FANTASY HOCKEY TOP 200
Here is my Fantasy Hockey Top 200 rankings for this season. Remember, center is deep so look to fill those wing spots first. Also, remember to check player position eligibility in whatever site you use. Defense is also deep but you should still be looking to grab at least one anchor. Goaltending is not as deep so be careful not to wait too long.
1. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins: Was there ever any doubt?
2. Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning: If you play in a league that is heavy on goal scoring, then I can see him going first overall.
3. Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals:
4. Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks: If this was baseball he would be considered a five tool player.
5. John Tavares, New York Islanders: I live on Long Island. Had my home draft Tuesday. The look of pain on a Ranger fan’s face was all you need to know about how good Tavares is when he took him at number five overall.
6. Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers: Could play Wednesday, will definitely be ready for Opening night; that’s good enough for me.
7. Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins: Passes the king (not Scott Engel) for top goalie honors.
8. Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins: Perhaps the scariest player in the draft right now. Pittsburgh being awfully secretive as to why he’s not skating yet.
9. Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars: His value is skyrocketing.
10. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers: Just because he’s not the number one goalie doesn’t mean he’s not a first round pick.
11. Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs: Will score in bunches but can also go dark for 7-10 days at a time.
12. Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars: Might be the best player you never heard of.
13. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings:
14. Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild:
15. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks:
16. Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens:
17. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks:
18. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings:
19. Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks: The definition of a sniper.
20. Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche: Could be the next superstar in Fantasy and the NHL.
21. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks: One of the best overall players in the NHL.
22. Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators: I still worry about his plus/minus but there is no questioning his offensive ability.
23. Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks:
24. Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals:
25. Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh Penguins:
26. Marc-Andre Fleury-Pittsburgh Penguins: Who cares if he can’t perform in the postseason? Not Fantasy owners.
27. Shea Weber, Nashville Predators:
28. Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks: Just produces every season.
29. Thomas Vanek, Minnesota Wild: Turned down more money elsewhere to go home, let’s see if it was worth it.
30. Taylor Hall, Edmonton Oilers: Another sniper who’s best is yet to come.
31. Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche:
32. Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens: Can he do it again or was last year just a career season?
33. Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks: Sharks seem to want to turn over the team to him.
34. Kyle Okposo, New York Islanders: Has he finally figured it out?
35. P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens: One of the hardest and heaviest shots in the NHL.
36. Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks: If he could stay healthy he would be ranked much higher.
37. Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche: Have to think a career year is coming.
38. Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks: Not as good as some other goalies but will rack up the wins due to the team in front of him.
39. David Backes, St. Louis Blues:
40. Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks:
41. Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings: This is an aging team that will continue to break down.
42. Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks: Was last season an aberration or a sign of things to come?
43. Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning: If not for a late season injury (elbow) the Lightning might have done some damage in the playoffs.
44. Jarome Iginla, Colorado Avalanche: Boston is going to miss him more than they think.
45. Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings: Just gets the job done every season.
46. Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils: Finally has the number one job all to himself.
47. Ryan O’Reilly, Colorado Avalanche:
48. Jordan Eberle, Edmonton Oilers:
49. Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks: See Daniel.
50. Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets: Don’t forget about him.
51. Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche:
52. Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings: Already injured (out till late October) or he would be 20 spots higher.
53. Alexander Steen, St. Louis Blues: So many good young players on this team and Steen is one of them.
54. James Neal, Nashville Predators: Going to find out very quickly that the Predators don’t have anyone like Malkin.
55. James Van Riemsdyk, Toronto Maple Leafs:
56. Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins: Supremely talented but can’t stay healthy.
57. Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets:
58. Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers: Another player who can hit all the categories for you.
59. Paul Stastny, St. Louis Blues: I love this acquisition.
60. Rick Nash, New York Rangers: Not the player he was in Columbus, but not bad either.
61. Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings: I was wrong about him not meshing with the Kings after the trade, good for him.
62. Keith Yandle, Arizona Coyotes:
63. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Arizona Coyotes:
64. Scott Hartnell, Columbus Blue Jackets:
65. Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes: How the mighty have fallen.
66. Gustav Nyquist, Detroit Red Wings: A good young player on a team that needs more of them.
67. Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators: Just not sure if he is the same goalie pre hip injury.
68. Mark Giordano, Calgary Flames: Will be used in every situation.
69. Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets: A defense eligible player who play wing, nice.
70. Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues:
71. Milan Lucic, Boston Bruins:
72. Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks: Have really hated just about every move San Jose made this offseason.
73. Jason Spezza, Dallas Stars: No longer the go to guy, could be good or bad news.
74. Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers:
75. Jeff Skinner, Carolina Hurricanes:
76. Johan Franzen, Detroit Red Wings:
77. Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins:
78. Ryan Miller, Vancouver Canucks: Would’ve ranked him much higher had he re-signed in St. Louis.
79. Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings:
80. Alexander Semin, Carolina Hurricanes:
81. Martin St. Louis, New York Rangers:
82. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers: Has bulked up a bit this off-season. He needed to.
83. T.J. Oshie, St. Louis Blues: Might go higher as everyone remember his heroics in the Olympics.
84. Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild:
85. James Wisniewski, Columbus Blue Jackets:
86. Brian Elliott, St. Louis Blues: Have to worry if he eventually loses the starting job to top prospect, Jake Allen.
87. Ryan Kesler, Anaheim Ducks: Really good player who can’t stay healthy.
88. Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning: Already hurt (out till mid-October) but has a world of talent.
89. Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins:
90. Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils: Maybe he is bionic.
91. David Krejci, Boston Bruins:
92. Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning:
93. Kari Lehtonen, Dallas Stars:
94. Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis Blues:
95. Steve Mason, Philadelphia Flyers: Still not sold that he is a true number one net minder.
96. Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals: Certainly a player to watch.
97. David Perron, Edmonton Oilers: Who would’ve thought a trade out of St. Louis to Edmonton would be all he needed.
98. Radim Vrbata, Vancouver Canucks: Will play on the top line with the Sedin twins.
99. Niklas Kronwall, Detroit Red Wings:
100. Jaroslav Halak, New York Islanders: Going to find out very quickly that the Isles don’t possess the defensive talent anywhere near that of the Blues.
101. Mike Green, Washington Capitals: Not the same player he used to be.
102. Patric Hornqvist, Pittsburgh Penguins: Although he will be useful, he will not replace the production of Neal.
103. Roberto Luongo, Florida Panthers: Sometimes you can go home again.
104. Ryan Johansen, Columbus Blue Jackets: Would be much higher if not for the fact that he is still unsigned.
105. Loui Eriksson, Boston Bruins: Has to play better than he did last year.
106. Pascal Dupuis, Pittsburgh Penguins: Will play on the top line with Crosby, that’s good enough for me.
107. Torey Krug, Boston Bruins: Signed and in camp.
108. Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings: A good goalie for a good team, but an average one on any other type.
109. Dion Phaneuf, Toronto Maple Leafs:
110. Brandon Dubinsky, Columbus Blue Jackets:
111. Chris Kreider, New York Rangers: Man is he fast.
112. Antti Niemi, San Jose Sharks: Could eventually lose his starting job to Alex Stalock (handcuff).
113. Jonathan Bernier, Toronto Maple Leafs:
114. Evander Kane, Winnipeg Jets: The definition of a player who needs a change of scenery.
115. Brad Richards, Chicago Blackhawks: No longer being the go to guy may end up being just what he needs.
116. Ryan Callahan, Tampa Bay Lightning: A better NHL player than Fantasy one and is unlikely to play on the same line with Stamkos.
117. Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild:
118. Bryan Little Winnipeg Jets:
119. Mike Smith, Arizona Coyotes:
120. Roman Josi, Nashville Predators:
121. Derek Stepan, New York Rangers: Out until November with a broken leg.
122. Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens:
123. Valtteri Filppula, Tampa Bay Lightning:
124. Jason Pominville, Minnesota Wild:
125. Brandon Saad, Chicago Blackhawks:
126. Tyson Barrie, Colorado Avalanche:
127. Bobby Ryan, Ottawa Senators:
128. Joffrey Lupul, Toronto Maple Leafs: When healthy he scores.
129. Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers:
130. Justin Williams, Los Angeles Kings:
131. Craig Anderson, Ottawa Senators:
132. Patrick Elias, New Jersey Devils:
133. Jack Johnson, Columbus Blue Jackets:
134. Andrew Ladd, Winnipeg Jets:
135. Nazem Kadri, Toronto Maple Leafs:
136. Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks: In most leagues a winger who will play defense, not good.
137. Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning:
138. Clarke MacArthur, Ottawa Senators:
139. John Carlson, Washington Capitals:
140. Kyle Turris, Ottawa Senators:
141. Matt Moulson, Buffalo Sabres:
142. Tomas Hertl, San Jose Sharks:
143. Lubomir Visnovsky, New York Islanders: Already hurt but will anchor the power play.
144. Shane Doan, Arizona Coyotes:
145. Mike Cammalleri, New Jersey Devils:
146. Andrej Sekera, Carolina Hurricanes:
147. Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals:
148. Jake Allen, St. Louis Blues: It’s just a matter of time until he takes over the number one job.
149. Cam Fowler, Anaheim Ducks:
150. Frederik Anderson, Anaheim Ducks: Would be higher if he was the undisputed number one, but John Gibson will put up a fight.
151. Justin Schultz, Edmonton Oilers:
152. Jaden Schwartz, St. Louis Blues: Another good young forward for the Blues.
153. Jacob Trouba, Winnipeg Jets:
154. Dan Boyle, New York Rangers: Sharks made a mistake letting him go.
155. Matt Niskanen, Washington Capitals: Caps overpaid for him.
156. Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues:
157. Alex Goligoski, Dallas Stars:
158. Mats Zuccarello, New York Rangers:
159. Jason Garrison, Tampa Bay Lightning:
160. Brent Seabrook, Chicago Blackhawks:
161. Christian Ehrhoff, Pittsburgh Penguins: Signed that one-year deal to prove his value for next season.
162. Tyler Bozak, Toronto Maple Leafs:
163. P.A. Parenteau, Montreal Canadiens:
164. Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning:
165. Alexander Edler, Vancouver Canucks:
166. Troy Brouwer, Washington Capitals:
167. Reilly Smith, Boston Bruins: Who would’ve thought he was the best player coming back to Boston in the Seguin deal?
168. Alex Tanguay, Colorado Avalanche: Slated to be a Top 6 forward for Colorado.
169. Jiri Hudler, Calgary Flames: Someone has to score for Calgary.
170. Seth Jones, Nashville Predators:
171. Mikkel Boedker, Arizona Coyotes: Another player most haven’t heard of.
172. Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins: Has the talent but now needs to put it together.
173. Tobias Enstrom, Winnipeg Jets:
174. Mike Ribeiro, Nashville Predators:
175. Jiri Tlusty, Carolina Hurricanes:
176. Curtis Glencross, Calgary Flames:
177. Tomas Plekanac, Montreal Canadiens:
178. Valeri Nichushkin, Dallas Stars: Worth a gamble playing on a line with Benn and Seguin.
179. Ales Hemsky, Dallas Stars:
180. Milan Michalek, Ottawa Senators:
181. Mark Streit, Philadelphia Flyers:
182. Erik Johnson, Colorado Avalanche:
183. Mikhail Grabovski, New York Islanders:
184. Slava Voynov, Los Angeles Kings:
185. Alex Galchenyuk, Montreal Canadiens:
186. Jakob Silfverberg, Anaheim Ducks:
187. Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets:
188. Nail Yakupov, Edmonton Oilers: Hasn’t meshed with the coaching staff.
189. Vincent Lecavalier, Philadelphia Flyers: Needs to stay healthy.
190. Tyler Toffoli, Los Angeles Kings:
191. Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings: Can’t be as bad this year.
192. Nino Niederreiter, Minnesota Wild:
193. Jonas Hiller, Calgary Flames:
194. Brayden Schenn, Philadelphia Flyers:
195. Jonathan Huberdeaux, Florida Panthers:
196. Cam Atkinson, Columbus Blue Jackets:
197. Tomas Tatar, Detroit Red Wings:
198. Derick Brassard, New York Rangers:
199. Brendan Gallagher, Montreal Canadiens:
200. Mikael Granlund, Minnesota Wild:
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