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Fantasy playoff pool mock draft for 2020 Stanley Cup conducts 120-player simulation for 24-team tournament; podcast analysis

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy has conducted a fantasy hockey mock draft (12 teams, 120 players) for playoff pools that count the Stanley Cup Qualifiers and entire 24-team tournament. For more fantasy coverage, visit and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.


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Basic playoff pools have the following scoring system: goals and assists count for skaters with a potential bonus for a hat trick, and wins count for goalies with a potential bonus for a shutout. Value has been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past production in the regular season and playoffs, line combinations, defense pairs, power-play usage, goalie start volume and timeshare situations, injury history, contract status, age, overall upside for the Stanley Cup Qualifiers and likelihood of a deep postseason run.

Some teams in the qualifiers will play a best-of-5 series (*) but must win their series to advance to the playoffs. The top four teams in each conference will play a maximum of three round-robin games but already have guaranteed spots in the postseason field. Statistics for qualifiers, including round-robin games, count in most postseason pools.

Rosters for each team consist of 10 players (six forwards, two defensemen, two goalies). PJ, RR and DS indicate the names of the writers (Pete Jensen, Rob Reese, David Satriano) who participated. T1-T12 (Team 1 through Team 12) indicate each of the 12 rosters within the mock draft.

Tweet from @NHLJensen: Who would you take first in a #FantasyHockey playoff pool?Mock draft 2.0: podcast:

1. Nathan MacKinnon, F, COL, T1/PJ
2. Connor McDavid, F, EDM*, T2/RR
3. Leon Draisaitl, F, EDM*, T3/DS
4. Nikita Kucherov, F, TBL, T4/PJ
5. David Pastrnak, F, BOS, T5/RR
6. Artemi Panarin, F, NYR*, T6/DS
7. Brad Marchand, F, BOS, T7/PJ
8. Alex Ovechkin, F, WSH, T8/RR
9. Sidney Crosby, F, PIT*, T9/DS
10. Evgeni Malkin, F, PIT*, T10/PJ
11. Patrice Bergeron, F, BOS, T11/RR
12. Mark Stone, F, VGK, T12/DS
13. John Carlson, D, WSH, T12/DS
14. Mikko Rantanen, F, COL, T11/RR
15. Auston Matthews, F, TOR*, T10/PJ
16. Jake Guentzel, F, PIT*, T9/DS
17. Steven Stamkos, F, TBL, T8/RR
18. Max Pacioretty, F, VGK, T7/PJ
19. Vladimir Tarasenko, F, STL, T6/DS
20. Mika Zibanejad, F, NYR*, T5/RR
21. Mitchell Marner, F, TOR*, T4/PJ
22. Cale Makar, D, COL, T3/DS
23. Victor Hedman, D, TBL, T2/RR
24. Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, TBL, T1/PJ
25. Patrick Kane, F, CHI*, T1/PJ
26. Tuukka Rask, G, BOS, T2/RR
27. Ben Bishop, G, DAL, T3/DS
28. Connor Hellebuyck, G, WPG*, T4/PJ
29. Roman Josi, D, NSH*, T5/RR
30. Alex Pietrangelo, D, STL, T6/DS
31. Torey Krug, D, BOS, T7/PJ
32. Nicklas Backstrom, F, WSH, T8/RR
33. Jordan Binnington, G, STL, T9/DS
34. Quinn Hughes, D, VAN*, T10/PJ
35. Braden Holtby, G, WSH, T11/RR
36. Mark Scheifele, F, WPG*, T12/DS
37. Dougie Hamilton, D, CAR*, T12/DS
38. Patrik Laine, F, WPG*, T11/RR
39. Marc-Andre Fleury, G, VGK, T10/PJ
40. Shea Theodore, D, VGK, T9/DS
41. Elias Pettersson, F, VAN*, T8/RR
42. Jacob Markstrom, G, VAN*, T7/PJ
43. Frederik Andersen, G, TOR*, T6/DS
44. J.T. Miller, F, VAN*, T5/RR
45. Claude Giroux, F, PHI, T4/PJ
46. Ryan O'Reilly, F, STL, T3/DS
47. Philipp Grubauer, G, COL, T2/RR
48. Carter Hart, G, PHI, T1/PJ
49. Ivan Provorov, D, PHI, T1/PJ
50. Gabriel Landeskog, F, COL, T2/RR
51. Matt Murray, G, PIT*, T3/DS
52. Kris Letang, D, PIT*, T4/PJ
53. Evgeny Kuznetsov, F, WSH, T5/RR
54. Kyle Connor, F, WPG*, T6/DS
55. Igor Shesterkin, G, NYR*, T7/PJ
56. John Klingberg, D, DAL, T8/RR
57. Pavel Francouz, G, COL, T9/DS
58. Jonathan Huberdeau, F, FLA*, T10/PJ
59. Tyler Seguin, F, DAL, T11/RR
60. Sergei Bobrovsky, G, FLA*, T12/DS
61. Elvis Merzlikins, G, CBJ*, T12/DS
62. Morgan Rielly, D, TOR*, T11/RR
63. Aleksander Barkov, F, FLA*, T10/PJ
64. Sean Couturier, F, PHI, T9/DS
65. Juuse Saros, G, NSH*, T8/RR
66. Zach Werenski, D, CBJ*, T7/PJ
67. Neal Pionk, D, WPG*, T6/DS
68. Robin Lehner, G, VGK, T5/RR
69. Carey Price, G, MTL*, T4/PJ
70. Brayden Point, F, TBL, T3/DS
71. Blake Wheeler, F, WPG*, T2/RR
72. John Tavares, F, TOR*, T1/PJ
73. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, F, EDM*, T1/PJ
74. Matthew Tkachuk, F, CGY*, T2/RR
75. Miro Heiskanen, D, DAL, T3/DS
76. Seth Jones, D, CBJ*, T4/PJ
77. Mike Smith, G, EDM*, T5/RR
78. Alexander Radulov, F, DAL, T6/DS
79. Sebastian Aho, F, CAR*, T7/PJ
80. Darcy Kuemper, G, ARI*, T8/RR
81. Jonathan Marchessault, F, VGK, T9/DS
82. Oscar Klefbom, D, EDM*, T10/PJ
83. Semyon Varlamov, G, NYI*, T11/RR
84. William Nylander, F, TOR*, T12/DS
85. Nikolaj Ehlers, F, WPG*, T12/DS
86. T.J. Oshie, F, WSH, T11/RR
87. Jaroslav Halak, G, BOS, T10/PJ
88. Ryan Ellis, D, NSH*, T9/DS
89. Tony DeAngelo, D, NYR*, T8/RR
90. David Perron, F, STL, T7/PJ
91. Tristan Jarry, G, PIT*, T6/DS
92. Filip Forsberg, F, NSH*, T5/RR
93. Travis Konecny, F, PHI, T4/PJ
94. Bryan Rust, F, PIT*, T3/DS
95. Johnny Gaudreau, F, CGY*, T2/RR
96. Andrei Svechnikov, F, CAR*, T1/PJ
97. Brock Boeser, F, VAN*, T1/PJ
98. Brayden Schenn, F, STL, T2/RR
99. Jaden Schwartz, F, STL, T3/DS
100. Jamie Benn, F, DAL, T4/PJ
101. Tyson Barrie, D, TOR*, T5/RR
102. Jakub Vrana, F, WSH, T6/DS
103. Chris Kreider, F, NYR*, T7/PJ
104. Taylor Hall, F, ARI*, T8/RR
105. Bo Horvat, F, VAN*, T9/DS
106. Teuvo Teravainen, F, CAR*, T10/PJ
107. Kevin Fiala, F, MIN*, T11/RR
108. Reilly Smith, F, VGK, T12/DS
109. Joe Pavelski, F, DAL, T12/DS
110. Charlie McAvoy, D, BOS, T11/RR
111. Kailer Yamamoto, F, EDM*, T10/PJ
112. Jakub Voracek, F, PHI, T9/DS
113. Tom Wilson, F, WSH, T8/RR
114. Jonathan Toews, F, CHI*, T7/PJ
115. David Krejci, F, BOS, T6/DS
116. Mathew Barzal, F, NYI*, T5/RR
117. William Karlsson, F, VGK, T4/PJ
118. Tyler Toffoli, F, VAN*, T3/DS
119. Mark Giordano, D, CGY*, T2/RR
120. Adam Fox, D, NYR*, T1/PJ


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