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Metropolitan Division fantasy preview for 2019-20

Flyers lead group with 11 players in top 250; Rangers, Devils carry bounce-back appeal

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

NHL.com previews the offseason ahead for the eight Metropolitan Division teams and their fantasy-relevant players. For more fantasy hockey coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy.

 

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TOP 10 FANTASY PLAYERS IN METROPOLITAN DIVISION

1. Alex Ovechkin, LW, WSH (rank: 2)
2. Sidney Crosby, C, PIT (10)
3. Artemi Panarin, LW, CBJ (25)
4. John Carlson, D, WSH (29)
5. Sebastian Aho, C, CAR (31)
6. Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT (32)
7. Claude Giroux, C/LW/RW, PHI (38)
8. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH (41)
9. Kris Letang, D, PIT (44)
10. Sergei Bobrovsky, G, CBJ (51)

Highest ranked players from other Metropolitan Division teams: NJD: Taylor Hall, LW (57); NYR: Mika Zibanejad, C (72); NYI: Mathew Barzal, C (102)

 

PLAYERS FROM EACH TEAM IN TOP 250 RANKINGS

PHI: 11
CAR: 9
CBJ: 8
PIT: 8
WSH: 8
NYI: 8
NYR: 5
NJD: 4

 

PLAYERS ON EARLY OFFSEASON LISTS

CAR: Andrei Svechnikov (breakout); Martin Necas (rookie)

CBJ: Oliver Bjorkstrand (deep sleeper); Alexandre Texier and Elvis Merzlikins (rookies)

NJD: Taylor Hall (injury bounce-back); Nico Hischier (breakout); Cory Schneider (sleeper); Jesper Bratt (deep sleeper); Mackenzie Blackwood (rookie)

NYI: Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle (bounce-backs); Devon Toews (deep sleeper)

NYR: Henrik Lundqvist (bounce-back); Pavel Buchnevich and Alexandar Georgiev (deep sleepers); Vitali Kravtsov and Adam Fox (rookies)

PHI: Shayne Gostisbehere and Ivan Provorov (bounce-backs); Carter Hart and Travis Konecny (breakouts); Oskar Lindblom (sleeper)

PIT: Justin Schultz (injury bounce-back)

WSH: Tom Wilson and Jakub Vrana (breakouts)

Coaching changes: PHI (Alain Vigneault)

Note: The projected top two picks in the 2019 NHL Draft, Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko, are expected to be drafted by Metropolitan Division teams (NJD, NYR).

 

NOTABLE POTENTIAL UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

CAR: Petr Mrazek, G; Justin Williams, RW; Micheal Ferland, LW/RW; Curtis McElhinney, G

CBJ: Artemi Panarin, LW; Sergei Bobrovsky, G; Matt Duchene, C; Ryan Dzingel, LW/RW

NYI: Robin Lehner, G; Anders Lee, LW

PHI: Brian Elliott, G; Cam Talbot, G

N/A: NJD; NYR; PIT; WSH

 

FIRST ROUND PICKS IN 2019 NHL DRAFT

NJD: No. 1
NYR: No. 2
PHI: No. 11
PIT: No. 21
NYI: No. 23
WSH: No. 25
CAR: No. 28
CBJ: None; traded No. 19 pick to OTT

 

INJURY CONCERNS

NJD: Taylor Hall, LW (knee)

WSH: T.J. Oshie, RW (fractured clavicle)

N/A: CAR; CBJ; NYI; NYR; PHI; PIT

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