Daily Player Projections

Last modified: October 11, 2017 at 12:32 pm

Fantasy Hockey Championships can be won and lost on Draft Day. It’s imperative to know which players are in situations that will allow them to be successful during the 20017-18 NHL season. Below you will find my TOP 350 players with Goals, Assists and Points projected for Skaters and Wins, GAA, SV% and shutouts projected for goalies.

These rankings are also sortable by position so if you are in need of a Right Winger on Draft Day, you can find my top ranked available RW and read what I think about him as a player and what to expect from him in the 2017-18 season. If you want to use these projections on Draft Day, be sure to head to the Player Rankings page and print out my  Top 350 (with projections) and you will be well on your way to Fantasy Hockey glory.

All Players

1. Connor McDavid, EDM – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 30 70 100
Projections 2017-18 82 34 74 108

McDavid’s rookie season was cut short by a broken clavicle but he came back with a vengeance in 2016-17, leading the NHL with 100 points (30G / 70A) in 82 games and earning his first Hart Trophy. McDavid could lead the NHL in points for the next decade and that’s why he just got an eight-year extension worth $100M this summer. The 20-year-old is the complete package and the surefire No.1 overall pick.

2. Sidney Crosby, PIT – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 75 44 45 89
Projections 2017-18 78 36 55 91

Since Connor McDavid broke into the league, Crosby is no longer the favourite to lead the NHL in points every year. However, Crosby is as consistent of a producer as there is. The 29-year-old is coming off of another Stanley Cup and has finished in the top-three in points for five straight seasons. Crosby may no longer be the consensus No.1 fantasy pick, but he still has a strong case to be selected there.

3. Patrick Kane, CHI – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 34 55 89
Projections 2017-18 82 38 51 89

Kane has been over a point-per-game every season since the lockout shortened campaign in 2013 and ranks second in the NHL in points (383) and tied for third in goals (159) over that span. His durability came into question for a few seasons, but he’s now played 82 games in back-to-back seasons and is a safe top-five pick.

4. Vladimir Tarasenko, STL – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 39 36 75
Projections 2017-18 81 42 38 80

Tarasenko has elevated himself into the fantasy hockey elite over the last three seasons. During that time he is second in the NHL in goals (116), fifth in shots (842), tied for sixth in points (222) and 13th in power-play goals (29). Tarasenko has tremendous one-on-one ability and shooting ability, placing him among the favourites to lead the NHL in goals in 2017-18.

5. Braden Holtby, WSH – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 63 42 2.07 0.925 9
Projections 2017-18 67 44 2.17 0.923 7

In 2016-17, Holtby won 40-plus games for the third consecutive season and paces the NHL in wins (131) over the last three seasons. Holtby has been the clear No.1 fantasy netminder during that stretch, ranking first in shutouts (21) and second in GAA (2.17) and SV% (.923). The 27-year-old is nearly certain to start 65 games and win 40-plus games with GAA, SV%, and shutout numbers in the top five. He should be the first goalie off of the board in most drafts.

6. Auston Matthews, TOR – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 40 29 69
Projections 2017-18 82 41 38 79

Matthews came into the NHL with a bang, scoring four goals in his first game and finished the year with 40 goals (t-2nd in the NHL) and 69 points (t-20th). Matthews is a big, strong kid with an exceptional release and is a candidate to lead the NHL in goals in 2017-18. Last year’s rookie of the year should have no problem getting back to 40 goals and is a surefire first round fantasy selection with top-five upside.

7. Tyler Seguin, DAL – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 26 46 72
Projections 2017-18 76 36 47 83

Seguin has been extremely consistent in his first four seasons in Dallas, but 2016-17 was his worst of the four. Over that stretch, Seguin is tied for fifth in the NHL in points (306) and ranks eighth in goals (133). Seguin and Jamie Benn are one of the NHL’s best duos and makes Seguin an obvious candidate to shoot for the Rocket Richard and Art Ross trophies.

8. Brent Burns, SJS – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 29 47 76
Projections 2017-18 82 24 48 72

Over the last few years, Burns has elevated himself into the group of elite fantasy defensemen. Over the last three years, Burns leads all defensemen in goals (73) and is second in points (211) in 246 games. Burns is freakishly athletic on blueline and loves to fire the puck on net, ranking second in the NHL in shots over the last two seasons (673), behind only Alex Ovechkin. He has a case to be the first defenceman off of the board and a definite first round pick option.

9. Carey Price, MTL – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 62 37 2.23 0.923 3
Projections 2017-18 65 41 2.16 0.928 7

Price had one of the best seasons in recent memory in 2014-15, but missed most of 2015-16 and returned to finish tied for fifth in the NHL in wins (37), tied for sixth in GAA (2.23) and tied for seventh in SV% (.923). Price has led the NHL in GAA and SV% over the last three seasons and should be the first or second goalie off of the board on draft day.

10. Alex Ovechkin, WSH – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 33 36 69
Projections 2017-18 80 47 28 75

Ovechkin scored 50-plus goals with 385-plus shots in the three seasons prior to 2016-17, but struggled to just 33 goals (t-13th in the NHL) and 69 points (t-20th) last season. Ovechkin remains one of the best goal scorers of his time and plays on the wing with either Nicklas Backstrom or Evgeny Kuznetsov which doesn’t hurt his value. Thanks to his shot volume and power-play usage, it’s safe to assume that he’ll get to at least 40 goals this year.

11. Erik Karlsson, OTT – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 77 17 54 71
Projections 2017-18 82 19 56 75

Karlsson is sensational in all facets of the games, but failed to lead defensemen in points in 2016-17 after doing so in the three previous seasons. Over that four-year stretch Karlsson is tied for eighth in the NHL in points (293) solidifying his status as a first round fantasy pick. Karlsson has missed just five games over the last four years while averaging 75 points per season.

12. Jamie Benn, DAL – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 77 26 43 69
Projections 2017-18 81 35 48 83

Benn finished with over a point-per-game in the two seasons prior to 2016-17, but failed to top 70 points in a disappointing season for the Stars. Benn is crazy talented with tremendous size and is one of the favourites to lead the NHL in scoring every season. Expect a return to 30-plus goals and point-per-game totals.

13. Nikita Kucherov, TBL – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 74 40 45 85
Projections 2017-18 77 36 42 78

With Steven Stamkos getting hurt in mid-November, Kucherov took over and brought his game to a new level last season. The 24-year-old Russian is a pure sniper and is tied for ninth in the NHL in goals (99) and 10th in points (216) over the last three seasons. Kucherov is one of the safest wing options available and makes for a strong late-first round selection.

14. Jack Eichel, BUF – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 61 24 33 57
Projections 2017-18 79 34 49 83

Eichel’s 2016-17 season was derailed before it started. Eichel suffered a high-ankle sprain before the first game of the year and missed the first 21 games of the year. Upon his return, Eichel ranked tenth in the NHL in points (57) through the remainder of the season, scoring at a 32-goal, 44-assist per 82-game pace over that span. Eichel got his way this summer and a healthy season could produce an 80-plus point year.

15. Matt Murray, PIT – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 47 32 2.41 0.923 4
Projections 2017-18 60 39 2.19 0.926

Murray missed some time in 2016-17 with a lower-body injury, but still finished the year tied for 10th in the NHL in wins (32). Despite starting under 100 combined regular season and playoff games, Murray has two Stanley Cups under his belt already. With Marc-Andre Fleury now in Vegas, Murray becomes the clear No.1 in Pittsburgh and could lead the NHL in wins if he starts 60-plus games.

16. John Tavares, NYI – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 77 28 38 66
Projections 2017-18 77 32 44 76

It’s crazy to think that Tavares has only been over a point-per-game twice in eight seasons and one of those times he missed 23 games. With that said, Tavares has the seventh most goals and ninth most points (537) since he broke into the NHL (2009-10) and remains a safe first-round pick. With Jordan Eberle now in the fold and an improving, young surrounding cast, Tavares could be in for a big year.

17. Nicklas Backstrom, WSH – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 23 63 86
Projections 2017-18 82 20 60 80

Backstrom is one of the great playmakers of his generation and he has been on a tear over the last four seasons, pacing the NHL in assists (234) and ranking fourth in points (313). Backstrom is routinely one of the safest fantasy draft picks thanks to his consistent production and his propensity to put up massive power-play totals as well—first in the NHL over that same four-year span.

18. Devan Dubnyk, MIN – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 63 40 2.25 0.923 5
Projections 2017-18 65 36 2.17 0.924 6

Since joining the Wild in January 2015, Dubnyk ranks second in wins (99), SV% (.924), shutouts (15) and is tied for third in GAA (2.17). The 31-year-old went from being almost out of the NHL to being a top-five fantasy netminder and enters the 2017-18 season as one of the safest bets for 60-plus starts and 35-plus wins.

19. Evgeni Malkin, PIT – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 62 33 39 72
Projections 2017-18 62 28 41 69

Malkin may be one of the most offensively gifted players in the world, but he has serious durability issues. Malkin has missed a combined 80 games over the last four seasons which has limited him to 28 goals and 40 assists (68 points) per season. He is still 14th in points (272) and tied for 15th in goals (111) over that span, but he is a risky first round pick because he is a huge injury risk.

20. Steven Stamkos, TBL – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 17 9 11 20
Projections 2017-18 77 41 29 70

In the first month and a half of the 2016-17 season, Stamkos was tied for second in points (20) and tied for sixth in the NHL in goals (9) in 17 games, but a lateral meniscus tear ended his season prematurely. Despite missing all that time, Stamkos is still tied for 14th in the NHL in goals (88) and 15th in points per game (0.89) over the last three years. The 27-year-old is one of the best pure goal scorers in the world and one of the few players capable of getting to 40 goals every year.

21. David Pastrnak, BOS – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 75 34 36 70
Projections 2017-18 75 35 50 85

Pastrnak teased fantasy owners in his first two NHL seasons and made a huge splash in 2016-17, recording 34 goals and 36 assists (70 points) in 75 games. The 21-year-old played nearly 50 percent of his even-strength minutes with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand and the trio had an impressive 62.7 Corsi For Percentage and 57.8 Goals For Percentage. Pastrnak is an elusive skater with an excellent shot and could lead the Bruins in scoring this year.

22. Joe Pavelski, SJS – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 81 29 39 68
Projections 2017-18 82 35 38 73

From 2014-to-2016, Pavelski averaged 39 goals-per-season but failed to top 30 goals in 2016-17. Pavelski has been one of the most consistent goal scorers and point producers over the last four seasons and is a surefire top-20 fantasy forward. Luckily for Pavelski, his buddy Joe Thornton is back for another season and he will continue to help Pavelski get to 30-plus goals with 40-goal upside.

23. Cam Talbot, EDM – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 73 42 2.39 0.919 7
Projections 2017-18 70 40 2.40 0.920 7

In his second season with the Oilers, Talbot was an absolute workhorse. The 30-year-old started a league-leading 73 games and was tied for first in wins (42) , t-3rd in shutouts (7), t-12th in GAA (2.39) and 14th in SV% (.919). The Oilers don’t have a great backup option, which means Talbot could lead the league in starts again and Edmonton should be one of the best teams, making Talbot a top-five fantasy option.

24. Brad Marchand, BOS – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 80 39 46 85
Projections 2017-18 79 36 33 69

For those who thought 2015-16 was a fluke, it certainly wasn’t. Marchand followed up a career-high 37 goals and 61 points with 39 goals and 85 points in 2016-17. The 29-year-old has placed himself among the NHL’s top goal scorers and he should now be expected to post 30-plus goals and 60-plus points per season until further notice.

25. Filip Forsberg, NSH – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 31 27 58
Projections 2017-18 82 33 35 68

In three short years Forsberg has turned himself into one of the best forwards in the NHL. The 22-year-old has not missed a game and ranks 13th in the NHL in goals (90) and 27th in points (185) over that span. More impressively, he did almost all of his damage last season at even-strength—an improved Predators power-play in 2017-18 could lead to career-bests.

26. Jonathan Quick, LAK – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 17 8 2.26 0.917 2
Projections 2017-18 68 37 2.19 0.917 6

In 2016-17, Quick missed four and a half months with a groin injury but returned to finish the season at 8-5-2 with a 2.26 GAA, .917 SV% and two shutouts. When healthy, Quick can usually be found among the league leader’s in games started. The Kings play a defensively sound game, making Quick a safe fantasy option, however their lack of offence should will limit his win totals.

27. Johnny Gaudreau, CGY – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 72 18 43 61
Projections 2017-18 80 27 50 77

Gaudreau scored 30 goals with 48 assists (78 points) in 2015-16 but failed to come close to matching those totals a season ago, scoring just 18 goals with 43 assists (61 points) and missing 10 games. Durability hasn’t been a concern for the undersized winger, who is one of the most electrifying players in the game. Look for him to bounce-back in 20171-18 and top 70 points again.

28. Leon Draisaitl, EDM – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 29 48 77
Projections 2017-18 82 27 48 75

Draisaitl built off of a strong 2015-16 season, registering 77 points (29G / 48A) in 82 games last year. Draisaitl is an excellent passer, but as evidenced by his 29 goals last year, he’s pretty good at putting the puck in the net himself. Draisaitl will likely play on a line with Connor McDavid, which makes him a solid second round pick this season.

29. Kris Letang, PIT – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 41 5 29 34
Projections 2017-18 65 13 45 58

Despite missing 110 games over the last four years, Letang ranks 16th among defencemen in points (177) over that span, but is third in points per game (0.81)—behind only Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns. Thanks to his amazing skating ability, Letang is one of the best offensive-defensemen in the NHL, but he is an obvious injury risk when taking him as one of the first defensemen off of the board.

30. Martin Jones, SJS – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 65 35 2.40 0.912 2
Projections 2017-18 65 36 2.33 0.915 4

Jones’ first season in San Jose was a huge success and he followed it up with nearly identical results in 2016-17. Through his first two seasons with the Sharks, Jones is tied for second in the NHL in wins (72), t-9th in shutouts (8), 11th in GAA (2.33) and t-24th in SV% (.915). The 27-year-old can be expected to start around 65 games again, making it likely that he will finish with 35-plus wins and No.1 fantasy netminder numbers.

31. Shea Weber, MTL – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 78 17 25 42
Projections 2017-18 78 21 33 54

A lot of NHL fans were questioning the Canadiens decision to trade P.K. Subban for Shea Weber last season, but Weber remains a great defenseman in his own right. The owner of a massive slapshot scored double-digit goals for the fourth straight season and ranks second among defenseman in goals (75) over that span. Weber rarely misses time and has been as consistent of a producer from the back-end as you will find.

32. Patrik Laine, WPG – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 73 36 28 64
Projections 2017-18 73 36 32 68

Last summer’s No.2 overall pick had an outstanding rookie season, leading all rookies in goals per game (0.49) and points per game (0.88). Despite out-pacing Auston Matthews on a per-game basis, Laine looks like a prime candidate for some regression in 2017-18 thanks to his absurd 17.6 shooting percentage—the third highest shooting percentage of any player who had at least 100 shots in the last decade. He’ll still likely score 30-plus goals and could even get to 40 if his shot volume increases, but don’t expect him to shoot 17.6 per cent again—regardless of how elite his shot is.

33. Corey Crawford, CHI – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 55 32 2.55 0.918 2
Projections 2017-18 57 33 2.39 0.922 4

Crawford has started 55-plus games and chalked up 30-plus wins in six consecutive full seasons, making him one of the most consistent fantasy netminders over that stretch. The 32-year-old had one of his worst statistical seasons last year, but with Scott Darling now in Carolina, Crawford could start 60-plus games for the first time in his career. He is a lock for 30-plus wins with GAA and SV% in the 10th-to-15th range which makes him a No.1 fantasy option.

34. Artemi Panarin, CBJ – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 31 43 74
Projections 2017-18 82 31 45 76

Panarin is tied for sixth in the NHL in points (151) over his first two seasons, but due to cap complications the Blackhawks traded him to the Blue Jackets for Brandon Saad this offseason. Panarin has a tremendous amount of offensive ability and a lethal shot. He immediately becomes the Blue Jackets’ best player and helps bolster their power-play, which ranked 12th in the NHL last year.

35. Blake Wheeler, WPG – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 26 48 74
Projections 2017-18 82 27 44 71

Wheeler has become one of the most reliable fantasy wingers over the last four seasons. His goal production is as consistent as you can find and he has recorded 40-plus assists in three of four campaigns. Over that stretch, Wheeler is 11th in the NHL in assists (176), 12th in points (282) and tied for 20th in goals (106). Some second or third round picks might have more upside than Wheeler, but he has one of the most stable floors you will find in those rounds.

36. Victor Hedman, TBL – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 79 16 56 72
Projections 2017-18 77 13 44 57

Hedman has been one of the best two-way defensemen in the NHL for a few years, but took his game to new heights in 2016-17—he set new career highs in goals (16), assists (56) and finished second in the NHL in power-play points (33). Hedman is third among defensemen in points (212) over the last three years, so make sure he is one of the first five blueliners off of the board.

37. Mitch Marner, TOR – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 77 19 42 61
Projections 2017-18 77 25 50 75

Some prognosticators didn’t believe Marner would make it in the NHL due to his size (6-foot / 170 lbs) but he quieted his doubters with an exceptional rookie season. Marner, who posted back-to-back 115-plus point seasons in London (OHL) recorded 19 goals and 42 assists (30th in the NHL) in 77 games and will look to avoid a sophomore slump in 2017-18. He has gifted hands and is a high-end playmaker, who will take a shot at 50 assists and 20 goals this season.

38. Mark Scheifele, WPG – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 79 32 50 82
Projections 2017-18 77 29 40 69

Since being taking seventh overall in 2011, Scheifele has improved each of his first four seasons since cracking the NHL in 2013-14. The 24-year-old was outstanding in 2016-17, finishing seventh in the league in points with 82 (32G / 50A). The pivot has good size (6-foot-3 / 207 lbs.) and is a very intelligent player, who is capable of posting 30-goals and 40-assists every season—with point-per-game upside.

39. Ryan Johansen, NSH – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 14 47 61
Projections 2017-18 82 24 47 71

In his first full season in Nashville, Johansen had 14 goals and 47 assists (61 points) in 82 games. The 25-year-old had a strong postseason going as well before emergency surgery sidelined him. Johansen has an excellent shot but is lauded for his playmaking ability. While he’s shown 30-goal upside in the past, goals in the mid-20’s and 40-plus assists is more likely.

40. Ryan Getzlaf, ANA – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 74 15 58 73
Projections 2017-18 77 21 53 74

Getzlaf is now three seasons removed from his 31-goal campaign in 2013-14 and has failed to top 20 goals in each of the last two seasons. A drop in shot volume is to blame for his lack of goal production, but the big centre is still racking up assists in drones. Over the past four seasons, he has accumulated 209 helpers (52.25 per year), which is good for fifth in the NHL during that span.

41. Max Pacioretty, MTL – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 81 35 32 67
Projections 2017-18 79 36 30 66

Pacioretty has been one of the best goal scorers in the NHL over the last half of a decade. In the last four seasons, Pacioretty has scored at least 30 goals and ranks fourth in the NHL with 141 goals over that span. Pacioretty rarely misses time and has also picked up at least 30 assists in the last three seasons, making him one of the safest wingers available.

42. Roman Josi, NSH – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 72 12 37 49
Projections 2017-18 77 14 40 54

Josi failed to top 50 points in 2016-17, but remains one of the best fantasy defensemen available. Over the last four years, Josi is tied for seventh among D-men in goals (54), assists (151) and fifth in points (205). Josi really turned things around after a slow start and should absolutely be one of the first 10 defensemen off of the board.

43. Jake Allen, STL – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 60 33 2.42 0.915 4
Projections 2017-18 60 36 2.36 0.916 6

With Brian Elliott being shipped to Calgary last summer, Allen was expected to take a huge step forward in 2016-17. The first four months did not go as planned, but Allen was third in the NHL in wins (16), GAA (1.93) and SV% (.935) from February on. The way Allen finished the season and how he looked in the playoffs lends credence to the belief that Allen is a secure No.1 fantasy option for 2017-18.

44. Ben Bishop , DAL – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 37 18 2.54 0.910 1
Projections 2017-18 60 36 2.38 0.916 4

Bishop entered the 2016-17 season after being tied for the league-lead in wins (112), tied for fifth in SV% (.922) and sixth in GAA (2.20) over the previous three seasons. His play fell off last season and led to him being traded to the Kings at the deadline and signing with the Stars this summer. Dallas finally gets the goalie they’ve been searching for for years and the 30-year-old should get back to 30-plus wins, but his GAA and SV% will likely take a hit from his days with Tampa Bay.

45. Justin Faulk, CAR – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 75 17 20 37
Projections 2017-18 74 20 32 52

Faulk doesn’t seem to get as much attention as he deserves. The 25-year-old has scored 15-plus goals in three straight years and ranks sixth among defenseman in that category with 48 over that span. He is an elite goal scorer at the position and does a tonne of damage on the power-play—top 20 in power play points among D-men since 2014-15.

46. Dustin Byfuglien, WPG – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 80 13 39 52
Projections 2017-18 77 17 34 51

Byfuglien is one of the only players who can produce points at a high level while also contributing in the shots, PPP, PIMS and hits categories. Byfuglien is a freight train on the back-end and ranks first among defensemen in PIMS (446), fourth in points (206), fifth in goals (70) and 12th in PPP (74) over the last four seasons. He should be among the first five defensemen off of the board on draft day.

47. P.K. Subban, NSH – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 66 10 30 40
Projections 2017-18 75 11 42 53

After only missing 12 games in his first five NHL seasons, Subban has now missed a total of 30 games in each of the last two years. Subban’s point total in his first year in Nashville wasn’t overly impressive, but he overcame a sluggish start to finish the season as one of the best blueliners in the final three months of the year. In his second year in Nashville, Subban is a surefire top-15 fantasy defenseman.

48. Tuukka Rask, BOS – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 64 37 2.23 0.915 8
Projections 2017-18 64 34 2.36 0.918 5

Rask has recorded 30-plus wins in four consecutive seasons and is tied for fourth in SV% (.921) and seventh in GAA (2.29) over that span. Rask has been one of the most consistent starters there is and is still just 30-years-old as he enters his 11th NHL season. The Bruins didn’t do much to improve this offseason, so expect Rask to post similar statistics to 2016-17.

49. Sean Monahan, CGY – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 27 31 58
Projections 2017-18 82 31 36 67

Since exploding onto the Fantasy Hockey scene in 2014-15, Monahan has been one of the most consistent producers available. The 22-year-old centre has only missed two games over that span while averaging 28 goals and 33 assists (61 points). He has good size and is equally adept at scoring and setting up his linemates and owns obvious 30-30 upside.

50. Nikolaj Ehlers, WPG – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 25 39 64
Projections 2017-18 82 28 41 69

After making the Jets in 2015-16, Ehlers posted 38 points (15G / 23A) in 72 games, leading to big expectations in 2016-17. The 21-year-old Dane did not disappoint, recording 25 goals and 39 assists (64 points) in 82 games. Ehlers simply oozes offensive ability and is capable of being a 30-goal, 40-assist player in 2017-18 and years to follow.

51. William Nylander, TOR – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 81 22 39 61
Projections 2017-18 82 27 42 69

Nylander was over a point-per-game in his two years with the Marlies (AHL) and built off of a strong 20-game stint with the Maple Leafs in 2015-16, by posting 22 goals and 39 assists (61 points) in 2016-17. Nylander is a very strong skater with tremendous playmaking ability, which should allow him to post 40-plus assists with 20-plus goals at the top of a strong Toronto lineup.

52. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 79 12 27 39
Projections 2017-18 79 21 32 53

After scoring 20-plus goals and averaging 3.2 shots per game in the two years leading up to 2016-17, Ekman-Larsson scored just 12 goals and averaged just 1.8 shots per game last year. Despite the small dip in production, O.E.L. remains an elite fantasy defenceman and one of the most likely candidates to top 20 goals and 50 points on the back-end.

53. Pekka Rinne, NSH – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 61 31 2.42 0.918 3
Projections 2017-18 60 33 2.36 0.918 4

If Rinne’s postseason was any indication, he still has a lot left in the tank at 34-years-old. If Rinne was guaranteed to start 60-plus games 2017-18 he would be a solid No.1 fantasy option, but he has the up-and-coming Juuse Saros breathing down his neck for starts. Rinne still has one of the most talented roster’s in the league in front of him, making him a low-end No.1/high-end No.2 fantasy option.

54. Dougie Hamilton, CGY – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 81 13 37 50
Projections 2017-18 78 13 38 51

Hamilton has been one of the most consistent producers on the blueline over the last three seasons, ranking tied for 11th among defenceman in goals (35) and 17th in points (135). The 24-year-old set new career-highs in goals (13) and assists (37) last year and has found a great home in Calgary. Expect much of the same this year.

55. Patrice Bergeron, BOS – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 79 21 32 53
Projections 2017-18 80 30 37 67

Bergeron is one of the best two-way forwards in NHL history and has been a consistent offensive producer over the years. The 31-year-old won’t lead the NHL in scoring, but he can be expected to play nearly every game and has a 20-30 floor with 30-30 upside. With that said, don’t reach for the name, because he won’t produce like third round pick.

56. Taylor Hall, NJD – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 72 20 33 53
Projections 2017-18 71 25 44 69

Hall’s first season in New Jersey was OK, but the expected dip in production came to fruition. The 25-year-old finished tied for 72nd in points (53) but 2016-17 offers some promise after the Devils added No.1 overall pick Nico Hischier. If Hall plays with the 18-year-old consistently, they could become one of the most exciting young duos in the league.

57. Jonathan Huberdeau, FLA – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 31 10 16 26
Projections 2017-18 76 24 45 69

Huberdeau is one of the most talented young forwards in the NHL, but missed 51 games in 2016-17 due to a preseason Achilles injury. After returning to the lineup, Huberdeau scored at a 70-point per 82-game pace, which lends a lot of hope for him to have a career-year in 2017-18. The Panthers will have a bit of a different look up front this season, but one thing that didn’t change is how much they need Huberdeau in the lineup.

58. Mikael Granlund, MIN – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 81 26 43 69
Projections 2017-18 81 22 49 71

Granlund was the No.9 overall pick in 2010 and the Wild knew they were getting a premiere playmaker. In his first three full seasons he had 30-plus assists each season but averaged just 10 goals. The 2016-17 season was his true breakout campaign as he scored 26 goals with 43 assists (69 points). He has incredible hands and vision and will likely be among the league leaders in assists for the next decade.

59. Anze Kopitar, LAK – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 76 12 40 52
Projections 2017-18 80 22 47 69

From 2014-to-2016, Kopitar was tied for 13th in points (208) but struggled last year posting just 12 goals and 40 assists (52 points) in 76 games. Kopitar does everything very well and has been one of the most consistent fantasy producers over the years. In 2017-18, he should certainly get back to the 60-point plateau at the very least.

60. Evgeny Kuznetsov, WSH – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 19 40 59
Projections 2017-18 82 21 46 67

Kuznetsov exploded onto the fantasy scene as one of the best sleeper picks in 2015-16, but turned himself into a bust in 2016-17—he was tied for 43rd in the NHL in points (59) with a third-round ADP. Kuznetsov’s fantasy value is a bit handcuffed by his limited goal-scoring upside, but he should post close to 50 assists.

61. Corey Perry, ANA – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 19 34 53
Projections 2017-18 78 32 31 63

After scoring 33-plus goals in three straight seasons, Perry failed to top 20 goals in 2016-17. He’s a career 13.2 percent shooter, but saw his shooting percentage dip to 8.8 per cent last year, costing him nine goals. Perry’s volume of shots has fallen a bit since his prime, but he remains a high-volume shooter who should bounce back from an unlucky campaign.

62. Phil Kessel, PIT – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 23 47 70
Projections 2017-18 82 26 41 67

Kessel has not missed a game in seven years, but his goal numbers have slipped a bit since arriving in Pittsburgh. In his first two years with the Penguins, Kessel is 24th in the NHL in points (129) and tied for 34th in goals (49). The 29-year-old is coming off of a career-high 47 assists and he obviously has 30-plus goal upside entering 2017-18.

63. Claude Giroux, PHI – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 14 44 58
Projections 2017-18 80 20 48 68

Giroux posted 60-plus points in five-consecutive full 82-game campaigns, but failed to top that mark in 2016-17. The 29-year-old had just 14 goals but still managed to finish tied for 20th in the league in assists (44). The dip in goals was a result of his lowest shot volume since 2009-10 and a career-worst 7.0 shooting percentage. Giroux remains among the best playmakers in the NHL and should get back to 20-plus goals in 2017-18.

64. Jakub Voracek, PHI – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 20 41 61
Projections 2017-18 82 20 47 67

Throughout the last four seasons, Voracek ranks ninth in the NHL in assists (83) but averaged under 20 goals per season (19). Voracek is an outstanding passer and should continue to post 40-plus helpers with regularity and as he’s shown, he has the ability to be 20 goal scorer. Voracek had an ADP of the seventh round last year, but carries fifth round value.

65. Kevin Shattenkirk, NYR – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 80 13 43 56
Projections 2017-18 73 12 38 50

After posting three straight seasons of points in the mid-40’s, Shattenkirk went off for 56 (13G / 43A) in 80 games last year. Over that four-year span, Shattenkirk is tied for 10th among defensemen in goals (45) and is 11th in points (189). He is simply one of the best and most consistent fantasy defensemen and should be one of the first 10 off the board.

66. Mark Giordano, CGY – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 81 12 27 39
Projections 2017-18 75 15 33 48

After three years of No.1 fantasy defenceman production, Giordano’s numbers slipped in 2016-17. Some of that can be attributed to a drop in power-play usage, but Gio is capable of getting his numbers back on track in 2017-18. Giordano and Dougie Hamilton make up one of the best pairs in the NHL and should be dominant again this season.

67. Frederik Andersen, TOR – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 66 33 2.67 0.918
Projections 2017-18 66 38 2.48 0.917 4

Andersen split the crease in his three years in Anaheim but the net was all his in his first season in Toronto. Things got off to an ugly start for the 27-year-old, but he dialled in after a tough October and was eighth in the NHL in wins (31) and SV% (.922) and was 25th in GAA (2.54) from November through the end of the season. The Maple Leafs have one of the best young offences in the NHL, so he will have a lot of goal support and will be a borderline No.1 fantasy option in 2017-18.

68. Duncan Keith, CHI – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 80 6 47 53
Projections 2017-18 77 8 43 51

Since posting 61 points in 2013-14, Keith has yet to top 60 points again since, but is still tied for 11th in points among defensemen over that span with 141 (25G / 116A). Keith has been one of the most reliable fantasy defenceman available and should be counted on as such as he heads into his 13th NHL seasons.

69. James van Riemsdyk, TOR – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 29 33 62
Projections 2017-18 82 32 34 66

van Riemsdyk has been one of the most underrated, consistent fantasy producers on the wing over the years. After putting an injury plagued 2015-16 season behind him, van Riemsdyk posted a career-high 62 points (29G / 33A) in 2017-18. The 28-year-old rarely misses time and can often be found right around 30 goals with 30-plus helpers. van Riemsdyk produces like a fourth rounder, but can probably be had a few rounds later.

70. Drew Doughty, LAK – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 12 32 44
Projections 2017-18 82 12 38 50

Doughty has found a new level of offence in recent years, being tied for 11th among defenceman in points (141) over the last three seasons. Doughty has been widely considered as one of the best two-way defensemen in the NHL and his ability to join the rush and quarterback a power-play make him a safe No.1/No.2 fantasy defenceman that you don’t need to waste an early-round pick on.

71. Jonathan Toews, CHI – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 72 21 37 58
Projections 2017-18 77 28 38 66

Toews’ name carries a lot of weight and for good reason, but he is typically overrated in fantasy circles. Over the last two seasons, Toews is tied for 39th in points with Jakub Voracek, whom he went 19 spots ahead of on average (ESPN) a year ago. Toews is great, but draft the point production and not the name.

72. Sebastian Aho, CAR – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 24 25 49
Projections 2017-18 82 30 34 64

Aho came to the NHL with a lot of expectations after playing extremely well for Finland in the World Juniors and he did not disappoint. Known primarily as a playmaker, Aho had one more assist (25) than goals (24) in his rookie season and appears poised to lead the Hurricanes back to the playoffs in 2017-18.

73. Sergey Bobrovsky, CBJ – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 63 41 2.06 0.931 7
Projections 2017-18 57 33 2.44 0.921 4

Following an injury plagued 2015-16 season, Bobrovsky returned in 2016-17 to set career-bests in games started (63), wins (41) and shutouts (7). The 28-year-old is one of the best netminders in the NHL and plays in a goaltender-friendly system under John Tortorella. Durability is the only concern that keeps the Russian backstop from being a surefire No.1 fantasy option.

74. Wayne Simmonds, PHI – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 31 23 54
Projections 2017-18 80 30 28 58

Simmonds is one of the best power-forwards in the NHL and has been an extremely consistent goal scorer in recent years. Over the last four seasons, he has averaged exactly 30 goals-per-season and ranks 12th in the NHL in scoring (120) over that span. Simmonds is also the best power-play goal-scorer not named Alex Ovechkin in the NHL.

75. Jeff Carter, LAK – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 32 34 66
Projections 2017-18 78 29 34 63

Carter has been one of the most consistent goal scorers in the NHL and ranks tied for 15th in goals (111) over the last four years. In 2016-17, Carter scored 30-plus goals for his first time in a Kings uniform and fourth time in his career. Carter’s goal scoring isn’t going anywhere as he consistently ranks near the top-20 in shots and he carries an impressive 11.5 career shooting percentage.

76. Alex Galchenyuk, MTL – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 61 17 27 44
Projections 2017-18 80 29 34 63

Despite being the focus of trade rumours this offseason, Galchenyuk remains in Montreal and looking to improve on his 2016-17 results. The 23-year-old was on-pace to set a new career-high in points but he missed 21 games due to injury and finished with his lowest point total since 2013-14. Galchenyuk is a crafty forward, who has shown he has 30-goal upside and his 36-assist pace from last season speaks volumes.

77. Viktor Arvidsson, NSH – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 80 31 30 61
Projections 2017-18 80 28 35 63

It only took 80 games for Arvidsson to go from an unknown commodity to a household name during the 2016-17 season. Arvidsson is a tremendous skater and loves to shoots the puck, which is why he was tied for 20th in shots (246) and tied for 23rd in goals (31). Arvidsson will spend most of his time with Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg and the trio were among the most dangerous last year.

78. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 55 31 2.74 0.910 2
Projections 2017-18 57 32 2.47 0.918 4

Lundqvist has impressively won at least 30 games in each of his 11 (full) NHL seasons, but 2016-17 was his worst statistical season to date. The 35-year-old veteran might finally be showing signs of aging, having posted a 2.74 GAA and .910 SV% a season ago. With Antti Raanta now in Arizona, Lundqvist won’t have as much competition for starts this season, but he is no longer a bonafide top-five fantasy netminder.

79. Aleksander Barkov, FLA – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 61 21 31 52
Projections 2017-18 70 27 35 62

Barkov has struggled to stay healthy in his young NHL career, having missed 21 games last year and 48 games combined over the last three years. Barkov has the ideal frame for the centre position and has 25-goal, 35-assist upside if he could stay in the lineup for close to 82 games.

80. Rasmus Ristolainen, BUF – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 79 6 39 45
Projections 2017-18 80 12 41 53

After bursting onto the fantasy scene in 2015-16, Ristolainen followed that up with six goals and 39 assists (45 points) in 2016-17. Ristolainen did that despite carrying an ugly 43.81 Corsi For Percentage, but he owns impressive size and a strong two-way game, so those numbers should improve as his overall game matures.

81. Henrik Zetterberg, DET – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 17 51 68
Projections 2017-18 82 17 50 67

At 36 years old, prognosticators were ready to write Zetterberg off, but he showed he’s still got a lot in the tank. The Red Wings’ captain nearly set a new career-high in assists (51) and added 17 goals to finish with 68 points—his most since 2011-12. Zetterberg has lost a step, but his skill and hockey sense are still top-notch.

82. Joe Thornton, SJS – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 79 7 43 50
Projections 2017-18 80 14 54 68

In 2016-17, Thornton registered a career-low seven goals in 79 games, but posted 40-plus assists for the 14th time in his career. Thornton is one of the greatest setup man of his generation and ranks second in the NHL in assists (220) over the last four seasons. The veteran centre has not topped 20 goals since 2010-11, so don’t expect a lot of goals but he should be near the top of the league assists once again.

83. John Klingberg, DAL – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 80 13 36 49
Projections 2017-18 74 11 38 49

Klingberg’s first three NHL seasons have been nothing short of impressive. The 24-year-old has posted double-digit goals each season, ranking 14th among defenceman with 34 goals and eighth with 147 points. Klingberg has a big point shot and consistently plays a tonne on a Stars’ power-play that has been seventh best since Klingberg joined the big club.

84. Jonathan Drouin, MTL – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 73 21 32 53
Projections 2017-18 70 22 43 65

Drouin has undeniable skill. Talent that mad him the No.3 overall pick in 2013, but his time in Tampa Bay was rocky and probably led to him being traded to Montreal this summer. Drouin had 21 goals and 32 assists (53 points) last season, but an increased role in his new home could lead to big things for this supremely talented 22-year-old.

85. Ryan O’Reilly, BUF – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 72 20 35 55
Projections 2017-18 75 22 42 64

Entering his ninth NHL season, you might be shocked to see that Ryan O’Reilly is just 26-years-old. O’Reilly has been a consistent performer over the last four seasons, averaging 22 goals and 37 assists (59 points). The big centre plays huge minutes for the Sabres and that will allow him to continue producing these No.2 fantasy centre results.

86. Eric Staal, MIN – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 28 37 65
Projections 2017-18 80 24 38 62

Once viewed as one of the best forwards in the NHL, Staal’s last few seasons in Carolina (and briefly New York) were disappointing for the big centre. After signing a three-year deal with the Wild last summer, Staal got back on track scoring 28 goals with 65 points—his highest point total since 2011-12. Staal still has a ton of game and will be an integral part of a strong Wild offence in 2017-18.

87. Mark Stone, OTT – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 71 22 32 54
Projections 2017-18 75 24 36 60

Stone is one of the true pickpockets in the NHL and also brings a Grade-A offensive game. The 23-year-old has scored 20-plus goals with 30-plus assists in his first three NHL seasons, becoming one of the top young two-way players in the game—Stone ranks 32nd in points (179) and tied for 37th in goals (71) over that span. He is a solid 5th-7th round pick had a thin right wing position.

88. Jeff Skinner, CAR – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 79 37 26 63
Projections 2017-18 77 34 24 58

Durability was a real concern a few years ago, but Skinner’s concussion problems appear to be behind him as he’s missed just eight games in the past three seasons. He exploded for 37 goals a year ago and should have no problem topping 30 again this year as he is surrounded by high-end playmakers in Carolina.

89. Brandon Saad, CHI – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 24 29 53
Projections 2017-18 82 29 30 59

After two years in Columbus, Saad is back in Chicago after being acquired for Artemi Panarin in the summer. Saad will likely be reunited with Jonathan Toews and that duo carried a 56.1 CF% and a 61.7 GF% when playing together in 2014-15. Saad has 30-30 upside, but has yet to hit that mark.

90. Alexander Radulov, DAL – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 76 18 36 54
Projections 2017-18 76 21 42 63

In his highly anticipated return to the NHL, Radulov scored 18 goals with 36 assists (54 points) in 76 games with the Canadiens. He now moves out west to join the Stars on a five-year deal. Radulov is a supremely talented winger who could be in for a huge year if he finds himself on the right wing with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn.

91. John Gibson, ANA – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 49 25 2.22 0.924 6
Projections 2017-18 50 27 2.24 0.921 5

Gibson certainly has the talent to be a No.1 fantasy netminder, but he has struggled with durability early in his career and has yet to start 50 games in a single season. Last year was another good season for the 24-year-old. He posted a 2.22 GAA, .924 SV% and six shutouts, but injuries once again limited him. Until he can make 60-plus starts and win 30-plus games, he will be a solid No.2 fantasy option.

92. Vincent Trocheck, FLA – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 23 31 54
Projections 2017-18 80 26 35 61

It took Trocheck a couple of years to get his NHL legs under him, but since 2015-16, the 24-year-old has averaged 24 goals and 30 assists per season. Trocheck is a great playmaker, but has no shortage of goal-scoring ability to go along with it. Trocheck won’t be a point-per-game player, but he is as safe of a fifth or sixth round pick as there is.

93. Cory Schneider, NJD – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 59 20 2.82 0.908 2
Projections 2017-18 62 25 2.40 0.919 4

In his first three seasons in New Jersey, Schneider was tied for second in the NHL in SV% (.924) and third in GAA (2.14) despite ranking 21st in wins. His lack of wins held him back from being a surefire No.1 fantasy goalie, even though he posted extremely impressive splits. However, in 2016-17 he fell apart, posting a 2.82 GAA and .908 SV% and enters this year as a safe No.2 option with the potential to post top-five splits and modest win totals.

94. Scott Darling, CAR – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 27 18 2.38 0.924 2
Projections 2017-18 52 32 2.41 0.921 3

In three years as Corey Crawford’s backup, Darling posted a 39-17-9 record, 2.37 GAA and .923 SV%. This summer he was dealt to the Hurricanes where he will likely take over as their No.1 netminder with Cam Ward seeing about 40 percent of the games. This is a great opportunity for the 28-year-old as the Hurricanes should be one of the best young teams in the NHL this season, giving him the potential of going from back-up to No.2 fantasy netminder.

95. Aaron Ekblad, FLA – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 68 10 11 21
Projections 2017-18 72 16 26 42

Ekblad’s first two NHL seasons were very strong, but injuries cost him 14 games last year and concussion issues are cause for concern moving forward. Ekblad ranks ninth among defensemen in goals (37) in his first three seasons and is one of the NHL top defensemen if he can stay on the ice.

96. Zach Werenski, CBJ – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 78 11 36 47
Projections 2017-18 78 13 35 48

Werenski was a highly touted prospect coming out of the University of Michigan and he did not disappoint in his rookie campaign. Werenski has great size (6-foot-2 / 214 lbs.) and is a natural offensive-defenceman. The rookie finished 13th among defensemen in points last year and will likely be in the top-20 for many years to come.

97. Nathan MacKinnon, COL – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 16 37 53
Projections 2017-18 75 23 38 61

MacKinnon was the No.1 overall pick in 2013 and looked every bit the part in his rookie season, finishing tied for 34th in points, but has tied for 89th over the last three years combined. MacKinnon owns high-end speed and skill but his upside will be limited as long as the Avalanche are bottom-feeders.

98. Matt Duchene, COL – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 77 18 23 41
Projections 2017-18 77 24 35 59

The trade winds swirled around Duchene all summer long but he remains with the Avalanche to start the 2016-17 season. Duchene is coming off of one of the worst seasons of his career, having posted just 18 goals and 23 assists (41 points) in 77 games. The dip in production can be attributed to his shots-per-game from 2.7 (2014-16) to 2.1, so you can fully expect him to bounce back this year.

99. Torey Krug, BOS – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 81 8 43 51
Projections 2017-18 80 11 38 49

Krug scored a combined 26 goals in 2014 and 2015, but registered just four goals the following year thanks to a 1.6 shooting percentage. The 26-year-old saw his numbers improve last year, having registered eight goals and a career-high 51 points. Krug is the top offensive-defenceman in Boston and played the ninth most PP TOI/GM among all NHL blueliners last year. He’s a safe No. 2 fantasy D-man with double-digit goal upside.

100. David Krejci, BOS – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 23 31 54
Projections 2017-18 78 19 43 62

Krejci is widely under-appreciated every year, but always produces consistent results. Aside from 2014-15 in which he missed time with injury, Krejci has been extremely durable throughout his career and is capable of registering 50 assists in a season and has recorded 20-plus goals three times. Krejci won’t singlehandedly win you a fantasy championship, but he is a safe mid-round selection.

101. Vadim Shipachyov, VEG – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 (KHL) 50 26 50 76
Projections 2017-18 75 20 42 62

Shipachyov comes over from Russia as the brand new Vegas Golden Knights’ prized offseason acquisition. The 30-year-old Russian centre is the favourite to lead the team in points in their inaugural season. Shipachyov is an exceptional playmaker thanks to great vision and passing skills, but doesn’t shoot the puck enough. He should be able to top 40 assists, but he will undoubtedly post modest goal totals.

102. Shayne Gostisbehere, PHI – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 76 7 32 39
Projections 2017-18 76 13 33 46

Gostisbehere scored a shocking 17 goals in just 64 games during his rookie season, but saw a stark drop-off in 2016-17. Despite increasing his shot volume, the 24-year-old struggled to score with a 3.5 shooting percentage and finished the year with seven goals and 32 assists (39 points). Gostisbehere’s shooting percentage should fall somewhere between his first two seasons, making him likely to score goals in the mid-teens with 30-plus assists.

103. Zach Parise, MIN – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 69 19 23 42
Projections 2017-18 70 28 29 57

Once one of the premier goal scoring threats in the NHL, Parise’s numbers have taken a hit since signing with with Wild and durability has become a concern for fantasy owners. Parise has missed 48 games over the last four seasons and ranks tied for 20th in goals (106) and 50th in points (213). His ADP last season was the sixth round and that’s perfectly acceptable—he has plenty of upside for that draft slot.

104. Nazem Kadri, TOR – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 32 29 61
Projections 2017-18 77 26 32 58

After a few disappointing seasons, Kadri thrived in his second season under head coach Mike Babcock. The 26-year-old set career highs in goals (32) and points (61) in 82 games last season and will look to prove it was not a fluke in 2017-18. Kadri likely won’t shoot at 13.6 per cent again, but goals in the mid-20’s with 30-plus assists is still strong production for a player who is used against the other team’s top lines.

105. Jake Guentzel, PIT – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 40 16 17 33
Projections 2017-18 73 26 32 58

Guentzel showcased during his time with the University of Nebraska-Omaha and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) that he is a solid goal-scorer and is equally adept at setting up his teammates. In his rookie season, Guentzel spent a lot of time on Sidney Crosby’s wing and that is one of the best spots to be in terms of fantasy value. Expect a full-season’s worth of production similar to 2016-17 this year.

106. Andrej Vasilevskiy, TBL – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 47 23 2.61 0.917 2
Projections 2017-18 57 29 2.53 0.918 3

Following the midseason trade of Ben Bishop, Vasilevskiy was tied for the NHL lead in wins (12), ninth in SV% (.930) and 16th in GAA (2.27). It is not the largest sample size, but it was an impressive stretch for his first run as a No.1 netminder in the NHL. Entering the 2017-18 season, the Lighting are looking to put a disappointing season behind them and Vasilevskiy should be in line for close to 60 starts. He is a solid No.2 option, but not many goalies have as much upside as he does.

107. Mike Hoffman, OTT – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 74 26 35 61
Projections 2017-18 77 27 30 57

Hoffman has quickly turned into one of the best young goal scorers since breaking into the NHL in 2014-15. Over that three-year span, Hoffman is 21st in the NHL in goals (82) and 31st in shots (665). Hoffman has great speed and an excellent release, making him a threat every time he steps onto the ice. The 27-year-old is a volume shooter who is also extremely potent on the power-play.

108. Ivan Provorov, PHI – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 6 24 30
Projections 2017-18 82 12 36 48

Provorov was the No.7 overall pick in 2015 and did not disappoint in his rookie season, posting six goals and 24 assists (30 points) in 82 games. Provorov is extremely mobile and has a very sound two-way game with great offensive upside. With both Mark Streit and Michael Del Zotto no longer in Philadelphia, Provorov should see a significant uptick in power-play time this season.

109. Justin Schultz, PIT – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 78 12 39 51
Projections 2017-18 74 10 36 46

Schultz’s trade to the Penguins was the best thing that ever happened to the 27-year-old. Schultz, who posted decent numbers in Edmonton, set new career-highs in goals (12) and assists (39) last season. Schultz has excellent mobility and a willingness to join the offence, making him a top-25 fantasy defenceman and he receives a serious fantasy boost whenever Kris Letang is out of the lineup (often).

110. Jordan Eberle, NYI – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 20 31 51
Projections 2017-18 78 25 33 58

Eberle has been one of the most consistent goal scorers in the NHL since being drafted in 2008, but his contract made him a constant source of trade rumours in Edmonton. Eberle is tied for 30th in goals (97) over the last four years and now finds himself (likely) playing alongside John Tavares, so don’t expect that goal production to go anywhere in 2017-18.

111. Kyle Palmieri, NJD – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 80 26 27 53
Projections 2017-18 80 29 28 57

Palmieri always had game but needed the ice-time and that’s what he’s been getting consistently in New Jersey. In his first two seasons with the Devils, Palmieri is tied for 20th in the NHL in goals (56) and tied for 55th in points (55). Palmieri sees plenty of playing time with Taylor Hall and if you add Nico Hischier in the middle, he could be in for his best year yet.

112. Anthony Mantha, DET – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 60 17 19 36
Projections 2017-18 75 28 28 56

Mantha has all of the tools necessary to be high-end goal-scorer in the NHL. Mantha has excellent size (6-foot-5 / 221 lbs) but moves very well for a big man and has an elite shot. The Red Wings are ready to start a rebuild, which means they’re going to turn things over to younger players like Mantha, so expect a big season out of the 22-year-old Quebec native.

113. Conor Sheary, PIT – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 61 23 30 53
Projections 2017-18 73 23 33 56

In his second NHL season, Sheary posted 23 goals and 30 assists (53 points) in just 61 games. The Penguins had high hopes for the 25-year-old after he posted great numbers at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) in the two previous seasons and he did not disappoint. Sheary is a hard worker, which makes him a strong fit to play on Sidney Crosby’s wing and loves to shoot the puck—he averaged 2.5 shots-per-game last year but don’t expect him to shoot at 14.6 per cent for his entire career.

114. Jaden Schwartz, STL – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 78 19 36 55
Projections 2017-18 78 24 34 58

Schwartz bounced back after a disappointing, injury plagued 2015-16 season, posting 55 points (19G / 36A) in 78 games last season. Schwartz is very quick on his skates and plays key minutes in the Blues’ top-six. When healthy, he has shown to be capable of scoring goals in the mid-20s and assists in the mid-30s, so expect him to continue that production, making him a safe seventh or eighth round pick in standard leagues.

115. Max Domi, ARI – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 59 9 29 38
Projections 2017-18 72 20 41 61

Domi had a difficult sophomore campaign thanks to hand surgery that cost him 23 games from mid-December to early-February. Despite missing a lengthy period of time, Domi was on the exact same 52-point pace from his rookie season. The third-year prop should benefit from an improved surrounding cast and is a good candidate to lead the Coyotes in points in 2017-18.

116. Cam Atkinson, CBJ – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 35 27 62
Projections 2017-18 81 29 24 53

Atkinson is undersized (5-foot-8 / 180 lbs.) but isn’t afraid to go to the dirty areas to score goals. In 2016-17, Atkinson finished tied for eighth in the league in goals (35) and has scored 20-plus goals for four straight seasons, tying him for 24th (105 goals) in the last four seasons combined. The 28-year-old shoots frequently and carries a career 11.5 shooting percentage, making him a near lock for 25-plus goals.

117. Kyle Turris, OTT – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 78 27 28 55
Projections 2017-18 78 24 33 57

Turris struggled in 2015-16 but bounced back in 2016-17, scoring a career-high 27 goals with 28 assists (55 points). Turris is quality goal-scorer while being a great setup man at the same time. Turris is usually under-appreciated on draft day, but he has 25-goal, 35-assist upside.

118. Tyson Barrie, COL – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 74 7 31 38
Projections 2017-18 77 11 36 47

Barrie played for the worst team in the NHL a season ago, but still enjoyed a quality season and is now tied for 14th among defensemen in points (178) over the last four seasons. Barrie may not have the defensive game needed to be a No.1 NHL defenceman, but he more than makes up for it with his offence.

119. Logan Couture, SJS – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 73 25 27 52
Projections 2017-18 73 24 32 56

After missing 30 games in 2015-16, Couture played 73 games a year ago, scoring 25 goals with 27 assists (52 points). The two-time 30-goal scorer has not reached that mark since 2011-12, but has averaged 27 goals and 36 assists (63 points) per 82 games over the last four seasons. He’s a pure goal scorer who has 30-30 upside, but needs to stay healthy to get there.

120. Alex Pietrangelo, STL – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 80 14 34 48
Projections 2017-18 78 9 36 45

Pietrangelo is an excellent two-way defenceman with a lot of offensive upside, which was capped a little bit by the presence of Kevin Shattenkirk. Following Shattenkirk’s trade last year, Pietrangelo played nearly two more minutes per night, including a full minute on the power-play. With the extra time, Pietrangelo had 18 points (5G / 13A) in 20 games and comes into 2017-18 with high expectations as a result.

121. Jason Spezza, DAL – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 68 15 35 50
Projections 2017-18 75 22 37 59

Entering his 15th year in the NHL, Spezza’s best days are behind him, but he remains one of the most consistent assist producers in the league. Spezza has recorded at least 30 assists in each of the last four seasons and his 153 helpers over that span is tied for 25th. Another thing you can bank on is a healthy amount of power-play production.

122. Antti Raanta, ARI – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 26 16 2.26 0.922 4
Projections 2017-18 61 30 2.61 0.920 6

In two years in New York, Raanta had a 0.61 winning percentage, 2.25 GAA and .921 SV% as Henrik Lundqvist’s backup. After four seasons as a No.2, Raanta will get a chance to be the Coyotes’ No.1 this season after a summer trade. He has earned the opportunity, but his upside will be limited by a young Coyotes team that is bound to struggle.

123. Dylan Strome, ARI – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 7 0 1 1
Projections 2017-18 70 21 37 58

Strome had a hard time generating offence during his brief seven-game tryout with the Coyotes to start the 2016-17 season. Upon his return to the Erie Otters, the 2015 No. 3 overall pick absolutely torched the OHL, posting a ridiculous 75 points (22G / 53A) in 35 regular season games and an additional 34 points (22G / 14A) in 22 playoff games. The 20-year-old is an outstanding playmaker with a plus-shot and is poised to do some damage on an improved Coyotes squad this year.

124. Evander Kane, BUF – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 70 28 15 43
Projections 2017-18 69 31 22 53

Kane has scored at a 27-goal per 82-game pace over the last four seasons, but the problem is that he has missed 28.4 per cent of the games over that span. Kane is routinely injured, which limits his offensive output, but when he’s in the lineup he is a dangerous scorer with 30-goal upside.

125. Brayden Schenn, STL – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 79 25 30 55
Projections 2017-18 80 23 34 57

Schenn spent the last five seasons with the Flyers, but was dealt to the Blues this summer. Schenn has great offensive ability and works hard on every shift. Over the last two seasons, Schenn ranks 32nd in goals (51) and tied for 45th in points (114). The 25-year-old will play a big role in his new home and could be in for a career-year if he plays with Vladimir Tarasenko.

126. Nolan Patrick, PHI – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 (WHL) 33 20 26 46
Projections 2017-18 70 24 30 54

Patrick entered last year as the consensus No.1 overall pick, but an injury limited him to just 33 games in Brandon (WHL) and Nico Hischier passed him on that list. However, being picked by Philadelphia instead of New Jersey will likely do wonders for the 6-foot-2, 198 lbs. centre, who is projected to centre the Flyers second line behind Claude Giroux.

127. Kyle Okposo, BUF – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 65 19 26 45
Projections 2017-18 68 21 36 57

Moving from John Tavares’ wing was bound to hurt Okposo’s production, but a 19-point decrease was a little extreme. Okposo has a knack for going to the net and has a goal scorer’s touch, which makes him a candidate for 20-plus goals every year. He has been prone to picking up helpers in bunches as well, so a 20-goal and 30-assist season seems highly likely in his second year in Buffalo.

128. Tyler Toffoli, LAK – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 63 16 18 34
Projections 2017-18 79 27 27 54

Toffoli was tied for 23rd in goals in the two years leading up to 2016-17, but he missed 19 games and scored just 16 goals with 18 assists (34 points). It was a disappointing campaign for a player who scored 31 goals the year prior, but he is far too talented and has too good of a release to struggle like that again in 2017-18.

129. Mats Zuccarello, NYR – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 80 15 44 59
Projections 2017-18 79 19 38 57

Zuccarello is gifted with the puck on his tape and is one of the better set-up men in the NHL. Over the last four seasons Zuccarello is tied for 25th with 153 assists and leads the Rangers in points (228). He went from shootout specialist to the Rangers best forward in no time andcomcs into 2017-18 with 20-goal, 40-assist upside.

130. Mike Smith, CGY – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 55 19 2.92 0.914 3
Projections 2017-18 55 30 2.66 0.913 3

Smith faced a ridiculous number of shots during his time in Arizona, but that might change now that he’s in Calgary. The Flames have one of the best bluelines in the NHL and gave up the eighth fewest shots per game last season. Smith is used to being the workhorse that the Flames have been lacking since Miikka Kiprusoff retired and he should see 60-plus starts, making 30-plus wins a distinct possibility.

131. Nico Hischier, NJD – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 (QMJHL) 57 38 48 86
Projections 2017-18 72 24 29 53

Hischier is incredibly shifty with the puck on his blade and used that skill to post 86 points (38G / 48A) in 57 games in his first season in the QMJHL. Hischier elevated himself up the draft rankings and was picked No.1 overall by the Devils and now appears poised to play with Taylor Hall—a duo that could put the Devils back on the map.

132. Ryan Ellis, NSH – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 71 16 22 38
Projections 2017-18 72 12 30 42

Ellis was drafted as an elite offensive-defenseman but has improved his play in his own-end in each of his first five and a half NHL seasons. Ellis took on a massive role last season and played heavy minutes next to Roman Josi and finished the season with a career-best in goals (16) and points (38). Ellis’ offensive game is still top-notch and he can still take his play to another level in 2017-18.

133. Cam Fowler, ANA – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 80 11 28 39
Projections 2017-18 80 9 35 44

Fowler produced consistent numbers from the Ducks’ blueline in the three years leading up to 2016-17, but elevated his game to No.1 fantasy defenseman status last year. The former No.12 overall pick has outstanding mobility and puck-moving ability and will continue to orchestrate the offence from the team’s back-end in 2017-18. Fowler’s increase in goals can be attributed to an increase in shots, if he has 180-plus shots again, he will hit double-digit goals again.

134. Keith Yandle, FLA – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 5 36 41
Projections 2017-18 82 5 41 46

In his first year in Florida, Yandle did exactly what Yandle always does, which is appear in all 82 games and post 40-plus points. Yandle is a talented skater with a big point-shot and has done a signifiant amount of damage on the power-play in recent years—Yandle ranks fourth among defenceman in power-play points over the last three years.

135. Sam Reinhart, BUF – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 79 17 30 47
Projections 2017-18 79 24 34 58

In his second full NHL season, Reinhart displayed the type of playmaking ability that made him the No.2 overall pick in 2014. While he wasn’t able to replicate his 23 goals for the previous year, Reinhart tallied a serviceable 17 goals and 30 assists and should be able to build off of that this year. We know he has 20-plus goal upside and with his playmaker pedigree and an improving surrounding cast he could approach for 40 helpers.

136. Craig Anderson, OTT – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 40 25 2.28 0.926 5
Projections 2017-18 47 24 2.55 0.921

Off of the ice, 2016-17 was a difficult campaign for Anderson but on the ice he was spectacular as the veteran was 25-11-4 with a 2.28 GAA (10th in the NHL) and .926 SV% (3rd). The 36-year-old was equally as impressive in the postseason and comes into 2017-18 with the hopes that he can get back to 60 starts. Anderson has been inconsistent from year-to-year, so don’t expect another season quite like last year.

137. Elias Lindholm, CAR – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 72 11 34 45
Projections 2017-18 79 20 40 60

Lindholm, who is a well-rounded two-way player, had shown flashes of offence early in his career but really put it all together in 2016-17. He set career-highs in assists (34) and points (45) and at 22-years-old is just getting started. If Lindholm can score with more regularity, he will be real force in fantasy for years to come.

138. John Carlson, WSH – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 72 9 28 37
Projections 2017-18 73 10 32 42

Carlson did not miss a game in his first five NHL seasons, but has missed 36 games over the las two years. Despite the unusual injury woes, Carlson has still put together some nice seasons, ranking tied for 25th among defensemen in goals (17) and tied for 27th in points (76) over that span. Carlson has shutdown ability but is also the Capitals’ best offensive weapon from the back-end so he leads them in PP time as well.

139. Nino Niedereiter, MIN – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 25 32 57
Projections 2017-18 82 25 29 54

The Wild’s handling of Niederreiter is puzzling. Despite being one of their best forwards, Niederreiter ranked eighth among Wild forwards in ice-time last season (sixth in PP TOI). The 24-year-old is an analytics darling and has scored 20-plus goals three years in a row despite playing middling minutes. If he sees the first line action he deserves, he could truly be a difference maker.

140. Brian Elliott, PHI – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 45 26 2.55 0.910 2
Projections 2017-18 50 26 2.43 0.918 4

After splitting time for five years in St. Louis, Elliott got a shot be a true No.1 in Calgary last season and faltered. He ended up losing some playing time to Chad Johnson and finished the year with a 2.55 GAA and .910 SV%, both worse than his career averages. Now in Philadelphia, Elliott will share a crease with Michal Neuvirth and won’t be able to post the same numbers he did with a more defensive-minded Blues team.

141. Victor Rask, CAR – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 16 29 45
Projections 2017-18 82 21 35 56

Rask was unable to top 20 goals after scoring 21 in 2015-16, but set a new career-high in assists (29) during the 2016-17 season. Rask does a little bit of everything for the Hurricanes and as his shot volume continues to increase, so should his goal totals. Expect a return to 20-plus goals with 30-plus assist upside this year.

142. Seth Jones, CBJ – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 75 12 30 42
Projections 2017-18 79 9 33 42

Jones is a high-end two-way defenceman that is quickly turning into one of the best blueliners in the NHL. Jones has seen his numbers improve in each of his first four seasons, culminating in 42 points (12G / 30A) a season ago. The 22-year-old has put up nice numbers and has done so with limited power-play output—so there’s still room for him to grow.

143. Marc-Andre Fleury, VEG – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 34 18 3.02 0.909 1
Projections 2017-18 58 27 2.71 0.913 3

Fleury spent the first 13 years of his NHL career in Pittsburgh, where he won 375 regular season games. This summer his run with the Penguins came to an end when he was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft. Fleury will be the face of the franchise and should start close to 60 games for the new franchise. Vegas will have their struggles, but his games started alone is enough to make him a low-end No.2 option.

144. Alex Steen, STL – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 76 16 35 51
Projections 2017-18 72 19 38 57

Steen is lauded for his two-way ability, but has elevated his offensive game over the last four years. The 33-year-old has missed an average of 11 games per season during the stretch, but is tied for 36th in the NHL in points-per-game (0.80). He is a smart player with strong playmaking ability, making him a safe bet for 30-plus assists and goal totals close to 20.

145. T.J. Oshie, WSH – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 68 33 23 56
Projections 2017-18 73 25 27 52

After posting a career-high 26 goals in 2015-16, Oshie upped that to 33 goals in 68 games last season thanks to an absurd 23.1 shooting percentage. Oshie averages over two shots per game, so even a decreased shooting percentage should see him score goals in the mid-20s. The 30-year-old is a consistent producer and a safe mid-round pick.

146. Milan Lucic, EDM – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 23 27 50
Projections 2017-18 82 22 32 54

Lucic is a monster (6-foot-3 / 236 lbs.) who also possesses some offensive ability. In his first season with the Oilers, Lucic set a new career high with 175 shots and registered at least 50 points for the fifth time in his career. The power-forward played 39.8 per cent of his even-strength minutes on a line with Connor McDavid and should see playing time with him again this season.

147. J.T. Miller, NYR – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 22 34 56
Projections 2017-18 82 24 33 57

Miller has great speed and has come into his own over the last two seasons. The former No.15 overall pick (2011) is second on the Rangers in goals (44) and third in points (99) over that span despite averaging under 16 minutes per night. The Rangers have yet to award him consistent top-6 minutes or heavy power-play time, but when they do he could be a 60-plus point player.

148. Nick Leddy, NYI – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 81 11 35 46
Projections 2017-18 81 9 34 43

Leddy is a superb skater and has produced excellent numbers since joining the Islanders in 2014-15. In three years with the Isles, Leddy is tied for 23rd among defensemen in points (123) and 27th in goals (26). Leddy has only missed six games in the last six years and was among the power-play ice-time leaders last year, making him a safe No.3 fantasy defensemen with No.2 upside.

149. Brayden Point, TBL – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 68 18 22 40
Projections 2017-18 79 24 31 55

Point went straight from the WHL to the NHL in 2016-17 and he hit the ground running. The 21-year-old posted 18 goals and 22 assists (40 points) in 68 games during his rookie campaign. Point is a hard worker and has recorded high-end numbers at all levels. He likely won’t shoot at 14.8 per cent again, but he should increase his shot volume to offset the regression in shooting percentage.

150. Brendan Gallagher, MTL – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 64 10 19 29
Projections 2017-18 70 21 25 46

Gallagher plays a feisty game with a little offensive flair, but 2016-17 was another injury plagued year for the 25-year-old winger. Gallagher has now missed 47 games over the last two seasons, but he is more than capable of being a 25-25 player if he can stay healthy for a full season. The analytics darling was on-pace for 60-plus points in 2015-16, so his upside is undeniable.

151. T.J. Brodie, CGY – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 6 30 36
Projections 2017-18 82 8 37 45

Despite seeing an uptick in power-play time, Brodie’s even-strength usage dropped and so did his production. Brodie is a member of one of the most skilled bluelines in the NHL and an improved on-ice shooting percentage will help the 27-year-old get back over 40 points.

152. Bryan Little, WPG – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 59 21 26 47
Projections 2017-18 67 22 31 53

Over the last three seasons, Little is tied for 41st in the NHL in points-per-game (0.76). However, he is tied for 94th in points (141) over that same span because he has missed 60 games due to injury. Little is a quality playmaker who carries the ability to score 25 goals as well. Durability is an obvious concern, but if he can appear in all 82 games, Little is a 25-goal, 40-assist threat.

153. Thomas Greiss, NYI – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 49 26 2.69 0.913 3
Projections 2017-18 44 24 2.55 0.917 2

Greiss was strong as Jaroslav Halak’s backup in 2015-16 and ended up taking the lion share of the starts (49) in 2016-17. His numbers dropped off a little bit (2.69 GAA / .913 SV%) but he still enters 2017-18 as the favourite to start more games again. Greiss has been steady, but unspectacular during his eight-year career, so look at him as a low-end No.2/high-end No.3.

154. Ryan Suter, MIN – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 9 31 40
Projections 2017-18 82 7 38 45

Since joining the Wild in 2012-13 no player has played more than Ryan Suter, who has played nearly one minute more per game than the second highest. In his first four seasons in Minnesota, Suter averaged 44 points (6G / 40A) per 82 games, including 18 power-play points (3PPG / 15 PPA) per season. However, he saw his power-play usage drop last year and could hurt his overall going forward if that remains the case.

155. Bo Horvat, VAN – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 81 20 32 52
Projections 2017-18 82 24 32 56

Horvat is just six-foot, but plays a heavy game and is difficult to knock off of the puck. Horvat excels at getting to the net and burst onto the scene in 2016-17, scoring 20 goals with 32 assists (52 points) in 81 games. Horvat has a combination of grit and offence and if he can start getting the puck on net with more regularity, he could be a 25-goal, 60 point player as soon as 2017-18.

156. Gabriel Landeskog, COL – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 72 18 15 33
Projections 2017-18 78 23 32 55

The former No.2 overall pick (2011) had a great rookie campaign and broke out in 2013-14, only to see his point totals drop each successive year. Landeskog has seen his shot production drop in recent years, likely thanks to the Avalanche’s struggles, but he isn’t afraid to shoot and should have no trouble getting back over 20 goals.

157. Roberto Luongo, FLA – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 39 17 2.68 0.915 1
Projections 2017-18 45 23 2.43 0.920 2

Luongo started at least 60 games in his first two seasons back in Florida, but was limited by injuries to just 39 starts in 2016-17. With James Reimer still around, Luongo will be pushed for playing time and the two will likely split starts nearly 50-50. Luongo’s best days are behind him, but he still has 25-win upside and should post splits in the top-20. Consider him a high-end No.3 option while he’s sharing the crease.

158. Colton Parayko, STL – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 81 4 31 35
Projections 2017-18 80 8 29 37

After going 40 games and 100 shots without a goal to start 2016-17, Parayko finished the year with four goals and 31 assists (35 points) in 81 games. The 24-year-old is a huge (6-foot-6 / 226 lbs) and is expected to play a much larger role in 2017-18 with Kevin Shattenkirk no longer in St. Louis. Parayko ranks 17th among defensemen in shots in his first two seasons, giving him double-digit goal upside this season, because he won’t shoot 2.1 per cent again.

159. Ryan Kesler, ANA – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 22 36 58
Projections 2017-18 81 22 32 54

Kesler has been remarkably consistent since joining the Ducks in 2014-15, averaging 21 goals and 32 assists per season while also being a consistent producer on the power play and chipping in a serviceable number of penalty minutes. The 32-year-old veteran won’t pop off for 30 goals and 40 assists, but you can safely plug 20-goals, 30-assists and 70 PIMS into your lineup with this mid-round pick.

160. Gustav Nyquist, DET – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 76 12 36 48
Projections 2017-18 80 23 30 53

Nyquist got off to a sluggish start in 2016-17, posting just 18 points (4G / 14A) in his first 41 games, but finished the year extremely strong, scoring eight goals and 22 assists (30 points) in his first 35 contests. A sharp decline in his shooting percentage has limited his goal total immensely, but has obvious 20-goal, 30-assist upside when he puts it all together.

161. Daniel Sedin, VAN – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 15 29 44
Projections 2017-18 82 19 37 56

It’s been six seasons since Daniel Sedin last posted point-per-game numbers and since then he ranks 27th in the NHL in points (335) and is tied for 42nd in goals (121)—fairly pedestrian numbers for the talented Swede. Now 36, Daniel’s on a steady decline, hitting rock bottom with just 15 goals last. With that said, Daniel had a career-low 6.9 shooting percentage, so if he gets that back up to double-digits he should score 20-plus goals for the 11th time in his career.

162. Mikko Koivu, MIN – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 80 18 40 58
Projections 2017-18 80 16 41 57

Despite the addition on Eric Staal and the breakout of Mikael Granlund, there was still enough points to go around for Koivu to hit 40 assists and 58 points in 2016-17. Koivu will start trending down soon as he reaches the twilight of his career, but he consistently posts strong power-play numbers and should still see enough ice-time in 2017-18 to be a factor.

163. Rick Nash, NYR – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 67 23 15 38
Projections 2017-18 68 26 19 45

Nash is one of the great goal scorers of his generation but has become extremely inconsistent and you never know what you’re going to get in any given year. Durability has become a concern for the 33-year-old, as he’s missed at least 15 games in three of the last four seasons. If you can get Nash in the mid-to-late rounds, there is value to be had because you never know…he could score 40 goals.

164. Derek Stepan, ARI – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 81 17 38 55
Projections 2017-18 76 18 37 55

The knock on Stepan is that he doesn’t produce like the No.1 centre he is paid to be, but the truth is he has averaged 59 points (19G / 40A) per 82-games over the last four seasons. Those are rock-solid numbers and he has been remarkably consistent. His production may take a slight hit with a move to Arizona, but he will play a key role for an up-and-coming young offence.

165. Brent Seabrook, CHI – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 79 3 36 39
Projections 2017-18 81 8 36 44

Duncan Keith missing time and allowing Seabrook to be the man in 2015-16 burned fantasy owners in 2016-17 as his goal total dropped from 14 to three and his point total dropped 10 points. Ultimately it was a solid year for the veteran blueliner, but he is a low-end No.3/high-end No.4 fantasy defenceman and nothing more.

166. Mike Green, DET – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 72 14 22 36
Projections 2017-18 72 11 30 41

Once viewed as one of the best offensive-defenceman in the NHL, Green’s numbers have fallen a bit over the years but 2016-17 was a nice campaign. He tallied 14 goals (t-7th among D-men) and is tied for 33rd in points from defensemen over the last two seasons. He’s no longer that premier fantasy option, but he is a low-end No2/high-end No.3 fantasy defenceman with upside.

167. Matt Dumba, MIN – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 76 11 23 34
Projections 2017-18 79 13 23 36

Dumba has the tools to be one of the most exciting defensemen in the NHL. The 23-year-old is an electric skater who lays massive hits and owns a huge point-shot. Dumba saw a significant increase in playing time last season and it resulted in him setting career-highs across the board with 11 goals and 23 assists (34 points). With Marco Scandella no longer in Minnesota, Dumba could be in line for even more minutes this year.

168. Patric Hornqvist, PIT – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 70 21 23 44
Projections 2017-18 72 23 26 49

In his first three years with the Penguins, Hornqvist has averaged 23 goals and 26 assists (49 points) per season. Hornqvist has been extremely consistent and ranks tied for 17th in the NHL in power-play goals (25) over that same span. Hornqvist plays consistent top-six minutes, most often with Evgeni Malkin, which makes him a safe mid-to-late round pick at a weak right wing position.

169. Petr Mrazek, DET – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 44 18 3.04 0.901 1
Projections 2017-18 41 21 2.36 0.914 3

Mrazek’s 2016 and 2017 seasons could not have been more different. Though the first four months of the 2016 season, Mrazek was a top-five fantasy netminder but in 2017 he finished with a 3.04 GAA and .901 SV%, both ranked 46th among qualified goalies. The Red Wings now look like a bottom-5 team and Mrazek is in a timeshare with Jimmy Howard, making him a clear No.3 fantasy option to start the year.

170. Matthew Tkachuk, CGY – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 76 13 35 48
Projections 2017-18 76 16 39 55

Tkachuk is not quite as big as his father Keith, but that doesn’t stop him from playing a feisty game and crashing the crease. Tkachuk recorded 48 points (13G / 35A) in 76 games in his rookie season and will look to avoid the sophomore slump this year. He has tons of offensive ability and should approach 40 assists this season.

171. Thomas Chabot, OTT – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 (QMJHL) 34 10 35 45
Projections 2017-18 72 10 29 39

After making the Senators out of training camp last fall, Chabot only played one game before returning to St. John (QMJHL). The 20-year-old is a very intelligent player with great mobility and posted 45 points (10G / 35A) in 34 games with the Sea Dogs and was a real force for Team Canada at the World Juniors. Chabot will be on the Senators blueline this fall and could lead all rookie blueliners in points.

172. Alexander Wennberg, CBJ – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 80 13 46 59
Projections 2017-18 80 15 40 55

Wennberg is a premier playmaker thanks to fantastic on-ice vision. He finished tied for 15th in assists (46) last year and 26th over the last two seasons combined (78). The 22-year-old’s fantasy value is limited because he doesn’t shoot a lot—but he’s capable of scoring goals in the mid-teens while piling 40-plus helpers.

173. Tyler Johnson, TBL – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 66 19 26 45
Projections 2017-18 74 22 29 51

Johnson burst onto the scene in 2014 and 2015, finishing tied for 25th in the NHL in goals (53) and 31st in points (122). In the two years since, Johnson has missed a combined 29 games and was tied for 124th in goals (33) and tied for 147th in points (83). HIs dip in goals can be attributed to a drop-off in shot volume, but if he can stay healthy in 2017-18, he should get back to 20-plus goals and 50-plus points no problem.

174. Shea Theodore, VEG – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 34 2 7 9
Projections 2017-18 72 10 29 39

Theodore has posted strong offensive numbers at the AHL level and has had a strong showing in two NHL stints—recording 17 points (5G / 12A) in 53 career NHL games before being selected in the Expansion Draft this summer. Theodore should play an expanded role with the Golden Knights and quarterback their power-play, making him a strong breakout option in 2017-18.

175. James Neal, VEG – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 70 23 18 41
Projections 2017-18 73 27 21 48

Neal spent the last three seasons with the Predators, but was selected in the Expansion Draft this summer and heads to Vegas as one of the biggest names on the roster. Neal has a quick release and is tied for 26th in the NHL in goals (77) over the last three seasons. Neal is a steady goal scorer and has a very strong chance of leading the Golden Knights in goals in their first season.

176. Charlie Coyle, MIN – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 18 38 56
Projections 2017-18 82 22 33 55

Coyle has been extremely durable early in his NHL career. The 25-year-old has not missed a game in three years and is coming off of his best campaign yet. Coyle couldn’t get back to 20 goals (18) but blazed by his career-highs in assists (38) and points (56). Coyle has great size (6-foot-3 / 218 lbs.) and is locked into a top-6 role in Minnesota, so look for a 20-goal, 30-assist season out of him this year.

177. Jacob Trouba, WPG – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 60 8 25 33
Projections 2017-18 74 9 31 40

Trouba missed the start of the 2016-17 season with a contract dispute, but was tied for 26th among defensemen in points from his season debut to the end of the season. Trouba owns high-end shutdown ability, paired with good offensive instincts. He will play huge minutes on the Jets’ blueline but will play second fiddle to Dustin Byfuglien in terms of PP usage. In his fifth season, Trouba will look to top 40 points for the first time in his career.

178. Chris Kreider, NYR – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 75 28 25 53
Projections 2017-18 78 25 26 51

Kreider combines good size (6-foot-3 / 226 lbs.) with blazing speed and isn’t afraid to go the crease—just ask Carey Price. Kreider has been a consistent goal-scorer in recent years, ranking second on the Rangers with 70 over the last four seasons. He set a new career-high with 28 last year thanks to a 15.1 shooting percentage. Expect him to be closer to 20 than 30 in 2017-18.

179. Rickard Rakell, ANA – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 71 33 18 51
Projections 2017-18 71 25 26 51

Rakell was finally awarded top-six minutes in 2015-16 and rewarded the Ducks with 43 points (20G / 23A) and took another step forward last season, having registered 33 goals and 18 assists (51 points) in 71 games. The 24-year-old played 37 per cent of his even-strength minutes with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry and could be a staple on that top line this year. He is a versatile two-way forward with an awfully impressive knack for scoring goals.

180. Alex Goligoski, ARI – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 6 30 36
Projections 2017-18 82 6 36 42

Moving from a high-powered Stars’ offence to a young Arizona team, Goligoski surprisingly saw no drop in production in 2016-17. Goligoski has registered 36, 37, and 36 points in the last three seasons while averaging five goals and 120 shots per year. The veteran is extremely consistent, but doesn’t have the upside of some of the other young defenceman have. He is a safe No. 4 fantasy defenceman.

181. Tanner Pearson, LAK – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 80 24 20 44
Projections 2017-18 79 24 28 52

Pearson is a cerebral hockey player who is getting better with each passing season. The 24-year-old set a career-high in goals (24) and points (44) last season and will look to build off of that in 2017-18. Pearson shoots the puck extremely well and if he can increase his shot volume, like he has in each season, he can score 25-plus goals consistently.

182. Damon Severson, NJD – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 80 3 28 31
Projections 2017-18 72 8 33 41

Severson owns a massive shot, but he has only managed to score nine goals in his first 203 NHL games. It’s a bit unexplainable why a player with that kind of bomb has a 2.9 shooting percentage in three years, but a few extra minutes on the power-play and some puck-luck could make him a breakout star in 2017-18.

183. Jacob Markstrom, VAN – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 23 10 2.63 0.910 0
Projections 2017-18 55 24 2.69 0.912 1

Markstrom shared the crease with Ryan Miller in his first two seasons in Vancouver, but Miller is now in Anaheim and the net belongs to the 27-year-old Swede. Last year, Markstrom was 10-11-3 with a 2.63 GAA and .910 SV%, but 2017-18 will be his first chance to show if he can be a No.1 netminder. Despite having three years left on his contract, this might be his only shot to be a No.1 as Thatcher Demko is lurking around the corner and doesn’t appear far from NHL-ready.

184. Mathew Barzal, NYI – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 (WHL) 41 10 69 79
Projections 2017-18 75 15 40 55

Barzal is ridiculously quick on his skates and is a poised puck-handler who recorded an impressive 69 assists in 41 WHL games a season ago. Barzal will make the Islanders this fall and should be immediately thrust into a top-6 role, where he should see ample power-play time and fight for the rookie scoring title.

185. Mika Zibanejad, NYR – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 56 14 23 37
Projections 2017-18 81 21 30 51

Zibanejad was on-pace for a career-high in goals and points in his first season with the Rangers, but missed 26 games and was limited to 37 points (14G / 23A). Zibanejad has a great shot but can’t seem to get over the 20-goal hump and if that’s where he tops out, that’s not bad production for a mid-to-late round pick.

186. Ondrej Palat, TBL – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 75 17 35 52
Projections 2017-18 74 18 35 53

Palat owns plenty of playmaking ability and is tied for 40th in the NHL in assists (142) over the last four seasons. The 26-year-old doesn’t possess a lot of goal-scoring acumen, but has managed to post goals in the mid-teens for three straight years. The Lightning have a high-powered offence and Palat will be a key member of it—mark him down for 15-20 goals and 35-plus assists.

187. Nikita Zaitsev, TOR – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 4 32 36
Projections 2017-18 82 9 28 37

Zaitsev came over from Russia for the 2016-17 season and posted 36 points (4G / 32A) in 82 games while logging massive minutes on the Maple Leafs’ blueline. The 25-year-old is a plus-puck mover, but doesn’t shoot enough to make him a No.3 fantasy defenceman. Zaitsev should stockpile a lot of helpers, making him a safe No.4 with upside.

188. Robby Fabbri, STL – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 51 11 18 29
Projections 2017-18 72 24 27 51

Fabbri enjoyed a strong rookie season, but missed 31 games because of an ACL injury he suffered in early-February. Before getting hurt, Fabbri was on-pace for 18 goals and 29 assists (47 points) in 82 games and comes into 2017-18 as a potential breakout candidate. Fabbri is an excellent setup man with a great shot, giving him 25-25 upside.

189. Alec Martinez, LAK – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 9 30 39
Projections 2017-18 79 11 25 36

Martinez is a solid two-way defenceman who the Kings have asked a lot of over the last two seasons and he has not disappointed. Martinez is tied for 23rd among defensemen in goals (19), 31st in power-play points and 35th in points (70) over that span. Martinez is a safe No.4 fantasy defenceman with No.3 upside.

190. Charlie McAvoy, BOS – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 (NCAA) 38 5 21 26
Projections 2017-18 71 6 32 38

McAvoy was the No.14 overall pick in 2016 and is ready for his first NHL season after appearing in six games with the Bruins during last spring’s playoffs. McAvoy produced strong numbers at Boston University and will be among the front runners in rookie defensemen scoring this season. He is a solid two-way defenceman that will be a force on the Bruins’ blueline for the foreseeable future.

191. Andrew Ladd, NYI – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 78 23 8 31
Projections 2017-18 79 25 26 51

There was an incredible amount of hype surrounding Ladd entering the 2016-17 season and he failed to meet expectations. Ladd had just 15 points in the first four months of the season, but still managed to score 20 goals, so expect that to continue and he simply can’t finish with less than eight assists… can he?

192. Jonathan Marchessault, VEG – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 75 30 21 51
Projections 2017-18 76 24 28 52

There was no denying Marchessault’s upside entering the 2016-17 season. He had 263 points (98G / 165A) in 306 career AHL games and looked like he belonged in half of a season with the Lightning. However, no one could have expected him to score 30 goals and now he heads to the Golden Knights, where he should approach 200 shots and 25 goals.

193. Derick Brassard, OTT – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 81 14 25 39
Projections 2017-18 81 20 31 51

In his final three years in New York, Brassard averaged 21 goals and 33 assists (54 points) but struggled to meet those numbers in his first season with the Senators. Brassard is a solid two-way centre who typically excels on the power-play. The 29-year-old shot just 7.2 percent in 2016-17, but carries a career 10.9%, so expect him to get back over 20 goals this season.

194. Steve Mason, WPG – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 54 26 2.66 0.908 3
Projections 2017-18 45 21 2.49 0.917 3

Mason spent the last four and a half seasons with the Flyers, but signed with the Jets this summer and will head there to split the crease with Connor Hellebuyck. He’s no stranger to splitting time as he’s been involved in a goaltending duo with Michal Neuvirth for the past few seasons. Mason’s last two seasons have been disappointing, as he’s been tied for 16th in wins (49), 31st in GAA (2.59) and tied for 33rd in SV% (.913). Those are the numbers of a No.3 fantasy netminder and now he moves to a team that wasn’t as tight defensively as the Flyers last year.

195. Ryan McDonagh, NYR – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 77 6 36 42
Projections 2017-18 75 8 28 36

Over the last four seasons, McDonagh is tied for 21st among defensemen in goals (37) and 27th in points (152). Over that time he has averaged 2:33 TOI/GM on the power-play, including 3:05 per game last year. However, there’s a new PP specialist in town and his name is Kevin Shattenkirk and his arrival will likely eat into McDonagh’s production.

196. Evgeny Dadonov, FLA – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 (KHL) 53 30 36 66
Projections 2017-18 72 25 30 55

It’s always difficult to project how a KHL superstar will translate to the NHL, but Dadonov has the potential to put up nice numbers with the Panthers this season. The 28-year-old had 66 points (30G / 36A) in 53 games with St. Petersburg SKA last year—just 12 points less than Ilya Kovalchuk despite playing seven fewer games. Dadonov has extremely creative and should play big minutes in the Florida top-six.

197. Teuvo Teravainen, CAR – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 81 15 27 42
Projections 2017-18 82 19 35 54

After being buried on the Blackhawks depth chart for years, Teravainen finally got his shot with the Hurricanes and set career-highs in goals (15), assists (27) and points (42). He is a versatile forward with a lot offensive flair, making him a breakout candidate on a young, talented Hurricanes team.

198. Jussi Jokinen, EDM – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 69 11 17 28
Projections 2017-18 81 17 37 54

In 2015-16, Jokinen had an impressive 60 points (18G / 42A) but came crashing back down to earth last year amassing just 28 points (11G / 17A) in 69 contests. Overall, Jokinen is vastly underrated and capable of helping the Oilers’ young offence. He is a quality, veteran playmaker who should be able to post goals in the mid-teens and assists in the 30’s.

199. Clayton Keller, ARI – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 (NCAA) 31 21 24 45
Projections 2017-18 74 21 32 53

Keller is expected to take a shot at the rookie scoring title after finishing up his freshman year at Boston University in 2016-17. The 2016 No. 7 overall pick had 45 points (21G / 24A) in 31 games at B.U. and had two assists in three games with the Coyotes after turning pro. He has outstanding offensive skills and instincts and could play top-six minutes right away.

200. Matt Niskanen, WSH – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 78 5 34 39
Projections 2017-18 82 5 32 37

Niskanen has been a consistent point producer since joining the Capitals in 2014-15. Niskanen doesn’t score a lot of goals despite possessing a strong point shot, but is tied for 32nd among defensemen in points (102) over that three-year span. Niskanen logs big minutes and plays enough power-play time to be a solid No.5 fantasy defenceman in 2017-18.

201. Tyler Bozak, TOR – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 78 18 37 55
Projections 2017-18 78 20 33 53

The Maple Leafs had an excellent season in 2016-17 and Bozak was a part of it, setting career-highs in assists (37) and points (55). The eight-year veteran has a solid two-way game, but plays with high-end offensive wingers like Mitch Marner, making him 20-goal, 30-assist threat in 2017-18. Bozak can be expected to post reasonable numbers, but lacks the high-end upside.

202. Tomas Tatar, DET – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 25 21 46
Projections 2017-18 82 25 24 49

Fresh off of singing a four-year extension, Tatar is ready to shoot for his fourth straight 20-plus goal season. Tatar is arguably the Red Wings’ best forward and has shown the ability to be a potential 30-goal scorer, but he needs to start shooting the puck more frequently. He ranks 31st in the NHL in goals over the last three years and is a safe early-to-mid round pick.

203. Dylan Larkin, DET – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 80 17 15 32
Projections 2017-18 80 25 27 52

Larkin had a fantastic rookie season but the dreaded sophomore slump came up and bit him in 2016-17. He has elite speed that allows him to create a lot of offence on the rush, but a stark drop in shot volume hurt him last year. The Red Wings will likely ask more of Larkin this season and that should result in more offensive chances for the 21-year-old.

204. Jaroslav Halak, NYI – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 26 12 2.80 0.915 2
Projections 2017-18 38 21 2.48 0.916 3

Halak started the 2016-17 at 6-8-5 with a 3.23 GAA and .904 SV% and was placed on waivers in late-December. Halak went to Bridgeport (AHL) and was 17-7-1 with a 2.15 GAA and .925 SV% before returning to the Islanders. Upon his return to the Isles, Halak played much better and comes into 2017-18 back in a timeshare with Thomas Greiss. Halak should start around 40 games and has posted a 2.48 GAA and .916 SV% in three years with the Islanders, so expect similar results this year.

205. Henrik Sedin, VAN – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 15 35 50
Projections 2017-18 77 13 41 54

Once one of the most gifted playmakers in the NHL, Henrik Sedin has seen his numbers drop a bit in recent years. Despite the drop-off, Henrik is still 15th in the NHL in assists (134) over the last three seasons and will likely still approach 40 helpers in 2017-18. Where he loses fantasy value is his lack of goals—he is tied for 149th in goals (44) and tied for 299th in shots (299) in that same three-year span.

206. Robin Lehner, BUF – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 58 23 2.68 0.920 2
Projections 2017-18 52 21 2.63 0.921 2

Lehner has had the look of a potential No.1 in his early career and 2016-17 was the first time he was used as a true starter. Lehner started 58 games but will have a little more competition for games this season, with Chad Johnson returning to the Sabres. Buffalo has not been good in Lehner’s first two years with them, but the 26-year-old has stood tall, posting a .921 SV%, which was tied for sixth in the NHL over that span. He is a low-end No.2/high-end No.3 option with upside if the Sabres take steps forward.

207. Semyon Varlamov, COL – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 23 6 3.38 0.898 1
Projections 2017-18 55 24 2.80 0.914 3

Varlamov was 6-17-0 with an ugly 3.38 GAA and .898 SV% in 23 starts before undergoing season-ending hip surgery in January. The Russian netminder was great in 60 starts in 2013-14, but has seen him numbers drop considerably in each consecutive season. Entering 2017-18, the Avalanche look like the worst team in the NHL, making Varlamov a No.3 fantasy option even if he starts 55-plus games for the fourth time in five years.

208. Oscar Klefbom, EDM – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 12 26 38
Projections 2017-18 82 8 26 34

Klefbom really came into his own in 2016-17, amassing 12 goals and 26 assists (38 points) in 82 games. Klefbom has a really strong all-around game and his uptick in production last season can be attributed to his increase in ice-time, especially on the power-play. He will continue to log huge minutes in all situations and should have no trouble cracking 35 points again.

209. Radim Vrbata, FLA – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 81 20 35 55
Projections 2017-18 75 23 30 53

Vrbata returned to the Coyotes last season and led the team in points (55) before signing a one-year deal with the Panthers this summer. Vrbata is a reliable, consistent point producer who will help fill the voids left by Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith’s departures to Vegas. The 36-year-old winger is a 20-goal, 30-assist threat.

210. Andre Burakovsky, WSH – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 64 12 23 35
Projections 2017-18 79 22 28 50

Burakovsky had a nice 2015-16 season leading to high expectations entering the 2016-17 campaign. Burakovsky, who owns a tonne of speed and a heavy shot, failed to meet those lofty goals, posting just 12 goals and 23 assists (35 points) in 64 games. With the Capitals losing some key forwards this summer, the 22-year-old should take on a larger role in the offence, making him a sleeper once again.

211. Boone Jenner, CBJ – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 18 16 34
Projections 2017-18 82 26 24 50

From 2016 to 2017 Jenner saw his shooting percentage drop from 13.3% to 8.5% which saw his goal total drop 30 to 18. The 24-year-old has fired 200-plus shots in each of the last two seasons and carries a career 11.3 shooting percentage, which makes 20-plus goals in 2017-18 very likely for Jenner.

212. Sam Bennett, CGY – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 81 13 13 26
Projections 2017-18 79 23 28 51

Bennett was at the No.4 overall pick in 2014 and posted 115 points (47G / 68A) in his final 68 OHL games, but has yet to produce great numbers at the NHL level. Bennett plays a solid two-way game with a lot of offensive talent, but his minutes will be limited by sitting behind Sean Monahan and Mikael Backlund on the team’s depth chart. He also doesn’t currently have a contract with the Flames.

213. Jake Gardiner, TOR – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 9 34 43
Projections 2017-18 80 8 27 35

Gardiner has turned himself into a different player under head coach Mike Babcock and set a new career-high in points (43) last year. Gardiner has been extremely durable, missing just eight games over the last four years, making him a safe No.4 fantasy defenceman with upside.

214. Kyle Connor, WPG – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 20 2 3 5
Projections 2017-18 72 26 24 50

After being selected No.17 overall in 2015, Connor went on to be the NCAA Freshman of the year and Big10 Player of the Year before turning pro in 2016-17. Connor boasts plenty of speed and offensive creativity and comes into 2017-18 having posted 25 goals and 19 assists (44 points) in 52 AHL games last season. He might not land a top-six role in his first full season, but he has 50-point upside if he can.

215. Frans Nielsen, DET – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 79 17 24 41
Projections 2017-18 80 20 32 52

Nielsen has a solid two-way game, but his offensive totals in his first year in Detroit were a little disappointing. He is never going to lead the team in points, but he has been a consistent 20-goal, 30-assist threat throughout his career and should be expected to produce totals similar to that in 2017-18.

216. Nick Foligno, CBJ – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 79 26 25 51
Projections 2017-18 75 22 29 51

Foligno is feisty forward that does whatever is necessary to put up offensive numbers and has posted strong totals over the years, but has been extremely inconsistent year-to-year. His 73 points from 2014-15 is an unreasonable expectation, but his 26-goals and 25-assists from a year ago is attainable again.

217. Jakob Silfverberg, ANA – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 79 23 26 49
Projections 2017-18 80 22 28 50

Silfverberg finally showed off his true potential in 2015-16 and took the next step into stardom in his fifth NHL season, scoring 23 goals with 26 assists (49 points). Silfverberg is locked into a trio with Ryan Kesler and Andrew Cogliano, a group that plays a fantastic two-way game and carried a 54.0 Corsi For Percentage and 57.1 Goals For Percentage last season. They should continue to be a force at both ends of the ice in 2017-18.

218. Jimmy Vesey, NYR – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 80 16 11 27
Projections 2017-18 80 27 21 48

The former Hobey Baker award winner struggled to get acclimated to the NHL game in his rookie season after dominating the college ranks at Harvard. Vesey finished the year with 16 goals and 11 assists (27 points), but has a good chance to become a 20-plus goal, 40-plus point player this season. He should get a chance in the top-6 yet again, making him a sleeper pick with high upside.

219. Morgan Rielly, TOR – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 76 6 21 27
Projections 2017-18 78 7 26 33

Rielly increased his offensive production in each of his first three seasons, leading many prognosticators to believe that 2016-17 would be his breakout season. That didn’t come to fruition as Rielly finished third on the Leafs’ blueline in points (27)—tying a career-low. Despite the low numbers, Rielly actually set a career-high in shot volume and if his shooting percentage normalizes in 2017-18, he could touch double-digit goals for the first time.

220. David Backes, BOS – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 74 17 21 38
Projections 2017-18 77 22 26 48

Earlier in his career, Backes was a lock for 20 goals and 50 points, but his production continues to slip as he reaches deeper into his 30’s. His first year in Boston was a bit disappointing, but he was marred by a 9.7 shooting percentage while his career mark sits at 12.2 per cent. As long as he can maintain his shot volume, he can still be a 20-plus goal scorer.

221. Anders Lee, NYI – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 81 34 18 52
Projections 2017-18 80 26 21 47

Lee possesses excellent size and has a goal-scorer’s touch that fantasy owners covet—Lee is tied with Phil Kessel for 32nd in the NHL in goals (74) over the last three years. In 2016-17, the 27-year-old set a new career-high with 34 goals, but it’s hard to expect him to re-create that this year. Lee shot 17.8 percent last year and if that comes down to his career rate of 13.1, he scores 25 goals—that’s what you should expect.

222. Brandon Montour, ANA – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 27 2 4 6
Projections 2017-18 70 9 24 33

The Ducks are clearly in love with Montour, evidenced by their trade of Shea Theodore to the Vegas Golden Knights this summer. Montour’s skating ability is bordering on elite and his shot will be an asset to the Ducks’ power play this season. Montour averaged 16 goals and 42 assists (58 points) per 68 games over the last two AHL seasons, showcasing his high-end offensive ability.

223. Jimmy Howard, DET – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 24 10 2.10 0.927 1
Projections 2017-18 41 18 2.48 0.913 2

In the first three months of the 2016-17 season, Howard was fourth in the NHL in SV% (.934) and sixth in GAA (1.96) before going down with a knee injury that would cost him nearly two and a half months. It was one of the best seasons of the veterans career and with Petr Mrazek struggling, Howard has at least worked his way back into a 50/50 timeshare for 2017-18. Last seasons numbers can’t be expected to be duplicated, so consider him a No.3 fantasy option because the Red Wings will struggle.

224. Patrick Marleau, TOR – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 27 19 46
Projections 2017-18 82 23 26 49

Marleau spent the first 19 years of his NHL career with the San Jose Sharks, but signed a three-year deal with the Maple Leafs this summer. Marleau has not missed a game in eight years and has averaged 31 goals and 32 assists (63 points) per 82 games over that span. His better years are behind him, but he is a veteran goal-scorer in a young lineup and should have no problem topping 25 goals for the third-straight season.

225. Sami Vatanen, ANA – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 71 3 21 24
Projections 2017-18 71 8 25 33

Vatanen has taken a backseat to Cam Fowler in terms off fantasy success, but remains a good source of offence on the Ducks’ blueline. Vatanen would pick up even more points if he could stay healthy, but that has been a bugaboo for the 26-year-old, who has missed 15 per cent of the games over the last three seasons.

226. Noah Hanifin, CAR – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 81 4 25 29
Projections 2017-18 80 6 28 34

Every NHL team would love to have a Noah Hanifin. He owns ideal size for the NHL and skates exceptionally well for being a larger defenceman. The Hurricanes have been able to limit his minutes in his first two seasons, but he plays a lot on the power-play and should be in for his biggest season yet in 2017-18.

227. Andreas Athanasiou, DET – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 64 18 11 29
Projections 2017-18 79 25 22 47

Athanasiou has elite speed and great hands, which has made him one of the more exciting young players in the NHL over the last two seasons. Athanasiou has game-breaking skill, but needs the Red Wings to take the reigns off of him. In the words of Mark Wahlberg in The Other Guys “I’m a peacock, you gotta let me fly!” His upside is usage dependant, but he has sleeper written all over him.

228. Scott Hartnell, NSH – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 78 13 24 37
Projections 2017-18 78 21 29 50

Hartnell spent the first six years of his NHL career in Nashville and returns to the team that drafted him on a one-year deal, coming off of one of his worst seasons. Hartnell still brings a lot to the table for the Predators and should be able to get back to the 20-goal, 30-assist plateau in the Music City.

229. Dmitri Orlov, WSH – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 6 27 33
Projections 2017-18 82 8 28 36

Orlov is a solid two-way defenceman, who plays an aggressive game. Orlov has the offensive ability to be a 40-point defenceman, but has been held down in Washington because he was surrounded by other great offensive-defensemen. With Washington thinning out this summer, he should see the most playing time of his young career.

230. Patrick Sharp, CHI – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 48 8 10 18
Projections 2017-18 75 19 31 50

The Blackhawks put the old band back together this summer, including bringing Sharp back on a very team-friendly contract. After years of being a consistent 30-goal threat, age appears to have caught up to Sharp as his 44 goals over the last three years is tied for 149th in the NHL. His best years are behind him, but 20-30 on his old squad still isn’t out of the question.

231. Colin Miller, VEG – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 61 6 7 13
Projections 2017-18 77 12 22 34

Miller recorded 29 points (9G / 20A) in his first 103 career NHL games in Boston, but moves to Vegas this fall. Miller has a cannon from the point and possesses a lot of power-play ability, but has played limited minutes to this point in his career. With the Golden Knights, the 24-year-old blueliner should play an expanded role with increased PP usage, making him a double-digit goal and 30-point candidate in year-three.

232. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, EDM – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 18 25 43
Projections 2017-18 73 19 31 50

Since being drafted No.1 overall in 2011, Nugent-Hopkins has a career-high of 24 goals and 56 points. Nugent-Hopkins is tied for 79th in points (265) since breaking into the league in 2011-12. With the emergence of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, Nugent-Hopkins has seen his usage drop considerably, hurting his fantasy value.

233. Juuse Saros, NSH – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 19 10 2.35 0.923 1
Projections 2017-18 22 11 2.38 0.922 1

Saros is one of the best, young netminders in the NHL but his upside is limited because he sits behind veteran Pekka Rinne on the depth chart. As the Predators’ backup last season, Saros posted a 2.35 GAA and .923 SV%, showcasing his potential upside. Saros will likely only see about 25 starts if Rinne is healthy, but he is probably the best handcuff and spot-start option available.

234. Tomas Hertl, SJS – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 49 10 12 22
Projections 2017-18 80 22 24 46

Hertl has the tools to be a breakout sleeper pick in 2017-18, but comes with some red flags. Hertl has good size (6-foot-2 / 215 lbs.) and high-end playmaking ability, but might not breakout unless he sees regular playing time with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski. The 23-year-old saw his shot volume drop last year despite playing a career-high 17:13 TOI/GM—unless he gets back to 200 shots, don’t expect 20 goals this year.

235. Erik Johnson, COL – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 46 2 15 17
Projections 2017-18 73 11 24 35

Johnson is a strong offensive-defenceman who logs massive minutes for the Avalanche, but has had a very difficult time staying healthy over the years. The 29-year-old has missed 80 games over the last three seasons, but has produced at a 12-goal, 21-assist per 82-game pace, which showcases what he could do if he was able to stay on the ice.

236. Christian Dvorak, ARI – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 78 15 18 33
Projections 2017-18 74 20 29 49

Dvorak turned in a successful rookie campaign after posting back-to-back 100-plus point seasons with the London Knights (OHL). Dvorak is equally adept at scoring and setting up his teammates and really turned it on in the second half of last season, recording 20 points (11G / 9A) in his final 33 games. His 17 per cent shooting percentage is an obvious red flag, but increased playing time a shot volume should yield increasingly impressive results.

237. Travis Sanheim, PHI – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 (AHL) 76 10 27 37
Projections 2017-18 72 8 26 34

Sanheim was the No.17 overall pick in 2014 and might finally get his first taste of the NHL in 2017-18. Sanheim, who has a good frame (6-foot-4 / 199 lbs) and owns plenty of offensive acumen, had 10 goals and 27 assists (37 points) in 76 games in his first full season with Lehigh Valley (AHL). Sanheim will likely see fair bit of power-play in his first season with both Mark Streit and Michael Del Zotto no longer in Philadelphia.

238. Brock Boeser, VAN – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 9 4 1 5
Projections 2017-18 72 25 27 52

Boeser finished up his second year at the University of North Dakota and immediately turned pro, appearing in nine games with the Canucks to end the season. The 20-year-old was a first round pick (No.23 overall) in 2015 and brings high-end offensive ability to the Canucks top-six in 2017-18. Boeser wasn’t afraid to shoot the puck in his brief stint, posting 2.78 shots per game—a pace that could see him be a 20-goal scorer in his rookie season.

239. Philipp Grubauer, WSH – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 19 13 2.04 0.926 3
Projections 2017-18 15 8 2.22 0.923 1

Grubauer has been one of the best backup options in the NHL over the last two seasons, but is limited to being a great handcuff/spot-start option in fantasy. Braden Holtby is one of the top goalies in the NHL, so Grubauer’s games started will likely hover around 20 games for the third straight season. He has posted a 2.25 GAA and .923 SV% in 66 career games, so scoop him up in daily leagues as a No.3 starter.

240. Paul Stastny, STL – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 66 18 22 40
Projections 2017-18 68 15 32 47

Stastny is an excellent playmaker, but has struggled with injuries during his time in St. Louis—the 31-year-old has missed 42 over the last three seasons. Despite missing time, Stastny has averaged 15 goals and 30 assists (45 points) in a Blues uniform. The veteran could get to 20-goals and 40 assists if he could appear in a full 82-game schedule.

241. Jake Muzzin, LAK – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 9 19 28
Projections 2017-18 82 8 26 34

Muzzin had back-to-back 40-plus point seasons, but failed to top 30 points in 2016-17. Some of his struggles can be attributed to Muzzin moving off of a pairing with his long-time partner Drew Doughty. However, Muzzin was still able to score nine goals, which gives him 27 goals over the last three seasons—tied for 24th among defensemen. You’ll likely get burned if you bank on 40 points, but double-digit goals and 30-plus points is a reasonable expectation.

242. Dion Phaneuf, OTT – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 81 9 21 30
Projections 2017-18 76 6 28 34

Phaneuf has a booming slap shot and the Senators give him quite a bit of playing time on the power-play despite sharing a blueline with Erik Karlsson. Last year he scored nine goals, which was his most since the 2011-12 season and added a modest 21 assists. Phanuef is a fantasy depth defenseman, but gets a value boost in leagues that count PIMS and Hits.

243. Michal Neuvirth, PHI – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 24 11 2.82 0.891 0
Projections 2017-18 32 18 2.50 0.911 2

Neuvirth was one of the best backups in the NHL in 2015-16, but struggled mightily in 2016-17. The good news is that it can’t get much worse than last year and his 2017-18 numbers should fall somewhere in between the last two campaigns. Neuvirth will share a crease with Brian Elliott this season, but likely won’t see enough starts to make him more than a spot-starter.

244. Jared Spurgeon, MIN – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 76 10 28 38
Projections 2017-18 72 9 23 32

Spurgeon doesn’t have great size for an NHL defenceman but he has been able overcome it. What Spurgeon lacks in stature he makes up for in his skating ability, puck-moving aptitude and strong point-shot. Over the last four seasons, Spurgeon is 26th among defensemen in goals (35) and 44th in points (118)—but would have more upside if he was able to stay healthy.

245. Connor Hellebuyck, WPG – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 53 26 2.89 0.907 4
Projections 2017-18 37 18 2.62 0.915 3

Hellebuyck is viewed as the goaltender of the future in Winnipeg, but he struggled in 53 starts last season after impressing during his rookie campaign. The summer the Jets brought Steve Mason in to share the crease with Hellebuyck, which obviously limits the 24-year-old’s upside entering the 2017-18 season. The Jets gave up the 11th most shots per game last year, making it unlikely that Hellebuyck will be able to improve on last year’s numbers too dramatically.

246. James Reimer, FLA – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 39 18 2.53 0.920 3
Projections 2017-18 37 16 2.62 0.917 2

With Roberto Luongo getting hurt last year, Reimer saw a career-high 39 starts and posted a strong .920 SV%, tied for 12th. Entering 2017-18, Reimer and Luongo will likely split starts nearly 50-50. Reimer has the ability to post strong splits and if you can pair him and Luongo together you can have a strong No.2/No.3 split.

247. Mike Condon, OTT – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 38 19 2.48 0.914 5
Projections 2017-18 35 16 2.57 0.913 2

Condon saw more action last year than expected because of a tough off-ice season for starter Craig Anderson and Condon filled in well. The Senators brought him back this summer, but Anderson should start about 60 percent of the games, which will limit Condon to spot-start fantasy duty.

248. Andrej Sekera, EDM – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 80 8 27 35
Projections 2017-18 60 5 22 27

Sekera is a veteran puck-moving defenceman, who has found a good home in Edmonton. Sekera has registered 14 goals and 51 assists (65 points) in his first two seasons with the Oilers and ranks 10th in the NHL with 322 blocked shots over that span. His offensive ability is that of a No.6 fantasy defenceman, but he gets an obvious boost in leagues that count blocks. He’ll miss the first half of the season recovering from offseason surgery.

249. Bobby Ryan, OTT – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 62 13 12 25
Projections 2017-18 76 20 28 48

It’s amazing to see how Ryan’s numbers shifted from those of a goal-scorer to that of a playmaker as soon as he arrived in Ottawa. The 30-year-old averaged 33 goals per season in five years with Anaheim, but has seen that drop to 21 per year with the Senators. A dip in playing time in 2016-17 led to a career-low in shot production, so unless he sees an uptick in minutes this season, don’t expect a big bounce-back.

250. Travis Konecny, PHI – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 70 11 17 28
Projections 2017-18 72 18 32 50

Konecny is a hard-working, aggressive forward with load of offensive upside. Konecny, who is primarily known for his playmaking ability, finished his rookie season with 28 points (11G / 17A) in 70 games. The 20-year-old played fairly modest minutes last year, but is capable of playing consistent top-six minutes in his sophomore campaign and could be a 30-plus assist, 50-plus point player.

251. Josh Ho-Sang, NYI – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 21 4 6 10
Projections 2017-18 72 12 37 49

As long as Ho-Sang doesn’t sleep through his alarm in training camp, he is a lock to make the Islanders this fall. The 21-year-old had 10 points (4G / 6A) in a brief 21-game stint with the Islanders last season. Ho-Sang has plenty of skill and is poised to play big minutes in his first full season, making him worthy of a late-round sleeper pick.

252. Ryan Miller, ANA – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 54 18 2.80 0.914 3
Projections 2017-18 32 14 2.42 0.916 2

After three years in Vancouver, Miller inked a two-year deal with the Ducks this summer. During that three-year span, Miller was 27th in SV% (.914) and 36th in GAA (2.69) making him an obvious low-end No.3/high-end No.4 option as the Ducks’ backup. However, John Gibson has had a difficult time staying healthy in his young career, making Miller one of the better handcuff options available.

253. Jason Zucker, MIN – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 79 22 25 47
Projections 2017-18 77 25 21 46

Zucker has a knack for scoring goals and ranks third on the Wild in that category over the last three years with 56. Zucker plays his game at a high-rate of speed and his numbers at lower-levels suggest that he’ll be a consistent 20-plus goal scorer for a lot of years. The 25-year-old’s only problem is a deep depth chart in front of him, so he may never truly see more than the 15 minutes per game he’s seen in recent years.

254. Chad Johnson, BUF – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 36 18 2.59 0.910 3
Projections 2017-18 30 15 2.58 0.911 1

For parts of 2016-17, Johnson was a waiver-wire gem but finished the year with the 24th best GAA (2.59) and tied for 32nd in SV% (.910). Overall, the year was pretty pedestrian but it was enough for the Sabres to want to bring him back on a one-year deal this summer. Johnson had an impressive 2.36 GAA and .920 SV% with Buffalo in 2015-16, but he will serve as a spot-start candidate as Robin Lehner’s backup.

255. Martin Hanzal, DAL – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 71 20 19 39
Projections 2017-18 65 16 27 43

After nine and a half seasons with the Coyotes, Hanzal signed with the Stars this summer. Hanzal has tremendous size (6-foot-6 / 226 lbs.) and plays a sound two-way game that will ease the loss of Cody Eakin in the expansion draft. The 30-year-old has never topped 20 goals, but has 40-plus point upside when he’s been able to stay healthy.

256. Mikko Rantanen, COL – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 75 20 18 38
Projections 2017-18 75 20 27 47

Rantanen was the only bright spot in a terrible season for the Avalanche. Rantanen has excellent size (6-foot-4 / 211 lbs) but moves very well and is able to score goals despite being labeled as a playmaker. From February 1st on, Rantanen was tied for 23rd in goals (13) and as long as the Avalanche don’t struggle to much, he should enjoy a breakout 2017-18 campaign.

257. Anthony Beauvillier, NYI – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 66 9 15 24
Projections 2017-18 72 21 25 46

Beauvillier posted 173 points (82G / 91A) in 114 games over his last two seasons in the QMJHL and had 24 points (9G / 15A) in 66 games during his rookie campaign. The 20-year-old has a tonne of speed and brings plenty of offence to the Islanders’ top-9 with the hopes of cracking the top-6 this season. If he lines up with John Tavares or Mathew Barzal, Beauvillier could be in for a big sophomore season.

258. Jordan Staal, CAR – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 75 16 29 45
Projections 2017-18 77 18 32 50

Staal is a consistent, albeit unspectacular producer. His name carries a lot of weight, but is more of a shutdown centre than offensive threat. Staal has 20-goal, 30-assist upside, but has not topped 50 points since his final year with the Penguins (2011-12).

259. Kevin Hayes, NYR – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 76 17 32 49
Projections 2017-18 78 18 30 48

Since breaking into the NHL in 2014-15, Hayes has averaged 16 goals and 27 assists (43 points) per season. While those are not the most overwhelming numbers, he has been extremely consistent and set new career-highs in assists (32) and points (49) last year. Hayes has tremendous size (6-foot-5 / 215 lbs.) but still hasn’t seen the ice-time to be a true difference maker.

260. Timo Meier, SJS – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 34 3 3 6
Projections 2017-18 72 21 24 45

Meier is built from the same mould as his teammate Tomas Hertl—he has good size (6-foot, 210 lbs), is a quality playmaker and capable of playing top-six minutes for the Sharks this season. Meier had 23 points (14G / 9A) in 33 AHL games and six points (3G / 3A) in 34 NHL games last year and is poised for a full NHL season in 2017-18. His offensive production will be directly tied to his usage.

261. Jason Demers, FLA – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 81 9 19 28
Projections 2017-18 80 9 23 32

Demers is a solid puck-moving defenceman that has produced modest offensive totals over the years. In his first season with the Panthers, Demers set a career-high in goals with nine and added 19 helpers (28 points). Demers will likely spend most of his time with Keith Yandle and he was much better with Yandle than without him last year, so expect another No.4/No.5 fantasy defenceman type year.

262. Jeff Petry, MTL – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 80 8 20 28
Projections 2017-18 78 9 22 31

Petry has always been a solid skater and possessed the ability to add some offence from the back-end, but 2016-17 was his best season as he scored a career-high eight goals with 20 assists (28 points). Petry logs big minutes for the Habs and should see a big upgrade in power-play usage this season with Andrei Markov not returning to the team.

263. Joonas Korpisalo, CBJ – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 13 7 2.88 0.905 1
Projections 2017-18 25 13 2.42 0.917 1

Korpisalo split his 2016-17 season between the NHL and AHL, posting a 7-5-1 record, 2.88 GAA and .905 SV% in 14 games with the Blue Jackets. The 23-year-old will serve as Sergei Bobrovsky’s backup this season and likely won’t see enough starts to warrant a fantasy roster spot. The Blue Jackets will be a quality side, which gives Korpisalo high-end spot-start value.

264. Ryan Strome, EDM – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 69 13 17 30
Projections 2017-18 74 16 31 47

Strome has taken a step back since a breakout campaign in 2014-15, but a fresh start in Edmonton might be just what he needs. The 24-year-old, former No.5 overall pick often looks like he has the puck on a string and his playmaking ability is high-end, but he just needs to be more consistent. He could be a smart pick if he ends up on McDavid’s wing at some point this season.

265. Anton Stralman, TBL – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 73 5 17 22
Projections 2017-18 73 8 25 33

Stralman’s first two years in Tampa Bay produced the best results of his career, but he played less power-play time in 2016-17 and saw his numbers drop closer to his career averages. Stralman has a strong two-way game and logs huge minutes on the Lightning’s blueline. The veteran remains a decent No.5 fantasy defenceman option.

266. Madison Bowey, WSH – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 (AHL) 34 3 11 14
Projections 2017-18 73 9 23 32

Bowey was a second-round pick (No.53 overall) in 2013 and it looks like his rookie season will be 2017-18. Bowey is very mobile and can bring some offence and physicality to the Capitals’ blueline this season. Bowey had a tough 2016-17 campaign due to injury, but with Kevin Shattenkirk and Karl Alzner no longer in Washington, it’s Bowey’s time.

267. Jaccob Slavin, CAR – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 5 29 34
Projections 2017-18 82 5 27 32

Slavin is a solid all-around defenceman who slipped to the fourth round in the 2012 draft and enjoyed a coming out party in 2016-17. The 23-year-old had 34 points (5G / 29A) and will continue to grow with one of the best young bluelines in the NHL. Frequent power-play time might be hard to come by, but Slavin will play a key role on this Hurricanes blueline.

268. Marcus Johansson, NJD – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 24 34 58
Projections 2017-18 80 18 31 49

Johansson is a player you never hear about because he was overshadowed by Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom in Washington. Now in New Jersey, Johansson will look to make his name known on a young Devils team. He is supremely quick and is a great playmaker, who has quietly tied for 65th in the NHL in assists (126) over the last four seasons.

269. Artem Anisimov, CHI – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 64 22 23 45
Projections 2017-18 69 20 20 40

The move to Chicago prior to the 2015-16 season was the best thing to happen to Anisimov. He sees regular playing time with Patrick Kane and has posted back-to-back 20-goal, 40-plus point campaigns. If he could play a full season (missed 23 games in two years) he could top 50 points.

270. Reilly Smith, VEG – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 80 15 22 37
Projections 2017-18 81 19 28 47

Smith set a career-high of 25 goals in his first year in Florida, but failed to repeat those results in 2016-17—scoring just 15 goals with 22 assists (37 points) in 80 games. Smith has five years at $5.0M AAV left on his deal, which is why the Panthers gave him to Vegas this summer. With the Golden Knights, the 26-year-old will play a larger role and should get back to 20 goals for the third time in his career.

271. Brady Skjei, NYR – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 80 5 34 39
Projections 2017-18 80 5 23 28

In his first full NHL season, the Rangers tasked Skjei with nearly 17 and a half minutes per night, including 1:23 PP TOI/GM. Skjei is an excellent skater, especially given his size (6-foot-3 / 206 lbs). The 23-year-old is a former first round pick (No.28 overall in 2012) but never really posted the type of numbers he logged in his rookie season. Skjei will likely take on even more minutes this year, making last year’s results repeatable.

272. Brock Nelson, NYI – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 81 20 25 45
Projections 2017-18 82 23 21 44

Nelson has great size (6-foot-3 / 206 lbs.) and has been extremely consistent over the last three seasons. Nelson has missed just two games while posting 20-plus goals and at least 40 points in each season. However, the Islanders have a lot of young, skilled forwards coming up this year and they could eat into Nelson’s usage.

273. Connor Brown, TOR – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 20 16 36
Projections 2017-18 81 19 30 49

Brown has posted elite numbers at lower-levels, including a 128-point season in his final OHL season and near point-per-game numbers in a year and a half with the Marlies (AHL). The 23-year-old sees a lot of playing time against the opponent’s top lines, but is still capable of putting up fantasy relevant numbers. Brown has been more of a playmaker in his early years, so expect him to approach 20-goals and 30-assists this year.

274. Hampus Lindholm, ANA – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 66 6 24 30
Projections 2017-18 76 7 21 28

Lindholm logs huge minutes on the Ducks’ blueline, but lags behind Cam Fowler in terms of power play usage, which limits his fantasy value. Lindholm has an impressive combination of size and skating as well as offence and defence, so the Ducks will continue to ask him to play 22-plus minutes a night. His floor is at 25 points, but his ceiling is as high as you will find for a No.5/No.6 fantasy defenseman.

275. Justin Williams, CAR – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 80 24 24 48
Projections 2017-18 82 21 26 47

Williams got a nice raise in salary to return to Carolina in free agency this summer, where he played from 2005-to-2008. He had his best offensive seasons with the Hurricanes, but those days are well behind him. At this point he is a consistent 20-goal guy with 50-point upside. He’ll bring a lot of savvy to a young lineup and chip in with important secondary scoring.

276. Frank Vatrano, BOS – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 44 10 8 18
Projections 2017-18 75 25 18 43

Like many other young forwards, Vatrano is just waiting for his chance to showcase what he can do. He has posted impressive numbers at the lower-levels and a full season in the Bruins’ top-six with power-play time could produce a 25-goal season.

277. Marc-Edouard Vlasic, SJS – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 75 6 22 28
Projections 2017-18 74 7 22 29

Vlasic is a sound defensive-defenceman with modest offensive upside. The 30-year-old logs big minutes on the Sharks’ blueline, but doesn’t see a tonne of power-play time because he shares the blueline with Brent Burns. Vlasic had a career-high 39 points (8G / 31A) in 2015-16, but shouldn’t be looked at as anything more than a No.5 fantasy defenceman.

278. Henrik Haapala, FLA – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 (SM-liiga) 51 15 45 60
Projections 2017-18 72 14 35 49

Haapala is an undersized winger (5-foot-8 / 156 lbs.) who comes over from Finland after five years with Tappara Tampere. Haapala has an abundance of speed and creativity and has posted excellent playmaker numbers in Finland. He should land a top-six role in Florida and could play on a line with fellow Finnish forward Aleksander Barkov.

279. Mikael Backlund, CGY – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 81 22 31 53
Projections 2017-18 80 21 27 48

Backlund was viewed as a solid two-way centre over the years, but has recorded 47 and 53-point seasons over the last two years. He spent 73.7 per cent of his even-strength minutes last season on a line with Matthew Tkachuk and Michael Frolik and the trio carried an impressive 57.4 Corsi For percentage and 62.5 Goals For percentage and will likely be one of the more dominant lines again in 2017-18.

280. Patrick Maroon, EDM – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 81 27 15 42
Projections 2017-18 78 21 22 43

Maroon had just 34 goals in his first 220 NHL games but playing with Connor McDavid turned Maroon into a goal scoring machine in 2016-17. The power-forward scored 27 times with 15 assists (42 points) in 81 games and will look to build on his chemistry with McDavid this season. Maroon’s 15.2 shooting percentage will likely take a hit, but he’s still a 20-goal candidate.

281. Jason Pominville, BUF – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 78 13 34 47
Projections 2017-18 78 15 33 48

Pominville spent the last five years with the Wild but returns to the Sabres where he played his first eight seasons, after being traded with Marco Scandella. His days of being a consistent 30-30 threat are behind him, but he remains a solid middle-6 option and should have no problem getting to 30 assists with goals in the mid-teens.

282. Johnny Boychuk, NYI – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 66 6 17 23
Projections 2017-18 70 8 20 28

Boychuk owns a massive shot from the blueline but has seen his power-play usage drop since his breakout year in his debut season with the Islanders. Boychuk has tied for 32nd among defensemen in goals (24) over the last three seasons, but has missed 38 games over that span. He has upside, but is a risky option because of durability concerns.

283. Brandon Dubinsky, CBJ – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 80 12 29 41
Projections 2017-18 76 16 33 49

Dubinsky is a strong two-way forward that typically plays against the other team’s best line and routinely posts 40-plus points per season. Dubinsky has never had a 20-plus goal season in Columbus, but has topped 30 assists twice and should be able to again this year as the Blue Jackets’ offence continues to improve.

284. Adam Henrique, NJD – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 20 20 40
Projections 2017-18 79 22 21 43

Henrique scored 30 goals in 2015-16 and when his junior teammate Taylor Hall joined the Devils, expectations for him were at an all time high. Unsurprisingly, Henrique wasn’t able to maintain his 20.1 shooting percentage from the year prior and finished with 20 goals, but he carries and elite 15.4 career shooting percentage and a few extra shots could see him get to 25 this year.

285. Ivan Barbashev, STL – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 30 5 7 12
Projections 2017-18 73 20 26 46

Barbashev is set to play a full NHL season after appearing in 30 games with the Blues last season. The 21-year-old plays a sound two-way game, but has displayed strong offensive ability in the QMJHL and AHL as well. The Russian-born centre should play consistent third line minutes and see some power play time as well, making him a 20-20 threat.

286. Ben Hutton, VAN – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 71 5 14 19
Projections 2017-18 73 8 23 31

Hutton has played a big role in his first two seasons with the Canucks and has averaged three goals and 19 assists (22 points) per season to this point. Hutton has good size and is a strong puck-mover, but with Michael Del Zotto joining the Canucks this summer, Hutton is in danger of losing some of his valuable power-play time.

287. Michael Frolik, CGY – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 17 27 44
Projections 2017-18 82 19 25 44

Even while playing on one of the more dominant lines in the NHL, Frolik’s offensive output barely changed. He tied a career-high in assists (27), but still finished with a point total in the low-40’s. That is who he is and that is what he will do in 2017-18.

288. David Perron, VEG – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 18 28 46
Projections 2017-18 78 17 28 45

Perron can do a little bit of everything. He is a good dangler, can score goals and set up his linemates while playing a little bit of an agitators game. Perron is a three-time 20-goal scorer, but has failed to meet that mark in three consecutive seasons. His lone year in St. Louis was one of the best years of his career, but wasn’t enough to get himself protected in the expansion draft. He’ll be a top-six winger in Vegas and has 20-goal, 30-assist upside, but draft him expecting less.

289. Trevor Daley, DET – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 56 5 14 19
Projections 2017-18 68 9 19 28

After spending just over a year-and-a-half with the Penguins, Daley signed a three-year deal with the Red Wings this summer. Daley is a solid two-way defenceman with great mobility and will help a Detroit blueline that struggled mightily last season. He won’t post elite numbers, but could register serviceable totals if he sees enough power play time.

290. Loui Eriksson, VAN – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 65 11 13 24
Projections 2017-18 72 19 25 44

Earlier in his career, Eriksson was one of the most reliable, underrated forwards in fantasy hockey. After one tough year in Boston he returned to that sort of production in the two years following. Entering his first season in Vancouver, many thought that he would be great on the wing with the Sedin’s but that didn’t materialize. It can’t be much worse in 2017-18, but don’t expect a return to 30-30 either.

291. Josh Bailey, NYI – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 13 43 56
Projections 2017-18 82 14 32 46

Bailey has excellent vision and the 27-year-old playmaker set a new career-high with 43 assists—which tied him for 22nd in the NHL. Bailey doesn’t score a lot of goals but makes up for it by setting his linemates up with regularity. Bailey had a high on-ice shooting percentage (9.57%) which suggests he’s bound for some regression, but he is still a good bet for goals in the mid-teens and assists in the mid-30’s.

292. Phillip Danault, MTL – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 13 27 40
Projections 2017-18 82 14 35 49

Danault is a skilled two-way forward who has the ability to kill penalties and play on the power-play. The 24-year-old virtually came out of nowhere in 2016-17, scoring 13 goals with 27 assists (40 points) in 82 games, earning more and more playing time along the way. With Tomas Plekanec’s game deteriorating, Danault will likely serve as their No.2 centre this season.

293. Tyson Jost, COL – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 (NCAA) 33 16 19 35
Projections 2017-18 70 19 26 45

Jost, who was the No.10 pick in 2016, had one goal in six games after he turned pro following his freshman year at the University of North Dakota. He was over a point-per-game at UND and brings a lot of speed and offensive ability to Colorado, a situation in which he should be able to land a top-six role out of training camp.

294. Chris Wideman, OTT – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 76 5 12 17
Projections 2017-18 76 8 21 29

Wideman isn’t the biggest defenseman but he plays a fairly physical game and has plenty of offence to offer. Wideman had an impressive 19 goals and 42 assists (61 points) during the 2014-15 AHL season and had 17 points (5G / 12A) in 76 games last year. The only thing holding Wideman back is a lack of power-play time thanks to a guy named Erik Karlsson.

295. Troy Brouwer, CGY – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 74 13 12 25
Projections 2017-18 82 21 20 41

After years of playing in every game and posting solid offensive numbers, Brouwer’s first year in Calgary was a disappointment. A stark drop-off in shots is to blame for his lack of success—he averaged 1.82 shots-per-game in the three years prior and saw that fall to 1.16 in 2016-17. Expect a bounce-back this year.

296. Cam Ward, CAR – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 61 26 2.69 0.905 2
Projections 2017-18 30 13 2.51 0.908 1

Ward posted a strong .918 SV% from 2009-to-2012 but has been mediocre in five seasons since, recording a pedestrian .907 SV%. This summer the Hurricanes attempted to address their crease by bringing in former Blackhawks’ backup Scott Darling to serve as their No.1 starter. Despite deteriorating play, Ward has spot-start value because the Hurricanes should be one of the best young squads.

297. Artturi Lehkonen, MTL – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 73 18 10 28
Projections 2017-18 78 21 20 41

Lehkonen has excellent hands and an electrifying shot and managed to score 18 goals with 10 assists (28 points) in his rookie season. The Finnish winger will be looking to carve our a much larger role in the Canadiens’ offence this year and if he works his way into the top-6, he has the talent to put up nice numbers.

298. Craig Smith, NSH – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 78 12 17 29
Projections 2017-18 80 20 21 41

From 2014-to-2016, Smith averaged 23 goals and 22 assists (45 points), but struggled in 2017. Smith is a great skater and has been a solid goal-scorer, but it always seems like he has more to give. Smith saw his playing time drop last year and with some up-and-coming winger breathing down his neck it might be tough for him to re-gain those minutes.

299. Kevin Fiala, NSH – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 54 11 5 16
Projections 2017-18 72 18 23 41

Fiala was the No.11 overall pick in 2014 but has yet to make a big splash in the NHL. Fiala posted 11 goals and five assists (16 points) in 54 games last year but is set to be a full-timer this year after registering 19 points (7G / 12A) in 22 AHL contests. Fiala is a hard-worker with silky mitts and an expanded role in the Predators’ offence screams sleeper potential.

300. Alex Edler, VAN – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 68 6 15 21
Projections 2017-18 65 7 19 26

Durability has been a major concern for the Canucks’ No.1 defenceman. Edler missed 14 games last year and has missed a combined 71 games over the last four seasons. Over that span he has averaged nine goals and 21 assists (30 points) per 82 games, which showcases his upside if he could stay on the ice. He sees a tonne of time on the PP, but it will continue to get eaten into by the emergence of Troy Stecher and the arrival of Michael Del Zotto.

301. Jakub Vrana, WSH – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 21 3 3 6
Projections 2017-18 73 20 20 40

Vrana was the Capitals’ first round pick (No.13 overall) in 2014 and is poised for his first full NHL campaign in 2016-17. The 21-year-old has all of the weapons necessary to be a difference maker at the NHL level—he is a terrific skater with excellent hands and goal scoring ability. With the Capitals’ losing some key forwards this summer, Vrana should step into a key role right away and could be a 20-20 player.

302. Calle Jarnkrok, NSH – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 81 15 16 31
Projections 2017-18 81 18 25 43

Jarnkrok is a quality playmaker who could be asked to take on a bigger role this year with Mike Ribeiro and Mike Fisher no longer with the Predators .Jarnkrok has hovered around the 30-point mark in each of the last two seasons, but has the skill level to elevate that total if he ends up seeing more ice-time.

303. Michael Del Zotto, VAN – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 51 6 12 18
Projections 2017-18 59 7 17 24

Injuries hurt Del Zotto’s time in Philadelphia. Del Zotto missed a total of 79 games (32.1 per cent of games) in three years with the Flyers, but posted 10 goals and 21 assists (31 points) per 82 games over that span. Del Zotto didn’t see a lot of power-play time in Philadelphia last season, but should see a lot more on a struggling Canucks’ PP in 2017-18.

304. Mathieu Perreault, WPG – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 65 13 32 45
Projections 2017-18 66 14 30 44

Perreault was capable of posting elite playmaker numbers at lower-levels, but has a career-high of just 32 assists (in 2016 and 2017) in the NHL. Perreault has been an underrated fantasy producer, having posted 40-plus points in four consecutive seasons, but it seems that is all he has to offer.

305. Pavel Buchnevich, NYR – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 41 8 12 20
Projections 2017-18 72 18 23 41

Buchnevich impressed early in his NHL career, scoring six goals and eight assists (14 points) in his first 14 games, but had just six points (2G / 4A) in his next 27 games. The 22-year-old Russian winger can dangle with the best of them and has a wicked shot, so expect more consistent results out of him this year.

306. David Savard, CBJ – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 74 6 17 23
Projections 2017-18 74 7 21 28

Savard is a decent depth option in standard leagues but is a much more serviceable blueliner in leagues that count blocked shots and hits. Over the last three seasons Savard is 52nd among defenceman in points (84) but also 24th in hits (444) and 64th in blocked shots (342). He can do a little bit of everything if your league’s settings fit his game.

307. Brendan Perlini, ARI – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 57 14 7 21
Projections 2017-18 72 22 18 40

Perlini was the No.12 pick in 2014 and broke into the NHL in 2016-17 after a strong start with Tucson (AHL). Perlini had 19 points (14G / 5A) in 17 games prior to his call-up and registered 21 points (14G / 7A) in 57 games with Arizona. The 21-year-old brings great size (6’2” / 212lbs) and a goal scorer’s touch to the Coyotes top-nine, but don’t expect him to shoot 15.2 per cent again.

308. Tobias Rieder, ARI – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 80 16 18 34
Projections 2017-18 78 20 20 40

Rieder settled a contract dispute right before the start of the 2016-17 season and went on to set a career-high with 16 goals and added 18 assists (34 points) in 80 games. Rieder has posted consistent, albeit unspectacular numbers in his first three NHL seasons, but has 20-20 potential as he enters his age-24 season.

309. Mike Cammalleri, LAK – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 61 10 21 31
Projections 2017-18 62 20 20 40

Over the last four seasons Cammalleri has scored at a 27-goal per 82-game pace, but has had a difficult time staying healthy. His goal-per-game numbers are impressive but the veteran winger has missed a total of 94 games over that span and can’t really be expected to play more 65 games with any confidence.

310. Jack Johnson, CBJ – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 5 18 23
Projections 2017-18 76 7 22 29

In 2014 and 2015 combined, Johnson ranked 31st among defensemen in points (73) but has not had the same success in the last two years, finishing tied for 84th among blueliners with 37 points (11G / 26A) in 142 games. Johnson is a good athlete with some offensive upside, but shouldn’t be counted on as anything more than a No.6 fantasy defenseman.

311. Carter Hutton, STL – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 21 13 2.39 0.913 4
Projections 2017-18 22 11 2.44 0.911 3

Jake Allen struggled early last year, which led to Hutton getting more starts than expecting and he finished the season with a 2.39 GAA and .913 SV%. The Blues’ netminders have been able to consistently post strong numbers over the year’s which makes Hutton one of the better spot-start options in the league.

312. Richard Panik , CHI – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 22 22 44
Projections 2017-18 82 20 20 40

Panik put up great numbers at lower levels but failed to succeed in the NHL until the 2016-17 campaign. He played 54.5 per cent of his even-strength minutes with Jonathan Toews and the duo had a ridiculous 69.4 GF% with a robust on-ice shooting percentage of 11.64. He might not replicate last year’s results, but he should come close.

313. Oliver Bjorkstrand, CBJ – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 26 6 7 13
Projections 2017-18 72 19 21 40

Bjorkstrand had high expectations and and sleeper potential entering the 2016-17 season, but failed to hit the ground running and split his season between the AHL and NHL. The 22-year-old has an exceptional shot and has the ability to be a 20-goal, 20-assist player in what will most certainly be his first full NHL season.

314. Anthony Duclair, ARI – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 58 5 10 15
Projections 2017-18 79 16 25 41

Duclair struggled mightily in 2016-17. The 21-year-old registered just nine points (3G / 6A) in his first 41 games before being demoted to the AHL. After being recalled in early March, Duclair had just six points (2G / 4A) in 17 games. Duclair is a quality goal scorer, who saw his shooting percentage drop from 19.0 to 6.6 in a year, but should find success somewhere in the middle in 2017-18.

315. Mattias Ekholm, NSH – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 3 20 23
Projections 2017-18 82 6 20 26

Ekholm isn’t flashy but you can’t miss him on the ice thanks to his 6-foot-4, 204 lbs. frame. Ekholm was very solid in 2015 and 2016 but was tasked with a heavier workload next to P.K. Subban last year and played very well. His 23 points (3G / 20A) was a bit disappointing but with Subban, Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis on the same blue line as him, he isn’t asked to provide that much offence.

316. Jordan Schmaltz, STL – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 (AHL) 42 3 22 25
Projections 2017-18 72 4 22 26

Schmaltz was a first round pick (No.25 overall) in 2012 and is set to play his first full NHL season in 2017-18. Schmaltz has a lot of offensive ability and used that to post 25 points (3G / 22A) in 42 AHL games a season ago. The 23-year-old has sleeper value, but his production will be directly tied to his power-play usage—he saw 14:20 TOI/GM and 1:12 PP TOI/GM in a brief nine-game stint last year.

317. Josh Morrissey, WPG – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 6 14 20
Projections 2017-18 82 7 19 26

After one full season in the AHL, Morrissey made the Jets during training camp last year and appeared in all 82 games. Morrissey was leaned on heavily as a rookie, playing close to 20 minutes per night—including modest power-play and penalty-kill usage. Morrissey skates well and posted strong offensive numbers in the WHL, but likely won’t see enough PP time in 2017-18 to make a big fantasy splash.

318. Aaron Dell, SJS – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 17 11 2.00 0.931 1
Projections 2017-18 17 8 2.43 0.922 1

Nobody heard of Aaron Dell before the 2016-17 season, but the 28-year-old was very steady as Martin Jones’ backup.Dell was 11-6-1 with a 2.00 GAA and .931 SV% in 17 starts and three relief appearances, earning himself another season as their No.2. He shouldn’t be anything but a spot-start option in 2017-18.

319. Mikkel Boedker, SJS – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 81 10 16 26
Projections 2017-18 80 16 27 43

Boedker had a lot of sleeper potential entering 2016-17, but he failed to meet preseason expectations.Boedker has tremendous wheels and it looked like he would have a career-year playing beside Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski, but he finished the year with just 26 points (10G / 16A). Boedker ended up playing14:21 TOI/GM and will likely have a tough time finding extra ice-time on a talented Sharks’ roster in 2017-18.

320. Mark Barberio, COL – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 60 2 11 13
Projections 2017-18 72 5 25 30

Barberio has recorded excellent AHL numbers over his career, but hasn’t had the same success in the NHL. After being acquired by the Avalanche last season, Barberio played 20-plus minutes a night, including two-plus minutes on the power-play, and that type of usage puts a career-best season on the horizon for 2017-18.

321. Niklas Svedberg, MIN – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 (KHL) 48 14 2.99 0.897 1
Projections 2017-18 17 10 2.45 0.908 1

Svedberg spent the last two seasons in the KHL, where he posted a .908 SV% in 101 games. This summer he returned to the NHL where he signed on with the Wild. Svedberg had a 2.31 GAA and .920 SV% in 19 NHL games with the Bruins before going to Russia and makes for a solid spot-start option or handcuff to Devan Dubnyk, but he likely won’t see a lot of action.

322. Eddie Lack, CGY – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 18 8 2.64 0.902 1
Projections 2017-18 27 14 2.62 0.910 2

The Hurricanes acquired Scott Darling from the Blackhawks this summer, making Lack expendable. The 29-year-old was shipped to Calgary where he will serve as Mike Smith’s backup. Lack went from a .917 SV% in two seasons with the Canucks to a .902 SV% in two years in Carolina. Lack will be an OK spot-start option, but Smith should see around 55 starts.

323. Valtteri Filppula, PHI – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 79 12 30 42
Projections 2017-18 79 11 34 45

Flippula posted eight points (5G / 3A) in 20 games following a midseason trade to Philadelphia last season and comes into 2017-18 set to battle for a top-six spot on the wing. Filppula has typically been a reliable 30-assist player with modest goal totals, but his best years appear to be behind him. However, he should see enough power-play time to be a factor with the man-advantage.

324. Troy Stecher, VAN – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 71 3 21 24
Projections 2017-18 71 5 20 25

Stecher is a strong puck-mover who frequently joins the rush and he used those two strengths to put together a strong rookie campaign—three goals and 21 assists (24 points) in 71 games. Stecher had a solid career at the University of North Dakota and should have no problem at least matching his results from last season.

325. Nate Schmidt, VEG – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 60 3 14 17
Projections 2017-18 72 4 20 24

Schmidt is a solid puck-moving defenceman with great speed on the back-end, who will have a chance to set career-highs as he takes on an expanded role in Vegas. Schmidt had 17 points (3G / 14A) in 60 games last season and put people on notice with a strong postseason. He should certainly play top-four minutes with the Golden Knights, which is a huge upgrade from his usage in Washington.

326. Ryan Spooner, BOS – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 78 11 28 39
Projections 2017-18 79 13 31 44

Spooner was a second round pick in 2010 and played well in his first full NHL season (2015-16), but had less success in 2016-17. The 25-year-old should be expected to bounce back a little bit, but he might be too far down the depth chart to make a big fantasy impact. Spooner is a solid playmaker and very useful on the power-play—at the very least, he will post serviceable PP numbers.

327. Sven Baertschi, VAN – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 68 18 17 35
Projections 2017-18 70 18 22 40

Baertschi looked like a bust when he couldn’t make it with the Flames, but he has looked like he belongs in two seasons with the Canucks. The 24-year-old has an impressive combination of skill and speed and used it to set a career-high in goals (18) and points (35) last season. Baertschi has found a home on Bo Horvat’s wing and could push for a 20-20 season in 2016-17.

328. Sam Gagner, VAN – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 81 18 32 50
Projections 2017-18 81 16 27 43

Gagner posted around 40 points in his first eight seasons in the NHL, but struggled mightily in his one year in Philadelphia in 2015-16. Gagner was given a chance with the Blue Jackets last year and he tied a career-high in goals (18) and set a career-best in points (50). This summer, he signed a three-year pact with the Canucks, where he will help out a Vancouver power-play that ranked 29th in the NHL last season (14.1 per cent).

329. Ondrej Pavelec, NYR – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 8 4 3.55 0.888
Projections 2017-18 25 12 2.57 0.911 2

Pavelec’s sub-par play in 2015-16 led to him starting the 2016-17 season in the AHL. He played OK in Manitoba (AHL) and struggled in an eight-game stint with Winnipeg. His run with the Jets’ organization came to an end this summer when he signed with the Rangers to serve as Henrik Lundqvist’s backup. Against a weak opponent, Pavelec could be considered, but tread with caution.

330. Antti Niemi, PIT – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 30 12 3.30 0.892 0
Projections 2017-18 22 11 2.62 0.902 1

Niemi simply was not good enough during his time in Dallas, posting a .900 SV% in two seasons. His run with the Stars came to an end when he signed a cheap, one-year deal with the Penguins this summer. Niemi’s play has fallen off, but he has a decent amount of spot-start appeal whenever he gets the nod for the back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions.

331. Michael Matheson, FLA – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 81 7 10 17
Projections 2017-18 81 7 17 24

Matheson is extremely mobile and uses his skating ability to help create offence on the Panthers back-end. The 23-year-old had 17 points (7G / 10A) in his rookie season and could see extended playing time with Aaron Ekblad this year, which would bode well for Matheson’s future endeavours.

332. Esa Lindell, DAL – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 73 6 12 18
Projections 2017-18 73 8 15 23

Lindell has the size NHL teams covet in a two-way defenceman. The Finnish blueliner owns a big point shot and had a nice rookie campaign, posting 18 points (6G / 12A) in 73 games. Lindell is expected to play huge minutes along side John Klingberg, which bodes well for his offensive upside.

333. Travis Hamonic, CGY – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 49 3 11 14
Projections 2017-18 72 5 22 27

Hamonic has seen his offensive production drop in each of the last three seasons and he missed 33 games a year ago. This summer he got a fresh start as he was dealt to the Calgary Flames and is now a part of one of the most talented top-four D-corps in the NHL. He is a low-end fantasy option with limited offensive upside.

334. Justin Abdelkader, DET – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 64 7 14 21
Projections 2017-18 71 19 23 42

Abdelkader posted back-to-back 40-point seasons in 2015 and 2016, but struggled mightily in 2017. The 30-year-old winger had just seven goals and 14 assists (21 points) in 64 games, but will look to get back to his power-forward ways in 2018. Abdelkader will have a tough time living up to his cap-hit but he’s definitely much better than his 21 points from last year.

335. Pavel Zacha, NJD – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 70 8 16 24
Projections 2017-18 72 17 24 41

Zacha is a big forward (6-foot-3 / 213 lbs.) who isn’t afraid to get involved physically while also being extremely talented with the puck on his tape. Zacha had a nice rookie season, posting 24 points (8G / 16A) in 70 games, but is expected to take on a much larger role in 2017-18. He started seeing more ice late last year, so expect bigger things from his in year two.

336. Anton Forsberg, CHI – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 (AHL) 51 27 2.28 0.926 4
Projections 2017-18 25 13 2.77 0.911 0

Forsberg has spent the majority of his young career in the AHL, but he should serve as Corey Crawford’s backup after an offseason trade to Chicago. The 24-year-old was impressive, posting a 2.28 GAA and .926 SV% in 51 games with Cleveland (AHL) last year. The Blackhawks will be their usual selves in 2017-18, making Forsberg a solid spot-start option.

337. Tomas Plekanec, MTL – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 78 10 18 28
Projections 2017-18 81 17 27 44

Plekanec saw a significant drop in playing time in 2016-17 and finished the year with just 10 goals and 18 assists (28 points) in 78 games. The 34-year-old has fallen behind Alex Galchenyuk and Phillip Danault on the depth chart, which will make it difficult to get the playing time and production back in his age-35 season.

338. Carl Soderberg, COL – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 80 6 8 14
Projections 2017-18 82 13 30 43

Soderberg produced nice offensive numbers in his first two years in Boston and set a career-high with 51 points in his first year in Colorado, however, 2016-17 was a massive struggle for the 31-year-old Swede. He has never been much of a goal-scorer, but should certainly be able to get back to 30-assists, 40 points.

339. Travis Zajac, NJD – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 80 13 31 44
Projections 2017-18 77 15 27 42

If you take 2014-15 out, Zajac has been an extremely consistent producer over the years. The 32-year-old hasn’t missed many games over his career and is usually a safe bet for points in the low-to-mid 40’s. However, the arrival of No.1 overall pick Nico Hischier is bound to eat into Zajac’s usage at even-strength and with the man advantage.

340. Nick Bonino, NSH – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 80 18 19 37
Projections 2017-18 74 17 24 41

Bonino possesses a deft two-way game and has recorded solid offensive numbers over the last four seasons. The 29-year-old moves to his fourth team in five years, but it looks like he’ll be in Nashville for a while after he inked a four-year pact. He won’t carry your fantasy team, but he can be a decent depth piece.

341. Nic Petan, WPG – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 54 1 12 13
Projections 2017-18 72 11 31 42

Petan has sensational playmaking ability, but his offence was limited by fourth line duty next to Chris Thorburn last season. Petan had 322 points (96G / 226A) in 188 games in his final three WHL season and carried a 0.66 points-per-game rate in 56 AHL contests. Petan will likely remain somewhat buried on the Jets’ depth chart, but should see an uptick in usage which should allow him to push for 30 assists.

342. Sonny Milano, CBJ – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 (AHL) 63 18 29 47
Projections 2017-18 72 15 25 40

Milano was the No.16 pick in 2014 and appears set to play a full-time role with the Blue Jackets in 2017-18. Milano is a creative and crafty playmaker with a goal-scorer’s touch. Milano had 18 goals and 29 assists (47 points) in 63 AHL games last year and the 21-year-old should land a top-nine role this fall.

343. Anders Nilsson, VAN – G Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 23 10 2.67 0.923 1
Projections 2017-18 27 12 2.85 0.912 0

In his lone year in Buffalo, Nilsson was .500 with a 2.67 GAA and .923 SV% in 26 appearances as Robin Lehner’s backup. Nilsson moved to Vancouver this summer and will settle in as Jacob Markstrom’s backup. The Canucks will give the reigns to Markstrom, but his leash will likely be a short one. Nilsson has produced a .908 SV% in 78 NHL appearances with the Islanders, Blues, Oilers and Sabres.

344. Alex Killorn, TBL – LW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 81 19 17 36
Projections 2017-18 81 17 24 41

Killorn has good size (6-foot-2 / 198 lbs) and plays a clean two-way game. Killorn has been a consistent, albeit unspectacular producer in his first four (full) NHL seasons, posting 17 goals and 23 assists (40 points) per 82 games. He played a career-high 18:00 TOI/GM last season and is expected to play in the Lightning’s top-six again this season.

345. Vladislav Namestnikov, TBL – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 74 10 18 28
Projections 2017-18 77 15 25 40

Namestnikov is a good playmaker with a strong defensive game, which makes him the perfect fit for the Lightning’s third line. Namestnikov has averaged 12 goals and 20 assists (32 points) over the last two seasons, but is expected to take a step forward in his third full NHL campaign.

346. J-G Pageau, OTT – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 12 21 33
Projections 2017-18 82 17 24 41

Pageau has not missed a game in the last two seasons, but saw his numbers fall off from 2015-16 when he set career-highs in goals (19) and points (43). Pageau is an excellent two-way centre and kills penalties with aplomb. While he’s shown some offensive talent, he doesn’t see enough quality minutes or power-play time to be a real fantasy factor.

347. Lee Stempniak, CAR – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 16 24 40
Projections 2017-18 78 17 23 40

Stempniak will start the season with the same team he finished with for the first time since 2013-14 when he was with the Flames for three-straight seasons. Stempniak has bounced around a bunch, but always produces no matter where he goes. Expect him to approach 20 goals and top 20 assists with relative ease.

348. Josh Anderson, CBJ – RW Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 78 17 12 29
Projections 2017-18 78 19 19 38

Anderson has excellent size (6-foot-3 / 221 lbs.) and has shown the ability in his young NHL career to be a potential top-line player and a competent bottom-six role player. The 23-year-old had 17 goals and 12 assists (29 points) in his first full NHL season and an increased role in 2017-18 should lead to a 20-plus goal campaign.

349. Devin Shore, DAL – C Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 82 13 20 33
Projections 2017-18 82 17 24 41

It didn’t take Shore long to make the jump from the AHL to the NHL and he posted 13 goals and 20 assists (33 points) in his first full season with the Stars. Shore has shown the ability to be an offensive difference maker at lower levels, but also plays a sound two-way game that will help him stay in the Stars’ lineup.

350. Olli Maatta, PIT – D Year GP G/W A/GAA Pts/SV% SO
Stats 2016-17 55 1 6 7
Projections 2017-18 67 5 15 20

Maatta has excellent two-way abilities and is capable of logging massive minutes, but durability has been a growing concern. The 22-year-old missed 27 games last year and has missed a whopping 104 games over the last three seasons. In his four-year career, Maatta has posted 24 points (6G / 18A) per 82 games, but don’t anticipate him skating in every game any time soon.