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Fantasy forward top 100 rankings for 2019-20

Panarin among first 15 with Rangers; Guentzel eyes first power-play role after Kessel trade; Kadri, Hintz, Schmaltz join list

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Senior Fantasy Editor's fantasy hockey top 100 forward rankings are based on past production and expectations for the 2019-20 season in standard leagues. For more fantasy coverage, visit and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.


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Filip Forsberg, NSH -- The signing of center Matt Duchene gives Forsberg a higher fantasy ceiling. Duchene, who tied an NHL career-high 70 points (31 goals, 39 assists) and had 14 on the power play in 73 games with the Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets last season, should also help the Nashville Predators improve their power play, which was worst in the NHL. Forsberg, who could move to Duchene's line instead of his usual spot with Ryan Johansen, has excelled in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and had strong per-game stats last season but has never reached 65 points, making him a potential bargain ahead of what could be his best season yet.

Jake Guentzel, PIT -- The Pittsburgh Penguins trading right wing Phil Kessel to the Arizona Coyotes means Guentzel is poised for a first power-play role this season. Considering Guentzel led the Penguins with 40 goals on an even-strength line with elite center Sidney Crosby but played on mostly the second power play, Guentzel could reach a higher gear. Another candidate to take Kessel's spot on the first unit is forward Alex Galchenyuk, who was acquired from the Coyotes in the Kessel trade and is on the cusp of the top 100 rankings with renewed upside.



Nazem Kadri, COL -- The Colorado Avalanche acquired Kadri from the Toronto Maple Leafs to boost their secondary scoring. Kadri is also likely to be the fifth member on a power-play unit with elite forwards Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen (restricted free agent), Gabriel Landeskog and impact rookie defenseman Cale Makar. Kadri, who had consecutive 32-goal seasons in 2016-17 and 2017-18, joins the top 100 forward rankings and will at least provide strong category coverage of points, shots on goal and hits. If Kadri finds chemistry with fellow newcomer Andre Burakovsky, each could be a steal in the late rounds of a fantasy draft.

Roope Hintz, DAL -- There are a ton of possibilities for the Dallas Stars' top six and power-play combinations after signing versatile forward Joe Pavelski. But one thing is for sure; the fantasy stock of Hintz is on the rise regardless of whether Pavelski is on the first or second line. Hintz had mixed results as a rookie in the regular season but broke out for eight points (five goals, three assists) in 13 postseason games on a line with mostly right wing Mats Zuccarello, who signed with the Minnesota Wild in free agency. Hintz, whether he plays center or wing on the second line, is guaranteed to play with either Pavelski, Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn or Alexander Radulov at even strength and joins the top 100 rankings with sleeper appeal.



Standard fantasy categories include goals, assists, plus/minus, power-play points, shots on goal and hits for skaters. Forward positions indicate Yahoo eligibility from last season (subject to change in offseason). ... Value has been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past production, projected line combinations, power-play usage, injury history, sleeper upside, anticipated regression or bounce-back candidacy, age and contract status (UFA: *; RFA: **). ... INJ. indicates player with injury concern.

1. Nikita Kucherov, RW, TBL (SAME)
2. Alex Ovechkin, LW, WSH (SAME)
3. Connor McDavid, C, EDM (SAME; INJ.)
4. Nathan MacKinnon, C, COL (SAME)
5. Patrick Kane, RW, CHI (+1)
6. Brad Marchand, LW, BOS (-1; INJ.)
7. Leon Draisaitl, C/LW, EDM (SAME)
8. David Pastrnak, RW, BOS (SAME; INJ.)
9. Sidney Crosby, C, PIT (+1)
10. Auston Matthews, C, TOR (-1)
11. Mitchell Marner, RW, TOR** (SAME)
12. Mikko Rantanen, RW, COL** (SAME)
13. Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA (+3)
14. Johnny Gaudreau, LW, CGY (SAME)
15. Artemi Panarin, LW, NYR (+5)
16. Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS (-3; INJ.)
17. Tyler Seguin, C, DAL (-2)
18. John Tavares, C, TOR (-1)
19. Taylor Hall, LW, NJD (+2; INJ.)
20. Steven Stamkos, C, TBL (-2)
21. Blake Wheeler, RW, WPG (-2)
22. Elias Pettersson, C, VAN (SAME)
23. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL (SAME)
24. Brayden Point, C, TBL** (SAME)
25. Sebastian Aho, C, CAR (SAME)
26. Claude Giroux, C/LW/RW, PHI (+3)
27. Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT (-1)
28. Mark Scheifele, C, WPG (-1)
29. Patrik Laine, LW/RW, WPG** (-1; INJ.)
30. Jake Guentzel, LW/RW, PIT (+10)
31. Matthew Tkachuk, LW, CGY** (SAME)
32. Gabriel Landeskog, LW, COL (-2)
33. Jack Eichel, C, BUF (SAME)
34. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH (-2)
35. Alex DeBrincat, LW/RW, CHI (-1)
36. Mark Stone, RW, VGK (+1)
37. Alexander Radulov, RW, DAL (-1)
38. Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, FLA (+1)
39. Filip Forsberg, LW, NSH (+2)
40. Phil Kessel, RW, ARI (+4)
41. Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH (+1)
42. Sean Monahan, C, CGY (-4)
43. Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR (+2)
44. Jamie Benn, C/LW, DAL (+2)
45. Max Pacioretty, LW, VGK (+2)
46. Logan Couture, C, SJS (+2)
47. Brock Boeser, RW, VAN** (-4)
48. Tomas Hertl, C/LW, SJS (+4; INJ.)
49. Timo Meier, LW/RW, SJS (+4)
50. Jonathan Marchessault, C/LW, VGK (+1)
51. Jakub Voracek, RW, PHI (-1)
52. Matt Duchene, C, NSH (+3)
53. Joe Pavelski, C/RW, DAL (+5; INJ.)
54. Sean Couturier, C, PHI (-5)
55. Jonathan Toews, C, CHI (-1)
56. Viktor Arvidsson, LW/RW, NSH (+3)
57. Dylan Larkin, C, DET (-22)
58. Teuvo Teravainen, LW/RW, CAR (-2)
59. Ryan O'Reilly, C, STL (-2)
60. Evgenii Dadonov, LW/RW, FLA (+2)
61. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C/LW, EDM (-1)
62. Tom Wilson, RW, WSH (-1)
63. Jack Hughes, C, NJD (SAME)
64. Mathew Barzal, C, NYI (SAME)
65. William Nylander, C/RW, TOR (+4)
66. Kaapo Kakko, RW, NYR (+4)
67. Clayton Keller, LW/RW, ARI (+20)
68. Kyle Connor, LW, WPG** (-1)
69. Brayden Schenn, C/LW, STL (-4)
70. Elias Lindholm, C/RW, CGY (-4)
71. Jeff Skinner, C/LW, BUF (-3)
72. Cam Atkinson, RW, CBJ (-1)
73. Mike Hoffman, LW/RW, FLA (+1)
74. Brendan Gallagher, RW, MTL (-2)
75. Evander Kane, LW, SJS (-2)
76. Anze Kopitar, C, LAK (-1)
77. Rickard Rakell, LW/RW, ANA (-1)
78. Kyle Palmieri, RW, NJD (+7)
79. Dylan Strome, C, CHI (-2)
80. Paul Stastny, C, VGK (+4)
81. William Karlsson, C, VGK (-3)
82. Max Domi, C/LW, MTL (-1)
83. T.J. Oshie, RW, WSH (-1; INJ.)
84. Bo Horvat, C, VAN (-5)
85. Andrei Svechnikov, LW/RW, CAR (-2)
86. Mats Zuccarello, RW, MIN (+2)
87. Anthony Mantha, LW/RW, DET (+8)
88. Pierre-Luc Dubois, C, CBJ (+2)
89. Vincent Trocheck, C, FLA (+8)
90. James van Riemsdyk, LW, PHI (+8)
91. Chris Kreider, LW, NYR (-5)
92. Reilly Smith, RW, VGK (-12)
93. Nazem Kadri, C, COL (NEW)
94. Ryan Johansen, C, NSH (-2)
95. Brady Tkachuk, LW, OTT (+1)
96. Mikael Granlund, LW/RW, NSH (-3)
97. Jordan Eberle, RW, NYI (+2)
98. Roope Hintz, C/LW, DAL (NEW)
99. J.T. Miller, LW/RW, VAN (+1)
100. Nick Schmaltz, C/LW, ARI (NEW - INJ.)

Dropped out: David Krejci, C, BOS; Jaden Schwartz, LW, STL; Nino Niederreiter, LW/RW, CAR 

Just missed: Nico Hischier, C, NJD; Nikolaj Ehlers, LW/RW, WPG; Patric Hornqvist, RW, PIT; Alex Galchenyuk, C/LW, PIT; Zach Parise, LW, MIN; Anders Lee, LW, NYI; Dustin Brown, RW, LAK; Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANA; Jake DeBrusk, LW/RW, BOS; Gustav Nyquist, LW/RW, CBJ; David Perron, LW/RW, STL; Sam Reinhart, C/RW, BUF; Tyler Bertuzzi, LW/RW, DET; Andreas Johnsson, LW/RW, TOR; Marcus Johansson, LW, BUF; Max Comtois, LW, ANA; Ryan Donato, LW/RW, MIN; Yanni Gourde, LW/RW, TBL; Kevin Labanc, LW/RW, SJS; Ondrej Kase, RW, ANA; Jakub Vrana, LW, WSH; Nikita Gusev, LW, NJD

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