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Discover Central Division fantasy rankings for 2020-21

NHL.com previews group of eight teams with top 25 players, cheat sheet, podcast

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

NHL.com previews the Discover Central Division with fantasy hockey rankings, a draft cheat sheet and podcast episode. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

 

MORE FANTASY COVERAGE: Top 250

Mock draft | Draft strategy | Cheat sheet

More divisions: North | East | West

Projections: Goalie / team wins; standings forecast

 

TOP 25 FANTASY PLAYERS FROM CENTRAL DIVISION

1. Andrei Svechnikov, LW/RW, CAR
2. Sebastian Aho, C, CAR
3. Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, TBL
4. Patrick Kane, RW, CHI
5. Brayden Point, C, TBL
6. Victor Hedman, D, TBL
7. Dougie Hamilton, D, CAR
8. Roman Josi, D, NSH
9. Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, FLA
10. Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA
11. Steven Stamkos, LW/RW, TBL
12. Teuvo Teravainen, LW/RW, CAR
13. Miro Heiskanen, D, DAL
14. Seth Jones, D, CBJ
15. Zach Werenski, D, CBJ
16. Filip Forsberg, LW, NSH
17. John Klingberg, D, DAL
18. Pierre-Luc Dubois, C, CBJ
19. Alexander Radulov, LW/RW, DAL
20. Anton Khudobin, G, DAL
21. Jamie Benn, C/LW, DAL
22. Joonas Korpisalo, G, CBJ
23. Elvis Merzlikins, G, CBJ
24. Denis Gurianov, LW/RW, DAL 
25. Ondrej Palat, LW, TBL

Other valuable fantasy players from Central Division: Oliver Bjorkstrand, LW/RW, CBJ; Aaron Ekblad, D, FLA; Sergei Bobrovsky, G, FLA; Dominik Kubalik, LW/RW, CHI; Cam Atkinson, RW, CBJ;

Highest ranked players from other Central Division team: DET: Anthony Mantha, LW/RW

READ: Full fantasy top 250 player rankings

 

PLAYERS FROM EACH TEAM IN TOP 250:

DAL: 9

TBL: 8

CAR: 8

CBJ: 8

FLA: 8

NSH: 6

CHI: 4

DET: 3

INJURY NOTES: Tampa Bay's player total does not include right wing Nikita Kucherov (hip injury; out for entire regular season); Dallas' player total does not include goalie Ben Bishop and forward Tyler Seguin (long-term injuries). Chicago's player total does not include center Jonathan Toews (medical issue; out indefinitely) or Kirby Dach (wrist).

 

PLAYERS ON PRESEASON FANTASY LISTS

CAR: Martin Necas, C/RW (deep sleeper)

CBJ: Seth Jones, D, Cam Atkinson, RW, and Max Domi, C/LW (bounce-back); Elvis Merzlikins, G (breakout); Oliver Bjorkstrand, LW/RW (sleeper)

CHI: Alex DeBrincat, LW/RW (bounce-back); Adam Boqvist, D (deep sleeper)

DAL: Alexander Radulov, LW/RW (bounce-back); Denis Gurianov, LW/RW (breakout); Roope Hintz, C/LW (sleeper)

DET: Anthony Mantha, LW/RW (breakout); Filip Hronek, D, and Filip Zadina, LW/RW (deep sleeper)

FLA: Sergei Bobrovsky, G (bounce-back); Anthony Duclair, LW/RW (deep sleeper)

NSH: Matt Duchene, C/RW, and Viktor Arvidsson, LW/RW (bounce-back); Juuse Saros, G (breakout)

TBL: Mikhail Sergachev, D (breakout); Anthony Cirelli, C (deep sleeper)

 

NOTABLE POTENTIAL 2021 UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

CAR: Dougie Hamilton, D; Petr Mrazek and James Reimer, G

FLA: Anthony Duclair, LW/RW

 

NOTABLE ROOKIE-ELIGIBLE PLAYERS

CBJ: Liam Foudy, C

DAL: Joel Kiviranta, RW; Jake Oettinger, G

FLA: Grigori Denisenko, LW; Owen Tippett, RW

NSH: Eeli Tolvanen, RW

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