2018-2019 Fantasy Sports Rankings, Projections & News


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Most improved fantasy teams for 2019-20

NHL.com recognizes the most enhanced dream hockey groups for the 2019-20 season. These are teams that have actually gained dream momentum from offseason enhancements and other trends. For more fantasy protection, go toNHL.com/ Fantasy


GoalieSergei Bobrovskyprovides the Panthers with a steady choice in net after Roberto Luongo retired and backupJames Reimerwas traded to the Carolina Hurricanes. A two-time Vezina Trophy winner (2013, 2017), Bobrovsky went 37-24 -1 with a 2.58 goals-against average,.913 conserve portion and an NHL-leading 9 shutouts in 62 video games for the Columbus Blue Jackets last season. Although his numbers were below his profession averages (2.46 GAA,.919 SV%), he is a dependable and resilient goaltender– he has actually played in 190 games in the past three seasons, 3rd in the NHL behindDevan Dubnykof the Minnesota Wild andFrederik Andersenof the Toronto Maple Leafs– and an obvious upgrade for Florida.

If there was one knock on Bobrovsky, it’s been his performance in the playoffs (11-18,.902 SV%), however he turned the corner this season by assisting Columbus win its first playoff series (6-4, 2.41 GAA,.925 SV%). This is a motivating sign for Florida, which has certified for the postseason twice in the past 18 seasons.

The hiring of coach Joel Quenneville should elevate a Panthers offense which ranked ninth in the NHL last season in goals per video game (3.22) and second on the power play (268 percent). Florida had 5 gamers with a minimum of 62 points last season– forwardsAleksander Barkov(96),Jonathan Huberdeau(92),Mike Hoffman(70),Evgenii Dadonov(70) and defensemanKeith Yandle(62)– and if Quenneville’s tenure with the Chicago Blackhawks is any indication, those numbers should not alter.

While coaching Chicago from 2008-18(not consisting of 15 games last season), the Blackhawks ranked 3rd in the NHL in goals per video game at 2.99, third in shots on objective per video game at 32.4 and 12 th on the power play at 18.6 percent. Include in Quenneville’s experience with players such asJonathan Toews,Patrick KaneandDuncan Keith, and it ought to produce a smooth shift. Quenneville needs to also get more out of secondary scorers such as centerVincent Trocheck(injury bounce-back candidate), defensemenAaron Ekblad(breakout) andMike Matheson(deep sleeper).


One season after making the playoffs, the Devils fell back and finished 29 th in the NHL however then won the 2019 NHL Draft Lottery and landed center Jack Hughes with the No. 1 pick. With a healthyTaylor Halland other significant additions in defensemanP.K. Subbanand extreme rightWayne Simmonds, it would not be surprising to see New Jersey do another 180- degree turn-around.

Hall won the Hart Trophy as many valuable player in 2018 after NHL profession highs in points (93) and power-play points (37). Nevertheless, he was limited to 33 video games last season since of a knee injury and didn’t play following the Christmas break. Hall, a capacity 2020 unrestricted complimentary representative, said he wished to see the Devils improve the team around him, and that begun when they picked Hughes No. 1 overall.

Hughes had 112 points (34 goals, 78 helps) in 50 video games for the United States National Team Advancement Program. An elite skater reminiscent of Kane, Hughes set the NTDP record for assists (134) and points (197) before playing alongside the Blackhawks right wing for the United States at the 2019 IIHF World Champion, where he had three helps in 7 video games. He should step in immediately to New Jersey’s leading 6 and provide Hall another playmaking center along withNico Hischier, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Like Hall, Subban fought injuries last season but still handled 31 points (9 goals, 22 helps) in 63 video games, which would’ve ranked second amongst Devils defensemen behindDamon Severson(39). When healthy, Subban has actually been a 50-60 point scorer 4 times in the past, and his power-play production – he has at least 21 PPP in 5 of the previous seven seasons – should raise Hall, Hughes, Hischier and/or right wingKyle PalmieriSimmonds, a power forward who has potential to score 25-30 objectives and contribute on the power play (a minimum of 16 PPP in seven of previous eight seasons), is a deep sleeper with the Devils.

New York City RANGERS

The Rangers went through some growing pains under first-year coach David Quinn, but with the addition ofArtemi Panarinin totally free company, Kaapo Kakko in the 2019 draft, and defenseman Jacob Trouba in a trade with the Winnipeg Jets, it’s not insane to think New York might make the playoffs after missing out on in each of the previous two seasons.

Panarin should have an immediate effect on an offense that was tied for 23 rd in objectives per game last season (2.70). The 27- year-old left wing had an NHL career-high 87 points (28 objectives, 59 helps) last season and has been nearly a point-per-game player since going into the NHL in 2015-16 with the Blackhawks (320 points in 322 video games). With New york city just having one player rating more than 52 points last season (Mika Zibanejad, 74), the ripple result from the Panarin finalizing is apparent.

Kakko, whom the Rangers chosen with the No. 2 pick in the 2019 draft, will have the chance to bring New York much-needed depth scoring. A big extreme right (6-foot-2, 194 pounds), Kakko put everyone on notice with his performance at the IIHF World Champion, where he had six objectives in 10 games to help Finland win the gold medal. He likewise had a record-setting season for TPS in Liiga, Finland’s leading expert league, by scoring 22 objectives in 45 video games, the most by an 18- or-younger player in the league’s history. With young Rangers forwardsFilip Chytil(No. 21 in 2017 NHL Draft) andLias Andersson(No. 7 in 2017) struggling to find their footing, Kakko and novice ideal wing Vitali Kravtsov need to have every chance to complete for top-six and power-play roles.

Trouba will bring some much-needed point production to the Rangers defense. The 25- year-old had an NHL career-high 50 points (eight goals, 42 assists) last season, 20 more thanTony DeAngelo(30), who led New York in scoring. The Rangers haven’t had a defenseman rating more than 50 points given that the 2001-02 season (Brian Leetch, 55). And the Rangers likewise have defenseman possibility Adam Fox, whom they obtained in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes on April 30, most likely to play heavy minutes as a novice.


Dallas completed the regular season strong, going 12 -5 -2 in their last 19 games, before making it to double overtime in Video game 7 of the Western Conference 2nd Round, where they lost to the eventual Stanley Cup champ St. Louis Blues.

The Stars have actually given that made a huge splash by signing veteran forwardJoe PavelskiThe previous San Jose Sharks captain, who will turn 35 on July 11, led them with 38 objectives last season and has been a constant point producer – he has actually had at least 61 in each of his past eight full NHL seasons. Pavelski could increase the value of left wingRoope Hintz, who had 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in the final 14 regular-season games and eight points (5 objectives, three assists) in 13 championship game as a novice.

Pavelski is likewise a consistent manufacturer on the power play. Pavelski, who ranks 11 th in the NHL in power-play points (156) given that 2013-14, is likely to be coupled withTyler Seguin, who is connected for 8th (159) over the exact same span, on Dallas’ very first system. That combo should assistJamie Benn, whose power-play and general production dipped last season, extreme rightAlexander Radulovand defensemenJohn Klingberg(45 points, 20 PPP in 64 games) and/orMiro Heiskanen(led novice defensemen with 12 objectives).

Dallas also improved by signing experienced ideal wingCorey PerryAlthough the 34- year-old forward handled injury last season, he’s a deep sleeper prospect who could score 20-25 goals depending on where he slots into the lineup. He might break the leading six, but the third line might be more sensible to start the season. With the change of scenery – Anaheim scored the least objectives in the NHL (196) last season – and potential usage on the second power play, don’t be amazed if Perry gets better for 40-45 points with strong classification coverage.

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Fantasy deep sleeper candidates for 2019-20

NHL.com recognizes dream hockey deep sleeper prospects for the 2019-20 season. These gamers have sneaky advantage however will likely be available in the last rounds or go undrafted in basic, 12- team leagues. For more fantasy protection, visitNHL.com/ Dreamand subscribe totally free to theNHL Fantasy on Icepodcast.

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Marcus Johansson, LW, BUF
NHL.com rank: 196

The forward had 30 points (13 goals, 17 assists) in 58 games last season with the Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils and 11 points (4 goals, seven helps) in 22 Stanley Cup Championship game for Boston. Johansson, who has played primarily left wing in recent seasons, might get double eligibility if he moves back to center for the Sabres, where he might skate on the second line with possible exposure to forwardsJeff SkinnerorSam ReinhartCoach Ralph Krueger will be tasked with assisting the Sabres’ defensive concerns, which might have a favorable influence on the plus/minus of their forwards. With a most likely top-six and power-play role, Johansson is worth preparing in late rounds and could be the most productive deep sleeper from the list.

Pavel Buchnevich, RW, NYR
NHL.com rank: 208

The New York Rangers right wing had an NHL career high in goals (21) and was on speed for 48 points, but multiple injuries limited him to 64 video games. When healthy, Buchnevich saw time on the top line with valuable centerMika Zibanejad, who broke out for 74 points (30 objectives, 44 assists) in 82 games. With the addition of elite left wingArtemi Panarinand rookie wing Kaapo Kakko (No. 2 choice in 2019 NHL Draft), the much-improved Rangers might have sneaky value in fantasy, and Buchnevich should have a top-six, power-play role with a high ceiling.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi, C, MTL
NHL.com rank: N/A

The Montreal Canadiens center had 34 points (11 objectives, 23 assists) in 79 games as an 18- year-old rookie. Kotkaniemi skated primarily in a third-line role but likewise saw time on both power-play systems with direct exposure to fantasy-relevant skatersMax DomiandShea WeberThe No. 3 choice in the 2018 NHL Draft could go up in the lineup if Domi plays wing in the top 6. With novice center Ryan Poehling expected to join the bottom 6, Kotkaniemi might discover himself in a popular circumstance to begin the season, potentially bringing direct exposure to Domi,Tomas Tatar,Brendan GallagherorJonathan Drouinat even strength.

Oliver Bjorkstrand, RW, CBJ
NHL.com rank: N/A

The Columbus Blue Jackets extreme right had an NHL career-high 23 objectives in 77 games this season. Bjorkstrand rotated between the second and third line throughout the regular season however discovered a consistent spot in the leading six during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, where he had five points (2 objectives, three assists) in 10 video games. Bjorkstrand needs to see an elevated role after Panarin and important centerMatt Duchenesigned in other places in complimentary company. Bjorkstrand must take on rookie wingAlexandre Texierfor very first power-play usage with valuable skatersWebcam Atkinson,Pierre-Luc Dubois,Seth JonesandZach Werenski

Nikita Gusev, LW, VGK
NHL.com rank: N/A

The left wing finished tied for second at the 2019 IIHF World Champion with 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in 10 games for Russia. Gusev, who signed with the Vegas Golden Knights during the playoffs however did not play a game and is a limited totally free representative, led the Kontinental Hockey League with 82 points (17 goals, 65 assists) in 62 video games last season. With forwardsMark Stone,Paul Stastny,Max Pacioretty,Jonathan Marchessault,Reilly SmithandWilliam Karlssonall fixtures in Vegas’ top 6, Gusev might start the season on the 3rd line withCody EakinandAlex Tuchhowever might take a bigger function with any injuries around him.

Sven Baertschi, LW, VAN
NHL.com rank: N/A

The Vancouver Canucks left wing has missed out on a combined 112 video games over the past 4 seasons since of multiple injuries. He had 14 points (nine objectives, 5 helps) in 26 video games last season, an 82- game pace of 44 points. When healthy, Baertschi found himself in a top-six role with either centerBo HorvatorElias Pettersson, which bodes well for his dream stock next season. After the acquisition of forwardJ.T. Miller, it’s most likely Baertschi will land a full-time function on a line with Horvat. Baertschi needs to go undrafted in many leagues, however fantasy owners need to keep an eye on preseason lineup positioning.


Filip Hronek, D, DET
NHL.com rank: 188

The Detroit Red Wings defenseman led the position with 11 points (3 goals, eight helps) in 10 games with Czech Republic at the World Championship and could be a fixture on Detroit’s leading power play next season. Hronek was a part of the Red Wings’ strong surface to the season, scoring seven points (2 goals, 5 helps), 2 on the power play, over the final six video games. With Mantha, Hronek, Larkin,Tyler Bertuzzi,Andreas Athanasiou,Mike GreenandJimmy Howardall ranked in NHL.com’s top 250, the Red Wings are a possibly ignored group that can pay fantasy dividends.

Devon Toews, D, NYI
NHL.com rank: 216

The New York Islanders defenseman emerged on the fantasy landscape with 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in 48 video games and led them at the position with 5 points (one objective, 4 helps), 4 on the power play, in eight championship game. Toews wants to have sculpted out a role as the Islanders’ No. 2 fantasy defenseman behindRyan Pulockand ahead ofNick Leddy, who has actually struggled over the past two seasons. Toews might close the space on Pulock after earning leading power-play usage throughout the playoffs, and it deserves noting the Islanders re-signed its top two wings inAnders LeeandJordan Eberleand must have stable goaltending again with a tandem ofSemyon VarlamovandThomas Greiss


Juuse Saros, G, NSH
NHL.com rank: 210

The Nashville Predators goalie went 17-10 -2 with a.915 save percentage and 3 nothings in an NHL career-high 31 video games. Saros likewise appeared in one championship game, stopping 20 of 21 shots dealt with (.952 SV%) against the Dallas Stars in the first round. The increase in games was motivating for Saros, who has actually had high upside for many years but stays in the shadow of starterPekka RinneRinne will turn 37 on Nov. 3, so Saros, 24, will have another opportunity to return value in mid-to-late rounds. The signing of center Matt Duchene should cause more objective assistance for Nashville’s goalies, offering Saros much more appeal late in drafts.

Mikko Koskinen, G, EDM
NHL.com rank: 213

The Edmonton Oilers goalie went 25-21 -6 with a.906 conserve percentage and four nothings in 55 games during his very first full NHL season. In spite of the Oilers disparity, Koskinen was streamable sometimes, and his 4 shutouts were connected for 10 th in the NHL. The Oilers worked with coach Dave Tippett on May 28, which could offer Koskinen a substantial increase in fantasy worth within a better protective structure. Tippett coached the Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes to the playoffs in each of his very first 3 seasons and could have a comparable impact on the Oilers, who had two of the NHL’s 6 100- point scorers last season (Connor McDavid,Leon Draisaitl) and signed veteran goalieMike Smithfor depth at the position.

Other deep sleeper prospects for 2019-20(with NHL.com rank):Vince Dunn, D, STL (183); Sam Girard, D, COL (201);Alexandar Georgiev, G, NYR (215);Andre Burakovsky, LW/RW, COL (233);Oskar Lindblom, LW, PHI (241);Colin White, C, OTT (244);Jesper Bratt, LW/RW, NJD (247);Kevin Fiala, LW/RW, MINUTES (N/A); Kailer Yamamoto, RW, EDM (N/A);Sam Bennett, LW/RW, CGY (N/A)

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Fantasy goalie top 25 rankings for 2019-20

NHL.com’s fantasy hockey goalie top 25 rankings are based on past production and expectations for next season in basic Yahoo leagues. For more dream protection, go toNHL.com/ Fantasyand subscribe totally free to theNHL Fantasy on Icepodcast.

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Sergei Bobrovsky, FLA–Signing with the Florida Panthers will benefit Bobrovsky, who will play behind a stronger forward group than he would have had if he stuck with the Columbus Blue Jackets considering elite left wingArtemi PanarinandMatt Ducheneleft in free firm. Bobrovsky is a clear top five goalie entering this season and could match his 37 wins and 9 shutouts from last season if the Panthers take the next step. Bobrovsky’s goals-against average must improve (2.58 last season) behind what need to be an enhanced defense under brand-new coach Joel Quenneville.

Florida also had the 2nd best power play (268 percent) last season and must provide Bobrovsky with lots of goal support with high-scoring forwardsAleksander Barkov,Jonathan Huberdeau,Mike Hoffman,Evgenii Dadonovand defensemanKeith YandleColumbus goaliesJoonas Korpisaloand rookieElvis Merzlikinsmight be worth targeting individually in late rounds given that it’s uncertain how their time will be split this season.

Antti RaantaandDarcy Kuemper, ARI–The Coyotes are the only team with 2 goalies in the top25 Kuemper had a 2.33 GAA,.925 SV%and 5 shutouts in 55 video games last season substituting the injured Raanta. If healthy, Raanta could see more than half of the starts this season after he went 21-17 -6 with a 2.24 GAA,.930 SV%and three shutouts in 47 games in 2017-18 but was restricted to 12 video games last season. Arizona likewise should see an uptick in offense after trading for elite extreme rightPhil KesselRaanta must be picked higher than Kuemper in drafts, however his injury risk and the reality that Kuemper played so well last season help the latter’s case for a late-round flier.

Semyon Varlamov, NYI–After splitting time and ultimately getting supplanted byPhilipp Grubauerwith the Colorado Avalanche, Varlamov’s dream stock is on the increase after signing a four-year contact with the New york city Islanders on July 1. He will likely begin the season as the No. 1 goalie ahead ofThomas Greissand has more fantasy appeal thanRobin Lehner, whom he replaced after Lehner signed a 1 year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Varlamov has a ceiling of being a top-10 dream goalie, especially with the Islanders, who permitted the fewest goals in the NHL last season (191). Varlamov, who hasn’t began more than 50 games in the past 3 seasons and hasn’t had at least 30 wins considering that 2013-14(41), must see increases across the board from last season’s varieties of 20 wins, a 2.87 GAA,.909 conserve percentage and 2 nothings.


Basic goalie classifications include wins, goals-against average, save percentage and nothings. Worth has been quantified based on elements consisting of but not restricted to past production, team goalie situations, expected start volume, forecasted objective support (or do not have thereof), injury history, sleeper, bounce-back or breakout capacity, anticipated regression, age and agreement status( UFA: *; RFA: **)INJindicates gamer with injury issue for next season.

1.Ben Bishop, DAL (SAME)

2.Andrei Vasilevskiy, TBL (SAME)

3. Sergei Bobrovsky, FLA ( 5 )

4.Marc-Andre Fleury, VGK (-1 )

5.Tuukka Rask, BOS (-1 )

6.Frederik Andersen, TOR ( 1 )

7.Pekka Rinne, NSH ( 2 )

8.Carey Cost, MTL (-3 )

9.Jordan Binnington, STL ** (-3 )

10John Gibson, ANA (SAME)

11Braden Holtby, WSH (SAME)

12Matt Murray, PIT (SAME)

13Carter Hart, PHI (SAME)

14 Philipp Grubauer, COL (SAME)

15Connor Hellebuyck, WPG (SAME)

16Martin Jones, SJS (SAME)

17 Antti Raanta, ARI ( 1; INJ.)

18Henrik Lundqvist, NYR ( 4 )

19 Semyon Varlamov, NYI (NEW)

20Devan Dubnyk, MINUTES (-1 )

21Corey Crawford, CHI (-4 )

22 Thomas Greiss, NYI (-1 )

23 Darcy Kuemper, ARI (NEW)

24David Rittich, CGY ** (SAME)

25Petr Mrazek, Cars And Truck (NEW)

Left: Robin Lehner, CHI;Jacob Markstrom, VAN;Mackenzie Blackwood, NJD

Simply missed out on:Cory Schneider, NJD;Jonathan Quick, LAK;Jimmy Howard, DET;Mike Smith, EDM;Juuse Saros, NSH;Mikko Koskinen, EDM;Alexandar Georgiev, NYR; Elvis Merzlikins, CBJ

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Fantasy defenseman top 50 rankings for 2019-20

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Roman Josi, NSH— The Nashville Predators defenseman acquired worth after the departure ofP.K. Subban, who was traded to the New Jersey Devils on June22 Josi is the specific No. 1 defenseman now and has had at least 53 points in 4 of the previous five seasons. It’s practical that Josi can match or eclipse his NHL career-high 61 points (14 goals, 47 assists) from 2015-16, the season prior to when Subban joined the Predators. CenterMatt Duchene, who signed with Nashville on July 1, also increases Josi’s fantasy outlook this season. Duchene could offer a much needed trigger to their power play, which ended up last in the NHL last season (129 percent). DefensemenRyan EllisandMattias Ekholmmight also see increased offensive production after Subban’s departure and ought to be chosen in mid-to-late rounds of standard 12- group dream drafts.

John Klingberg, DAL— The Dallas Stars defenseman went up in the rankings after the addition of forwardsJoe PavelskiandCorey Perry, who each concurred to agreements on July 1. Klingberg missed out on 18 games with several injuries but was on rate for 58 points over a full season. He had nine points (2 objectives, seven helps) in 13 Stanley Cup Championship game and must quarterback the top power-play unit with Pavelski and important forwardsTyler Seguin,Jamie BennandAlexander RadulovDefensemanMiro Heiskanenled rookie defensemen with 12 goals last season and might likewise benefit from the Stars’ offseason additions.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI— The Arizona Coyotes defenseman has acquired value from the acquisition of ideal wingPhil Kesselfrom the Pittsburgh Penguins on June29 Ekman-Larsson has yet to match or surpass his 55 points (21 goals, 34 helps) from 2015-16 but should have the opportunity to do so with exposure to Kessel, who has 174 points (T-13 th in NHL) over the previous 2 seasons. Kessel might also spark forwardClayton Keller, who had 65 points as a novice however saw a dip in production last season (47 points). With the expectation that Kessel will supply a much-needed boost to Arizona’s offense, Ekman-Larsson needs to be targeted among the 25 best at the position.


Basic Yahoo categories consist of goals, assists, plus/minus, power-play points, shots on objective and pinches hit skaters. … Worth has been quantified based upon factors consisting of but not limited to previous production, defense sets, power-play usage, injury history, sleeper, bounce-back or breakout capacity, prepared for regression, age and agreement status (UFA: *;RFA: **).INJshows gamer withinjury concern

1.Erik Karlsson, SJS (SAME;INJ)

2.Brent Burns, SJS (SAME)

3.Victor Hedman, TBL (SAME;INJ)

4.John Carlson, WSH ( 1 )

5. P.K. Subban, NJD ( 1 )

6. Roman Josi, NSH ( 5 )

7.Kris Letang, PIT ( 1 )

8. John Klingberg, DAL ( 4 )

9.Dustin Byfuglien, WPG (-2 )

10Tyson Barrie, TOR ( 3 )

11Morgan Rielly, TOR (-7 )

12Seth Jones, CBJ (-3 )

13Mark Giordano, CGY (-3 )

14Torey Krug, BOS (SAME)

15Keith Yandle, FLA (SAME)

16Erik Gustafsson, CHI (SAME)

17Shea Weber, MTL (SAME)

18Cale Makar, COL ( 18)

19Alex Pietrangelo, STL (-1 )

20Thomas Chabot, OTT (-1 )

21Matt Dumba, MINUTES (-1;INJ)

22 Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI ( 4 )

23Drew Doughty, LAK (-2 )

24Dougie Hamilton, CAR (-2 )

25Rasmus Dahlin, BUF (-2 )

26 Miro Heiskanen, DAL (-2 )

27Quinn Hughes, VAN (-2 )

28Charlie McAvoy, BOS ** (-1 )

29Shea Theodore, VGK ( 1 )

30 Jacob Trouba, NYR ** ( 3 )

31Aaron EkbladFLA (-3 )

32Rasmus Ristolainen, BUF (-1 )

33Shayne Gostisbehere, PHI (-1 )

34Zach Werenski, CBJ ** (SAME)

35 Ryan Ellis, NSH (SAME)

36Ivan Provorov, PHI ** ( 1 )

37 Mattias Ekholm, NSH ( 1 )

38Ryan Suter, MINUTES (-9 )

39Mikhail Sergachev, TBL (SAME)

40Oscar Klefbom, EDM ( 1 )

41Jake Muzzin, TOR ( 1 )

42Josh Morrissey, WPG ( 2 )

43Alexander Edler, VAN (-3 )

44Colton Parayko, STL (-1 )

45Ryan Pulock, NYI (SAME)

46Vince Dunn, STL (SAME)

47Justin Faulk, AUTOMOBILE ( 1 )

48Filip Hronek, DET (-1 )

49Mike Green, DET (SAME;-LRB- *********)INJ)

50Samuel Girard, COL (NEW)

Left:Ryan McDonagh, TBL

Just missed: Jake Gardiner, TOR *;Esa Lindell, DAL; Samuel Girard, COL;Camera Fowler, ANA;Travis Sanheim, PHI;Jeff Petry, MTL;Devon Toews, NYI; Erik Brannstrom, OTT;Jared Spurgeon, MIN;Justin Schultz, PIT;Darnell Nurse, EDM; Bowen Byram, COL; Adam Fox, NYR

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Fantasy forward top 100 rankings for 2019-20

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Filip Forsberg, NSH— The finalizing of centerMatt Ducheneoffers Forsberg a greater fantasy ceiling. Duchene, who connected an NHL career-high 70 points (31 goals, 39 helps) and had 14 on the power play in 73 games with the Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets last season, need to also help the Nashville Predators improve their power play, which was worst in the NHL. Forsberg, who might transfer to Duchene’s line rather of his usual spot withRyan Johansen, has actually stood out in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and had strong per-game statistics last season but has never reached 65 points, making him a prospective bargain ahead of what could be his best season yet.

Jake Guentzel, PIT— The Pittsburgh Penguins trading right wingPhil Kesselto the Arizona Coyotes indicates Guentzel is poised for a first power-play role this season. Considering Guentzel led the Penguins with 40 objectives on an even-strength line with elite centerSidney Crosbybut used primarily the 2nd power play, Guentzel could reach a greater equipment. Another prospect to take Kessel’s area on the first unit is forwardAlex Galchenyuk, who was gotten from the Coyotes in the Kessel trade and is on the cusp of the top 100 rankings with renewed advantage.


Nazem Kadri, COL— The Colorado Avalanche acquired Kadri from the Toronto Maple Leafs to improve their secondary scoring. Kadri is also likely to be the 5th member on a power-play unit with elite forwardsNathan MacKinnon,Mikko Rantanen(limited free representative),Gabriel Landeskogand effect rookie defensemanCale MakarKadri, who had successive 32- goal seasons in 2016-17 and 2017-18, joins the top 100 forward rankings and will at least supply strong classification protection of points, shots on objective and hits. If Kadri finds chemistry with fellow newcomerAndre Burakovsky, each could be a steal in the late rounds of a dream draft.

Roope Hintz, DAL— There are a lots of possibilities for the Dallas Stars’ leading six and power-play mixes after signing flexible forwardJoe PavelskiHowever one thing is for sure; the dream stock of Hintz is on the rise regardless of whether Pavelski is on the first or second line. Hintz had mixed outcomes as a novice in the regular season however broke out for 8 points (five goals, 3 assists) in 13 postseason games on a line with primarily ideal wingMats Zuccarello, who signed with the Minnesota Wild in complimentary company. Hintz, whether he plays center or wing on the second line, is ensured to play with either Pavelski,Tyler Seguin,Jamie BennorAlexander Radulovat even strength and joins the top 100 rankings with sleeper appeal.


Standard fantasy categories consist of objectives, assists, plus/minus, power-play points, shots on objective and strikes for skaters. Forward positions indicate Yahoo eligibility from last season (topic to change in offseason). … Worth has been quantified based on aspects consisting of but not limited to previous production, forecasted line combinations, power-play use, injury history, sleeper upside, expected regression or bounce-back candidateship, age and agreement status (UFA: *; RFA: **). …INJindicatesplayer with injury issue.

1.Nikita Kucherov, RW, TBL (SAME)

2.Alex Ovechkin, LW, WSH (SAME)

3.Connor McDavid, C, EDM (SAME;INJ)

4. Nathan MacKinnon, C, COL (SAME)

5.Brad Marchand, LW, BOS (SAME;INJ)

6.Patrick Kane, RW, CHI (SAME)

7.Leon Draisaitl, C/LW/RW, EDM (SAME)

8.David Pastrnak, RW, BOS (SAME;INJ)

9.Auston Matthews, C, TOR (SAME)

10 Sidney Crosby, C, PIT (SAME)

11Mitchell Marner, C/RW, TOR ** (SAME)

12 Mikko Rantanen, RW, COL ** (SAME)

13Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA ( 3 )

14Johnny Gaudreau, LW, CGY (SAME)

15Artemi Panarin, LW, NYR ( 5 )

16Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS (-3;INJ)

17 Tyler Seguin, C, DAL (-2 )

18John Tavares, C, TOR (-1 )

19Taylor Hall, LW, NJD ( 2;INJ)

20Steven Stamkos, C/RW, TBL (-2 )

21Blake Wheeler, C/RW, WPG (-2 )

22Elias Pettersson, C, VAN (SAME)

23Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL (SAME)

24Brayden Point, C, TBL ** (SAME)

25 Sebastian Aho, C/LW/RW, CAR (SAME)

26Claude Giroux, C/LW/RW, PHI ( 3 )

27Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT (-1 )

28Mark Scheifele, C, WPG (-1 )

29Patrik Laine, LW/RW, WPG ** (-1;INJ)

30 Jake Guentzel, C/LW/RW, PIT ( 10)

31Matthew Tkachuk, LW, CGY ** (SAME)

32 Gabriel Landeskog, LW, COL (-2 )

33Jack Eichel, C, BUF (SAME)

34Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH (-2 )

35Alex DeBrincat, LW/RW, CHI (-1 )

36Mark Stone, RW, VGK ( 1 )

37 Alexander Radulov, RW, DAL (-1 )

38Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, FLA ( 1 )

39 Filip Forsberg, LW, NSH ( 2 )

40 Phil Kessel, RW, ARI ( 4 )

41Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH ( 1 )

42Sean Monahan, C, CGY (-4 )

43Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR ( 2 )

44 Jamie Benn, C/LW, DAL ( 2 )

45Max Pacioretty, LW, VGK ( 2 )

46Logan Couture, C/LW, SJS ( 2 )

47Brock Boeser, RW, VAN ** (-4 )

48Tomas Hertl, C/LW/RW, SJS ( 4;INJ)

49Timo Meier, LW/RW, SJS ( 4 )

50Jonathan Marchessault, C/LW, VGK ( 1 )

51Jakub Voracek, RW, PHI (-1 )

52 Matt Duchene, C, NSH ( 3 )

53 Joe Pavelski, C/RW, DAL ( 5;INJ)

54Sean Couturier, C, PHI (-5 )

55Jonathan Toews, C, CHI (-1 )

56Viktor Arvidsson, LW/RW, NSH ( 3 )

57Dylan Larkin, C, DET (-22)

58Teuvo Teravainen, LW/RW, VEHICLE (-2 )

59Ryan O’Reilly, C, STL (-2 )

60Evgenii Dadonov, LW/RW, FLA ( 2 )

61Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C/LW, EDM (-1 )

62Tom Wilson, RW, WSH (-1 )

63 Jack Hughes, C, NJD (SAME)

64Mathew Barzal, C, NYI (SAME)

65William Nylander, C/RW, TOR ( 4 )

66 Kaapo Kakko, LW/RW, NYR ( 4 )

67Clayton Keller, C/LW/RW, ARI ( 20)

68Kyle Connor, LW, WPG ** (-1 )

69Brayden Schenn, C/LW, STL (-4 )

70Elias Lindholm, C/RW, CGY (-4 )

71Jeff Skinner, C/LW, BUF (-3 )

72Web Cam Atkinson, RW, CBJ (-1 )

73Mike Hoffman, LW/RW, FLA ( 1 )

74Brendan Gallagher, RW, MTL (-2 )

75Evander Kane, LW, SJS (-2 )

76Anze Kopitar, C, LAK (-1 )

77Rickard Rakell, C/LW/RW, ANA (-1 )

78Kyle Palmieri, RW, NJD ( 7 )

79Dylan Strome, C, CHI (-2 )

80Paul Stastny, C, VGK ( 4 )

81William Karlsson, C/LW, VGK (-3 )

82Max Domi, C/LW, MTL (-1 )

83T.J. Oshie, RW, WSH (-1;INJ)

84Bo Horvat, C, VAN (-5 )

85Andrei Svechnikov, LW/RW, CAR (-2 )

86 Mats Zuccarello, RW, MINUTES ( 2 )

87Anthony Mantha, LW/RW, DET ( 8 )

88Pierre-Luc Dubois, C/LW, CBJ ( 2 )

89Vincent Trocheck, C, FLA ( 8 )

90James van Riemsdyk, LW, PHI ( 8 )

91Chris Kreider, LW, NYR (-5 )

92Reilly Smith, LW/RW, VGK (-12)

93 Nazem Kadri, C, COL (NEW)

94 Ryan Johansen, C, NSH (-2 )

95Brady Tkachuk, LW, OTT ( 1 )

96Mikael Granlund, C/LW/RW, NSH (-3 )

97Jordan Eberle, C/RW, NYI ( 2 )

98 Roope Hintz, C/LW, DAL (NEW)

99J.T. Miller, C/LW/RW, VAN ( 1 )

100Nick Schmaltz, C/LW, ARI (NEW;INJ)

Dropped out:David Krejci, C, BOS;Jaden Schwartz, LW, STL;Nino Niederreiter, LW/RW, AUTOMOBILE

Just missed out on:Nico Hischier, C, NJD;Nikolaj Ehlers, LW/RW, WPG (INJ);Patric Hornqvist, RW, PIT; Alex Galchenyuk, C/LW, PIT;Zach Parise, LW, MIN;Anders Lee, LW, NYI;Dustin Brown, RW, LAK;Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANA;Jake DeBrusk, LW/RW, BOS;Gustav Nyquist, LW/RW, CBJ;David Perron, LW/RW, STL;Sam Reinhart, C/RW, BUF;Tyler Bertuzzi, LW/RW, DET;Andreas Johnsson, LW/RW, TOR;Marcus Johansson, LW, BUF;Jakob Silfverberg, RW, ANA;Ryan Donato, C/LW/RW, MINUTES **;Yanni Gourde, C/LW/RW, TBL;Kevin Labanc, LW/RW, SJS;Ondrej Kase, RW, ANA (INJ)

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Fantasy mailbag: Ripple effect of Sabres improvements

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@JamesCripps_: How do you seeRasmus Dahlin‘s value [after Buffalo’s offseason moves]?

The Buffalo Sabres must be a more constant, competitive group after signing left wingMarcus Johanssonon Saturday and acquiring well-rounded defensemanColin Millerfrom the Vegas Golden Knights on June 28, attending to clear secondary needs. Dahlin scored 44 points, 20 on the power play, as an 18- year-old novice defenseman and will nearly certainly enhance on his even-strength point total in his 2nd season with supports around him.

Dahlin, who shoots left, can be coupled with a right-shot defenseman in Miller,Brandon MontourorRasmus Ristolainen, providing the Sabres a variety of choices to optimize their emerging star at the position. With Johansson, Miller and the re-signing of leading objective scorerJeff Skinner(40 last season), Dahlin is in line for a minimum of 50 points. The only way Dahlin does not get to 50 is if he is bumped to the 2nd power-play unit to keep Ristolainen up top, extremely unlikely given Dahlin’s success in those situations last season and his long-lasting ceiling.

Video: BUF@DET: Dahlin buries PPG through traffic in front

Johansson provides the Sabres a reward to break up their top line ofJack Eichel, Skinner andSam Reinhartfor more balance; those top-line forwards each scored at least 63 points last season, but Buffalo’s next highest-scoring forward wasConor Shearywith34 Johansson will at least bring some 5-on-5 exposure to Dahlin and might likewise get a trial on the top line and/or very first power play with Eichel under brand-new coach Ralph Krueger. A safe projection for Johansson is 45-50 points with a higher ceiling if he gets prime positioning.

Buffalo frequently utilized Dahlin, who balanced 21: 09 per game (2: 51 on power play) as a novice, and Rasmus Ristolainen on the exact same power-play system last season however also rotated in forwards who were not fantasy-relevant (Sheary,Kyle Okposo,Casey Mittelstadt, Jason Pominville) at different points. It’s worth noting center prospect Dylan Cozens (No. 7 choice in 2019 NHL Draft) had thumb surgical treatment and will need 2-3 months to recover, making it most likely Reinhart will be focusing the 2nd line (probably with Johansson) on opening night.

@popo: Who has everyone forgotten because in 2015 they were hurt or on a bad team and will be a sleeper this year?

2 players come to mind from the Arizona Coyotes: forwardNick Schmaltzand goalieAntti RaantaIt’s hard to think the Coyotes came as close as they did to a Stanley Cup Playoff spot with these two gamers injured in the final months of the regular season. Raanta was arguably the dream playoff MVP down the stretch of the 2017-18 season, and Schmaltz was playing top-line minutes withClayton Kellerand close to a point per game (14 points in 17 games) after being obtained from the Chicago Blackhawks last season. The addition of elite extreme rightPhil Kesseldirectly benefits Raanta from a goal-support perspective and Schmaltz as a potential linemate. If the Coyotes make the playoffs for the very first time since 2011-12, dream owners can anticipate one or both of these players to return severe value based on average draft position.

@JLaczo15: What’s your projection for [Nazem] Kadri and likely linemates [Tyson] Jost, [Andre] Burakovsky and/or [J.T.] Compher?

Kadri gets an increase in dream value from the trade to the Colorado Avalanche, where he needs to be the second-line center and on the very first power play after being on the Toronto Maple Leafs power play however likewise stuck as the third-line center behind elite gamersAuston MatthewsandJohn TavaresKadri fills a secondary void for the Avalanche and likewise brings restored wish for Burakovsky, who might flank the two-way center and provide Colorado a new appearance. Jost remains a work in development, however it was motivating to see Compher chip in throughout the postseason, specifically with a three-point video game (2 goals, one assist) with the Avalanche dealing with removal in Game 6 of the Western Conference 2nd Round versus the San Jose Sharks.

A 2nd line of Kadri focusing Burakovsky and Compher is most likely how Colorado will start the season, and Kadri is a bounce-back candidate who can deliver 50-55 points with 25-30 goals and 15-20 power-play points (especially if he’s on the first system withNathan MacKinnon, etc.). With hallmark protection of hits and shots on objective, Kadri can become a top 100 general fantasy gamer once again, even at the deep center position. As far as Burakovsky, Compher and Jost, it will be difficult for any of them to surpass 45 points because of the likely rotation ahead and second power-play usage.

Video: Kadri changes Avalanche’s lineup, outlook next season

@B_Habs27: Projection for [Mathew] Barzal?

Barzal is bound to finish somewhere in between his rookie overall (85 points) and last season (62), when he had a change duration under defensive coach Barry Trotz. The New York City Islanders have actually brought back both of Barzal’s linemates, left wingAnders Leeand ideal wingJordan Eberle, and it was also a good indication that Eberle thrived late in the regular season and in the postseason after being reunited with Barzal.

Eberle is primed for a bounce-back season of 55-60 points (had 59 with Islanders in 2017-18), and Barzal ought to be back in the 70 s in his contract year (potential 2020 limited totally free agent). The Islanders raised defensemanDevon Toewsto the very first power play in the playoffs, a relocation that caused enhanced production and needs to help Barzal get better in PPP (27 as rookie; 18 last season). Barring a trade (or use sheet) to bring much better top-line talent to the Islanders, let’s safely project Barzal for 71 points in his 3rd season.

@KruisinBrink: Who gets more points with their new team next year:Tyson Barrieor Jacob Trouba?

Trouba may extremely well see more first power-play use with the Rangers than Barrie will with the Maple Leafs, however Barrie (prospective 2020 unrestricted free representative) will probably score more points from even-strength direct exposure to Matthews, Tavares andMitchell Marner(limited free agent) alone. This is a similar situation to the Sharks withBrent BurnsandErik Karlsson; the Maple Leafs now have two elite scoring defensemen on the very same group and need to keep each involved and efficient but also not bury one in favor of the other. Barrie and Rielly could each score at least 55 points this season, in some cases playing together on the very first power play and other times turning with each other. Trouba has a chance to match or exceed his point total from last season (50), however, even with elite left wingArtemi Panarin, there’s much less skill around Trouba compared to what he had with the Winnipeg Jets or what Barrie has in Toronto.

Video: Trouba goes over enjoyment, signing up with Rangers rebuild

@DMalles98: Who do you see playing 2C for the New York City Rangers? Vitali Kravstov has played there for the Russian World Junior Champion group, or do you see someone else or perhaps even a trade coming for someone likeChris Kreider?

Kreider is entering a contract year (potential 2020 UFA) and will likely be polished off the top line in favor of Panarin. If Kreider remains and is on a line with either Kaapo Kakko,Pavel Buchnevichor Kravstov on the opposite wing, the Rangers will have a drastically better 2nd line than last season. New York’s options at second-line center (behindMika Zibanejad) are in this order:Filip Chytil,Brett Howden,Lias Anderssonand after that maybe Kravstov. After a remarkable proving at Rangers development camp, Kravtsov has sneaky fantasy advantage however will likely be on the wing instead of center, at least for the upcoming season.

@MrTex25: Do you believeSemyon Varlamovcould be a late-round sleeper [with the Islanders]?

There’s every factor to believe Varlamov can do precisely whatRobin Lehnerdid last season with the Islanders under Trotz and director of goaltending Mitch Korn. Varlamov might even have a greater fantasy ceiling than Lehner if he ends up being the full-time starter overThomas Greiss, who remains in an agreement year (capacity 2020 UFA) and has battled with year-to-year consistency. The dream goalie landscape truly weakens after the top 100, so someone will likely reach for Varlamov inside the top 120, which is still fantastic worth but not quite “sleeper” territory. Varlamov is a bounce-back candidate in a great spot and ought to go right around Raanta and ahead of most timeshare goalies (Corey Crawford,Darcy Kuemper,David Rittich,Cory Schneider, and so on).

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Fantasy mock draft 1.0 analysis for 2019-20

NHL.com has carried out an early fantasy hockey mock draft (12 groups, 192 gamers) with Pete Jensen, Rob Reese and David Satriano. For more fantasy coverage, go toNHL.com/ Fantasy

DREAM PROTECTION:Panarin impact|Bobrovsky|Duchene|Kessel|Roundup

NOTES:This is a non-keeper mock draft with basic categories (objectives, assists, plus/minus, power-play points, shots on objective and hits for skaters; wins, goals-against average, conserve percentage and shutouts for goalies). Positions indicate Yahoo eligibility from last season (subject to alter this offseason). … Unrestricted

and limitedcomplimentary agents are noted.


1.Nikita Kucherov, RW, TBL (Satriano – Team 1)
2.Connor McDavid, C, EDM (Reese – Team 2)
3.Alex Ovechkin, LW, WSH (Jensen – Team 3)
4.Patrick Kane, RW, CHI (Satriano – Group 4)
5.Nathan MacKinnon, C, COL (Reese – Group 5)
6.Brent Burns, D, SJS (Jensen – Team 6)
7.Sidney Crosby, C, PIT (Satriano – Team 7)
8.Auston Matthews, C, TOR (Reese – Team 8)
9.Brad Marchand, LW, BOS (Jensen – Team 9)
10Ben Bishop, G, DAL (Satriano – Group 10)
11Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, TBL (Reese – Group 11)
12Leon Draisaitl, C/LW/RW, EDM (Jensen – Group 12)

Analysis:Kucherov went first over McDavid, even after not scoring an objective in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s first-round Stanley Cup Playoff exit. … Bishop was the very first goalie selected over Vaislevisky, who won the Vezina Trophy in 2019, with each preceding completion of the opening round. … Burns, the first defenseman picked, was much better than a point per game last season however a surprising pick at No. 6 after Erik Karlsson re-signed with the San Jose Sharks. … Marchand was up to ninth after the Boston Bruins’ long postseason run, throughout which he sustained numerous injuries.


13Erik Karlsson, D, SJS (Jensen – Team 12)
14 Sergei Bobrovsky, G, FLA (Reese – Group 11)
15Mitchell Marner, C/RW, TOR ** (Satriano – Team 10)
16David Pastrnak, RW, BOS (Jensen – Team 9)
17John Tavares, C, TOR (Reese – Team 8)
18Victor Hedman, D, TBL (Satriano – Group 7)
19 Artemi Panarin, LW, NYR (Jensen – Team 6)
20Mikko Rantanen, RW, COL ** (Reese – Group 5)
21Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS (Satriano – Group 4)
22Marc-Andre Fleury, G, VGK (Jensen – Group 3)
23Johnny Gaudreau, LW, CGY (Reese – Group 2)
24Tuukka Rask, G, BOS (Satriano – Group 1)

Analysis:Karlsson, the top-ranked defenseman by NHL.com, led off the second round. … Bobrovsky went much greater than his previous NHL.com rank (45) after signing with the Florida Panthers and was drafted by the group that picked Vasilevskiy in the very first round … Panarin went among the top 20 after signing with the New york city Rangers. … Elite stacks completed this round consist of Tavares with Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs), Marchand with Pastrnak (Bruins) and MacKinnon with Rantanen (Colorado Avalanche).


25Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA (Satriano – Team 1)
26Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL (Reese – Group 2)
27Taylor Hall, LW, NJD (Jensen – Team 3)
28Blake Wheeler, C/RW, WPG (Satriano – Team 4)
29Tyler Seguin, C, DAL (Reese – Group 5)
30Steven Stamkos, C/RW, TBL (Jensen – Team 6)
31Sebastian Aho, C/LW/RW, AUTOMOBILE ** (Satriano – Team 7)
32Frederik Andersen, G, TOR (Reese – Team 8)
33Elias Pettersson, C, VAN (Jensen – Team 9)
34P.K. Subban, D, NJD (Satriano – Group 10)
35Brayden Point, C, TBL ** (Reese – Team 11)
36Pekka Rinne, G, NSH (Jensen – Team 12)

Analysis:Barkov, fresh off a 96- point season (highest total in Florida Panthers history), supplies terrific worth outside the very first two rounds. … The group that prepared Ovechkin in the first round took Hall, another elite left wing, in the 3rd. … Stamkos was up to 30 th after the Lightning’s underwhelming postseason but still brings exposure to Kucherov and Hedman on the power play. … Subban was the fourth defenseman taken and is a lock to play with Hall on the New Jersey Devils’ first power play.


37John Gibson, G, ANA (Jensen – Group 12)
38John Carlson, D, WSH (Reese – Team 11)
39Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT (Satriano – Group 10)
40Claude Giroux, C/LW/RW, PHI (Jensen – Team 9)
41Patrik Laine, LW/RW, WPG ** (Reese – Team 8)
42Jordan Binnington, G, STL ** (Satriano – Team 7)
43Mark Stone, RW, VGK (Jensen – Team 6)
44Carey Price, G, MTL (Reese – Team 5)
45Morgan Rielly, D, TOR (Satriano – Group 4)
46 Tyson Barrie, D, TOR (Jensen – Group 3)
47Braden Holtby, G, WSH (Reese – Group 2)
48Jack Eichel, C, BUF (Satriano – Team 1)

Analysis:Gibson was picked greater than expected in the hope that the Anaheim Ducks will get better under new coach Dallas Eakins. … Malkin, better than a point per game in his NHL profession, was good worth at 39 th. … Binnington, who led the St. Louis Blues to a Stanley Cup title as a novice, went lower than anticipated (ninth among goalies). … Rielly, who led NHL defensemen in objectives last season (20), was up to 45 th after the Maple Leafs traded for Barrie, who was taken with the following pick. They went sixth and seventh among defensemen and are anticipated to compete for very first power-play usage.


49Seth Jones, D, CBJ (Satriano – Team 1)
50Roman Josi, D, NSH (Reese – Team 2)
51Mark Scheifele, C, WPG (Jensen – Team 3)
52Gabriel Landeskog, LW, COL (Satriano – Group 4)
53Dustin Byfuglien, D, WPG (Reese – Group 5)
54John Klingberg, D, DAL (Jensen – Team 6)
55Jake Guentzel, C/LW/RW, PIT (Satriano – Group 7)
56Kris Letang, D, PIT (Reese – Team 8)
57Matt Murray, G, PIT (Jensen – Team 9)
58Filip Forsberg, LW, NSH (Satriano – Group 10)
59Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH (Reese – Team 11)
60Alex DeBrincat, LW/RW, CHI (Jensen – Team 12)

Analysis:Josi was picked amongst the top 50 and remains a winner in this range after the departure of Subban and addition of center Matt Duchene. … Guentzel might duplicate or develop upon his 40- goal season in a likely full-time, top power-play role after extreme right Phil Kessel was traded to the Arizona Coyotes. Guentzel was stacked by the group that took Crosby previously. Three straight Pittsburgh Penguins players were taken in the fifth round. … Jones was the first Columbus Blue Jackets gamer taken; Panarin, Bobrovsky and Duchene left in complimentary agency. … Forsberg has a high ceiling with potential direct exposure to Duchene.


61Phil Kessel, RW, ARI (Jensen – Group 12)
62Matthew Tkachuk, LW, CGY ** (Reese – Group 11)
63Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH (Satriano – Group 10)
64Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, FLA (Jensen – Group 9)
65Tomas Hertl, C/LW/RW, SJS (Reese – Team 8)
66Brock Boeser, RW, VAN ** (Satriano – Group 7)
67Carter Hart, G, PHI (Jensen – Team 6)
68Philipp Grubauer, G, COL (Reese – Team 5)
69Torey Krug, D, BOS (Satriano – Group 4)
70Alexander Radulov, RW, DAL (Jensen – Group 3)
71Connor Hellebuyck, G, WPG (Reese – Group 2)
72Logan Couture, C/LW, SJS (Satriano – Team 1)

Analysis:Kessel led off the 6th round and has a possibility to end up being the Coyotes’ highest-scoring gamer of the previous years. … Tkachuk, nearly a point-per-game gamer last season, ought to return value in this range based on his elite classification coverage, first power-play use and left wing scarcity. … Hart and Grubauer were selected in the sixth round with the expectation each will be a full-time starter.


73Timo Meier, LW/RW, SJS (Satriano – Group 1)
74Sean Couturier, C, PHI (Reese – Group 2)
75Mark Giordano, D, CGY (Jensen – Team 3)
76Jonathan Marchessault, C/LW, VGK (Satriano – Group 4)
77Keith Yandle, D, FLA (Reese – Team 5)
78Max Pacioretty, LW, VGK (Jensen – Group 6)
79Erik Gustafsson, D, CHI (Satriano – Team 7)
80Martin Jones, G, SJS (Reese – Group 8)
81Alex Pietrangelo, D, STL (Jensen – Team 9)
82Teuvo Teravainen, LW/RW, Cars And Truck (Satriano – Team 10)
83Shea Weber, D, MTL (Reese – Group 11)
84Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR (Jensen – Group 12)

Analysis:Sharks linemates Couture and Meier, who might also play together on the very first power play after Joe Pavelski signed with the Dallas Stars, were stacked on the wraparound. Four Sharks went in a period of 16 picks, and 6 San Jose gamers were taken among the very first80 … Pacioretty was stacked by the team that drafted his linemate Stone earlier. … Yandle can return serious worth in this variety with power-play direct exposure to Barkov and Huberdeau under brand-new Panthers coach Joel Quenneville. … Gustafsson is a sly defensemen to target amongst the top 100 overall on the Chicago Blackhawks’ loaded first power play, led by Kane and DeBrincat. … Zibanejad will likely bring direct exposure to Panarin in the majority of situations and is an appealing pick in middle rounds.


85Jamie Benn, C/LW, DAL (Jensen – Group 12)
86Viktor Arvidsson, LW/RW, NSH (Reese – Group 11)
87Ryan O’Reilly, C, STL (Satriano – Team 10)
88Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI (Jensen – Team 9)
89Thomas Chabot, D, OTT (Reese – Group 8)
90Antti Raanta, G, ARI (Satriano – Team 7)
91Matt Duchene, C, NSH (Jensen – Group 6)
92Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C/LW, EDM (Reese – Group 5)
93Devan Dubnyk, G, MINUTES (Satriano – Team 4)
94 Jack Hughes, C, NJD (Jensen – Team 3)
95Matt Dumba, D, MIN (Reese – Team 2)
96Miro Heiskanen, D, DAL (Satriano – Team 1)

Analysis:Ekman-Larsson might be worth the reach here after the addition of Kessel and the expectation that the Coyotes will have a better offense and power play. However, Raanta is a risky option since of injury issues and a possible competitors with Darcy Kuemper. … Duchene was selected amongst the top 100 after signing with the Predators. It’s unknown which line Duchene will focus, but his multi-point prospective any given night offers him a high ceiling. … Hughes, the very first novice chosen, was stacked by the team that drafted Hall previously. Even if the two do not wind up skating on the very same line, they’ll likely be on the power play together.


97 Kaapo Kakko, LW/RW, NYR (Satriano – Group 1)
98Kyle Connor, LW, WPG ** (Reese – Group 2)
99Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYR (Jensen – Team 3)
100Joe Pavelski, C/RW, DAL (Satriano – Team 4)
101Brendan Gallagher, RW, MTL (Reese – Team 5)
102Corey Crawford, G, CHI (Jensen – Team 6)
103Drew Doughty, D, LAK (Satriano – Team 7)
104Jeff Skinner, C/LW, BUF (Reese – Group 8)
105 Semyon Varlamov, G, NYI (Jensen – Group 9)
106Dougie Hamilton, D, VEHICLE (Satriano – Team 10)
107Evander Kane, LW, SJS (Reese – Team 11)
108Rasmus Dahlin, D, BUF (Jensen – Team 12)

Analysis:Kakko, chosen soon after Hughes, has a higher goal-scoring ceiling than the Devils center if the Rangers wing skates on the top line with Panarin and Zibanejad. Lundqvist was selected amongst the top 100 (higher than prepared for) for the enhanced Rangers despite his age (37) and declining statistics … Skinner, who scored an NHL career-high 40 goals this season, went outside the top 100 because of dream concerns surrounding the Buffalo Sabres. … The goalie position began to thin out in this range, making Varlamov an appealing reach in New York Islanders coach Barry Trotz’s defensive system. It’s worth noting Varlamov went earlier than Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss.


109Quinn Hughes, D, VAN (Jensen – Group 12)
110Tom Wilson, RW, WSH (Reese – Group 11)
111 Robin Lehner, G, CHI (Satriano – Group 10)
112Sean Monahan, C, CGY (Jensen – Group 9)
113Shayne Gostisbehere, D, PHI (Reese – Group 8)
114Camera Atkinson, RW, CBJ (Satriano – Team 7)
115Jonathan Toews, C, CHI (Jensen – Group 6)
116Evgenii Dadonov, LW/RW, FLA (Reese – Group 5)
117Aaron Ekblad, D, FLA (Satriano – Group 4)
118Cale Makar, D, COL (Jensen – Team 3)
119Charlie McAvoy, D, BOS ** (Reese – Group 2)
120Jacob Trouba, D, NYR ** (Satriano – Team 1)

Analysis:Hughes was picked just outside the top 100 and ought to see time on the top power-play system with Pettersson and Boeser in his novice season. … Wilson is worth selecting in this variety based on top-line exposure to Ovechkin and hits protection; he formed a Washington Capitals stack with Kuznetsov. … Lehner needs to be readily available in this range but is a risky standalone choice and better matched as a handcuff to Crawford. … Makar, another novice defenseman, was selected by the team that took Barrie, his previous colleague. Trouba was the final choice this round and could finish among the 20 best defensemen after the Rangers’ offseason improvements. … Atkinson was the very first Blue Jackets forward taken in the mock draft. … 2 82- point scorers, Monahan and Toews, fell to the 10 th round.


121Thomas Greiss, G, NYI (Satriano – Group 1)
122Jakub Voracek, RW, PHI (Reese – Team 2)
123William Nylander, C/RW, TOR (Jensen – Group 3)
124Mike Hoffman, LW/RW, FLA (Satriano – Group 4)
125Shea Theodore, D, VGK (Reese – Group 5)
126Rasmus Ristolainen, D, BUF (Jensen – Group 6)
127Rickard Rakell, C/LW/RW, ANA (Satriano – Group 7)
128Kyle Palmieri, RW, NJD (Reese – Group 8)
129Ryan Suter, D, MIN (Jensen – Group 9)
130Zach Werenski, D, CBJ ** (Satriano – Team 10)
131Ryan Ellis, D, NSH (Reese – Team 11)
132Mathew Barzal, C, NYI (Jensen – Group 12)

Analysis:Rakell was the first Ducks skater selected in the mock draft and has bounce-back appeal. Theodore, who brings exposure to the deep Vegas Golden Knights offense, is worth targeting in this variety. … Palmieri has high power-play advantage with exposure to Hall, Subban and Hughes. … Greiss was taken as a standalone choice after new colleague Varlamov and former teammate Lehner went earlier. Two Islanders goalies were taken prior to their first skater (Barzal).


133Dylan Larkin, C, DET (Jensen – Group 12)
134Mattias Ekholm, D, NSH (Reese – Team 11)
135Elias Lindholm, C/RW, CGY (Satriano – Group 10)
136Mackenzie Blackwood, G, NJD (Jensen – Group 9)
137Ivan Provorov, D, PHI ** (Reese – Group 8)
138Anze Kopitar, C, LAK (Satriano – Team 7)
139Josh Morrissey, D, WPG (Jensen – Team 6)
140Oscar Klefbom, D, EDM (Reese – Team 5)
141 Petr Mrazek, G, AUTOMOBILE (Satriano – Team 4)
142Clayton Keller, C/LW/RW, ARI (Jensen – Group 3)
143Mikhail Sergachev, D, TBL (Reese – Team 2)
144William Karlsson, C/LW, VGK (Satriano – Group 1)

Analysis:Larkin, who broke out for 73 points in 76 video games, fell outside the top 130 based upon the abundance of center-only options. … Ekholm was picked by the group that took fellow Predators defenseman Ellis in the previous round. … Blackwood, the first rookie-eligible goalie taken, might become the starter over Cory Schneider. … Morrissey has sleeper appeal after the Winnipeg Jets traded Trouba and Tyler Myers signed with the Vancouver Canucks in complimentary agency. … Keller brings prospective exposure to Kessel in late rounds.


145Colton Parayko, D, STL (Satriano – Group 1)
146Brady Tkachuk, LW, OTT (Reese – Team 2)
147Jake Muzzin, D, TOR (Jensen – Team 3)
148Alexander Edler, D, VAN (Satriano – Group 4)
149David Rittich, G, CGY ** (Reese – Group 5)
150Paul Stastny, C, VGK (Jensen – Group 6)
151J.T. Miller, C/LW/RW, VAN (Satriano – Team 7)
152Cory Schneider, G, NJD (Reese – Group 8)
153Filip Hronek, D, DET (Jensen – Team 9)
154Jonathan Quick, G, LAK (Satriano – Group 10)
155Juuse Saros, G, NSH (Reese – Team 11)
156Dylan Strome, C, CHI (Jensen – Team 12)

Analysis:The Golden Knights’ top line was stacked by one group after Stastny went this round, an interesting technique for preseason drafts. … Miller has sleeper appeal after being acquired by the Canucks. … Strome was stacked by the group that selected his linemate DeBrincat earlier. … Quick, a once-elite goalie readily available much behind usual, is a prospective draft bargain if the Los Angeles Kings significantly improve under new coach Todd McLellan.


157Anthony Mantha, LW/RW, DET (Jensen – Team 12)
158Nazem Kadri, C, COL (Reese – Group 11)
159Ryan McDonagh, D, TBL (Satriano – Group 10)
160Brayden Schenn, C/LW, STL (Jensen – Group 9)
161James van Riemsdyk, LW, PHI (Reese – Team 8)
162Vince Dunn, D, STL (Satriano – Team 7)
163Darcy Kuemper, G, ARI (Jensen – Group 6)
164T.J. Oshie, RW, WSH (Reese – Team 5)
165Jacob Markstrom, G, VAN (Satriano – Group 4)
166Andrei Svechnikov, LW/RW, Cars And Truck (Jensen – Team 3)
167Mikko Koskinen, G, EDM (Reese – Team 2)
168Justin Faulk, D, AUTOMOBILE (Satriano – Team 1)

Analysis:If Kadri go back to 30- goal kind with the Avalanche, he’ll be a take outside the top 150 due to the fact that of his classification protection. … Van Riemsdyk is a late-round gem with 40- objective potential for the improved Philadelphia Flyers with center Kevin Hayes under brand-new coach Alain Vigneault. … Mantha was stacked by the team that took Larkin previously, and Koskinen, who has deep sleeper upside under new coach Dave Tippett, went to the group that took McDavid in the very first round.


169Alexandar Georgiev, G, NYR (Satriano – Team 1)
170 Erik Brannstrom, D, OTT (Reese – Team 2)
171Devon Toews, D, NYI (Jensen – Group 3)
172Roope Hintz, C/LW, DAL (Satriano – Team 4)
173Pavel Buchnevich, RW, NYR ** (Reese – Team 5)
174Max Domi, C/LW, MTL (Jensen – Group 6)
175Tyler Myers, D, VAN (Satriano – Team 7)
176Ryan Johansen, C, NSH (Reese – Team 8)
177Alex Galchenyuk, C/LW, PIT (Jensen – Team 9)
178Mike Green, D, DET (Satriano – Group 10)
179Ondrej Kase, RW, ANA (Reese – Group 11)
180Ryan Pulock, D, NYI (Jensen – Group 12)

Analysis:Brannstrom is a sly rookie choice if he plays huge minutes for the Ottawa Senators. … Kase is an injury bounce-back candidate to target in this variety with 30- objective upside. It deserves keeping in mind seasoned center Ryan Getzlaf went undrafted in this mock. … Georgiev, the very first gamer taken who was not ranked in the current NHL.com top 250, will have a chance to take playing time from Lundqvist. … Myers was the third Canucks defenseman taken in this mock draft. … Galchenyuk has sleeper potential with the Penguins if he plays with Crosby or Malkin.


181Samuel Girard, D, COL (Jensen – Group 12)
182 Adam Fox, D, NYR (Reese – Team 11)
183Nikolaj Ehlers, LW/RW, WPG (Satriano – Team 10)
184 Mats Zuccarello, RW, MINUTES (Jensen – Group 9)
185Jeff Petry, D, MTL (Reese – Team 8)
186Jimmy Howard, G, DET (Satriano – Team 7)
187Vincent Trocheck, C, FLA (Jensen – Team 6)
188Travis Sanheim, D, PHI (Reese – Team 5)
189Web Cam Fowler, D, ANA (Satriano – Group 4)
190Elvis Merzlikins, G, CBJ (Jensen – Group 3)
191Pierre-Luc Dubois, C/LW, CBJ (Reese – Group 2)
192Alexandre Texier, LW, CBJ (Satriano – Team 1)

Analysis:Fox might compete for power-play time in his rookie season with the Rangers, possibly bringing exposure to Panarin, Zibanejad and Kakko. … Howard is an uncommon No. 1 goalie available this late in drafts. … Dubois fell to the final round after the departure of Panarin, Duchene and Bobrovsky. 3 straight Blue Jackets players liquidated the mock draft. … Zuccarello was the only Minnesota Wild forward taken.

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Free agency fantasy roundup for 2019-20

NHL.com analyzes finalizings made after the start of complimentary firm that have dream implications for the 2019-20 season. For more dream coverage, seeNHL.com/ Dream


Elite left wingArtemi Panarinhas actually signed a seven-year contract with the New york city Rangers on Monday, considerably enhancing their forward group and making them among the most better fantasy groups this offseason. Panarin must now be considered a top 20 total fantasy gamer and leading five left wing.

Panarin, who was better than a point-per-game gamer in two seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets (169 points in 160 games), was the top 2019 unlimited complimentary representative on the marketplace. He signs up with the Rangers, who have actually established fantasy-relevant skaters in centerMika Zibanejad, defensemanJacob Troubaand left wingChris Kreider, along with appealing novices in forwards Kaapo Kakko, Vitali Kravtsov and defenseman Adam Fox. The addition of Panarin need to put the Rangers back in Stanley Cup Playoff contention after a short rebuild.

Read:Dream projection for Panarin with Rangers


Elite goalieSergei Bobrovskyhas actually signed a seven-year contract with the Florida Panthers, right away filling their void as the No. 1 goalie. Bobrovsky, who had his third straight season of at least 37 wins and 62 appearances (.922 save portion in period) with the Columbus Blue Jackets, need to a minimum of reproduce that production with the Panthers, making him a leading five dream goalie option for this season.

Veteran goalieRoberto Luongorevealed his retirement June 26, and the Panthers traded backupJames Reimerto the Carolina Hurricanes on June 30, leaving a clear chance for Bobrovsky to be the workhorse goalie. The addition of Bobrovsky might be the last piece to the puzzle for Florida to return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Read:Dream forecast for Bobrovsky with Panthers


CenterMatt Duchenesigned a seven-year contract with the Nashville Predators, reinforcing their depth at the position and enhancing their power play and total dream outlook for this season and beyond. Duchene ought to now be thought about a top 60 total dream gamer and Nashville’s the majority of valuable center overRyan Johansen

The 28- year-old had 58 points (27 goals, 31 assists) in 50 games for the Ottawa Senators, who moved him to the Columbus Blue Jackets prior to the NHL Trade Due Date. His production dropped with heaven Jackets initially (12 points in 23 regular-season video games), however he recuperated in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) in 10 video games. Duchene, who combined for a NHL career-high 31 objectives last season, has a ceiling of being a point-per-game gamer and needs to enhance the Predators power play, which completed last in the NHL (129 percent).

Read:Dream forecast for Duchene with Predators


ForwardJoe Pavelskisigned a three-year contract with the Dallas Stars. Pavelski, who will turn 35 on July 11, right away increases the Stars’ top-six forward group and has a high fantasy ceiling this season. Pavelski had 64 points (38 goals, 26 assists) in 75 regular-season video games and nine points (four objectives, five assists) in 13 Stanley Cup Championship game with the San Jose Sharks. It deserves keeping in mind Pavelski handled several injuries however had just missed out on one regular-season game from 2011-12 to 2017-18

He might slot in at wing on the leading line with elite centerTyler Seguinor use the second line at center or wing with sleeper forwardRoope HintzRegardless of even-strength line combinations, Pavelski should skate on the leading power-play unit with Seguin, left wingJamie Benn, extreme rightAlexander Radulovand defensemanJohn KlingbergIf healthy, dream owners must expect another 60- plus point season from Pavelski with an even higher ceiling depending on whether he’s stacked with Benn and/or Seguin.

Pavelski, who led the Sharks in objectives last season, is anticipated to be offered behind Seguin, Benn, Radulov and Klingberg in fantasy drafts however has similar advantage to those important skaters. Destiny also signed seasoned ideal wingCorey Perry, who has an outside opportunity to split the leading 6 if Pavelski plays center and could be a streaming alternative if he gets a trial on the top power-play unit.

Pavelski ought to likewise be obtainable later than previous Sharks colleaguesLogan CoutureandTomas Hertlin preseason dream drafts. Couture led the 2019 playoffs in objectives (14), and Hertl led San Jose forwards in points last season (74). The departure of Pavelski leaves a first power-play opening for the Sharks, and breakout forwardTimo Meier(limited free agent) is the preferred to be elevated to an unit with Couture, Hertl,Kevin Labanc(another RFA) and elite defensemanBrent BurnsorErik Karlsson


WingMats Zuccarellosigned a five-year contract with the Minnesota Wild. Zuccarello, who will turn 32 on Sept. 1, had 40 points (12 goals, 28 helps) in 48 regular-season video games and 11 points (4 goals, seven helps) in 13 championship game. While Zuccarello seemed a fantastic fit in Dallas, he still holds dream value for next season possibly bringing direct exposure to experienced centerEric Staalon the leading line orMikko Koivuon the second line.

The Wild have inferior fantasy talent to destiny, however Zuccarello might play 20 minutes per game like he finished with the New York Rangers last season (20: 01) and need to get first power-play usage with valuable left wingZach Pariseand defensemanMatt DumbaDream owners must expect another season of at least 50 points from the seasoned wing, who could be a sneaky late-round choice in standard 12- team fantasy drafts, however likewise has a lower ceiling with the Wild.

Video: Mats Zuccarello, Wild consent to five-year agreement


GoalieMike Smithhas signed an one-year agreement with the Edmonton Oilers, reuniting with brand-new coach Dave Tippett and increasing their depth at the position. Smith, who had the very best season of his NHL career under Tippett with the Phoenix Coyotes in 2011-12(career-high 38 wins,.930 save percentage, 8 nothings), is anticipated to compete withMikko Koskinenfor playing time in a likely timeshare scenario.

Smith, 37, went 23-16 -2 with a.898 save percentage and two nothings in 42 regular-season video games in a timeshare function withDavid Rittichfor the Calgary Flames, who finished with the most points in the Western Conference. Smith was decent despite Calgary’s early exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, beginning all five video games and going 1-4 with a.917 SV%and one shutout. Smith, like Koskinen, is a deep sleeper prospect with the offensive assistance of elite forwardsConnor McDavid,Leon Draisaitland anticipated improvement under Tippett.


Right wingWayne Simmondshas signed a 1 year agreement with the New Jersey Devils, enhancing their forward group and power-play outlook. The Devils are one of the most improved dream groups after acquiring defensemanP.K. Subban(from Nashville Predators), picking Jack Hughes with the No. 1 choice in the 2019 NHL Draft and now signing Simmonds.

Simmonds had 30 points (17 objectives, 13 assists) in 79 games last season but might get better with power-play exposure to elite left wingTaylor Hall, Subban and important best wingKyle Palmieri, and possibly among New Jersey’s top two centers, Hughes orNico Hischier, at even strength. Simmonds, who has actually offered strong protection of goals, points, power-play points and hits in previous seasons, deserves picking in the last round of requirement 12- group fantasy drafts

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Fantasy spin: Kessel trade impact on Coyotes, Penguins

NHL.com examines the dream hockey value of right wingPhil Kesselwith the Arizona Coyotes and jobs his data for 2019-20 It likewise analyzes the impact of the trade on forwardAlex Galchenyukand the Pittsburgh Penguins. For more fantasy coverage, visitNHL.com/ Fantasy

The Arizona Coyotes have acquired elite extreme rightPhil Kesselfrom the Pittsburgh Penguins, considerably improving their top-six forward group, power play and overall team dream outlook.

[RELATED:Kessel traded to CoyotesZeisberger: Kessel, Tocchet reunite]

Kessel was better than a point-per-game gamer over the previous two seasons (174 points in 164 games; T-13 th in NHL) with the 2nd most power-play points (78) over the span behind Tampa Bay Lightning ideal wingNikita Kucherov(84). With the trade to Arizona, Kessel loses valuable exposure to elite skatersSidney Crosby,Evgeni MalkinandKris Letangon the very first power play; Kessel also often had fun with Malkin at even strength throughout his time with the Penguins.

Kessel may have a lower point ceiling than the NHL career-high 92 he scored with Pittsburgh in 2017-18, however he is the highest-caliber offending player Arizona has had in current memory. The Coyotes have actually not had a 75- point scorer since Ray Whitney in 2011-12(77) or an 80- point scorer since Keith Tkachuk in 1996-97(86). Kessel is a four-time 80- point producer, reaching that mark twice with the Penguins (2017-18, 2018-19) and twice with the Toronto Maple Leafs (2011-12, 2013-14).

Kessel will be the focal point of the Coyotes’ very first power-play system with valuable defensemanOliver Ekman-Larssonand forwardsClayton Keller,Nick SchmaltzandDerek Stepan, boosting the fantasy worth of each of those skaters. Keller, who scored 65 points as a rookie in 2017-18 but regressed to 47 this season, and Schmaltz, who had 14 points in 17 video games after being gotten from the Chicago Blackhawks however missed the final months of the season with an injury, have bounce-back appeal after the acquisition of Kessel.

Video: Penguins trade Kessel to Coyotes for Galchenyuk

The best-case situation for Kessel would be to play with left wing Keller and center Schmaltz on a stacked leading line at even strength in addition to patrolling the first power play. Kessel has familiarity with Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet, who was an assistant with the Penguins when they won back-to-back Stanley Cup champions in 2016 and 2017.

The Kessel trade also enhances the outlook for Arizona’s goalies;Antti Raantawas currently an injury bounce-back candidate prior to the Kessel trade, andDarcy Kuemperhad actually a.925 conserve percentage in 55 video games this season as Raanta’s replacement. Whether among the Coyotes goalies emerges as the full-time starter or they go with a timeshare tandem, they have practical hopes for the Stanley Cup Playoffs after missing by 4 points this season.

Arizona’s offense has lots of space for enhancement after the addition of Kessel; it ranked tied for 28 th in goals per video game (2.55) and was 26 th in power-play portion (163) this season. With Kessel, 2 strong goalie alternatives and a penalty kill that was tied for the NHL’s best (850 percent), the Coyotes aim to end their playoff drought of seven seasons, the 2nd longest in the NHL behind the Buffalo Sabres (8).


The Penguins have actually gotten forwardAlex Galchenyuk, who has actually integrated for 45 PPP over the past 2 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens and Coyotes, in the Kessel trade. Galchenyuk, who has actually played center and wing in the NHL, was currently a fantasy sleeper candidate and now acquires value with possible exposure to Crosby and/or Malkin depending upon where he fits into Pittsburgh’s leading six and power-play mix.

Galchenyuk, a capacity 2020 unrestricted complimentary representative, deserves targeting in late rounds of a basic dream draft with an opportunity to assist fill the secondary scoring space left by Kessel. Galchenyuk, who scored NHL career-highs in objectives (30) and points (56) with the Canadiens in 2015-16, could match or go beyond those totals if he gets position and lineup stability with among Pittsburgh’s top centers.

Kessel’s departure likely methods left wingJake Guentzel, who scored a NHL career-high 40 goals this season, will be promoted to the very first power play, providing him a greater dream ceiling progressing. Guentzel grew on a line with Crosby at even strength however was not a routine member of the very first power-play unit.

Guentzel still scored six power-play objectives and 11 PPP this season and is now likely to rating 20-25 PPP in a full-time role on among the most potent unique groups units in the NHL. Guentzel is the preferred to take Kessel’s spot on the very first power play with Crosby, Malkin, Letang and right wingPatric HornqvistCrosby, Malkin and Letang stay elite dream alternatives at their positions in spite of Kessel’s departure. Guentzel was ranked greater than Kessel prior to the trade and will stay in that order with a higher threshold.

That stated, Kessel should exceed 70 points if the Coyotes take the next step. While Kessel might lose some appeal in fantasy drafts after going from the widely known Penguins to the up-and-coming Coyotes, he has played 774 consecutive video games (third longest active streak in NHL) and stays among the 10-15 most important dream right wings for next season.

Forecast for Kessel with Coyotes in 2019-20:82 video games, 29 goals, 43 helps, 72 points, minus-9, 27 PPP, 240 SOG, 20 hits

Draft range for Kessel in 12- group dream league: Round 6 or 7 (choices 61-84)

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Fantasy keeper / dynasty league rankings for 2019-20

NHL.com’s fantasy hockey rankings for keeper and dynasty leagues are based on past production and future capacity in long-term leagues. Dream owners in long-term formats ought to focus on gamers who will be under 23 years of ages at the start of next season. For more fantasy protection, seeNHL.com/ Dream


— New Jersey Devils centerJack Hughesis amongst the 10 most important players for keeper and dynasty leagues after being picked with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. He scored 190 points (60 objectives, 130 assists) in 2 seasons with USA Hockey’s National Group Advancement Program, surpassing Arizona Coyotes forwardClayton Keller(189 points from 2014-16) for the most in program history. With the acquisition of important defensemanP.K. Subbanand a healthyTaylor Hall, Hughes could surpass 60 points in his rookie season. Devils centerNico Hischieris also ranked amongst the top 25 and has actually standalone worth on a different line from Hughes.

— New York Rangers wingKaapo Kakkois just outside the top 10 after being chosen with the No. 2 choice in the draft. He scored 22 objectives in 45 games this season for HC TPS in Liiga, the top guys’s professional hockey league in Finland, setting a record for under-18 players; centerAleksander Barkov(Florida Panthers) had 21 objectives for Tappara in 2012-13 Kakko might lead all rookies in goals if he skates on a line with centerMika Zibanejadand left wingChris Kreider


— The Colorado Avalanche have three defensemen in the top 100 for keeper and dynasty leagues:Cale Makar,Bowen ByramandSamuel GirardMakar ought to be a first-round target in keeper and dynasty leagues after making an instant effect in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 6 points (one goal, 5 assists) in 10 video games. Makar must eventually takeover top power-play tasks fromTyson Barrie, a potential 2020 unlimited complimentary agent, bringing long-term exposure to elite forwardsNathan MacKinnonandMikko Rantanen, who’s amongst the keeper and dynasty top five.

— Vancouver Canucks defensemanQuinn Hughescan be drafted in the late first or early second round of many keeper and dynasty leagues. He had three helps, two on the power play, in 5 games and skated 21: 42 for the Canucks on April 6. Hughes needs to play huge minutes in his rookie season and bring power-play exposure to important young forwardsElias PetterssonandBrock BoeserThose three Canucks gamers are in the top 20 for keeper and dynasty leagues.

— Fantasy owners must keep an eye on New york city Rangers defenseman possibilityAdam Fox, who is anticipated to forego his senior year at Harvard University of the NCAA. Fox had 48 points (9 objectives, 39 helps) in 33 games for Harvard and need to contend for a lineup area in training camp. New york city is among the most-improved groups this offseason and has Fox, Kakko, wing prospect Vitali Kravtsov and centerFilip Chytilranked among the top 100 players for keeper and dynasty leagues.


— Philadelphia Flyers goalieCarter Hartis amongst the 10 best players in keeper and dynasty formats after going 16-13 -1 with a.917 conserve percentage in 31 games. Hart must see additional starts next season with veteranBrian Elliott, whom the Flyers re-signed to a 1 year contract June 26, anticipated to be the backup. If the Flyers return to playoff kind under new coach Alain Vigneault, Hart could go beyond 30 wins with an even greater ceiling down the road.

— Devils goalieMackenzie Blackwoodis 2nd at the position after the trade for Subban and choice of Hughes. The Devils are the most-improved dream team up until now this offseason and might complete for a postseason spot in the Eastern Conference. Blackwood was 10-10 -0, with a.918 SV%and two nothings this season and might capture the beginning task over veteranCory Schneider

— Washington Capitals goalieIlya Samsonovis just outside the top 50 after his first season in The United States and Canada, going 20-14 -2 with a.898 SV%and 3 shutouts in 37 video games for Hershey of the American Hockey League. Dream owners must be motivated that Samsonov has adapted to the smaller sized ice surface and could see time with the Capitals quickly.

NOTE:GoaliesThatcher Demko(Canucks) and Igor Shestyorkin (Rangers), each 23 years of ages, are not eligible for this list.


NOTES:Skaters who will be 22 years of ages or younger at the start of the 2019-20 NHL season are qualified for this list. … Worth has been quantified based on aspects including but not restricted to age, draft position/year, team security, forecasted long-lasting lineup placement and contract status. … Potential customers picked in the 2019 NHL Draft or earlier, including some players who have yet to play a regular-season NHL video game, have actually been included. … Potential customers who are not anticipated to have full-time NHL functions this season however are worth stashing in long-term leagues are kept in mind below


1.Connor McDavid, C, EDM
2.Auston Matthews, C, TOR
3.Mitchell Marner, RW, TOR
4.Rasmus Dahlin, D, BUF
5. Mikko Rantanen, RW, COL
6.Patrik Laine, RW, WPG
7. Elias Pettersson, C, VAN
8. Carter Hart, G, PHI
9.Jack Eichel, C, BUF
10 Jack Hughes, C, NJD
11 Cale Makar, D, COL
12 Kaapo Kakko, LW/RW, NYR
13Sebastian Aho, C/LW, Cars And Truck
14Miro Heiskanen, D, DAL
15 Quinn Hughes, D, VAN
16Matthew Tkachuk, LW, CGY
17Alex DeBrincat, LW/RW, CHI
18Brady Tkachuk, LW, OTT
19 Brock Boeser, RW, VAN
20Thomas Chabot, D, OTT
21Mathew Barzal, C, NYI
22Charlie McAvoy, D, BOS
23Andrei Svechnikov, LW/RW, AUTOMOBILE
24 Nico Hischier, C, NJD
25Jesperi Kotkaniemi, C, MTL
26 Clayton Keller, C/LW/RW, ARI
27 Bowen Byram, D, COL
28 Erik Brannstrom, D, OTT
29Timo Meier, LW, SJS
30Kyle Connor, LW, WPG
31Mikhail Sergachev, D, TBL
32Ivan Provorov, D, PHI
33Dylan Strome, C, CHI
34Zach Werenski, D, CBJ
35 Max Comtois, LW, ANA
36Pierre-Luc Dubois, C/LW, CBJ
37 Martin Necas, C, Cars And Truck
38 Filip Zadina, LW, DET
39Robert Thomas, C/RW, STL
40 Dylan Cozens, C, BUF
41 Mackenzie Blackwood, G, NJD
42 Vitali Kravtsov, RW, NYR
43 Filip Hronek, D, DET
44 Adam Boqvist, D, CHI
45 Adam Fox, D, NYR *
46Jake DeBrusk, LW/RW, BOS
47Roope Hintz, LW, DAL
48 Sam Steel, C, ANA
49 Spencer Knight, G, FLA *
50Vince Dunn, D, STL
51 Ilya Samsonov, G, WSH *
52Travis Konecny, LW/RW, PHI
53 Samuel Girard, D, COL
54 Eeli Tolvanen, RW, NSH
55 Vasili Podkolzin, RW, VAN *
56 Alex Turcotte, C, LAK *
57 Kirby Dach, C, CHI *
58 Morgan Frost, C, PHI *
59 Alexandre Texier, RW, CBJ
60Jesper Bratt, LW/RW, NJD
61 Filip Chytil, C/RW, NYR
62 Evan Bouchard, D, EDM *
63 Grigori Denisenko, LW, FLA *
64 Kailer Yamamoto, RW, EDM
65 Ty Smith, D, NJD *
66 Cole Caufield, C/RW, MTL *
67 Cody Glass, C, VGK *
68 Jordan Kyrou, C, STL *
69 Noah Dobson, D, NYI *
70Colin White, C, OTT
71 Drake Batherson, RW, OTT
72 Daniil Tarasov, G, CBJ *
73 Troy Terry, RW, ANA
74 Kristian Vesalainen, LW/RW, WPG *
75 Cameron York, D, PHI
76 Kirill Kaprizov, LW, MIN *
77 Peyton Krebs, C, VGK *
78 Matthew Boldy, LW, MINUTES *
79 Ryan Poehling, C, MTL
80 Gabriel Vilardi, C, LAK *
81 Henri Jokiharju, D, CHI
82 Vitaly Abramov, RW, OTT *
83 Barrett Hayton, C, ARI *
84 Ethan Bear, D, EDM
85 Philip Broberg, D, EDM
86 Nick Suzuki, C, MTL *
87Jesse Puljujarvi, RW, EDM
88 Trevor Zegras, C, ANA *
89Jack Roslovic, C/RW, WPG
90Nolan Patrick, C, PHI
91 Dante Fabbro, D, NSH
92 Pyotr Kochetkov, G, CAR *
93 Owen Tippett, RW, FLA *
94Michael Rasmussen, C, DET
95 Aleksi Heponiemi, C, FLA *
96 Oliver Wahlstrom, RW, NYI *
97 Moritz Seider, D, DET *
98 Linus Soderstrom, G, NYI *
99 Josh Norris, C, OTT *
100 Alexander Romanov, D, MTL

Just missed out on:Carl Grundstrom, RW, LAK; Emil Bemstrom, RW, CBJ *; Lias Andersson, C, NYR; Alexander Alexeyev, D, WSH *; Martin Kaut, RW, COL *; Victor Soderstrom, D, ARI;Conor Timmins, D, COL *; Kieffer Bellows, C/LW, NYI *; Klim Kostin, C/LW, STL *; Caleb Jones, D, EDM; Alexander Chmelevski, C/RW, SJS; Olli Juolevi, D, VAN *;Rudolfs Balcers, LW, OTT;Henrik Borgstrom, C, FLA; Tyson Jost, C/LW, COL

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