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Fantasy hockey top 100 forward rankings

NHL.com lists best options at position for pools this season; podcast analysis

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

NHL.com ranks the top 100 forwards for fantasy hockey pools in the 2020-21 season. For more coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

 

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Impact of Hall signing with Sabres

Taylor Hall signed a one-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres. Hall gains fantasy appeal from this move compared to his value with the Arizona Coyotes last season and should be considered a top 50 overall player again with likely exposure to elite center Jack Eichel.

READ: Fantasy projection: Hall with BUF

 

Impact of Rangers drafting Lafreniere

Alexis Lafreniere was selected with the No. 1 pick by the New York Rangers in the 2020 NHL Draft. Lafreniere, because of his individual skill and the elite fantasy talent around him on the Rangers, is projected to be the most-valuable fantasy rookie skater next season.

READ: Fantasy projection: Lafreniere with NYR

 

 

FANTASY TOP 100 FORWARDS

Standard fantasy categories include goals, assists, plus/minus, power-play points, shots on goal and hits for skaters. Value has been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past production in the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs, line combinations, power-play usage, injury history or concern (INJ. - players who could miss the start of this season), age, contract status (2020 unrestricted free agents: *; restricted: **) and overall upside for the 2020-21 season. These rankings are a collaborative effort by Pete Jensen and Rob Reese.

1. Nathan MacKinnon, C, COL
2. Connor McDavid, C, EDM
3. Nikita Kucherov, RW, TBL
4. Leon Draisaitl, C/LW, EDM
5. Artemi Panarin, LW, NYR
6. Auston Matthews, C, TOR
7. Alex Ovechkin, LW, WSH
8. Jack Eichel, C, BUF
9. Brayden Point, C, TBL
10. Elias Pettersson, C, VAN
11. Patrick Kane, RW, CHI
12. Sidney Crosby, C, PIT
13. Mikko Rantanen, RW, COL
14. Sebastian Aho, C, CAR
15. Andrei Svechnikov, LW/RW, CAR
16. Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR
17. Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS
18. David Pastrnak, RW, BOS (INJ.)
19. Brad Marchand, LW, BOS (INJ.)
20. Mitchell Marner, RW, TOR
21. Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT
22. Mark Stone, RW, VGK
23. J.T. Miller, LW/RW, VAN
24. Jake Guentzel, LW/RW, PIT
25. Gabriel Landeskog, C/LW, COL
26. Matthew Tkachuk, LW/RW, CGY
27. Mark Scheifele, C, WPG
28. Max Pacioretty, LW, VGK
29. Patrik Laine, LW/RW, WPG
30. Ryan O'Reilly, C, STL
31. Blake Wheeler, C/RW, WPG
32. Kyle Connor, LW, WPG
33. Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, FLA
34. Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA
35. Taylor Hall, LW, BUF
36. Brady Tkachuk, LW, OTT
37. Steven Stamkos, C/LW/RW, TBL (INJ.)
38. Teuvo Teravainen, LW/RW, CAR
39. John Tavares, C, TOR
40. Johnny Gaudreau, LW/RW, CGY
41. Anze Kopitar, C, LAK
42. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH
43. Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH
44. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C/LW, EDM
45. David Perron, LW/RW, STL
46. Claude Giroux, C/LW/RW, PHI
47. Sean Couturier, C, PHI
48. Nazem Kadri, C, COL
49. Bo Horvat, C, VAN
50. Jonathan Toews, C, CHI
51. Brayden Schenn, C/LW, STL
52. Tom Wilson, RW, WSH
53. Mathew Barzal, C, NYI**
54. Andre Burakovsky, LW/RW, COL
55. William Nylander, C/LW/RW, TOR
56. Kevin Fiala, LW/RW, MIN
57. Jamie Benn, C/LW, DAL
58. Dominik Kubalik, LW/RW, CHI
59. Chris Kreider, LW, NYR
60. Brock Boeser, RW, VAN
61. T.J. Oshie, RW, WSH
62. Filip Forsberg, LW, NSH
63. Alexis Lafreniere, LW, NYR
64. Evander Kane, LW, SJS
65. Elias Lindholm, C/RW, CGY
66. Pierre-Luc Dubois, C, CBJ**
67. Ondrej Palat, LW, TBL
68. Bryan Rust, LW/RW, PIT
69. Nikolaj Ehlers, LW/RW, WPG
70. Tyler Seguin, C/RW, DAL (INJ.)
71. Victor Olofsson, LW/RW, BUF
72. Jonathan Marchessault, C/LW, VGK
73. Kirill Kaprizov, LW/RW, MIN
74. Brendan Gallagher, RW, MTL
75. Tomas Hertl, C/LW, SJS
76. Denis Gurianov, LW/RW, DAL
77. Jakub Vrana, LW, WSH
78. Logan Couture, C, SJS
79. Alexander Radulov, RW, DAL
80. Sam Reinhart, C/RW, BUF
81. Timo Meier, LW/RW, SJS
82. Travis Konecny, RW, PHI
83. Reilly Smith, RW, VGK
84. Kailer Yamamoto, RW, EDM
85. Sean Monahan, C, CGY
86. Cam Atkinson, RW, CBJ
87. Jason Zucker, LW/RW, PIT
88. Anthony Mantha, LW/RW, DET
89. Jakub Voracek, RW, PHI
90. Dylan Larkin, C, DET
91. Patric Hornqvist, RW, FLA
92. Jaden Schwartz, LW, STL
93. Brock Nelson, C/LW, NYI
94. Nikita Gusev, LW/RW, NJD
95. William Karlsson, C, VGK
96. Nick Suzuki, C/RW, MTL
97. Max Domi, C/LW, CBJ
98. Oliver Bjorkstrand, LW/RW, CBJ
99. Evgenii Dadonov, LW/RW, OTT
100. Kirby Dach, C, CHI

Other forwards to consider: Tyler Toffoli, LW/RW, MTL; Tomas Tatar, LW/RW, MTL; Ryan Strome, C/RW, NYR; Pavel Buchnevich, RW, NYR; Anthony Beauvillier, C/LW, NYI; Kyle Palmieri, RW, NJD; David Krejci, C, BOS; Alex DeBrincat, LW/RW, CHI; Clayton Keller, LW/RW, ARI; Jesse Puljujarvi, RW, EDM; Zach Parise, LW, MIN; Kevin Hayes, C, PHI; Josh Bailey, LW/RW, NYI; Alex Tuch, LW/RW, VGK; Jake DeBrusk, LW/RW, BOS**; Zach Hyman, C/LW, TOR; Kasperi Kapanen, LW/RW, PIT; Joe Pavelski, C/RW, DAL; Jean-Gabriel Pageau, C, NYI; Kaapo Kakko, RW, NYR; Nico Hischier, C, NJD; Quinton Byfield, C, LAK; Brandon Saad, LW/RW, COL; Rickard Rakell, LW/RW, ANA; Alex Killorn, LW/RW, TBL; Joel Armia, RW, MTL; Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANA; Jack Hughes, C/LW, NJD; Joel Kiviranta, LW/RW, DAL; Cody Glass, C/RW, VGK; Alex Turcotte, C, LAK; Jordan Eberle, RW, NYI; Matt Duchene, C/RW, NSH; Paul Stastny, C, WPG; Eric Staal, C, BUF; Josh Anderson, RW, MTL; Jeff Skinner, C/LW, BUF; Alex Iafallo, LW, LAK; Jonathan Drouin, C/LW, MTL; Martin Necas, C/RW, CAR; Joel Farabee, LW/RW, PHI; Trevor Zegras, C, ANA; Nicholas Robertson, LW, TOR; Phil Kessel, RW, ARI; Tim Stuetzle, C/LW, OTT (INJ.); Mikael Backlund, C/RW, CGY; Craig Smith, RW, BOS; Dominik Kahun, LW/RW, EDM

Unsigned UFA: Mike Hoffman, LW/RW, FLA*

Out long term: Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL (INJ.)

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