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MassMutual East 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 MassMutual East 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 | West | Central

Projections: Goalie / team wins; standings forecast

 

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TOP 25 FANTASY PLAYERS FROM EAST DIVISION

1. Artemi Panarin, LW, NYR
2. Alex Ovechkin, LW, WSH
3. Brad Marchand, LW, BOS
4. Sidney Crosby, C, PIT
5. Jack Eichel, C, BUF
6. Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR
7. David Pastrnak, RW, BOS (INJ.)❗
8. John Carlson, D, WSH
9. Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT
10. Tuukka Rask, G, BOS
11. Carter Hart, G, PHI
12. Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS
13. Jake Guentzel, LW/RW, PIT
14. Igor Shesterkin, G, NYR
15. Taylor Hall, LW, BUF
16. Ilya Samsonov, G, WSH
17. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH
18. Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH
19. Mathew Barzal, C, NYI
20. Sean Couturier, C, PHI
21. Claude Giroux, C/LW, PHI
22. Tom Wilson, RW, WSH
23. Kris Letang, D, PIT
24. Semyon Varlamov, G, NYI
25. T.J. Oshie, RW, WSH

NOTE: Pastrnak could miss the start of the season after offseason surgeries

Other valuable fantasy players from East Division: Chris Kreider, LW, NYR; Alexis Lafreniere, LW, NYR; Rasmus Dahlin, D, BUF; Ivan Provorov, D, PHI; Tristan Jarry, G, PIT

Highest ranked player from other East Division team: NJD: Nikita Gusev, LW/RW (160)

READ: Full fantasy top 250 player rankings

 

PLAYERS FROM EACH TEAM IN TOP 250:

NYR: 12

BOS: 11

NYI: 9

WSH: 9

BUF: 9

PHI: 8

PIT: 8

NJD: 5

NOTE: Washington's player total does not include goalie Henrik Lundqvist (out for season).

 

PLAYERS ON PRESEASON FANTASY LISTS

BOS: Charlie McAvoy, D (breakout); Jake DeBrusk, LW/RW (sleeper); Matt Grzelcyk, D, and Craig Smith, RW (deep sleeper)

BUF: Victor Olofsson, LW/RW (breakout); Jeff Skinner, LW, and Rasmus Ristolainen, D (bounce-back); Linus Ullmark, G (deep sleeper)

NJD: Nikita Gusev, LW (breakout); Jack Hughes, C/LW (sleeper); Mackenzie Blackwood, G and Sami Vatanen, D (deep sleeper); P.K. Subban (bounce-back)

NYI: Anthony Beauvillier, LW, and Ryan Pulock, D (sleeper)

NYR: Adam Fox, D (breakout); Alexandar Georgiev, G (sleeper); Kaapo Kakko, RW (deep sleeper)

PHI: Joel Farabee, LW/RW (breakout); Oskar Lindblom, LW, and Travis Sanheim, D (deep sleeper)

PIT: Tristan Jarry, G (breakout); Kasperi Kapanen, LW/RW (sleeper); John Marino, D (deep sleeper)

WSH: Ilya Samsonov, G, and Jakub Vrana, LW (breakout); Justin Schultz, D (deep sleeper)

 

NOTABLE POTENTIAL 2021 UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

BOS: Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak, G; David Krejci, C

BUF: Taylor Hall, LW; Eric Staal, C; Linus Ullmark, G

NJD: Nikita Gusev, LW; Kyle Palmieri, RW

WSH: Alex Ovechkin, LW

 

NOTABLE ROOKIE-ELIGIBLE PLAYERS

BOS: Jack Studnicka, C

BUF: Dylan Cozens, C

NJD: Ty Smith, D

NYI: Ilya Sorokin, G

NYR: Igor Shesterkin, G; Alexis Lafreniere, LW

PHI: Morgan Frost, C

WSH: Vitek Vanecek, G

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