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NHL fantasy team power rankings for 2020 Stanley Cup

Golden Knights lead list with eight players, including two goalies, in top 115

by Rob Reese @NHLReese / NHL.com Fantasy Editor

NHL.com has updated the fantasy team power rankings based on the latest top 115 for 2020 Stanley Cup pools. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

 

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FANTASY TEAM POWER RANKINGS FOR STANLEY CUP POOLS

Fantasy owners should use these rankings as a basis for player/team evaluation. Factors taken into account include positional depth, power-play, lineup and injury trends, team history in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and likelihood of a deep postseason run.

 

1. Vegas Golden Knights
Players in top 115: 8
NOTE: The Golden Knights are one of two teams (other: Colorado Avalanche) with two goalies (Marc-Andre Fleury, Robin Lehner) inside the top 115 overall. They are also tied with the Washington Capitals for the most players in the top 115.

2. Boston Bruins
Players in top 115: 6
NOTE: The top line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak each is inside NHL.com's top 10 overall and lead the list of first line rankings for the 2020 Stanley Cup.

3. St. Louis Blues 
Players in top 115: 7

4. Colorado Avalanche
Players in top 115: 7
NOTE: The Avalanche are the second team with two goalies (Philipp Grubauer, Pavel Francouz) among the top 115, giving them additional team security. They are also expected to get injured forwards Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, Nazem Kadri, Andre Burakovsky and goalie Philipp Grubauer back for the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

5. Tampa Bay Lightning
Players in top 115: 5
NOTE: Each Lightning player (Nikita Kucherov, Andrei Vasilevskiy, Victor Hedman, Steven Stamkos, Brayden Point) in the top 115 is ranked among the 30 best.

6. Washington Capitals
Players in top 115: 8

7. Dallas Stars
Players in top 115: 6

8. Pittsburgh Penguins
Players in top 115: 7
NOTE: The Penguins have two skaters among the 10 best (Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin) and forward Jake Guentzel arguably has the same ceiling if he's healthy (shoulder) for the qualifiers.

9. Toronto Maple Leafs
Players in top 115: 7
NOTE: Despite recent postseason history, the Maple Leafs have top-10 upside if elite forwards Auston Matthews, Mitchell Marner and John Tavares produce at a point-per-game or better.

10. Edmonton Oilers
Players in top 115: 4
NOTE: With the fewest skaters in the top 115 among the 10 best teams, the Oilers offset their lack of depth by having the No. 1 (Leon Draisaitl) and No. 2 ranked skaters (Connor McDavid) on the list.

11. Philadelphia Flyers
Players in top 115: 6
NOTE: Philadelphia's overall points percentage (.645) may warrant a higher ranking but their 16-15-3 road record is a cause of concern for fantasy owners with postseason games being on neutral sites.

12. New York Rangers
Players in top 115: 5
NOTE: The Rangers are among the most intriguing teams on the list from a fantasy perspective with forwards Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad each ranked among the 20 best.

13. Winnipeg Jets
Players in top 115: 7

14. Vancouver Canucks
Players in top 115: 6

15. Carolina Hurricanes
Players in top 115: 4
NOTE: The Hurricanes have much higher upside than their No. 15 rank suggests if defenseman Dougie Hamilton (fractured fibula) is fully healthy for the qualifiers. The other concern for the Hurricanes could be their goalie tandem of Petr Mrazek and James Remier, neither of whom is ranked in NHL.com's top 115.

16. Nashville Predators
Players in top 115: 4
NOTE: The Predators are arguably the team with the most to gain on this list if No. 1 defenseman Roman Josi can continue to produce at a similar rate to his regular-season points per game (0.96) and if either goalie Pekka Rinne or Juuse Saros fully captures the starting job. The Predators also have multiple forward bounce-back candidates (Ryan Johansen, Matt Duchene, Mikael Granlund).

17. Calgary Flames
Players in top 115: 4

18. Florida Panthers
Players in top 115: 3
NOTE: Fantasy owners are hoping for a bounce-back performance from goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (.900 save percentage in regular season) in the qualifiers.

19. Chicago Blackhawks
Players in top 115: 2

20. Columbus Blue Jackets
Players in top 115: 3
NOTE: The Blue Jackets are one of the sneakiest teams in the qualifiers with defensemen Zach Werenski and Seth Jones ranked No. 65 and No. 66 overall and among the top 15 at their position, respectively.

21. Arizona Coyotes
Players in top 115: 2

22. Montreal Canadiens
Players in top 115: 2

23. Minnesota Wild
Players in top 115: 1
NOTE: The Wild's only skater in the top 115 is wing Kevin Fiala, who broke out with 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists) in the final 18 games of the regular season. If he continues to produce like an elite forward, the Wild could upset the higher-ranked Vancouver Canucks in the qualifiers.

24. New York Islanders
Players in top 115: 1

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