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Fantasy hockey draft strategy: first four rounds

Pick-by-pick advice for early stages of standard pool; season preview podcasts

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy provides fantasy hockey draft strategy for the first four rounds at each spot in a standard, non-keeper league for the 2021-22 season. For more fantasy coverage, visit and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.


RANKINGS: Top 250 | FD | G

Mock draft | Sleepers | Deep sleepers

Fantasy hockey draft cheat sheet


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NOTES: Players are listed in order of latest top 250 rank, but some may be worth reaching for earlier based on position scarcity, ceiling/floor or other trends. Players who fall to a later pick or round in any situation should be prioritized ahead of the three options listed for any particular pick. These suggestions are for standard snake drafts.


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1. Connor McDavid
2. Leon Draisaitl or Nathan MacKinnon

3. Draisaitl or MacKinnon
4. Nikita Kucherov or Auston Matthews
5. Kucherov or Matthews
6. Andrei Vasilevskiy, Artemi Panarin or Brad Marchand
7. Vasilevskiy, Panarin or Marchand
8. Vasilevskiy, Panarin or Marchand

9. Mikko Rantanen, David Pastrnak or Patrick Kane
10. Rantanen, Pastrnak or P. Kane
11. Rantanen, Pastrnak or P. Kane

12. Alex Ovechkin, Jonathan Huberdeau or Cale Makar


13. Ovechkin, Huberdeau or Makar
14. Ovechkin, Huberdeau or Makar

15. Aleksander Barkov, Brayden Point or Brady Tkachuk
16. Barkov, Point or B. Tkachuk
17. Barkov, Point or B. Tkachuk

18. Mitchell Marner, Victor Hedman or Kirill Kaprizov
19. Marner, Hedman or Kaprizov
20. Marner, Hedman or Kaprizov

21. Mika Zibanejad, Adam Fox or Sebastian Aho
22. Zibanejad, Fox or Aho
23. Zibanejad, Fox or Aho

24. Robin Lehner, Darcy Kuemper or Connor Hellebuyck

25. Lehner, Kuemper or Hellebuyck
26. Lehner, Kuemper or Hellebuyck

27. Andrei Svechnikov or Matthew Tkachuk
28. A. Svechnikov or M. Tkachuk
29. Aaron Ekblad or John Carlson
30. Ekblad or Carlson
31. Steven Stamkos or Mark Scheifele
32. Stamkos or Scheifele
33. Sidney Crosby (INJ.), Patrice Bergeron or Max Pacioretty
34. Crosby (INJ.), Bergeron or Pacioretty
35. Semyon Varlamov or Igor Shesterkin
36. Varlamov or Shesterkin


37. Quinn Hughes or Elias Pettersson
38. Q. Hughes or Pettersson
39. Alex DeBrincat, Gabriel Landeskog or Mark Stone
40. DeBrincat, Landeskog or Stone
41. DeBrincat, Landeskog or Stone

42. Kyle Connor, Nikolaj Ehlers or Jake Guentzel (COVID-19 protocol)
43. Connor, Ehlers or Guentzel
44. Connor, Ehlers or Guentzel

45. John Tavares or Anze Kopitar
46. Tavares or Kopitar
47. Marc-Andre Fleury or Frederik Andersen
48. Fleury or Andersen


1st draft spot: 1, 24, 25, 48, etc.

2nd draft spot: 2 23, 26, 47, etc.

3rd draft spot: 3, 22, 27, 46, etc.

4th draft spot: 4, 21, 28, 45, etc.

5th draft spot: 5, 20, 29, 44, etc.

6th draft spot: 6, 19, 30, 43, etc.

7th draft spot: 7, 18, 31, 42, etc.

8th draft spot: 8, 17, 32, 41, etc.

9th draft spot: 9, 16, 33, 40, etc.

10th draft spot: 10, 15, 34, 39, etc.

11th draft spot: 11, 14, 35, 38, etc.

12th draft spot: 12, 13, 36, 37, etc.


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