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Fantasy hockey mock draft 1.0 for 2019-20

Bobrovsky third goalie taken; Subban fourth defenseman; Rielly, Barrie go back to back for Maple Leafs; Vegas top line among intriguing stacks

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy / has conducted an early fantasy hockey mock draft (12 teams, 192 players) with Pete Jensen, Rob Reese and David Satriano. For more fantasy coverage, visit and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.


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NOTES: This is a non-keeper mock draft with standard categories (goals, assists, plus/minus, power-play points, shots on goal and hits for skaters; wins, goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts for goalies). Positions indicate Yahoo eligibility from last season (subject to change this offseason). … Unrestricted (*) and restricted (**) free agents are noted. ... PJ, RR and DS indicate the name of the writer (Pete Jensen, Rob Reese or David Satriano) who selected each respective team (T1-T12).


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1. Nikita Kucherov, RW, TBL (DS; Team 1)
2. Connor McDavid, C, EDM (RR; T2)
3. Alex Ovechkin, LW, WSH (PJ; T3)
4. Patrick Kane, RW, CHI (DS; T4)
5. Nathan MacKinnon, C, COL (RR; T5)
6. Brent Burns, D, SJS (PJ; T6)
7. Sidney Crosby, C, PIT (DS; T7)
8. Auston Matthews, C, TOR (RR; T8)
9. Brad Marchand, LW, BOS (PJ; T9)
10. Ben Bishop, G, DAL (DS; T10)
11. Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, TBL (RR; T11)
12. Leon Draisaitl, C/LW/RW, EDM (PJ; T12)

Analysis: Kucherov went first over McDavid, even after not scoring a goal in the Tampa Bay Lightning's first-round Stanley Cup Playoff exit. … Bishop was the first goalie selected over Vaislevisky, who won the Vezina Trophy in 2019, with each going before the end of the opening round. … Burns, the first defenseman selected, was better than a point per game last season but a surprising pick at No. 6 after Erik Karlsson re-signed with the San Jose Sharks. ... Marchand fell to ninth after the Boston Bruins' long postseason run, during which he sustained multiple injuries.


13. Erik Karlsson, D, SJS (PJ; T12)
14. Sergei Bobrovsky, G, FLA (RR; T11)
15. Mitchell Marner, C/RW, TOR** (DS; T10)
16. David Pastrnak, RW, BOS (PJ; T9)
17. John Tavares, C, TOR (RR; T8)
18. Victor Hedman, D, TBL (DS; T7)
19. Artemi Panarin, LW, NYR (PJ; T6)
20. Mikko Rantanen, RW, COL** (RR; T5)
21. Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS (DS; T4)
22. Marc-Andre Fleury, G, VGK (PJ; T3)
23. Johnny Gaudreau, LW, CGY (RR; T2)
24. Tuukka Rask, G, BOS (DS; T1)

Analysis: Karlsson, the top-ranked defenseman by, led off the second round. … Bobrovsky went much higher than his previous rank (45) after signing with the Florida Panthers and was drafted by the team that selected Vasilevskiy in the first round … Panarin went among the top 20 after signing with the New York Rangers. … Elite stacks completed this round include Tavares with Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs), Marchand with Pastrnak (Bruins) and MacKinnon with Rantanen (Colorado Avalanche).


25. Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA (DS; T1)
26. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL (RR; T2)
27. Taylor Hall, LW, NJD (PJ; T3)
28. Blake Wheeler, C/RW, WPG (DS; T4)
29. Tyler Seguin, C, DAL (RR; T5)
30. Steven Stamkos, C/RW, TBL (PJ; T6)
31. Sebastian Aho, C/LW/RW, CAR** (DS; T7)
32. Frederik Andersen, G, TOR (RR; T8)
33. Elias Pettersson, C, VAN (PJ; T9)
34. P.K. Subban, D, NJD (DS; T10)
35. Brayden Point, C, TBL** (RR; T11)
36. Pekka Rinne, G, NSH (PJ; T12)

Analysis: Barkov, fresh off a 96-point season (highest total in Florida Panthers history), provides great value outside the first two rounds. … The team that drafted Ovechkin in the first round took Hall, another elite left wing, in the third. … Stamkos fell to 30th after the Lightning's underwhelming postseason but still brings exposure to Kucherov and Hedman on the power play. … Subban was the fourth defenseman taken and is a lock to play with Hall on the New Jersey Devils' first power play.


37. John Gibson, G, ANA (PJ; T12)
38. John Carlson, D, WSH (RR; T11)
39. Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT (DS; T10)
40. Claude Giroux, C/LW/RW, PHI (PJ; T9)
41. Patrik Laine, LW/RW, WPG** (RR; T8)
42. Jordan Binnington, G, STL (DS; T7)
43. Mark Stone, RW, VGK (PJ; T6)
44. Carey Price, G, MTL (RR; T5)
45. Morgan Rielly, D, TOR (DS; T4)
46. Tyson Barrie, D, TOR (PJ; T3)
47. Braden Holtby, G, WSH (RR; T2)
48. Jack Eichel, C, BUF (DS; T1)

Analysis: Gibson was selected higher than anticipated in the hope that the Anaheim Ducks will bounce back under new coach Dallas Eakins. … Malkin, better than a point per game in his NHL career, was good value at 39th. … Binnington, who led the St. Louis Blues to a Stanley Cup title as a rookie, went lower than expected (ninth among goalies). … Rielly, who led NHL defensemen in goals last season (20), fell to 45th after the Maple Leafs traded for Barrie, who was taken with the following pick. They went sixth and seventh among defensemen and are expected to compete for first power-play usage.


49. Seth Jones, D, CBJ (DS; T1)
50. Roman Josi, D, NSH (RR; T2)
51. Mark Scheifele, C, WPG (PJ; T3)
52. Gabriel Landeskog, LW, COL (DS; T4)
53. Dustin Byfuglien, D, WPG (RR; T5)
54. John Klingberg, D, DAL (PJ; T6)
55. Jake Guentzel, C/LW/RW, PIT (DS; T7)
56. Kris Letang, D, PIT (RR; T8)
57. Matt Murray, G, PIT (PJ; T9)
58. Filip Forsberg, LW, NSH (DS; T10)
59. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH (RR; T11)
60. Alex DeBrincat, LW/RW, CHI (PJ; T12)

Analysis: Josi was picked among the top 50 and remains a safe bet in this range after the departure of Subban and addition of center Matt Duchene. … Guentzel could repeat or build upon his 40-goal season in a likely full-time, top power-play role after right wing Phil Kessel was traded to the Arizona Coyotes. Guentzel was stacked by the team that took Crosby earlier. Three straight Pittsburgh Penguins players were taken in the fifth round. … Jones was the first Columbus Blue Jackets player taken; Panarin, Bobrovsky and Duchene left in free agency. … Forsberg has a high ceiling with potential exposure to Duchene.


61. Phil Kessel, RW, ARI (PJ; T12)
62. Matthew Tkachuk, LW, CGY** (RR; T11)
63. Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH (DS; T10)
64. Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, FLA (PJ; T9)
65. Tomas Hertl, C/LW/RW, SJS (RR; T8)
66. Brock Boeser, RW, VAN** (DS; T7)
67. Carter Hart, G, PHI (PJ; T6)
68. Philipp Grubauer, G, COL (RR; T5)
69. Torey Krug, D, BOS (DS; T4)
70. Alexander Radulov, RW, DAL (PJ; T3)
71. Connor Hellebuyck, G, WPG (RR; T2)
72. Logan Couture, C/LW, SJS (DS; T1)

Analysis: Kessel led off the sixth round and has a chance to become the Coyotes' highest-scoring player of the past decade. … Tkachuk, nearly a point-per-game player last season, should return value in this range based on his elite category coverage, first power-play usage and left wing scarcity. … Hart and Grubauer were selected in the sixth round with the expectation each will be a full-time starter.


73. Timo Meier, LW/RW, SJS (DS; T1)
74. Sean Couturier, C, PHI (RR; T2)
75. Mark Giordano, D, CGY (PJ; T3)
76. Jonathan Marchessault, C/LW, VGK (DS; T4)
77. Keith Yandle, D, FLA (RR; T5)
78. Max Pacioretty, LW, VGK (PJ; T6)
79. Erik Gustafsson, D, CHI (DS; T7)
80. Martin Jones, G, SJS (RR; T8)
81. Alex Pietrangelo, D, STL (PJ; T9)
82. Teuvo Teravainen, LW/RW, CAR (DS; T10)
83. Shea Weber, D, MTL (RR; T11)
84. Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR (PJ; T12)

Analysis: Sharks linemates Couture and Meier, who could also play together on the first power play after Joe Pavelski signed with the Dallas Stars, were stacked on the wraparound. Four Sharks went in a span of 16 picks, and six San Jose players were taken among the first 80. … Pacioretty was stacked by the team that drafted his linemate Stone earlier. … Yandle can return serious value in this range with power-play exposure to Barkov and Huberdeau under new Panthers coach Joel Quenneville. ... Gustafsson is a sneaky defensemen to target among the top 100 overall on the Chicago Blackhawks' loaded first power play, led by Kane and DeBrincat. … Zibanejad will likely bring exposure to Panarin in most situations and is an attractive pick in middle rounds.


85. Jamie Benn, C/LW, DAL (PJ; T12)
86. Viktor Arvidsson, LW/RW, NSH (RR; T11)
87. Ryan O'Reilly, C, STL (DS; T10)
88. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI (PJ; T9)
89. Thomas Chabot, D, OTT (RR; T8)
90. Antti Raanta, G, ARI (DS; T7)
91. Matt Duchene, C, NSH (PJ; T6)
92. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C/LW, EDM (RR; T5)
93. Devan Dubnyk, G, MIN (DS; T4)
94. Jack Hughes, C, NJD (PJ; T3)
95. Matt Dumba, D, MIN (RR; T2)
96. Miro Heiskanen, D, DAL (DS; T1)

Analysis: Ekman-Larsson could be worth the reach here after the addition of Kessel and the expectation that the Coyotes will have a much better offense and power play. However, Raanta is a risky choice because of injury concerns and a potential competition with Darcy Kuemper. … Duchene was selected among the top 100 after signing with the Predators. It's unknown which line Duchene will center, but his multi-point potential any given night gives him a high ceiling. … Hughes, the first rookie selected, was stacked by the team that drafted Hall earlier. Even if the two don't end up skating on the same line, they'll likely be on the power play together.


97. Kaapo Kakko, LW/RW, NYR (DS; T1)
98. Kyle Connor, LW, WPG** (RR; T2)
99. Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYR (PJ; T3)
100. Joe Pavelski, C/RW, DAL (DS; T4)
101. Brendan Gallagher, RW, MTL (RR; T5)
102. Corey Crawford, G, CHI (PJ; T6)
103. Drew Doughty, D, LAK (DS; T7)
104. Jeff Skinner, C/LW, BUF (RR; T8)
105. Semyon Varlamov, G, NYI (PJ; T9)
106. Dougie Hamilton, D, CAR (DS; T10)
107. Evander Kane, LW, SJS (RR; T11)
108. Rasmus Dahlin, D, BUF (PJ; T12)

Analysis: Kakko, selected soon after Hughes, has a higher goal-scoring ceiling than the Devils center if the Rangers wing skates on the top line with Panarin and Zibanejad. Lundqvist was selected among the top 100 (higher than anticipated) for the improved Rangers despite his age (37) and declining statistics … Skinner, who scored an NHL career-high 40 goals this season, went outside the top 100 because of fantasy concerns surrounding the Buffalo Sabres. … The goalie position began to thin out in this range, making Varlamov an intriguing reach in New York Islanders coach Barry Trotz's defensive system. It's worth noting Varlamov went earlier than Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss.


109. Quinn Hughes, D, VAN (PJ; T12)
110. Tom Wilson, RW, WSH (RR; T11)
111. Robin Lehner, G, CHI (DS; T10)
112. Sean Monahan, C, CGY (PJ; T9)
113. Shayne Gostisbehere, D, PHI (RR; T8)
114. Cam Atkinson, RW, CBJ (DS; T7)
115. Jonathan Toews, C, CHI (PJ; T6)
116. Evgenii Dadonov, LW/RW, FLA (RR; T5)
117. Aaron Ekblad, D, FLA (DS; T4)
118. Cale Makar, D, COL (PJ; T3)
119. Charlie McAvoy, D, BOS** (RR; T2)
120. Jacob Trouba, D, NYR** (DS; T1)

Analysis: Hughes was selected just outside the top 100 and should see time on the top power-play unit with Pettersson and Boeser in his rookie season. … Wilson is worth selecting in this range based on top-line exposure to Ovechkin and hits coverage; he formed a Washington Capitals stack with Kuznetsov. … Lehner should be available in this range but is a risky standalone option and better suited as a handcuff to Crawford. … Makar, another rookie defenseman, was selected by the team that took Barrie, his former teammate. Trouba was the final selection this round and could finish among the 20 best defensemen after the Rangers' offseason improvements. … Atkinson was the first Blue Jackets forward taken in the mock draft. … Two 80-point scorers, Monahan (82) and Toews (81), fell to the 10th round.


121. Thomas Greiss, G, NYI (DS; T1)
122. Jakub Voracek, RW, PHI (RR; T2)
123. William Nylander, C/RW, TOR (PJ; T3)
124. Mike Hoffman, LW/RW, FLA (DS; T4)
125. Shea Theodore, D, VGK (RR; T5)
126. Rasmus Ristolainen, D, BUF (PJ; T6)
127. Rickard Rakell, C/LW/RW, ANA (DS; T7)
128. Kyle Palmieri, RW, NJD (RR; T8)
129. Ryan Suter, D, MIN (PJ; T9)
130. Zach Werenski, D, CBJ** (DS; T10)
131. Ryan Ellis, D, NSH (RR; T11)
132. Mathew Barzal, C, NYI (PJ; T12)

Analysis: Rakell was the first Ducks skater selected in the mock draft and has bounce-back appeal. Theodore, who brings exposure to the deep Vegas Golden Knights offense, is worth targeting in this range. … Palmieri has high power-play upside with exposure to Hall, Subban and Hughes. … Greiss was taken as a standalone option after new teammate Varlamov and former teammate Lehner went earlier. Two Islanders goalies were taken before their first skater (Barzal).


133. Dylan Larkin, C, DET (PJ; T12)
134. Mattias Ekholm, D, NSH (RR; T11)
135. Elias Lindholm, C/RW, CGY (DS; T10)
136. Mackenzie Blackwood, G, NJD (PJ; T9)
137. Ivan Provorov, D, PHI** (RR; T8)
138. Anze Kopitar, C, LAK (DS; T7)
139. Josh Morrissey, D, WPG (PJ; T6)
140. Oscar Klefbom, D, EDM (RR; T5)
141. Petr Mrazek, G, CAR (DS; T4)
142. Clayton Keller, C/LW/RW, ARI (PJ; T3)
143. Mikhail Sergachev, D, TBL (RR; T2)
144. William Karlsson, C/LW, VGK (DS; T1)

Analysis: Larkin, who broke out for 73 points in 76 games, fell outside the top 130 based on the abundance of center-only options. … Ekholm was selected by the team that took fellow Predators defenseman Ellis in the previous round. … Blackwood, the first rookie-eligible goalie taken, could emerge as the starter over Cory Schneider. … Morrissey has sleeper appeal after the Winnipeg Jets traded Trouba and Tyler Myers signed with the Vancouver Canucks in free agency. … Keller brings potential exposure to Kessel in late rounds.


145. Colton Parayko, D, STL (DS; T1)
146. Brady Tkachuk, LW, OTT (RR; T2)
147. Jake Muzzin, D, TOR (PJ; T3)
148. Alexander Edler, D, VAN (DS; T4)
149. David Rittich, G, CGY (RR; T5)
150. Paul Stastny, C, VGK (PJ; T6)
151. J.T. Miller, C/LW/RW, VAN (DS; T7)
152. Cory Schneider, G, NJD (RR; T8)
153. Filip Hronek, D, DET (PJ; T9)
154. Jonathan Quick, G, LAK (DS; T10)
155. Juuse Saros, G, NSH (RR; T11)
156. Dylan Strome, C, CHI (PJ; T12)

Analysis: The Golden Knights' top line was stacked by one team after Stastny went this round, an intriguing strategy for preseason drafts. … Miller has sleeper appeal after being acquired by the Canucks. … Strome was stacked by the team that selected his linemate DeBrincat earlier. … Quick, a once-elite goalie available much later than usual, is a potential draft bargain if the Los Angeles Kings drastically improve under new coach Todd McLellan.


157. Anthony Mantha, LW/RW, DET (PJ; T12)
158. Nazem Kadri, C, COL (RR; T11)
159. Ryan McDonagh, D, TBL (DS; T10)
160. Brayden Schenn, C/LW, STL (PJ; T9)
161. James van Riemsdyk, LW, PHI (RR; T8)
162. Vince Dunn, D, STL (DS; T7)
163. Darcy Kuemper, G, ARI (PJ; T6)
164. T.J. Oshie, RW, WSH (RR; T5)
165. Jacob Markstrom, G, VAN (DS; T4)
166. Andrei Svechnikov, LW/RW, CAR (PJ; T3)
167. Mikko Koskinen, G, EDM (RR; T2)
168. Justin Faulk, D, CAR (DS; T1)

Analysis: If Kadri returns to 30-goal form with the Avalanche, he would be a steal outside the top 150 because of his category coverage. … Van Riemsdyk is a late-round gem with 40-goal potential for the improved Philadelphia Flyers with center Kevin Hayes under new coach Alain Vigneault. … Mantha was stacked by the team that took Larkin earlier, and Koskinen, who has deep sleeper upside under new coach Dave Tippett, went to the team that took McDavid in the first round.


169. Alexandar Georgiev, G, NYR (DS; T1)
170. Erik Brannstrom, D, OTT (RR; T2)
171. Devon Toews, D, NYI (PJ; T3)
172. Roope Hintz, C/LW, DAL (DS; T4)
173. Pavel Buchnevich, RW, NYR (RR; T5)
174. Max Domi, C/LW, MTL (PJ; T6)
175. Tyler Myers, D, VAN (DS; T7)
176. Ryan Johansen, C, NSH (RR; T8)
177. Alex Galchenyuk, C/LW, PIT (PJ; T9)
178. Mike Green, D, DET (DS; T10)
179. Ondrej Kase, RW, ANA (RR; T11)
180. Ryan Pulock, D, NYI (PJ; T12)

Analysis: Brannstrom is a sneaky rookie option if he plays big minutes for the Ottawa Senators. … Kase is an injury bounce-back candidate to target in this range with 30-goal upside. It's worth noting veteran center Ryan Getzlaf went undrafted in this mock. … Georgiev, the first player taken who was not ranked in the latest top 250, will have a chance to steal playing time from Lundqvist. … Myers was the third Canucks defenseman taken in this mock draft. … Galchenyuk has sleeper potential with the Penguins if he plays with Crosby or Malkin.


181. Samuel Girard, D, COL (PJ; T12)
182. Adam Fox, D, NYR (RR; T11)
183. Nikolaj Ehlers, LW/RW, WPG (DS; T10)
184. Mats Zuccarello, RW, MIN (PJ; T9)
185. Jeff Petry, D, MTL (RR; T8)
186. Jimmy Howard, G, DET (DS; T7)
187. Vincent Trocheck, C, FLA (PJ; T6)
188. Travis Sanheim, D, PHI (RR; T5)
189. Cam Fowler, D, ANA (DS; T4)
190. Elvis Merzlikins, G, CBJ (PJ; T3)
191. Pierre-Luc Dubois, C/LW, CBJ (RR; T2)
192. Alexandre Texier, LW, CBJ (DS; T1)

Analysis: Fox could compete for power-play time in his rookie season with the Rangers, potentially bringing exposure to Panarin, Zibanejad and Kakko. … Howard is a rare No. 1 goalie available this late in drafts. … Dubois fell to the final round after the departure of Panarin, Duchene and Bobrovsky. Three straight Blue Jackets players closed out the mock draft. … Zuccarello was the only Minnesota Wild forward taken.


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