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Fantasy hockey top 100 forward rankings

Best options at position, including potential 2021 UFAs, RFAs; podcast analysis

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

NHL.com ranks the top 100 forwards for fantasy hockey pools in the 2020-21 season. For more coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

 

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FANTASY TOP 100 FORWARDS

Standard fantasy categories include goals, assists, plus/minus, power-play points, shots on goal and hits for skaters. Value has been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past production in the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs, line combinations, power-play usage, injury history or concern (INJ. - players who could miss start of season; DTD: day to day), age, contract status (potential 2021 unrestricted free agents: *; potential 2021 restricted free agents: **) and overall upside for the upcoming season. Positions indicate eligibility for 2020-21. These rankings are a collaborative effort by Pete Jensen and Rob Reese.

1. Nathan MacKinnon, C, COL
2. Connor McDavid, C, EDM
3. Leon Draisaitl, C/LW, EDM
4. Auston Matthews, C, TOR
5. Artemi Panarin, LW, NYR
6. Alex Ovechkin, LW, WSH*
7. Brad Marchand, LW, BOS
8. Sidney Crosby, C, PIT
9. Mikko Rantanen, RW, COL
10. Jack Eichel, C, BUF
11. Andrei Svechnikov, LW/RW, CAR**
12. Sebastian Aho, C, CAR
13. David Pastrnak, RW, BOS (INJ.)
14. Elias Pettersson, C, VAN**
15. Patrick Kane, RW, CHI
16. Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR
17. Brayden Point, C, TBL
18. Mitchell Marner, RW, TOR
19. Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT
20. Matthew Tkachuk, LW/RW, CGY
21. Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS
22. Gabriel Landeskog, C/LW, COL*
23. Jake Guentzel, LW/RW, PIT
24. J.T. Miller, LW/RW, VAN (DTD)
25. Patrik Laine, LW/RW, WPG**
26. Mark Scheifele, C, WPG
27. Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, FLA
28. Kyle Connor, LW, WPG
29. John Tavares, C, TOR
30. Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA
31. Steven Stamkos, LW/RW, TBL
32. Taylor Hall, LW, BUF*
33. Johnny Gaudreau, LW/RW, CGY
34. Max Pacioretty, LW, VGK
35. Brady Tkachuk, LW, OTT**
36. Mark Stone, RW, VGK
37. Blake Wheeler, C/RW, WPG
38. Ryan O'Reilly, C, STL
39. Teuvo Teravainen, LW/RW, CAR
40. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH
41. Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH
42. Mathew Barzal, C, NYI
43. Sean Couturier, C, PHI
44. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C/LW, EDM*
45. Anze Kopitar, C, LAK
46. Claude Giroux, C/LW, PHI
47. Nazem Kadri, C, COL
48. Brayden Schenn, C/RW, STL
49. Tom Wilson, RW, WSH
50. Bo Horvat, C, VAN
51. William Nylander, LW/RW, TOR
52. Kevin Fiala, LW/RW, MIN**
53. Brock Boeser, RW, VAN
54. Andre Burakovsky, LW/RW, COL
55. Filip Forsberg, LW, NSH
56. T.J. Oshie, RW, WSH
57. Elias Lindholm, C/RW, CGY
58. Chris Kreider, LW, NYR
59. Alexis Lafreniere, LW, NYR
60. Pierre-Luc Dubois, C, CBJ
61. David Perron, LW/RW, STL
62. Alexander Radulov, LW/RW, DAL
63. Kirill Kaprizov, LW, MIN**
64. Tomas Hertl, C/LW, SJS
65. Victor Olofsson, LW/RW, BUF
66. Brendan Gallagher, RW, MTL
67. Bryan Rust, LW/RW, PIT
68. Jakub Vrana, LW, WSH**
69. Jamie Benn, C/LW, DAL
70. Jonathan Marchessault, C/LW, VGK
71. Nikolaj Ehlers, LW/RW, WPG
72. Logan Couture, C, SJS
73. Evander Kane, LW, SJS
74. Denis Gurianov, LW/RW, DAL
75. Ondrej Palat, LW, TBL
76. Timo Meier, LW/RW, SJS
77. Sean Monahan, C, CGY
78. Kailer Yamamoto, RW, EDM**
79. Nick Suzuki, C/RW, MTL
80. Oliver Bjorkstrand, LW/RW, CBJ
81. Dominik Kubalik, LW/RW, CHI
82. Cam Atkinson, RW, CBJ
83. Sam Reinhart, C/RW, BUF**
84. Travis Konecny, RW, PHI
85. Alex DeBrincat, LW/RW, CHI
86. Mike Hoffman, LW/RW, STL* (PTO)
87. Jaden Schwartz, LW, STL*
88. Anthony Mantha, LW/RW, DET
89. Dylan Larkin, C, DET
90. Max Domi, C/LW, CBJ
91. Patric Hornqvist, RW, FLA
92. Jason Zucker, LW/RW, PIT
93. Reilly Smith, RW, VGK
94. William Karlsson, C, VGK
95. Jakub Voracek, RW, PHI
96. Evgenii Dadonov, LW/RW, OTT
97. Alex Tuch, LW/RW, VGK
98. Jake DeBrusk, LW/RW, BOS
99. Nikita Gusev, LW/RW, NJD*
100. Tim Stutzle, LW, OTT

Other forwards to consider in fantasy drafts:

101. Tyler Toffoli, LW/RW, MTL
102. Tomas Tatar, LW/RW, MTL*
103. Ryan Strome, C/RW, NYR
104. Pavel Buchnevich, RW, NYR**
105. Kyle Palmieri, RW, NJD*
106. David Krejci, C, BOS*
107. Anthony Beauvillier, LW, NYI**
108. Brock Nelson, C, NYI
109. Kasperi Kapanen, LW/RW, PIT
110. Jesse Puljujarvi, RW, EDM
111. Zach Parise, LW, MIN
112. Zach Hyman, C/LW, TOR*
113. Joe Pavelski, C/RW, DAL
114. Brandon Saad, LW/RW, COL
115. Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANA*
116. Clayton Keller, LW/RW, ARI
117. Kevin Hayes, C, PHI
118. Kaapo Kakko, RW, NYR
119. Jean-Gabriel Pageau, C, NYI
120. Anthony Duclair, LW/RW, FLA**
121. Cody Glass, C/RW, VGK
122. Nico Hischier, C, NJD (DTD)
123. Matt Duchene, C/RW, NSH
124. Jack Hughes, C/LW, NJD
125. Quinton Byfield, C, LAK
126. Rickard Rakell, LW/RW, ANA
127. Dominik Kahun, LW/RW, EDM**
128. Josh Bailey, LW/RW, NYI
129. Roope Hintz, C/LW, DAL
130. Joel Kiviranta, RW, DAL**
131. Nicholas Robertson, LW, TOR
132. Jeff Skinner, LW, BUF
133. Alex Killorn, LW/RW, TBL
134. Josh Anderson, RW, MTL
135. Martin Necas, C/RW, CAR
136. Joel Armia, RW, MTL*
137. Jordan Eberle, RW, NYI
138. Paul Stastny, C, WPG*
139. Eric Staal, C, BUF*
140. Alex Iafallo, LW, LAK*
141. Jonathan Drouin, C/LW, MTL
142. Anthony Cirelli, C, TBL
143. Joel Farabee, LW/RW, PHI
144. Mikael Backlund, C/RW, CGY
145. Craig Smith, RW, BOS
146. Dustin Brown, RW, LAK
147. Grigori Denisenko, LW, FLA
148. Trevor Zegras, C, ANA
149. Robert Thomas, C/RW, STL**

Out long term: Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL; Tyler Seguin, C/RW, DAL; Kirby Dach, C, CHI; Gustav Nyquist, LW/RW, CBJ

Out indefinitely: Jonathan Toews, C, CHI; Marco Rossi, C, MIN

Out for season: Nikita Kucherov, RW, TBL

Just missed: Anders Lee, LW, NYI; Andrew Mangiapane, LW/RW, CGY; Viktor Arvidsson, LW/RW, NSH; Joe Thornton, C, TOR*; Dylan Strome, C/RW, CHI; Nick Schmaltz, C/RW, ARI; Tanner Pearson, LW, VAN*; Oskar Lindblom, LW, PHI; Phil Kessel, RW, ARI

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