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Eastern Conference fantasy pool rankings for 2020 lists best skaters for Stanley Cup Qualifiers of Return to Play Plan

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy ranks the most valuable skaters in the Eastern Conference for round-by-round fantasy playoff pools ahead of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers. For more fantasy hockey 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, injury history, contract status, age and overall upside for solely the Stanley Cup Qualifiers in the NHL's Return to Play Plan.

It's worth noting that some players from teams in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers will play a best-of-5 series (*), while others will play a maximum of three round-robin games.

NOTES: These are preliminary rankings for a round-by-round fantasy pool roster of three forwards and two defenseman from each conference (total of 10 skaters per team). ... Goalie rankings will be in a separate article.

1. David Pastrnak, RW, BOS
2. Nikita Kucherov, RW, TBL
3. Brad Marchand, LW, BOS
4. Alex Ovechkin, LW, WSH
5. Sidney Crosby, C, PIT*
6. Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS
7. Auston Matthews, C, TOR*
8. Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT*
9. Artemi Panarin, LW, NYR*
10. John Carlson, D, WSH
11. Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR*
12. Mitchell Marner, RW, TOR*
13. Steven Stamkos, C/LW/RW, TBL
14. Dougie Hamilton, D, CAR*
15. Brayden Point, C, TBL
16. Victor Hedman, D, TBL
17. Jake Guentzel, LW/RW, PIT*
18. Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, FLA*
19. Claude Giroux, C/LW/RW, PHI
20. Sebastian Aho, C, CAR*
21. Andrei Svechnikov, LW/RW, CAR*
22. Torey Krug, D, BOS
23. Kris Letang, D, PIT*
24. Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA*
25. John Tavares, C, TOR*
26. Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH
27. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH
28. Morgan Rielly, D, TOR*
29. Zach Werenski, D, CBJ*
30. Seth Jones, D, CBJ*
31. Teuvo Teravainen, LW/RW, CAR*
32. Sean Couturier, C, PHI
33. Travis Konecny, RW, PHI
34. William Nylander, C/LW/RW, TOR*
35. Tom Wilson, RW, WSH
36. Bryan Rust, LW/RW, PIT*
37. Chris Kreider, LW, NYR*
38. Ivan Provorov, D, PHI
39. Tony DeAngelo, D, NYR*
40. Charlie McAvoy, D, BOS
41. T.J. Oshie, RW, WSH
42. Mike Hoffman, LW/RW, FLA*
43. Keith Yandle, D, FLA*
44. Jakub Vrana, LW, WSH
45. Mathew Barzal, C, NYI*
46. Brendan Gallagher, RW, MTL*
47. Tomas Tatar, LW/RW, MTL*
48. Tyson Barrie, D, TOR*
49. Jakub Voracek, RW, PHI
50. Shea Weber, D, MTL*
51. Mikhail Sergachev, D, TBL
52. Jeff Petry, D, MTL*
53. Jason Zucker, LW/RW, PIT*
54. Pavel Buchnevich, RW, NYR*
55. Ryan Strome, C/RW, NYR*
56. Zach Hyman, C/LW, TOR*
57. Patric Hornqvist, RW, PIT*
58. Ondrej Palat, LW, TBL
59. Evgenii Dadonov, LW/RW, FLA*
60. Matt Niskanen, D, PHI
61. Adam Fox, D, NYR*
62. Pierre-Luc Dubois, C, CBJ*
63. Aaron Ekblad, D, FLA*
64. Jaccob Slavin, D, CAR*
65. Oliver Bjorkstrand, LW/RW, CBJ*
66. Cam Atkinson, RW, CBJ*
67. Max Domi, C/LW, MTL*
68. Jake Muzzin, D, TOR*
69. Nick Foligno, C/LW/RW, CBJ*
70. Ilya Kovalchuk, LW/RW, WSH
71. Jordan Eberle, RW, NYI*
72. Jacob Trouba, D, NYR*
73. Anthony Cirelli, C, TBL
74. Anders Lee, LW, NYI*
75. Vincent Trocheck, C, CAR*
76. Brock Nelson, C/LW, NYI*
77. Kevin Hayes, C, PHI
78. Alex Killorn, LW/RW, TBL
79. Yanni Gourde, LW/RW, TBL
80. Nick Suzuki, C/RW, MTL*
81. Gustav Nyquist, LW/RW, CBJ*
82. Jean-Gabriel Pageau, C, NYI*
83. David Krejci, C, BOS
84. Jake DeBrusk, LW/RW, BOS
85. Ryan Pulock, D, NYI*
86. Joel Armia, RW, MTL*
87. Emil Bemstrom, C/RW, CBJ*
88. Jonathan Drouin, C/LW, MTL*
89. Phillip Danault, C, MTL*
90. Sami Vatanen, D, CAR*
91. James van Riemsdyk, LW, PHI
92. Justin Williams, RW, CAR*
93. Kevin Shattenkirk, D, TBL
94. John Marino, D, PIT*
95. Blake Coleman, LW/RW, TBL
96. Lars Eller, C, WSH
97. Charlie Coyle, C, BOS
98. Alexandre Texier, C/LW, CBJ*
99. Kaapo Kakko, RW, NYR*
100. Ondrej Kase, RW, BOS


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