OCT. 1 UPDATE: Hockey is here! The regular season starts Wednesday. The games begin to count and so do the fantasy stats. This is your last chance to cram if you haven’t drafted your team yet – or if you’re scouring the waiver wire for some crucial pre-season adds.
These are my final rankings. You’ll notice a bushel of prospects, from Filip Zadina to Vitali Kravtsov, have dropped out, while guys like Barrett Hayton check in. That’s the nature of the pre-season: highly touted kids are players you want as late-round fliers, but it’s never a guarantee they all make their respective teams. Some do, some don’t. That’s why they’re late-round fantasy picks.
Good luck this season! Check back again in December and March, when I’ll shuffle the deck and re-rank everyone.
The top 200 fantasy player rankings are back – with some twists. First off, 200 players simply won’t do anymore. To provide you with better assistance for deep-dive drafts, I’ve ranked and analyzed 250 players. Welcome to the Top 250!
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Now, the rules for these rankings in case you’re uninitiated:
(a) This is a working list. I will periodically update it based on injuries, training camp battles and freshly announced line deployments. The ranks won’t shift much at first, but the changes will become more significant as the pre-season progresses, prospects do or don’t make their teams and injuries occur.
(b) These are fantasy rankings, not real-life rankings. Mattias Ekholm: quite possibly the best pure shutdown D-man on the planet, a guy you’d want playing 30 minutes in a playoff game, but he ranks 117 spots below Keith Yandle, the power-play maven. Yandle is the guy you want in a fantasy playoff matchup.
(c) You’ll see a few players who aren’t even guaranteed long-term roster spots ranked ahead of players whose production you can set your watch to, such as Cody Glass over Bryan Little. You want to spend your late-round picks on guys with plausible upside to turn a massive profit. Veterans like Little will populate the waiver wire all year, so why draft them? Take the kid with potential and, if he gets cut from camp or struggles early, you can always drop him after a few weeks. Chase upside, upside, upside with your last few picks.
These rankings factor in the following categories: goals, assists, plus-minus, penalty minutes, shots, power play points, hits, blocks, wins, goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts.
Please point out any glaring omissions – I’m talking top-100 guys I clearly just forgot – to me on Twitter (@THNMattLarkin), as I’m typically good for one accidental snub every year. Last time, I randomly missed Nicklas Backstrom.
1. Connor McDavid, C, Oilers: His knee rehab went from behind schedule to ahead of schedule, and the Oilers were very public about their intention of handling him carefully, so we can trust that he’s 100 percent now. Draft away.
2. Nikita Kucherov, RW, Lightning: You can’t win your fantasy draft with your first-round pick. You can lose it with your first-round pick, however. If you’re still spooked by McDavid’s knee, Kucherov is the safest player on the board. He had the most points of any player since 1995-96 last season anyway.
3. Nathan MacKinnon, C, Avalanche: Virtually impossible for defenders to contain. One point short of 100 last year, and he led the NHL in shots. Has also played every game in two of past three seasons. A super-safe pick.
4. Patrick Kane, RW, Blackhawks: Had to be one of the quietest 110-point seasons in NHL history. A bad Blackhawks team played loose, and the rebuild isn’t over, so Kane should keep racking up garbage-time stats.
5. Alex Ovechkin, LW, Capitals: At this point, we should just keep forecasting seasons in the 50-goal range until they stop. In leagues counting shots and/or hits, he still has a strong case to be a top-three selection.
6. Brad Marchand, LW, Bruins: If your league still counts penalty minutes, he’s gold, as he had 96 last year. Even without the PIMs, he’s a true star fresh off his first 100-point season. He’s peaked, but it’s a great peak.
7. Steven Stamkos, C, Lightning: Was too young, and too sublime a shooter, not to experience a massive rebound in goals. It happened last year. The floor feels like 40-50-90, and his first 100-point season remains reachable riding shotgun with Kucherov.
8. Leon Draisaitl, LW, Oilers (-4): Blossomed into elite goal-scoring force as McDavid’s regular left winger. Now it looks like Draisaitl will center his own line again. Even if he does, his floor is extremely high. The shooting percentage can regress a bit and he’ll remain a monster.
9. Johnny Gaudreau, LW, Flames: Monster first half had him on 117-point pace by all-star break before he went ice cold. A more consistent year could make him a top-three scorer in the league. The modern game has freed up his speed and creativity.
10. David Pastrnak, RW, Bruins: Unlike his two all-world linemates, Pastrnak may still be ascending. Don’t worry about his stretch-run injury, as it came in a fluke off-ice incident. He’s been durable otherwise.
11. Sidney Crosby, C, Penguins: Played best defensive hockey of his career and still managed first 100-point campaign since 2013-14. But he’s 32 now. Only 3.5 percent of all 100-point seasons have come from players 32 or older.
12. Brent Burns, D, Sharks: Even with Erik Karlsson in town, the Sharks’ offense runs through Burns. Drafting him gives you a significant advantage at the position – like owning Rob Gronkowski at tight end during his peak fantasy-football seasons.
13. Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, Lightning: The goalie position is so fickle that it’s risky to take any of them in the first round, but reigning Vezina Trophy winner ‘Vasy’ is one of the few to post consecutive great seasons. The safest goalie on the board.
14. Auston Matthews, C, Maple Leafs: One of these years, he’ll stay healthy and win the Rocket Richard Trophy. He’s been as productive as any player in the league on a per-minute basis since debuting in 2016-17. If only he’d give us 82 games. Heck, how about 75?
15. Mitch Marner, RW, Maple Leafs: The contract saga is over. Marner is back and will have enough time with the team that rust should not be a factor when the season starts. If he gets even a slight uptick in ice time, he’s capable of reaching 100 points.
16. Aleksander Barkov, C, Panthers: Puck wizard finally exploded for that mammoth season we all knew he was capable of. Has as much defensive responsibility as any forward in the league, so the 96-point output likely represents his high water mark.
17. John Tavares, C, Maple Leafs: Career highs across the board with best supporting cast of his career in 2018-19. Strong bet to repeat or come close this season, especially with linemate Marner back.
18. Mikko Rantanen, RW, Avalanche (+8): He’s back! An elite playmaker who pairs with an elite finisher at center. Should flirt with top-10 point production for years to come.
19. Artemi Panarin, LW, NY Rangers: He was the driver of play on his line in Columbus, and his company on the Rangers’ top trio could be roughly as good. Fantasy value likely unchanged on new team.
20. Mark Scheifele, C, Jets: A rare center equally adept at racking up goals and assists. Don’t be surprised if he gets 40 goals this year. He’s always been a high-percentage shooter.
21. Sergei Bobrovsky, G, Panthers: Workhorse goalies becoming rarer by the year. Not only does ‘Bob’ play as much as anyone, but he’s also elite more years than not. Strong second half and post-season last year suggest he’s rediscovered Vezina form.
22. Jack Eichel, C, Sabres: Finally had that 80-point season we all expected from him. Hard to believe he’s still looking for his first 30-goal effort, though. Still time to improve at just 22 years old.
23. Brayden Point, C, Lightning (-6): Intelligent, dynamic and still somehow underrated. Overshadowed by his superstar teammates. Point is a force in his own right and might not be finished ascending. Return from hip surgery is going to cost him a few games in October.
24. Blake Wheeler, RW, Jets: He’ll be 33 when the season starts, meaning a decline should come one of these years, but he’s such a smart player that he should keep outperforming his age a while longer.
25. Sebastian Aho, C, Hurricanes: A virtual lock for point-per-game production. Potential for more if young Andrei Svechnikov breaks out.
26. Elias Pettersson, C, Canucks: Established a high floor in his Calder season, and 10 goals in his first 10 career games flashed his monstrous ceiling. If he stays healthy, he could be a top-10 draft pick as early as next season.
27. Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, Panthers: His 92 points were quite the double-take stat. Always has great linemates, and he’s a talented playmaker himself, so he should come close to matching his breakout 2018-19.
28. Frederik Andersen, G, Maple Leafs: In three years as Leafs’ starting goalie, he leads the NHL in games started and ranks third in wins. He’s a volume beast, making him even more valuable in fantasy than real life.
29. Alex DeBrincat, LW, Blackhawks: Teams might not have given a 5-foot-7 waterbug a chance 10 or 15 years ago. In today’s NHL, DeBrincat has the space to terrorize goalies. Don’t sleep on him as a Rocket Richard contender.
30. Taylor Hall, LW, Devils: Hall is in a great situation. He will rack up points whether he plays with Nico Hischier or Jack Hughes. Even a 70-game season qualifies as a healthy one for Hall, so he’s high risk, high gain, but the gain is just so tempting right now with the improved supporting cast. He’ll be a second or a third-rounder with a first-round ceiling.
31. Morgan Rielly, D, Maple Leafs: Piles up the points pushing pucks up to the Leafs’ star scorers, and Rielly can put the puck in the net himself. His 20 goals led all NHL D-men.
32. Tyler Seguin, C, Stars: Hasn’t missed a game in three seasons. Hasn’t finished below 72 points in six seasons with Dallas. As safe as any pick on the board.
33. Claude Giroux, LW, Flyers: The Flyers improved at forward and on defense with their off-season moves. With better help, Giroux should have the puck more. He’s a safe bet for 80-plus points but may not reach 100 again as he inches toward the end of his prime.
34. Evgeni Malkin, C, Penguins: Misses too many games to be a first-round pick anymore, but we know he’ll produce like a first-rounder when he’s in the lineup. You know what you get with ‘Geno.’
35. John Carlson, D, Capitals: The perfect blend of (a) durability, (b) a huge power-play role and (c) massive ice-time totals. Carlson is a counting-stats monster.
36. Patrik Laine, RW, Jets (+5): Not only did he tumble to 30 goals, but he got 18 of them in just a 12-game stretch. On the other hand, anyone talented enough to score 18 goals in a 12-game stretch has a lot of upside left over. Laine has big buy-low potential. You don’t want him? Trade him to me.
37. Victor Hedman, D, Lightning: The big fella has the talent to finish as fantasy’s No. 1 blueliner any given season, placing third, first and third in the past three Norris votes. But his career high in games is 79. So he falls just a couple pegs since he’s always good to miss a few games.
38. Matthew Tkachuk, LW, Flames (+7): He’s Brad Marchand Lite in terms of his agitation, his PIM and his outstanding talent level. Tkachuk is good enough to score 90 points someday, but he’ll likely stay around the 75 range if he remains a second-liner who plays 17 minutes a game.
39. Mathew Barzal, C, Islanders: Last year, I advised you to hop off the bandwagon because he’d have less help and tougher matchups without Tavares. Now, I want you to do the reverse. Barzal’s value has dipped, so now we can buy a second-round talent at a third-round price in pools.
40. Jordan Binnington, G, Blues: You may be tempted to talk yourself out of Binnington and call him a flash in the pan. But the advanced metrics suggest his amazing 32-game regular season could not have been less fluky. I’m buying.
41. Erik Karlsson, D, Sharks: Maybe he’s settling in as the defenseman version of Malkin: all-world production when healthy, likely to miss a bunch of games. If he falls far enough in drafts, he might be a steal.
42. Mark Stone, RW, Golden Knights: Still better in real life than fantasy, but the gap is closing. With solid linemates in Vegas, he was a scoring machine in the post-season. Career highs across the board wouldn’t be surprising in 2019-20.
43. Sean Monahan, C, Flames: Reached personal-best production alongside regular linemate Gaudreau. If only Monahan wasn’t so streaky. Had four goal droughts of five or more games last season. It’s no problem in roto leagues, but he can be a dice roll in head-to-head formats.
44. Mark Giordano, D, Flames: He just finished with the third-most points ever in a season by a 35-year-old defenseman. He’s amazing, but we don’t want to pay for last year’s production.
45. John Klingberg, D, Stars: Consistently among the best offensive blueliners in the game, and presence of Joe Pavelski should strengthen a power play that was already pretty good.
46. Gabriel Landeskog, LW, Avalanche: Ceiling isn’t high enough to make him a true star, but linemates MacKinnon and Rantanen have hiked up Landeskog’s floor. He gets a boost in leagues counting hits and shots, a la Ovie.
47. Roman Josi, D, Predators: Double-digit goals six straight seasons. At least 49 points in five straight seasons. Doesn’t quite have the ceiling of the elite D-men ahead of him on this list, but Josi’s floor is a thing of beauty.
48. Tuukka Rask, G, Bruins: Boston is committed to playing him a bit less to keep him fresh, so we can’t count on 60 games, but that doesn’t hurt his value a ton since so many teams rest their starters more now.
49. Jake Guentzel, RW, Penguins: Played more than 85 percent of his minutes with Crosby during breakout 40-goal campaign. Great that Guentzel’s handcuffed to Sid, but it’s also a reminder of how much Guentzel depends on Crosby to score.
50. Patrice Bergeron, C, Bruins: He’s more valuable in fantasy than ever, crushing it between Marchand and Pastrnak on hockey’s greatest line, but he’s 35 and plays about 65 games a year now. Don’t overspend crazily.
51. Connor Hellebuyck, G, Jets: His rate stats nosedived with the Jets regressing defensively, and that trend might continue after all Winnipeg’s losses on ‘D,’ but Hellebuyck is, at worst, a rock-solid and durable source of counting stats. One of the safest goalies to draft.
52. Kris Letang, D, Penguins: Sometimes, when a player carries an injury-prone reputation long enough, he goes from overrated to underrated in fantasy. Letang has averaged 72 games over his past two seasons. That’s respectable by his standard, and he’ll give you D1-caliber production.
53. Timo Meier, LW, Sharks: Scored 24 of his 30 goals at even strength and should get more power-play time this season. Shot the puck 250 times last year and scored at a sustainable 12-percent clip. The floor his high and so is the ceiling. He broke out last year, and he’ll break out again to a higher level in 2019-20. I’m all in.
54. P.K. Subban, D, Devils: Assuming he stays healthy, he should return to star-caliber production in New Jersey. Less competition for power-play time. Also higher-end forward talent around him. I’ve becoming more bullish on Subban the more I think about it.
55. Seth Jones, D, Blue Jackets: An all-world defenseman who should win a Norris one of these years. But the loss of forward talent in Columbus should hurt his assist total a bit.
56. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, Blues: Really thought he was going to take the Rocket Richard mantle from Ovechkin a few years back. Instead, Tarasenko has settled in as a reliable 30-goal, 70-point guy. Plenty valuable, just not a superstar.
57. Phil Kessel, RW, Coyotes: Anyone else picturing a happy Kessel piling up points in meaningless February games? He’ll get all the ice time he wants in Arizona. I’m not convinced he even loses that much fantasy value with the trade away from Pittsburgh’s power play.
58. Torey Krug, D, Bruins: Outstanding source of assists but has single-digit goal totals in three of past four seasons. That makes him more of a lower-end D1 than higher-end.
59. Sean Couturier, C, Flyers: Second straight outstanding season proved Couturier’s breakout was no fluke. He can maintain this level but, because he’s so defense-minded, he’s likely at his peak offensively.
60. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, Capitals: From 77 to 59 to 83 to 72, the point totals fluctuate a lot year to year, and he’s not an elite source of goals. He thus can’t be a first- or second-rounder in pools right now. Will miss first three games due to suspension. Carries a bit more risk than he ever has given the circumstances.
61. Jack Hughes, C, Devils: He’s going to be a marvel, but keep in mind only one first-overall pick in the past 16 drafts has even topped 70 points. That’s why you take the forwards with 70-point floors first. Then you go nuts for Hughes if he’s available.
62. Viktor Arvidsson, RW, Predators: Found the net 34 times in just 58 games. Shooting percentage was well above his career mark, so he might regress a little bit, but he’s still a sneaky-great fantasy commodity.
63. Brock Boeser, RW, Canucks: Young enough that he can still shake the idea of being injury prone. One of the best pure shooters in the sport. He’ll get his first 30-goal campaign, and reaching 40 wouldn’t be a stretch…if he gets a full season in, however.
64. Ryan O’Reilly, C, Blues: After a career-high 77 points, a Selke Trophy, a Conn Smythe Trophy and a Stanley Cup, O’Reilly will cost more than ever in drafts. He’s a safe play but is out of upside at 28.
65. Jakub Voracek, RW, Flyers: His overall production jumps all over the place year to year, but he’s always a reliable source of assists.
66. Filip Forsberg, LW, Predators: Actually posted the best goals-per-game clip of his career last season, so we could see him crack 35 goals if he plays a full season. If he’s your LW2, you’re in great shape.
67. Ben Bishop, G, Stars: Was arguably the game’s best goalie last season. But if you get 50 games from him, you’re happy. Injury history makes him the biggest high-risk, high-gain proposition in net.
68. Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Golden Knights: Fresh off his healthiest season in years. He still carries major injury risk at 34, but Vegas’ backup goalie situation is one of the league’s weakest, so ‘Flower’ should get another big workload.
69. Kyle Connor, LW, Jets: Fast, locked into a top-six role with super-talented linemates and a lock for at least 30 goals. So much to like.
70. Jamie Benn, LW, Stars: Averaged fewest shots per game since his rookie season. That was the main reason for the crash in his numbers. With more pucks on net, he can rejoin the ranks of premier power forwards.
71. Pekka Rinne, G, Predators: Actually outplayed Juuse Saros last year, so Rinne’s grip on No. 1 job feels stronger this year. Still some downside at age 36, though. If you have a deep bench, consider handcuffing with Saros.
72. Carter Hart, G, Flyers: Was a phenom in junior and lived up to the hype as a rookie. The crease is his for years to come, and the defense should be improved. He should go from breakout rookie to legit NHL star this season – though he may only start about 50 games.
73. Dylan Larkin, C, Red Wings: The puck skills and speed always suggested he should produce high-end offense. Nice to see it finally arrive last year. Disappointing to see so many Detroit kids sent to AHL, though. Larkin’s supporting cast won’t improve yet.
74. Matt Murray, G, Penguins: Shook off the “brittle” label to start career-high 50 games, and posted a .924 save percentage after the all-star break. Still young enough to become a perennial Vezina threat.
75. Nicklas Backstrom, C, Capitals: Gets you at least 20 goals and 70 points in his sleep. He’s had a long and productive career, but he’s not really ancient at 31, and playmakers tend to age well.
76. Jeff Skinner, LW, Sabres: Rarely consistent year to year, and just when we thought Eichel finally set Skinner up for back to back good seasons…it was Victor Olofsson getting that first-line look in the pre-season.
77. Alexander Radulov, RW, Stars: He’s a stud, but he carries some mild downside this season, because the Stars have another good right winger in Pavelski, meaning there’s competition for first-line work.
78. Braden Holtby, G, Capitals: Be a bit careful. He’s been a stalwart for years, but he’s unsigned for next season and will command an enormously expensive deal. Might the Caps be motivated to play Pheonix Copley and/or Ilya Samsonov more to see what they have? Holtby’s workload could shrink slightly.
79. Keith Yandle, D, Panthers: Keeps chugging along. Led all defensemen in power-play points last year. You can probably get him at a D2 price, but you’ll get D1 points.
80. John Gibson, G, Ducks: He’s probably the most talented goalie on Earth. But his game-to-game workloads are nightmarishly challenging, and the Ducks might allow even more chances this season as they break in so many young forwards. Gibson’s goals-against average may therefore suffer.
81. Rasmus Dahlin, D, Sabres: The most hyped ‘D’ prospect since Denis Potvin lived up to the billing. Dahlin’s 44 points were the second most by an 18-year-old defenseman in NHL history. He’s still a teenager, so he’s not guaranteed to become a 60-point juggernaut in Year 2. But it certainly wouldn’t shock anyone.
82. Logan Couture, C, Sharks: Fresh off his first 70-point effort. It seems like Regular-Season Logan Couture is finally catching up to Playoff Logan Couture.
83. Jonathan Toews, C, Blackhawks: Was tempted to rank him 20 slots lower following a career year seemingly out of nowhere, but here’s the thing: thanks to Dylan Strome’s emergence, Toews can play with Kane again. That’s a recipe to collect points by the bushel once more.
84. Mike Hoffman, LW, Panthers: Busted out for 36 goals last year. Hoffman might seem relatively young, but he was a late bloomer, so he actually turns 30 this year, meaning his ascension is complete.
85. Tomas Hertl, C, Sharks: An outstanding two-way threat. Could regress a tiny bit from last year’s breakout because the Sharks’ forward depth is depleted, meaning his linemate quality could weaken.
86. Dylan Strome, C, Blackhawks: Finally, Strome delivered on the promise that made him the No. 3 overall pick in 2015. There’s no reason to split him up with his buddy DeBrincat, so the good times should keep rolling.
87. Mika Zibanejad, C, NY Rangers: Quietly had best season of his career in 2019-20. If he’s Panarin’s full-time center, might we see an even bigger year? Zibanejad offers an enticing blend of floor and ceiling right now.
88. Anze Kopitar, C, Kings: A massive bust, tumbling from 92 to 60 points. But Kopitar is practically all the Kings have at forward, guaranteeing him major minutes and a high floor. He won’t be 92-points good again, but he won’t be 60-points bad.
89. Elias Lindholm, RW, Flames: He delivered far and away his best season, slotted on Calgary’s first line, but the overall numbers deceive. He scored twice in his final 24 games. Still a good fantasy commodity but a tier below his linemates.
90. Philipp Grubauer, G, Avalanche: Was only a matter of time before he got the crease to himself. Now he’s the unquestioned starter for a team on the rise. The stock points skyward.
91. Teuvo Teravainen, RW, Hurricanes: Finally became an upper-echelon scorer last year. With a first-round draft pedigree, that was always supposed to happen. He should maintain that level, but pay attention to his line deployments.
92. Clayton Keller, RW, Coyotes: Love Keller as a bounce-back candidate. Far too talented to stay down, and presence of Kessel plus a healthy Nick Schmaltz will do wonders.
93. Evgenii Dadonov, RW, Panthers: Feels like no one talks about him. That’s great news for us. Averages 67.5 points over past two seasons, always plays with stellar linemates, and he won’t carry a brand-name ADP.
94. Matt Duchene, C, Predators (+13): Latest pre-season lines had him between Forsberg and Mikael Granlund. Excellent news for Duchene that Preds coach Peter Laviolette is willing to break up the Forsberg-Johansen-Arvidsson line.
95. William Nylander, RW, Maple Leafs: The overall stats were ugly. The advanced stats suggest he was much better than the old-guard thinkers believe, and his pre-season performance with Matthews validates that idea.
96. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, Coyotes: Still waiting for him to reach the elite stratosphere. Feels like it would’ve happened by now, but…this year offers the most support he’s ever had from the forward group. Take the plunge one more time.
97. Kaapo Kakko, RW, Rangers: Should be available later than Hughes in drafts, but Kakko could match the production. His size, smarts and experience playing against men in Finland make him the most NHL-ready member of the 2019 draft class.
98. Joe Pavelski, RW, Stars: The 38-goal explosion came with the highest shooting percentage of his career. At 35, he’s a better bet for 28 goals this season. That still makes him highly draftable.
99. Sam Reinhart, RW, Sabres: Instead of a slow start followed by a second-half surge, he gave us a sizzling start followed by a second-half swoon. If he could give us one consistent season, we’d get a next-tier breakout. Still young enough to pull it off.
100. Nico Hischier, C, Devils: Hughes’ presence isn’t a bad thing for Hischier. He’ll still play in the top six and should get better matchup insulation. He’s a first-overall pick in his own right who should keep improving.
101. Tyson Barrie, D, Maple Leafs: Toronto hype may jack up his draft price, but he worked with elite forwards on Colorado’s No. 1 power-play unit as well and, since Matthews often works the point on the power play, Barrie isn’t guaranteed to play on Toronto’s first unit.
102. Vincent Trocheck, C, Panthers: Injury woes made him a write-off in fantasy last season. He played all 82 games the previous two years, so give him a mulligan and bank on a return to the 70-point range.
103. Thomas Chabot, D, Senators: Sens’ offense is built around him. An incredible 55 points in 70 games. Production may lag until we know for sure the kids around him are ready for leap in development. Didn’t score nearly as much after Ottawa traded veteran forwards away.
104. Max Domi, C, Canadiens: So much went right that it wouldn’t be surprising to see Domi regress five or 10 points, but he’s found a home in Montreal – and on fantasy teams as a No. 2 or 3 pivot. He seems to thrive in the pressure-cooker environment.
105. Cale Makar, D, Avalanche: My Calder Trophy pick, right here. His offensive instincts have been compared to Erik Karlsson’s and, with Barrie traded, Makar has the keys to Colorado’s power play. Salivating yet? Go ahead and reach for him a round early.
106. Rickard Rakell, LW, Ducks: Down year as the talent around him evaporated. Shooting percentage should rebound from uncharacteristic 9.3 percent. If Ducks’ young forwards are ready to produce, Rakell should rise back toward 30 goals.
107. Nikolaj Ehlers, LW, Jets: Give him a do-over for slump- and injury-marred season. He’s a top-six forward on one of the league’s most fantasy-friendly teams.
108. Cam Atkinson, RW, Blue Jackets: Tough player to rank. Losing Panarin as a linemate hurts badly, but Atkinson was still plenty good before ‘Bread’ came to town. Won’t get 41 goals again, but 30? Within reach.
109. Carey Price, G, Canadiens: Might never get back to his all-world status of a few years back, but he’s still plenty good – as long as he can shake the pattern of alternating healthy and hurt seasons.
110. Pierre-Luc Dubois, C, Blue Jackets: General progression for the big, young, nasty center should offset the loss of Panarin. That might seem like a contradiction to the Atkinson note above – but Dubois is only 21.
111. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C, Oilers: Doesn’t usually get to play on McDavid’s line anymore but still gets first-team power play duty, so ‘The Nuge’ will get his points.
112. Matt Dumba, D, Wild: If he stays healthy, he has a real shot to lead all blueliners in goals. Feels like he’s going to get 20 soon enough.
113. Miro Heiskanen, D, Stars: So good at pretty much everything that he doesn’t have to rack up points to be great in real life, but he’s also talented enough to get double digit goals and 40-plus points. A beast.
114. Brady Tkachuk, LW, Senators: Mature beyond his years. Was already a 20-goal, 75-PIM player as a teen. A fantasy stud in the making.
115. Alex Pietrangelo, D, Blues: Plays a ton, gets top power-play unit time, puts up consistently good offensive totals year to year. Extremely reliable.
116. Jonathan Marchessault, LW, Golden Knights: Good for 25-plus goals and a lot of assists. A poor man’s Huberdeau. His name even sounds the same!
117. Evander Kane, LW, Sharks: Despite the injury-prone rep, he’s played 70, 78 and 75 games over the past three seasons, averaging 29 goals, with huge PIM and shot totals. Kane has become pretty bankable. Suspended three games to start season, however.
118. Kyle Palmieri, RW, Devils: Will play with Hughes or Hischier and gets to set up on a power play with Hughes and Subban added to it. I’m loving Palmieri’s environment this season. Averages 29 goals per 82 games in four seasons as a Devil.
119. Dougie Hamilton, D, Hurricanes: Blueliners who score goals are lovely. Across the past five seasons, only four D-men have done that more times than Hamilton.
120. Zach Werenski, D, Blue Jackets: Because his value as a fantasy D-man comes from goals, maybe he’s still pretty useful despite all the Blue Jackets’ losses this off-season.
121. William Karlsson, C, Golden Knights: The massive regression came. Now we know what his floor is. A pivot who can get you about 25 goals and 60 points still belongs on almost any fantasy roster.
122. Andrei Svechnikov, LW, Hurricanes: Slam-dunk breakout candidate. Big, strong, talented, a pure goal-scorer, decent chance he gets to stay with Aho. So buzzy that his ADP will likely lift him out of the bargain tier. Too bad.
123. Bo Horvat, C, Canucks: Pettersson’s presence great for the Canucks in real life but caps Horvat’s value a bit. He’s now the long-term No. 2 center, will handle the harder defensive matchups and won’t get the same linemate quality. Still a solid third center in pools.
124. Mikael Granlund, LW, Predators: Massive flop as trade-deadline addition for Preds, but gets a nice center upgrade with Duchene in town. Expect a rebound.
125. Andreas Johnsson, LW, Maple Leafs: Produced like a true first-liner on a per-minute basis once he got his shot on Matthews line. Will start the season there this time. Has immediate 30-goal upside.
126. Drew Doughty, D, Kings: Still has the ability to be a star-level performer in pools – but not the teammate support. Can only get so many points when the forwards in front of him can’t score.
127. Anders Lee, LW, NY Islanders: Production plummeted sans-Tavares, but if Lee’s rock bottom was 28 goals, that’s still pretty darned good. Go ahead and draft him expecting a return to 30 goals.
128. Brayden Schenn, C, Blues: It appears the huge 2017-18 will go down as an outlier. Returned to his solid-but-unspectacular 50-point range last season. Nothing wrong with that.
129. Brendan Gallagher, RW, Canadiens: Scored 29 of 33 goals at even strength and fired more than 300 shots. Underrated, and he’s posted almost identical numbers in consecutive seasons.
130. Kevin Labanc, RW, Sharks (+24): Maybe Labanc signed that strangely cheap contract because he knows he’s set up for career-best numbers as the only decent right-winger on San Jose’s roster right now. Every time I update the rankings, I find myself boosting Labanc again. There is no competition on that depth chart.
131. Ryan Johansen, C, Predators: He’s been useful in the assists category centering the Preds’ top line, but Duchene’s presence is a threat. He’s already stolen one of Johansen’s wingers.
132. T.J. Oshie, RW, Capitals: Safe source of 20 goals and 50 points. But he’s missed 35 games over the past three seasons and turns 33 in December. Has more downside than in the past.
133. Alex Galchenyuk, LW, Penguins: Exciting opportunity, but pump the brakes: he hasn’t even reached 20 goals for the past three seasons, so even a 25-25-50 line would make him a great success in Pittsburgh.
134. Chris Kreider, LW, NY Rangers: Provides goals and hits, but will his role shrink a bit with Panarin occupying the left wing on Line 1?
135. Nino Niederreiter, RW, Hurricanes: Magical after trade to Carolina but tanked with one goal in 15 playoff games. Plenty of upside but also downside because he’s inconsistent.
136. Nazem Kadri, C, Avalanche: Topped 30 goals in consecutive seasons the last time he was tasked with second-line duty. Regressed as a third-liner. Will be given much more to do in Colorado, so his stock trends back up.
137. Charlie McAvoy, D, Bruins: Always a popular breakout pick, and the breakout has happened in terms of his real-life importance to Boston, but the big fantasy season hasn’t arrived yet. It will if he can get through a full season healthy for a change.
138. Ryan Getzlaf, C, Ducks: Still a strong option for assists, but you can only expect about 15 goals a year now, and he’s a near-lock to miss 15-plus games for health reasons. He’s starting to wither at 34.
139. Nick Schmaltz, C, Coyotes: For all the talk of the Blackhawks stealing Strome in the trade – Schmaltz came to the desert and had 14 points in 17 games before blowing out his knee. Need to see at least one of Kessel and Keller on his line, though.
140. David Krejci, C, Bruins: The quintessential boring vet. When you’re about to reach on a prospect pick, remind yourself: 50 points is a great rookie year, and 50 points is what Krejci gets every year automatically, at minimum.
141. Tomas Tatar, LW, Canadiens: Tough to forecast year to year, but he was a marvel at even strength last year, and the shooting percentage aligned with his norms, so a repeat of his 25-33-58 line isn’t too much to ask for.
142. Devan Dubnyk, G, Wild: One of the most reliable goalies in fantasy and real life over the past half decade, but the team around him is declining, and his division is devastatingly tough, so it’s getting harder for him to post starter-worthy stats.
143. Erik Gustafsson, D, Blackhawks: Can’t remember the last time a D-man exploded this unexpectedly to become a top-notch fantasy commodity. Maybe Dick Tarnstrom? Among blueliners with 100 shots, Gustafsson had the highest shooting percentage in the NHL. I’d expect that to regress a bit. Buyer beware.
144. Ryan Ellis, D, Predators: Won’t share top power-play unit minutes with Subban anymore. That sets Ellis up for the best offensive totals of his career.
145. Aaron Ekblad, D, Panthers: He’s already fantasy-worthy because of his goal totals, but will we ever get that big spike in assists? At 23, he’s still a baby in defenseman years. The breakout could happen.
146. Jacob Trouba, D, NY Rangers: Known for his all-around defensive play but tossed up 50 points last season. Weaker supporting cast in Manhattan than Winnipeg, but Trouba’s role will be bigger. Net result: he should still be a pretty good point producer.
147. Shayne Gostisbehere, D, Flyers: Seems to alternate good and bad years. An adventure defensively at times. Is he in danger of landing in new coach Alain Vigneault’s doghouse?
148. Tom Wilson, RW, Capitals: A must-own player in leagues that count hits and/or PIM, because he’ll also give you 20 goals as Washington’s first-line right winger. Just understand that his next suspension could cost him literally half a season, so you’re rolling the dice by drafting him.
149. Quinn Hughes, D, Canucks: A scintillating talent, not far off from Makar. But remember that 40 points would qualify as an elite rookie effort.
150. Kasperi Kapanen, RW, Maple Leafs: Kapanen isn’t a natural finisher, but that might not matter if he can stay on a line with Marner and Tavares. This is the biggest opportunity of Kapanen’s career.
151. Travis Konecny, RW, Flyers: Already established as a 25-goal man, and he’ll have good linemates whether his center is Giroux, Kevin Hayes or Nolan Patrick. Plus Konecny is still only 22.
152. Anthony Mantha, RW, Red Wings: Last year, he matched his 2017-18 production but in 13 fewer games. He’s ready for his first 30-goal season and will continue getting big opportunities on a talent-starved team.
153. Mats Zuccarello, RW, Wild: Had been quite durable before last season, so I wouldn’t worry too much about his injuries in 2018-19. We know who he is at this point. Needed to land on a better team for his fantasy value to spike. He should be good for 15-35-50 or so.
154. Jonathan Drouin, LW, Canadiens: The stats don’t match the speed, vision and all-around talent, but he’s established a 50-point floor and, at 24, could still accomplish more.
155. Jakub Vrana, LW, Capitals: Instead of busting out like many expected, he’s inched along, getting a bit better every year. Now he’s a quietly handy 24-goal guy. Talented enough to do more, but fellow left winger Ovie blocks him from bigger role.
156. Paul Stastny, C, Golden Knights: Really effective centering Max Pacioretty and Stone but has missed double-digit games in four of past five seasons.
157. Martin Jones, G, Sharks: Sharks often won in spite of, not because of, Jones last season. But he still starts a lot of games on a good team. Has fantasy value for his volume stats. One of the only goalies who starts 60-plus games a year.
158. Shea Theodore, D, Golden Knights: The power-play quarterback on a team that has added a lot of talent over the past year. Theodore has all-star upside. Despite his shocking reveal this week of a testicular cancer diagnosis, he has fully recovered and is ready for the season.
159. Andreas Athanasiou, LW, Red Wings: Talent was always there. Realized it last year. Since he’s known to land in his coach’s doghouse from time to time, I’d like to see him do it two years straight before making a big draft-day investment.
160. Shea Weber, D, Canadiens: Who knows if he’ll ever play a full season again, but he actually produced like his old self when he was in the lineup last season. He can help you if he falls far enough in your draft.
161. Jake DeBrusk, LW, Bruins: Continues to blossom as goal-scorer. Drives the net fearlessly. His style taxes his body, though. Concussion news after playoffs was scary.
162. Reilly Smith, RW, Golden Knights: He’s not a guy you get excited about drafting, but you can set your watch to his 50 or 60 points.
163. Nikita Gusev, LW, Devils (+5) : Is he Artemi Panarin 2.0 or Vadim Shipachyov 2.0? The Devils will put him in position to be the former, as Gusev will play in their top six with Jack Hughes. Gusev has claimed he wants to score 128 points (!) this season, and while that’s a pipe dream, he certainly has major upside.
164. Josh Bailey, RW, NY Islanders: Consistently gives you above-average assist totals from the wing, with miniscule goal totals. He’s the poor man’s Voracek.
165. James van Riemsdyk, LW, Flyers: Increasingly one-dimensional but still scores at his usual 30-goal clip.
166. Jaden Schwartz, LW, Blues: The real Schwartz lies between the regular-season bust and the playoff boom. Good player, but is he worth the annual injury headache?
167. Tyler Johnson, RW, Lightning: Equalled his career high in goals and has settled in as a finisher after moving from center to wing. But won’t score on 17.8 percent of his shots again. Mild regression candidate.
168. Pavel Buchnevich, RW, NY Rangers: Hasn’t flashed ceiling to match talent, but so far he has the edge on Kakko for the coveted first-line spot on the right wing. If Buchnevich stays there: career year.
169. Petr Mrazek, G, Hurricanes (+15): He was one of NHL’s best goalies after the all-star break last year. He could be top-10 at his position if he’s finally figured it out. But James Reimer is a good enough No. 2 to keep the heat on Mrazek. He’s a boom/bust selection once more.
170. Jared Spurgeon, D, Wild: Possibly the NHL’s most underrated D-man. In fantasy: a solid bet for 10-30-40. Not a world-beater, but a good D2 or D3 pick.
171. Jordan Eberle, RW, Islanders: Last year’s totals were puzzling given his talent and situation. His big playoff effort reminded us how good he can be. He should at least return to 50-point range.
172. Gustav Nyquist, LW, Blue Jackets: The opportunity for a career year is there, but that’s dependent on him earning top-line work. Right now, he isn’t.
173. Ryan Suter, D, Wild: Has reached his mid-30s but rarely misses a game and, lockout year excluded, has delivered at least 30 assists 10 years in a row.
174. Ryan Pulock, D, NY Islanders. With his devastating shot, we should expect a 15-goal season soon, and he offers a nice grab bag in leagues with expanded stat categories: shots, hits and blocks aplenty.
175. Brock Nelson, C, NY Islanders: Big spike in responsibility made him a No. 2 center and helped him produce career-best numbers. Role is unchanged this season.
176. Justin Faulk, D, Blues: From a fantasy perspective, I’m lukewarm at best on the landing spot. Blues’ D-corps is as crowded as Carolina’s was.
177. Max Pacioretty, LW, Golden Knights: No longer a safe bet for 30 goals, but not so old that he can’t get back to that level. Buy him expecting 20 and maybe you get lucky.
178. Mikhail Sergachev, D, Lightning: Tampa lost a bunch of blueliners last year. It needs Sergachev to take on a bigger role, and he’s flashed the talent to become a star defenseman in fantasy and real life. Breakout alert.
179. J.T. Miller, LW, Canucks: Can’t deliver a consistent 82-game effort, but he’s flashed the ability to produce when playing with star scorers. Just a matter of which line he settles on.
180. David Perron, RW, Blues: Never a great bet to stay healthy, but he averages 22 goals and 62 points per 82 games across past three seasons. Worth using between infirmary visits.
181. Yanni Gourde, LW, Lightning: The company he keeps makes him a must-own in deeper formats. He hasn’t risen above the middle six in the past, but the Miller trade might open that door a bit for Gourde.
182. Kevin Hayes, C, Flyers: Does a lot of things well in real life, moving swiftly for a big guy and chipping in on the penalty kill, so his game isn’t about pure offense. But he accumulated more points than he ever has last year, and he could get 50 in his Philly debut.
183. Antti Raanta, G, Coyotes (-20): His .920 career SP tells us he’s a really nice commodity when he’s healthy, but Darcy Kuemper has earned a big share of the goaltending pie after being so good as an injury replacement last year. The lack of volume will hold back Raanta’s fantasy value…
184. Darcy Kuemper, G, Coyotes (-20): …and vice versa. Both should be handy plays in leagues with benches at least.
185. Jared McCann, LW, Penguins : Broke out after trade to Pittsburgh landed him on Crosby’s line. Could get 25 goals if he stays there, but the lines have already been juggled in the pre-season. Chasing the Crosby linemates can get exhausting in fantasy pools.
186. Rasmus Ristolainen, D, Sabres: Has been a pretty valuable pool pick in recent years thanks to his across-the-board stat contributions, but now he’s competing with other puck-movers for power-play time. Ristolainen needs a fresh start on a new team.
187. Jake Gardiner, D, Hurricanes: His offensive ability has never been in doubt, and while he leaves a higher-scoring team, his odds of first-unit power play work go up in Carolina, making him a 50-point threat again.
188. David Rittich, G, Flames: Was a pretty good fantasy goalie for much of last season, yet Calgary didn’t trust him enough to start him over grizzled Mike Smith in the playoffs. Rittich has the inside track to start this season, but Cam Talbot is a threat.
189. Alex Tuch, RW, Golden Knights (-27): Deserves a higher rank but can’t be trusted to keep improving until he can escape the third line. The ability is there. Week-to-week with an upper-body injury. Won’t be ready for start of season.
190. Sam Steel, C, Ducks: Eye-popping point totals in major junior and looked good in first year as a pro, split between AHL and NHL. The Ducks are committed to youth, and Steel has already worked as the No. 2 center in pre-season. I wanted to boost him in the ranks, but a lower-body injury clouds his opening-night status.
191. Ondrej Kase, RW, Ducks (-7): Scored at a 30-goal clip last year, and the Ducks need someone to step up and be their front-line right winger, but the injury bug is back already. He’s doubftul for opening night.
192. Semyon Varlamov, G, Islanders: Arguably better now than Robin Lehner was a year ago, and now Varlamov gets his chance for Mitch Korn’s guidance, so we can draft Varlamov expecting his best numbers in years. But…
193. Thomas Greiss, G, Islanders: …Greiss isn’t going anywhere. He was just as good if not better than Lehner last season and should start almost half the Isles’ games again. He and Varlamov are good for rate-stats leagues but drain each other’s value in volume-stat leagues.
194. Josh Morrissey, D, Jets: Best offensive production of his career on a per-game basis in 2018-19, and he was originally drafted to be a puck-mover, so the points might be here to stay. And Jets need him badly with so many bodies missing from last year’s lineup.
195. Ryan McDonagh, D, Lightning: Gets points simply by being on the ice a lot with elite players, but he’ll never be a power-play stalwart on this team.
196. Mattias Ekholm, D, Predators: An all-world real life blueliner, one of the game’s best shutdown artists, but he’s so well-rounded that he likely won’t improve beyond the 40-point threshold now. He has too much to do.
197. Josh Anderson, RW, Blue Jackets: Even-strength goal guy. Shoots a lot, hits a lot. A good own in deeper leagues with expanded stat categories.
198. Corey Crawford, G, Blackhawks: Ticketed for “No. 1” duty in Chicago. But his brain-injury history makes him the riskiest goalie to draft, period. And…
199. Robin Lehner, G, Blackhawks: …Lehner isn’t making $5 million this year to ride the pine. We’re looking at a timeshare situation on a subpar team in hockey’s toughest division. Two great goalies, but they cannibalize each other’s value.
200. Colin White, C, Senators: He’s a two-way forward, not an offensive dynamo, but he’s Ottawa’s No. 1 center by default. Even on a bad team, that role is fantasy-friendly.
201. Ryan Donato, LW, Wild: Had 16 points in 22 games after deadline-day trade to Minnesota. He can play, and he has a path to meaningful minutes again.
202. Alexandre Texier, C, Blue Jackets: Plays with a ferocity that earned coach John Tortorella’s trust quickly. Texier getting huge opportunity on top line of a Columbus team that needs a youngster to step up.
203. Dustin Byfuglien, D, Jets: Still absolutely fills the stat sheet like no other blueliner when he plays. But his hulking build and vicious style are wearing his body down. But at this point we have no idea if he’ll even play in the NHL again. That makes him just a late-round stash, albeit one with league-winning upside.
204. Jason Zucker, LW, Wild: Can only score so much on a Wild team lacking high-end talent up front. He almost got traded this off-season. He could jump 50 spots on this list if he gets dealt to a team with a top-notch center.
205. Mikael Backlund, C, Flames: More useful in real life. Excellent two-way center. He has a high enough floor to fill out the back end of your roster at center.
206. Kevin Fiala, LW, Wild: As much raw talent as any Wild forward, and his shooting percentage was a pitiful 7.0 after he came over in trade, so we should expect better this season.
207. Darnell Nurse, D, Oilers: Towering D-man plays the big minutes now and has slowly grown into his offense. Pretty high floor sharing the ice with No. 97 that much.
208. Zach Parise, RW, Wild: Last year’s numbers suggest he should be picked much higher than this. If you want to grab him earlier, go for it, but the odds of another healthy-ish season aren’t good.
209. Henrik Lundqvist, G, Rangers: Alexandar Georgiev and, eventually, Igor Shesterkin loom, but Hank gets a chance to be fantasy-relevant again with a vastly improved team in front of him this season.
210. James Neal, RW, Oilers (+23): Hey, they’re extremely thin on the right side, and Neal can still finish. He never got a chance in Calgary. He could deliver anywhere between five and 35 goals. And the latest Oilers line combos have him playing with No. 97. That makes Neal the most coveted waiver grab of Week 1.
211. Jesper Bratt, RW, Devils (+4): I haven’t been able to quit Bratt all pre-season, because I’ve had the feeling his talent would win out and launch him into the second-line RW spot. Here we are on the eve of the season, and that’s exactly where Bratt has landed. In shallower leagues, he should be available for free on the wire right now. Go get him.
212. Ivan Provorov, D, Flyers: Hopefully a new coach gets him sorted out. Still could win a Norris someday. But a big offensive rebound isn’t a lock given he has more competition for power-play work now.
213. Eric Staal, C, Wild: In decline but still a top-six forward with a 20-goal, 45-point floor. It’s a matter of preference: do you prefer the boring vets or the upside rookies with your late-round picks?
214. Roope Hintz, C, Stars: Looked like a special player in the post-season. The hope is that adding Pavelski and Corey Perry gives Hintz more linemate options rather than costs him opportunities.
215. Cody Glass, C, Golden Knights: Vegas’ top prospect by a mile. Has been compared to Mark Scheifele. Now that Glass has made the team, he’s a Stastny injury away from playing top-six minutes.
216. Colin Miller, D, Sabres: So many offensive D-man fighting for minutes in Buffalo, but it appears Miller will get a crack on PP1. He’s a nice target for ‘ZeroD’ strategists.
217. Jesperi Kotkaniemi, C, Canadiens: The Habs are sneaky-deep at center now, eh? With Domi the scorer, Phillip Danault the shutdown guy and Poehling the new prospect, Kotkaniemi must fight to earn his minutes. Acquitted himself well for the league’s youngest player last season, though.
218. Troy Terry, RW, Ducks: Carved up the AHL. Our Future Watch scouting panel considers him Anaheim’s best prospect now. He should spend all year in the NHL with a chance to break out.
219. Casey Mittelstadt, C, Sabres: Baby steps. Wasn’t ready for No. 2 job last year. Another crack at it this time. Instead of predicting a breakout, let’s forecast at least 40 points – with upside.
220. Alexander Nylander, RW, Blackhawks (+10): Maybe he’s a bust. Or maybe Chicago gives him the Dylan Strome treatment. Early on, he’s getting top-line looks with Kane and Toews. That makes a Nylander a must-own player until or unless his role changes.
220. Jack Roslovic, C, Jets: The Jets sure do need him. If he can finally make that leap and grab Winnipeg’s No. 2 center job from Bryan Little, Roslovic could be really special. A late-round home run swing.
221. Vince Dunn, D, Blues: This guy can move the puck. Did a lot of damage in fairly limited minutes last year. But if Faulk plays on left side a bit, that could suck some power-play time away from Dunn.
222. Robert Thomas, RW, Blues: A smart, gritty two-way forward who could eventually forge a career similar to that of teammate O’Reilly’s. The Blues are deep enough at forward that Thomas probably remains a middle-six guy at best, capping his ceiling fairly low. He’s good enough for more, though.
224. Jeff Petry, D, Canadiens: Had 10 goals and 35 points in 51 games before the all-star break. Had three goals and 11 points, including just two on the power play, in 31 games afterward. He needs Weber to be hurt to be roster-worthy in shallow leagues.
225. Joe Thornton, C, Sharks: Crafty enough that he can still pass his way to a 40-point season or better at 40 years old.
226. Andre Burakovsky, LW, Avalanche: He’s big, he’s fast, he was a first-round pick, and he has a new opportunity in Colorado. That doesn’t make me as excited as some forecasters are. Burakovsky had plenty of chances over the years with guys named Kuznetsov and Backstrom. In summary: meh.
227. Micheal Ferland, LW, Canucks: Effectively blends scoring touch and grit when he’s on the ice, but he has a heck of a time staying on the ice.
228. Wayne Simmonds, RW, Devils (-16): Looked like a shell of his old self during stretch run last year. Lands in a nice situation, but not a great sign that he’s already slipped into the bottom six before opening night.
229. Travis Sanheim, D, Flyers: Late last season, he looked like Philly’s best offensive D-man. Had 20 points in final 32 games, with his TOI increasing to 21:46. Still just a deep sleeper until we understand Flyers’ power-play deployments better.
230. Victor Olofsson, LW, Sabres: Possesses a lethal shot, coach Ralph Krueger loves him, and Olofsson is rolling with Eichel and Reinhart to start the year? Sign. Me. Up. Keep in mind there’s no guarantee Olofsson sticks there. But the upside is what late-round picks are all about.
231. Erik Brannstrom, D, Senators: One of the best pure ‘D’ prospects in the game and the centerpiece of Ottawa’s Stone trade. Brannstrom didn’’t have to make the team out of camp, but he was just too talented not to.
232. Jacob Markstrom, G, Canucks: Perfectly decent keeping the goaltending seat warm last year and will do the same this year, but this time Thatcher Demko opens the year on the big club. He should nudge Markstrom out of the starter’s role by season’s end.
233. Tyler Bertuzzi, LW, Red Wings: Has been a pleasant surprise but is likely just holding down a scoring-line job until higher-ceiling prospects rise up. Not a ton of upside here.
234. Joonas Korpisalo, G, Blue Jackets: Columbus will struggle to make the playoffs but should still be pretty good defensively, meaning whoever wins the starting job could post respectable rate stats. For now, it’s Korpisalo, but Elvis Merzlikins carries the more intriguing upside. This has the look of a value-cannibalizing timeshare, though.
235. Charlie Coyle, C, Bruins: Teased with nine-goal post-season, but Coyle has flashed this kind of talent before. The big breakout probably would’ve happened by now.
236. Henrik Borgstrom, C, Panthers: Still has star potential but no path to big-time minutes right now with Barkov, Trocheck ahead of him. A better keeper-league stash than redraft pick.
237. Linus Ullmark, G, Sabres: Has probably earned the strong side of the timeshare over Carter Hutton, and Sabres’ ‘D’ should be better this season. Still, Buffalo goalies have to face Tampa, Toronto and Boston a lot.
238. Colton Parayko, D, Blues: So he’s not the next Shea Weber, but Parayko’s big shot should still yield another 10 goals when you’re filling out your D-corps in the later rounds.
239. Noah Hanifin, D, Flames: A top-four blueliner on a good team is usually a decent source of assists whether he gets power-play time or not.
240. Filip Hronek, D, Red Wings: Got a good look in puck-mover role in second half last season. Has Mike Green to contend with, but if Wings want to go young, why not see what they have in Hronek?
241. Anthony Cirelli, C, Lightning: Better in real life because of his defensive work, but talented enough to make an impact as a depth guy on a fantasy roster – especially if your league counts shorthanded points.
242. Samuel Girard, D, Avalanche: The Avs have so many exciting young blueliners now that Girard gets forgotten a bit. He’s the best puck-mover on the left side until Bowen Byram is ready.
243. Nick Suzuki, C, Canadiens: The Habs’ best prospect forced his way onto his roster. It’s a crowded depth chart, but Suzuki can play the wing or center and has the upside to stick on a scoring line. Add him if he’s available.
244. Mackenzie Blackwood, G, Devils: He and Cory Schneider are poised to split time and crush each other’s fantasy value. If you have to draft one: I’d still bet on Blackwood, even if Schneider gets the first start.
245. Adam Fox, D, NY Rangers: Poised to make the team, and he possesses as much offensive upside as any blueliner on the Rangers roster, so he’s a big-time sleeper if he sticks.
246. Neal Pionk, D, Jets: He can’t fill the skates of Trouba and Tyler Myers and Big Buff, but there’s no denying Pionk gets a fantasy-hockey boost with those D-men out of the way. Someone has to take those minutes.
247. Drake Batherson, RW, Senators (-27): The AHL was downright easy for him. For him to be a really exciting endgame pick, we want to see him on the top line, and that isn’t the case at the moment, making him more of a bench stash.
248. Nolan Patrick. C, Flyers (-24): Hayes’ presence pushes Patrick down to third line but also should give Patrick easier matchups to exploit. Net result: same production? Maybe, but he’ll only be 21 when the season starts, so we should expect some natural progression. If he can get healthy, that is. The kid is a bit cursed. Likely to miss the start of the year.
249. Barrett Hayton, C, Coyotes (NR): He made the Coyotes. Exciting stuff, and there’s a chance at a significant role on this team, but just remember he’s eligible to return to junior after nine games, so we can’t overspend. Still, he’s a perfect final-round pick.
250: Max Comtois, LW, Ducks (NR): Because he mixes in a bunch of hits with his points, he’s sneaky useful in deep leagues, and he’s getting some early looks in a scoring-line role to boot.
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