larsson
GOALIE: Bishop vs. Vasilevskiy | Darling vs. M. Smith


Rookies to watch
Strome, Keller, McAvoy have potential to make impact in first NHL season

Bounce-back candidates
Kopitar, Gostisbehere, Schneider among those who can rebound

Breakout candidates
Guentzel, Klefbom, Vasilevskiy have high ceilings ahead of expanded roles

Sleeper candidates
Dadonov, Theodore, Smith high-upside picks attainable in later rounds

Spin: Radulov makes Stars offense more potent
Right wing worth drafting in top 50 playing with Benn, Seguin, Spezza

Roundup: Impact of July 1 free-agent signings
Shattenkirk should boost Rangers power play; Elliott can bounce back with Flyers

Spin: Maple Leafs should rejuvenate Marleau
Veteran forward has chance to thrive playing with young forwards Matthews, Nylander, Marner

Spin: Pominville deep sleeper after trade back to Sabres
Right wing could help Buffalo's even-strength offense; Scandella strengthens defense

Spin: Hischier, Patrick can make immediate impact
Devils draft high-caliber center; Flyers forward could also enter top six as rookie

Spin: Schenn can be No. 1 center for Blues after trade
Category coverage asset could play with Tarasenko, boost St. Louis power play

Spin: Stepan, Raanta will be busier with Coyotes
Arizona lands No. 1 center, starting goaltender in trade; defenseman DeAngelo deep sleeper for Rangers

Spin: Panarin, Saad could see value change after trade
Blue Jackets elevate offense by adding elite left wing; Blackhawks right wing could break out on power play

Spin: Eberle, Strome get fresh starts with trade
Islanders acquire impact right wing for Tavares' line; Oilers add speed to top six

Spin: Golden Knights roster after NHL Expansion Draft
Marchessault, Theodore could see prominent roles if they remain with Vegas

Spin: Smith could be top 20 goalie for Flames after trade
Veteran has bounce-back appeal with Calgary, potential to win 30 games

Spin: Trade to Canadiens could limit Drouin's upside
Center situation may lower forward's ceiling; defenseman Sergachev has keeper potential with Lightning

NHL schedule: Bye weeks for 2017-18 season
Complete list of mandated five-day breaks for each team

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