Keeper Rankings

Last modified: September 22, 2017 at 4:07 pm

Welcome to this year’s premier edition of the fantasy hockey Keeper Rankings. Every league is different and a manager’s attitude towards keepers changes based on whether the team is contending this year or building for the future.  Consider these rankings as a trading cheat sheet for a hypothetical team that wants to compete this year but doesn’t want to mortgage the future.  There is a good balance of present and future on this list.

These rankings are determined based on a long-term league (at least five years) with standard Yahoo! Scoring.  And of course, position matters.  All stats and comments are up to date as of November 25th.

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Rnk. Player Prvs.
1 Alex Ovechkin Behind both Crosby and Stamkos in points but too early to move from this plateau.
2 Sidney Crosby Second in goals, points and assists.
3 Steven Stamkos 21 goals in 22 games just unreal; could creep up this list.
4 Nicklas Backstrom Centering Ovechkin will keep him this high.
5 Evgeni Malkin Struggling to gain momentum but plays on second line with grinders.  Can’t imagine it always stays this way.
6 Daniel Sedin Fourth in the League in goals; could score 50 this year.
7 Henrik Sedin Lacking goals as predicted but leads the League in assists.
8 Mike Green Struggling to get going but should finish right where expected, playing on powerful powerplay
9 Dany Heatley More assists than goals so far but still one of the most consistent scoring threats possible.
10 Corey Perry Unique combination of goal scoring and PIM will always keep him at the top of this list.
11 Roberto Luongo Off to slow start as usual but Canucks cannot be ignored.
12 Alexander Semin Playing the best hockey of his career, unfortunately could be last as a Cap.
13 Mike Richards The captain is leading the Flyers in points and the team to the top of the Eastern Conference.
14 Duncan Keith Rough start but still an elite defender on strong team.
15 Martin St. Louis Signing extension makes us feel better about long-term value.  Setting up Stamkos proving invaluable source of points.
16 Drew Doughty Only one goal this season but too valuable to place lower.
17 Patrick Kane One point behind Sharp for team lead in points, likely he takes over that role by the end of the year.
18 Pavel Datsyuk Showing his 70 points last year were a bit low.
19 Ilya Kovalchuk Incredibly disappointing start but knows he needs to turn it around.  All 15 years can’t be this bad.
20 Zach Parise Without injury is a lock in the top 10.
21 Jonathan Toews One of the few Blackhawks forwards with a plus rating.
22 Jeff Carter On pace to break 40 goals once again.
23 Jimmy Howard Playing on the Red Wings means he rarely loses. Also much better peripherals than other heavily winning goalies.
24 Henrik Zetterberg Over a point-per-game and enjoying renaissance playing with Datsyuk all season.
25 Ryan Getzlaf Points down again and showing top line can’t carry team alone.
26 Bobby Ryan Scores regardless of playing on first or second line.
27 Eric Staal One of the few reasons the Canes actually win games.
28 Jonathan Quick Love this underrated goalie on a potential powerhouse Kings team.
29 Carey Price Carrying the Habs.  Talent not in question, keeping up this unbelievable pace is.
30 Patrick Marleau Still riding shotgun to one of the best lines in hockey.  On pace for 40 goals.
31 Anze Kopitar Offensive leader on the potential powerhouse Kings
32 Ryan Miller Winning three of last four means only injury holding him back.
33 Rick Nash Tied for fourth in the League in goal scoring; bringing Columbus back to respectability.
34 Ilya Bryzgalov Carrying the Coyotes for the second straight season.
35 Marian Hossa Injuries and now age keeping him this low.  Top 10 talent.
36 Joe Thornton Jumbo Joe still number 1 center in San Jose but for how long?
37 Nathan Horton Starting his Bruins career off strongly; good to see what he can do on a good team.
38 Marian Gaborik Probably one of the most dynamic goal scorers in the League. Definitely the most injury prone.
39 Brad Richards Age and contract concerns keep him lower on the list. Talent keeps him a top 10 point getter.
40 Tomas Plekanec The main scoring threat for the Habs but has struggled with consistency in the past.
41 Jaroslav Halak Off to a good start during Blues’ career, if he keeps it up he should easily climb up the list.
42 Tomas Vokoun Might rise if he gets traded to an actual contender.
43 Paul Stastny One of the best pure playmakers in the League.  Starting another offensive juggernaut in for the Avs.
44 Henrik Lundqvist Has had a plethora of success in the past, should lead the Rangers back into the playoffs.
45 Michael Cammalleri Scoring a bit down this season but one of the best pure snipers in the League.
46 Shea Weber Over 15 goals in three of the last four years.
47 Patrick Sharp Offensive production already slowing down; seems to be more complimentary than core.
48 Matt Duchene Keeps scoring in bunches, becoming more dynamic by the day.
49 John Tavares Draft status the only thing keeping him this high.
50 Taylor Hall Hasn’t really turned the corner yet but cannot discount number 1 pick.

Just Missed The Cut: James Neal, DAL; Chris Stewart, COL; Martin Brodeur, NJD; Pekka Rinne, NSH; Claude Giroux, PHI; Dustin Byfuglien, ATL; Dion Phaneuf, TOR; Phil Kessel, TOR; Vincent Lecavalier, TBL; Jarome Iginla, CGY; Ryan Kesler, VAN; Kris Letang, PIT; Dan Boyle, SJS; Andrei Markov, MTL; Erik Johnson, STL; Steve Downie, TBL; Chris Pronger, PHI; Zdeno Chara, BOS; Derek Roy, BUF; Loui Eriksson, DAL; Thomas Vanek, BUF; Milan Lucic, BOS; Nicklas Lidstrom, DET; Tyler Myers, BUF; Jeff Skinner, CAR; Tim Thomas, BOS; Dustin Brown, LAK; Tyler Seguin, BOS.

14 Comments For This Post

  1. Kenton Says:

    I’m a big fan of the blog, but I can’t help but wonder why M.Richards is up so high. R.Kesler or M.Koivu are pretty similar in production and intangibles, and yet are left off the list. Any particular reason?

  2. Mike Says:

    Because Mike Richards is easily the most overrated player, fantasy-wise & reality-wise, in the NHL. Ranked higher than Getzlaf? Eric Staal? Kovalchuk? Kopitar? What a joke. All of those guys have 90+ point potential for multiple years. Richards was lucky to get to 80 once & it won’t happen again.

  3. chuckarlo Says:

    Yeah list looks a little weak. In a 5 year league I’d take several of the “just cut list” players over T.Hall, Taveras and a few others. Taking high draft picks doesn’t equal and shouldn’t make a player worthy of being on a top 50.

  4. Eryn Richardson Says:

    The fact that Claude Giroux is not on the list and may be a top 10 keeper this year makes me wonder…. He is currently the #1 roto point producer in my league

  5. cringleman Says:

    I think it’s telling that Hall makes the list instead of Eberle, who’s been the most impressive of the Oilers prospects, period. This to the exclusion of guys like Jeff Skinner (Car) and Mark Letestu (Pit), too. Skinner could end up winning the Calder — and if you’ve been following the rookie crowd, that wouldn’t be a surprise after the first quarter-season. Eberle will get it in the end, though. :)

  6. Danny Says:

    Where is Giroux?!?!?

  7. jackpot Says:

    how do you leave tim thomas off this list? i just dont get it

  8. Brain Gumble Says:

    If I read your blog at the start…..I WOULD BE WINNING MY POOL RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. nick Says:

    danny b!

  10. gutsy Says:

    post some new keeper rankings. trade deadlines are approaching. thanks buddy, your site is unreal!

  11. Ryan Campbell Says:

    Working on them as we speak. The last rankings were done by Alexander so mine will have a bit different flavour.

    I’m having a little trouble narrowing it down to 50, there will be some deserving players left off.

  12. kallaer Says:

    keep 3 of these 4- Ovechkin, Gaborik, Sharp, Skinner

  13. Ryan Campbell Says:

    That’s a tough one. Ovechkin, Sharp and Skinner.

    My logic:

    Ovechkin is a no-brainer.
    Skinner only if he keeps playing like he has the first 50odd games.
    Love Sharps goals.
    I really hate Gaborik. Not a fan of guys who are sidelined by nagging injuries and might end up playing 20 games in a season. If you are willing to take that risk, his ceiling is higher than both Skinner and Sharp.

  14. M Says:

    let’s see some updates

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