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Pacific Division fantasy preview for 2019-20

Golden Knights have loaded roster for next season; Canucks, Oilers offer sleeper options

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

NHL.com previews the offseason ahead for the eight Pacific 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 PACIFIC DIVISION

1. Connor McDavid, C, EDM (rank: 3)
2. Leon Draisaitl, C/LW/RW, EDM (7)
3. Brent Burns, D, SJS (14)
4. Johnny Gaudreau, LW, CGY (17)
5. Marc-Andre Fleury, G, VGK (22)
6. Erik Karlsson, D, SJS (35)
7. Elias Pettersson, C, VAN (36)
8. Matthew Tkachuk, LW, CGY (40)
9. Mark Stone, RW, VGK (50)
10. Mark Giordano, D, CGY (53)

Highest ranked players from other Pacific Division teams: ANA: John Gibson, G, (90); ARI: Antti Raanta, G, (107); LAK: Anze Kopitar, C (111)

 

PLAYERS FROM EACH TEAM IN TOP 250 RANKINGS

SJS: 11
VGK: 10
CGY: 9
ANA: 8
EDM: 7
VAN: 7
ARI: 6
LAK: 4

 

PLAYERS ON EARLY OFFSEASON LISTS

ANA: John Gibson, Rickard Rakell and Ryan Getzlaf (bounce-backs); Ondrej Kase (injury bounce-back); Jakob Silfverberg (sleeper); Max Comtois and Sam Steel (rookies)

ARI: Clayton Keller (bounce-back); Antti Raanta and Nick Schmaltz (injury bounce-backs); Alex Galchenyuk and Darcy Kuemper (sleepers)

CGY: David Rittich (breakout); Sam Bennett (deep sleeper); Elias Lindholm (buyer beware)

EDM: Oscar Klefbom (injury bounce-back); Zack Kassian (sleeper); Mikko Koskinen and Kailer Yamamoto (deep sleepers); Ethan Bear and Caleb Jones (rookies)

LAK: Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty (bounce-backs); Jonathan Quick (injury bounce-back); Carl Grundstrom (rookie)

SJS: Martin Jones (bounce-back)

VAN: Alexander Edler and Jacob Markstrom (sleepers), Sven Baertschi (deep sleeper); Quinn Hughes and Thatcher Demko (rookies)

VGK: William Karlsson (bounce-back); Max Pacioretty and Paul Stastny (injury bounce-backs); Shea Theodore (breakout); Nikita Gusev (deep sleeper)

Coaching changes: ANA (TBD); EDM (Dave Tippett); LAK (Todd McLellan)

 

NOTABLE POTENTIAL UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

CGY: Mike Smith, G

SJS: Joe Pavelski, C/RW; Gustav Nyquist, LW/RW; Joe Thornton, C

N/A: ANA; ARI; EDM; LAK; VAN; VGK

 

FIRST ROUND PICKS IN 2019 NHL DRAFT

LAK: No. 5; acquired No. 22 pick from TOR
EDM: No. 8
ANA: No. 9
VAN: No. 10
ARI: No. 14
VGK: No. 17
CGY: No. 26
SJS: No. 29

 

INJURY CONCERNS

ANA: Ondrej Kase, RW (shoulder)

ARI: Antti Raanta, G (lower body); Nick Schmaltz, C/LW (lower body)

EDM: Connor McDavid, C (knee

SJS: Erik Karlsson, D (groin); Tomas Hertl, C/LW/RW (undisclosed); Joe Pavelski, C/RW (undisclosed)

N/A: CGY; LAK; VAN; VGK

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