Fantasy Hockey Championships can be won and lost on Draft Day. The draft is where you position your team to navigate the next six months of the Fantasy season. It is imperative to know which players are in situations that will allow them to be successful during the 2018-19 NHL season.
Below we have put together detailed projections for the DFO Top 300 Players—Projections include: Goals, Assists, Points, Shots on Goal, Penalty Minutes, Power-Play Goals, Power-Play Assists, Hits and Blocked Shots for Skaters and Wins, GAA, SV% and Shutouts 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 our top ranked available RW and read about his situation, upside and what to expect from him in the 2018-19 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 300 (with projections) and you will be set up well for this upcoming season.
|1. Connor McDavid, EDM – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
McDavid was limited by injury in his rookie season, but hasn’t missed a game during the last two seasons. Over that stretch, McDavid has 23 more points than the next player (Nikita Kucherov). He is the clear No.1 overall pick and the only player truly capable of a 40-goal, 70-assist campaign.
|2. Nikita Kucherov, TBL – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Kucherov was overshadowed by teammate Steven Stamkos early in his career, but has turned into the best player in Tampa Bay and an elite fantasy winger over the last two seasons. During that time, Kucherov is second in the NHL in points (185), third in goals (79) and tied for seventh in assists (106). He has a case for being the next player taken after Connor McDavid.
|3. Sidney Crosby, PIT – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Crosby battled injuries early in his career, but has been durable during the last five seasons—averaging 79 games per season. Even more impressive is the fact that he has averaged 36 goals and 58 assists (94 points) per 82-games over that stretch. He is a great alternative to Connor McDavid if you don’t land first overall.
|4. Alex Ovechkin, WSH – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
After the summer of Ovechkin, the 32-year-old will look to return to 50-goals after failing to get there in the last two seasons. Despite that, Ovechkin still leads the NHL in goals (82) during that span and remains the safest bet to score 50 in 2019. He should be the first left winger off of the board.
|5. Evgeni Malkin, PIT – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Malkin consistently misses time due to injuries, but was able to play in 78 games last season—his most since 2009. The 32-year-old has been over a point-per-game in each of the last seven seasons, registering 512 (212G – 300A) in 432 games. Malkin obviously has elite upside, but he comes with greater injury risk than the other first-round picks.
|6. Steven Stamkos, TBL – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
After playing just 17 games in 2017, Stamkos returned to his elite form in 2018—scoring 27 goals and 59 assists (86 points) in 78 games. The 27 goals was a bit disappointing, but he shot a career-low 12.7 percent, so expect a return to 35-40 goals with high-end assist totals as long as he’s playing with Nikita Kucherov.
|7. Tyler Seguin, DAL – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Since joining the Dallas Stars, only Alex Ovechkin has scored more goals than Seguin over the last five years. The 26-year-old also ranks sixth in the league in points-per-game (0.99) during that time. Seguin figures to challenge for a 40-40 season, making him a late-1st/early-2nd round target.
|8. Brad Marchand, BOS – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Marchand has turned himself into an elite fantasy left winger, ranking third in the NHL in goals (110), eighth in points (231) and 22nd in PIMS (234) over the last three seasons. Marchand battled injuries last year, but has been very durable throughout his eight-year career. Expect him to play close to 80 games with around 40 goals and 50 assists.
|9. Nathan MacKinnon, COL – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
MacKinnon had an underwhelming start to his NHL career after being the No.1 overall pick in 2013, but exploded in 2018. MacKinnon, who had 39 goals and 58 assists (97 points) in 74 games, comes into 2019 with a lot of high expectations. However, his 13.7 shooting percentage and 11.9 on-ice shooting percentage likely won’t hold up, so his numbers could take a hit.
|10. Patrick Kane, CHI – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Kane has not missed a game in three years and leads the NHL in points (271 – 107G – 164A) over that stretch. The 29-year-old winger shot just 9.5 percent last year, limiting him to just 27 goals. However, he has registered at least 285 shots over the last three seasons, so a return to mid-30 goals and 50 assists should be well within his reach.
|11. John Tavares, TOR – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Tavares spent the first nine years of his NHL career with the Islanders, Tavares signed with his hometown Maple Leafs this summer and the parade has been planned since June. In almost quiet fashion, Tavares has ranked sixth in the NHL in goals and points over the last four seasons. With one of the best surrounding casts in the league, Tavares is poised for a career-year in Toronto.
|12. Jamie Benn, DAL – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
After a disappointing 2017 season, Benn returned to form in 2018. Over the last five seasons, Benn has missed just six games and ranks fourth in the NHL in goals (172), fifth in points-per-game (1.00) and 11th in assists (231). Benn receives a boost in leagues that count hits—100-plus in four of the last five years.
|13. Patrik Laine, WPG – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
After shooting what looked like an unsustainable 17.6 percent in his rookie season, Laine upped that number to 18.3 percent last year, scoring 44 goals. The Finnish winger is poised to push for the Rocket Richard Trophy this season, especially if he can up his shot totals while maintaining that absurd shooting percentage.
|14. Auston Matthews, TOR – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
A shoulder injury limited Matthews to just 62 games last season, but he still managed to finish in the top-20 in goals. Matthews has a new running mate with John Tavares in town, meaning he could avoid the other team’s shutdown lines more frequently than before. The third-year centre has the ability to push for the league-lead in goals this season.
|15. David Pastrnak, BOS – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Pastrnak played nearly three-quarters of his even-strength time with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand and the trio may be the best line in all of the NHL. While together, they had a 58.86 CorsiFor% and 63.64 GoalsFor%. The 22-year-old Czech winger is 12th in the NHL in goals (69) and tied for 13th in points (150) over the last two years and is a safe 2nd/3rd round pick again this year.
|16. Artemi Panarin, CBJ – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Since coming into the NHL in 2016, Panarin has done nothing but rack up points. During that time, Panarin ranks seventh in the NHL in points with 233 (88G / 145A) in 243 games. There are some questions surrounding his future with Columbus, but Panarin is a great second-round target thanks to his crazy consistent production.
|17. Blake Wheeler, WPG – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Wheeler used to be a mid-round steal, but he’s turned into a high-end fantasy producer over the last three seasons. Wheeler’s consistency year-to-year is something to marvel at. When you draft him, you can basically plug him in for close to 25 goals and 50-plus assists and not have to worry.
|18. Taylor Hall, NJD – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Hall has had some extremely good seasons, but has lacked consistency from season-to-season. He is coming off of a career-year in his second season with the Devils and will look to build on the 93-point (39G – 54A) campaign. He probably won’t be able to replicate the 14.0 shooting percentage, but 30 goals, 50 assists remains attainable.
|19. Vladimir Tarasenko, STL – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Tarasenko is one of the most reliable fantasy producers in the NHL, having recorded at least 30 goals and 30 assists in each of the last four seasons. During that stretch he is second in the league in goals (149) and 12th in points (288). He may not have the elite assist upside of the first-round picks, but he is a 40-goal, 75-point candidate.
|20. Brent Burns, SJS – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Burns disappointed with just 12 goals in 2018, but set a career-high with 55 assists. He still fired 300-plus shots for the third season in a row and when his 3.6 shooting percentage returns to his career 7.1 percent, he’ll be a 20-plus goal, 45-plus assist defenseman, worthy of being the first blueliner off the board.
|21. Johnny Gaudreau, CGY – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
After posting 40-plus assists in each of his first three seasons, Gaudreau set new career-bests with 60 helpers and 84 points in 80 games last year. He may not be able to re-produce those numbers, but he found a very nice home on the left-side of Sean Monahan and should have no problem getting to 75 points in 2019.
|22. Erik Karlsson, SJS – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Karlsson is coming off of one of the worst seasons of his career, but it was still good enough to finish sixth among defensemen in points (62).On September 13th, Karlsson was traded from Ottawa to San Jose, where he joins Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic to form one of the best top-3’s in the NHL. Karlsson and Burns are the two top fantasy defensemen and could share the blueline on the top power-play in San Jose. There should be some fireworks this season. Karlsson has a case to be the first D-man off of the board and has 20-goal, 50-assist potential.
|23. Phil Kessel, PIT – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
During his first three years in Pittsburgh, Kessel ranks fourth in the NHL in power-play points (89), 15th in points (221), 18th in assists (138) and 24th in goals (83). Kessel’s linemates have fluctuated, but he’ll always been on the top PP unit and a 30-goal, 40-assist candidate with upside.
|24. Aleksander Barkov, FLA – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
It was only a matter of time before Barkov’s name was a well-known commodity. In 2018, the Finnish centre finally stayed healthy for a full year and he produced career-highs in assists (51) and points (78). Barkov plays massive minutes atop the Panthers’ lineup and could be in store for an even better 2019 season.
|25. Jakub Voracek, PHI – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Voracek has appeared in 82 games in four of the last five seasons and has averaged 19 goals and 50 assists over that span. The Czech winger has been one of the most consistent playmakers in the NHL during that time and has shown on multiple occasions that his floor is 60 points and his upside is 80.
|26. Claude Giroux, PHI – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
2016 and 2017 didn’t live up to the lofty expectations Giroux set earlier in his career, but 2018 was a career-year for the 30-year-old. Giroux can’t be expected to repeat those numbers because of the 17.6 shooting percentage and 12.0 on-ice shooting percentage. However, Giroux remains one of the finest playmakers in the NHL and a candidate for a 20-goal, 50-assist season.
|27. Mitch Marner, TOR – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Any question marks regarding Marner’s size have been put to rest after 61 and 69-point seasons to start his career. Marner is extremely gifted with the puck on his tape and is a natural playmaker, who projects to play with John Tavares this season. Expect career-bests from the 21-year-old winger.
|28. Jack Eichel, BUF – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Eichel has missed a combined 36 games over the last two seasons, but still ranks in the top 50 in goals and points—while tying for 19th in points-per-game (0.95). He needs to stay healthy to reach his full potential, but an improved surrounding cast in Buffalo should make this his best season yet.
|29. Andrei Vasilevskiy, TBL – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
In his first season as a full-time starter, Vasilevskiy showed he was ready for the workload. The 24-year-old was tied for the NHL-lead in Wins (44) while posting a 2.62 GAA and .920 SV%. Playing behind arguably the best team in the NHL, Vasilevskiy should be one of the first three goalies drafted.
|30. Mark Scheifele, WPG – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Scheifele is one of the Jets’ many talented forwards and has been over point-per-game during the last two seasons. The 25-year-old centre missed 22 games with injuries last season, but is a strong candidate to score 30 goals and 40 assists if he can stay healthy in 2019.
|31. Mikko Rantanen, COL – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
After a solid rookie season, Rantanen went off in year-two. The 21-year-old winger scored 29 goals with 55 assists while spending 82 percent of his 5v5 ice-time with Nathan MacKinnon. A 16.3 shooting percentage and 10.5 on-ice shooting percentage are going to be hard to maintain, but Rantanen is a winger with excellent size and skill, who will be a force in Colorado for many years.
|32. Anze Kopitar, LAK – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Kopitar had the worst season of his career in 2017, but bounced-back in a big way during the 2018 season. Kopitar blew up for career-highs in goals (35), assists (57) and points (92) despite playing with 62.9 percent of his 5v5 ice-time with Alex Iafallo, who had just nine goals. The 31-year-old likely won’t be as bad as he was in 2017 or as good as he was in 2018 and land in the 70-80 point range.
|33. Victor Hedman, TBL – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
It took the former No.2 overall pick a while to get his career going, but he has been a consistent fantasy force over the last five seasons. Especially in 2017 and 2018, when Hedman ranked second among defensemen in points (135) and goals (33). Hedman can also be a big contributor in leagues that count power-play points, hits and blocks.
|34. Braden Holtby, WSH – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Holtby had his worst statistical regular season in 2018 and it led to Philipp Grubauer starting the playoffs for the Capitals. However, Holtby took over in Game 3 of Round 1 and led Washington to the Stanley Cup with a 2.16 GAA and .922 SV%. Playing behind one of the best offences in the NHL, Holtby makes a solid case for the top Fantasy netminder.
|35. John Klingberg, DAL – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Klingberg ranks third among defensemen in assists (143) over the last three seasons but tied for 21st in goals (31). Klingberg has a big shot from the point and he should have no problem improving his 3.9 shooting percentage from a year ago—look for him to get back to double-digit goals this season.
|36. Sergei Bobrovsky, CBJ – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
When healthy, Bobrovsky has been one of the best goalies in the NHL since being acquired by the Blue Jackets prior to the 2013 season. He handles a heavy workload (65 starts last year) and should be among the league-leaders in wins, GAA, SV% and shutouts. He’s among a handful of goalies, who should be targeted in the first few rounds.
|37. Evgeny Kuznetsov, WSH – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
It’s almost unfair that a playmaker like Kuznetsov gets to play on a line with Alex Ovechkin. Kuznetsov was a little disappointing in 2017, but he posted his second 20-plus goal, 50-plus assist season in three years in 2018. The 26-year-old will continue to tear it up on the power-play as well, as long as Washington is loaded with talent.
|38. Connor Hellebuyck, WPG – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Following a so-so first season as the Jets’ No.1 netminder, Hellebuyck was dialled in during the 2018 season, tying for the NHL-lead in wins (44) while carrying the eighth best GAA (2.36) and 10th SV% (.924). The Jets are expected to be one of the best teams again in 2019, making Hellebuyck one of the safest goalie options.
|39. Patrice Bergeron, BOS – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Bergeron has been a consistent 30-30 producer throughout his career, but was well on his way to a career-year in 2018. Bergeron was on a 38-goal, 42-assist (80 points) per 82-game pace, but ended up missing 18 games due to injuries. He plays on one of the best lines in the NHL and look to build on his 2018 success over a full campaign.
|40. Roman Josi, NSH – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Josi has been one of the best fantasy defensemen over the last four seasons, recording at least 12 goals and 37 assists in each season. Over that span he is fourth among defensemen in points (218), tied for seventh in assists (163) and eighth in goals (55). The Swiss blueliner is one of the most reliable fantasy options there are at the position and should be one of the first 10 defenseman drafted.
|41. P.K. Subban, NSH – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
During his first two seasons in Nashville, Subban has scored at a 14-goal, 41-assist (55 points) per 82-game pace. Throughout his career he has shown that he is a consistent mid-teens goal scorer and 40-plus assist producer. Expect more of the same from the 29-year-old this season.
|42. Leon Draisaitl, EDM – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Draisaitl showed he can carry his own line during the 2018 season, when he played just 44.2 percent of his 5v5 time with Connor McDavid. Without McDavid he had a 50.42 CorsiFor% and a 49.74 ScoringChancesFor%, which should improve with a better year from Milan Lucic and the improvement of Jesse Puljujarvi. Look for another 70-plus point season from the 22-year-old centre.
|43. Filip Forsberg, NSH – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Forsberg was on-pace for his third 30-goal season in a row, but missed 15 games with injury and suspension—limiting him to 26 goals and a career-high 38 assists (64 points) in 67 games. The 24-year-old seems to get better each season and continues to be a force on the power-play. Expect another 30-30 season with 35G/45A upside.
|44. John Carlson, WSH – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Carlson enjoyed the best season of his NHL career, earning himself a huge payday this offseason. Carlson set career-highs in goals (15) and assists (53) thanks to increased shot volume and a huge increase in power-play production. He likely won’t match last year’s totals, but he remains a candidate to score double-digit goals and 40-to-50 assists.
|45. Mathew Barzal, NYI – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
While the loss of John Tavares puts a dent in Barzal’s potential powerplay production, it shouldn’t affect his gaudy numbers at 5v5. The uptick in usage might not be enough to completely offset the loss of Tavares, but it helps Barzal project comfortably in the 75-point range.
|46. Brock Boeser, VAN – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
With 29 goals in just 62 games, Boeser was on pace for a 38-goal rookie season in 2017-18. A clean bill of health and an uptick in usage should help Boeser build on his 238-shot pace from a year ago, making 35 goals all but a lock for the 21-year old Canuck.
|47. Clayton Keller, ARI – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Keller was able to put 42 assists last season as a rookie without much of a supporting cast around him. He’ll need to improve on the 219 shots he had a year ago if he wants to break 30 goals, but a friendlier on-ice shooting percentage should be all he needs to break 70 points as a sophomore.
|48. Tuukka Rask, BOS – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Following a disappointing 2016 season, Rask has posted back-to-back stellar campaigns—ranking second in shutouts (11), fifth in GAA (2.29), tied for sixth in wins (71) and tied for 16th in SV% (.916). The Bruins are one of the top teams in the NHL and Rask will surely start 60-plus games, making him a safe top-5 fantasy netminder. b
|49. Jonathan Quick, LAK – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Quick has been one of the most consistent starters in the NHL over the last decade and he proved it once again in 2018. Despite playing behind an average Kings team, Quick posted a 2.40 GAA and .920 SV% in 63 starts. He won’t have the win totals of the elite netminders, but his splits should be among the league’s best.
|50. Dustin Byfuglien, WPG – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
In 2017-18, Byfuglien failed to score at least 10 goals for the first time since the 2012-13 lockout-shortened season. It was also the first time since 2012-13 that he didn’t register at least 200 shots on goal, but that can be blamed on the 13 games he missed with a lower-body injury. A clean bill of health and a friendlier SH% should be enough to get a bounce-back season out of Byfuglien.
|51. Nikolaj Ehlers, WPG – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Ehlers registered his second consecutive 60-point season in 2017-18, playing in all 82 games for the second time in as many years. That kind of production while playing just 16 minutes a night suggests the best is yet to come from the 22-year old Dane. A larger role on the Jets powerplay should help him break the 70-point plateau for the first time in his career.
|52. Kris Letang, PIT – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Durability has always been the main concern for Letang, but he has played in at least 69 games in three of the last four years. When healthy, Letang is one of the best offensive-defenseman in the NHL and capable of posting double-digit goals and anywhere from 40-50 assists.
|53. Alexander Radulov, DAL – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Radulov was the perfect complement to the Stars’ dynamic duo of Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn a year ago. He should be used in an identical role this year and should have no problem repeating his performance from last season.
|54. Ryan Getzlaf, ANA – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
While a myriad of injuries caused him to miss 26 games last season, Getzlaf still managed to put up 61 points, picking up at least 50 assists for the third straight season. While he’s not the goal-scoring threat he once was, he should be right around a point per game again this season. He just needs to stay healthy.
|55. Jonathan Marchessault, VGK – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Out of all the Golden Knights, Marchessault is the odds-on favourite to replicate his breakout performance in 2017-18. His 268 shots shattered his previous career-high of 193, and he flirted with a 55% CF% all season long. With an ATOI of 17:30 in 2017-18, he’s due for a bump in ice time this season.
|56. Nicklas Backstrom, WSH – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Backstrom has scored 20-plus goals with 50-plus assists in three consecutive seasons. The veteran pivot is one of the best playmakers of his time and will continue to pick-up massive power-play totals as long as the Capitals are as dominant as they are right now.
|57. Brayden Point, TBL – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Point was the centre piece of the Lightning’s dominant second-line last season, registering 32 goals on 217 shots as a 21-year old. With an ATOI of 19:37, his usage is already tapped out, but a repeat performance is more than doable. The strength of his supporting cast minimizes the chances of a poor on-ice shooting percentage.
|58. John Gibson, ANA – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Gibson has been rock solid throughout his career, posting a 2.29 GAA and .923 SV%, but durability hasn’t been his strong suit. Gibson was finally able to dress for 60 games last season and that’s the number he’ll need to get to this season to have a chance to be a top-5 fantasy goalie.
|59. Shayne Gostisbehere, PHI – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Gostisbehere exploded onto the scene in 2016 before some obvious regression kicked in during the 2017 campaign. The 25-year-old ended up registering 13 goals and 52 assists (65 points) in 78 games last year, firmly planting himself among the top defensemen in fantasy. He may not be able to replicate those numbers, but he should come close.
|60. Joe Pavelski, SJS – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Durability is often overlooked and undervalued on draft day. Having missed just one regular season game since the start of the 2011-12 season, Pavelski is as durable as they come. While he’s no longer a lock to hit 30 goals, he’s proven himself to be an elite playmaker. A full year alongside Evander Kane should mean another productive season for Pavelski.
|61. Tyson Barrie, COL – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Barrie was able to ride the elite production of Colorado’s top line last season to career highs in goals and assists. We’re expecting some regression to hit the likes of Mikko Rantanen and Nathan Mackinnon, which by association means we should expect a slight drop-off in Barrie’s production too. While he may not match last year’s gaudy totals, he’s a safe bet to hit double-digit goals and 50-plus points from the backend.
|62. Drew Doughty, LAK – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Doughty set career highs in points and assists at 28-years old last season. Similar to Tyson Barrie’s situation, Anze Kopitar’s impending regression implies a similar fate for Doughty. Don’t expect him to get back to 60 points, but 10 goals and 50 points are more than attainable for Doughty in 2018-19.
|63. Pekka Rinne, NSH – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Rinne will turn 36-years-old this season but age has not slowed the Predators’ netminder down. Rinne has started at least 59 games in each of the past four seasons and ranks second in the NHL in wins (148), fourth in shutouts (19), tied for seventh in GAA (2.35) and tied for 10th in SV% (.919). Rinne will cede some starts to Juuse Saros, but should see enough games to keep him in the top-5 fantasy netminder conversation.
|64. Seth Jones, CBJ – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Jones is a big minute-muncher on the Columbus blueline—he is 19th in the NHL in average TOI (24:01) over the last two seasons. During that span he is also fifth among defensemen in goals (28) and tied for 11th in points (99). The 23-year-old is a strong producer at even-strength and on the power-play and could end up being a top-10 fantasy defenseman in 2019.
|65. Frederik Andersen, TOR – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
During Andersen’s first two years in Toronto, the Maple Leafs have allowed the third-most shots on goal per game (33.2). Despite the heavy workload, Andersen has posted a strong .918 SV% across 132 starts (66 each season). Toronto should be one of the NHL’s top teams this season, making Andersen a candidate to lead the league in wins—however, his splits likely won’t match the elite goalies.
|66. Matt Murray, PIT – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Murray was great in his first two NHL seasons, but struggled in his first year as a full-time starter. He missed 22 games with a combination of injuries over the season and finished the year with a 2.92 GAA and .907 SV%. He likely won’t be as bad a he was in 2018 or as good as he was in 2017, but somewhere in between with a chance at 40-plus wins makes Murray a low-end No.1 fantasy goalie.
|67. Torey Krug, BOS – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Krug registered at least 40 assists for the third straight year in 2017-18 and tied his career-high with 14 goals thanks to a slightly inflated SH% of 7.1%. His usage is the biggest knock we have on him from a fantasy perspective. His 20:08 ATOI isn’t likely to climb with Charlie McAvoy and Zdeno Chara both ahead of him for 5v5 time, but his offensive skillset and role on the Bruins’ powerplay should be enough to get him back to 50-plus points this season.
|68. Sean Monahan, CGY – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Monahan has been a marvel of consistency since joining the league, never straying too far away from his patented 30 goals and 30 assists. Now entering his sixth season, it’s unlikely that a 70-point breakthrough ever happens for Monahan, but another 30-30 season is as close to a lock as it gets.
|69. Ilya Kovalchuk, LAK – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Kovalchuk returns to the NHL for the first time since 2012-13, when he played 37 games for the Devils before darting for the KHL. During his time in Russia, Kovalchuk registered 138 goals and 189 assists (327 points) in 298 games. Based on those numbers, you’d think that the 35-year-old is still capable of producing at a high-level in 2019. Kovalchuk should play with Anze Kopitar, which gives him a chance to score 30 goals and 40 assists in his first season back.
|70. Rickard Rakell, ANA – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Rakell enjoyed his best season to date in 2017-18, setting career highs in goals, assists, and shots on goal. The 35 assists shattered his previous career high of 23, but it makes sense when you consider the 11.6% on-ice shooting percentage he was fortunate enough to maintain over the full season. While his assist total should regress he’s a safe bet to hit 30 goals for the third straight season.
|71. Vincent Trocheck, FLA – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Trochek went off last season, outdoing his previous career highs in goals and assists by eight and 13, respectively. We’re skeptical that he’ll see the same usage he saw last year on the Panthers’ second line (ATOI of 21:22), but his gaudy shot totals give him a comfortable floor of about 60 points.
|72. Jonathan Huberdeau, FLA – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Huberdeau finally fulfilled the potential that made him the No.3 overall pick in the 2011 NHL entry draft, setting career highs across the board in 2017-18. A slightly high SH% casts doubt over his ability to log another 25-goal season, but an influx of assists should help steady his point total.
|73. Sebastian Aho, CAR – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Aho followed up an impressive rookie campaign with a stellar performance in 2017-18, piling up 29 goals and 36 assists as a 20-year old. A 14.5% SH% will be tough to replicate, but any regression there could be offset by a bump in his usage. His 55.4% CF% last season suggests his impressive production at even strength (21 goals, 28 assists) was more than just a fluke.
|74. Alex Pietrangelo, STL – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Pietrangelo was able to set career-highs in goals (15), points (54), and shots on goal (216) last season despite the Blues’ powerplay ranking second-last in the league at 15.4%. The Blues will need to be much more effective with the man advantage if Pietrangelo wants to build off his career year in 2018-19.
|75. Max Pacioretty, VGK – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Pacioretty was already one of our top bounce-back candidates heading into this season, and the recent move to Vegas only solidifies that claim. His 8.0 SH% last year was his worst since the 2009-10 season, and well below his career-average of 11.0%. He should see plenty of opportunity with the Golden Knights, and playing alongside a savvy two-way forward like Paul Stastny should open up more scoring chances for him at even strength.
|76. Marc-Andre Fleury, VGK – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Fleury was arguably the Golden Knights’ best player last season, logging 29 wins despite injuries limiting him to just 46 appearances. While you can’t argue with his performance last season, there’s no guarantee of a healthier 2018-19 for Fleury given his medical history. A seemingly capable backup in Malcolm Subban casts even more doubt over Fleury’s workload this season.
|77. Mikael Granlund, MIN – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Granlund followed up his 69-point performance in 2016-17 with 67 last year, though his goals expectedly fell off after he was unable to replicate the 14.7% SH% he enjoyed two seasons ago. He’s settled in nicely as a 20 goal, 40 assist guy, but that’s about as high as his ceiling goes.
|78. William Nylander, TOR – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Nylander was able to notch his second-consecutive 61-point season in 2017-18, despite playing less than 17 minutes a night. It’s doubtful that his usage will rise much given how crowded the Leafs’ top-six is, but he’s shown the ability to produce even in a limited role. Another year spent on the wing of Auston Matthews should easily secure Nylander his third straight 60-point season.
|79. Ivan Provorov, PHI – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Provorov is an extremely mobile and defensive conscious blueliner, but his offence came to the forefront last season. The 21-year-old scored 17 goals and 24 assists and is a candidate for a breakout season in 2019. He won’t see a lot of power-play time thanks to the presence of Shayne Gostisbehere, but Provorov plays huge minutes at even-strength and has 15-goal, 30-plus assist upside on a strong Flyers team.
|80. Devan Dubnyk, MIN – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Dubnyk has appeared in 60 games in each of his first three seasons with the Wild. Over that time, Dubnyk is tied for first in the NHL in shutouts (15), tied for second in wins (107), sixth in GAA (2.36) and tied for sixth in SV% (.920). The 32-year-old is a top-10 fantasy netminder that will come cheaper on draft day.
|81. Keith Yandle, FLA – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Yandle is a reliable fantasy defenseman, having not missed a game in nine years and averaging nine goals and 40 assists (49 points) over that stretch. His upside seems to be a bit capped, but he plays huge minutes on a talented Panthers power-play, which makes him a safe No.2 fantasy defenseman option.
|82. Mark Stone, OTT – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Stone was on his way to a career-year in 2018, before lower-body injuries cost him 24 games. During his four-year career, Stone quietly ranks tied for 26th in the NHL in points-per-game (min. 200 games). He is not much of a goal-scorer, but he’s a safe bet for 40-plus assists—even on a terrible Senators team.
|83. Brayden Schenn, STL – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
It was a tale of two seasons for Schenn in his debut season with the Blues. Schenn was tied for the 15th in the NHL in goals (21) and 17th in points (50) through his first 51 games. However, he cooled off in the second half, posting just 20 points (7G / 13A) in his final 31 games. Schenn and Jaden Schwartz may be asked to anchor the second line this season, but they showed to be perfectly capable without Vladimir Tarasenko last season—posting a 56.20 CF%, 55.56 SCF% and 57.14 GF%.
|84. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Over the last five seasons, Ekman-Larsson has missed just 12 games and ranks second among defensemen in goals (85) and power-play goals (44), sixth in power-play points (103) and tied for 16th in points (223). Playing in Arizona will hurt his plus-minus, but he’s a double-digit goal-scorer with a ton of upside.
|85. Martin Jones, SJS – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
During his three years as the Sharks’ starting goalie, Jones has tied for fourth in wins (102), tied for sixth in SO (12), 11th in GAA (2.40) and tied for 22nd in SV% (.915) while starting at least 60 games in each season. Jones’ splits will likely continue to hover around the 2.40 GAA and .915 SV% range, but the high win totals keep him in the low-end No.1/high-end No.2 discussion.
|86. Ben Bishop, DAL – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
During his first year with the Dallas Stars, Bishop went 26-17-5 with a 2.49 GAA, .916 SV% and five shutouts. Those splits are close to his career numbers, so expect more of the same in 2019. However, the Stars should provide a lot more goal-support and that will help Bishop get back over 30-wins and close to No.1 goalie territory.
|87. Sean Couturier, PHI – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Couturier was the No.8 overall pick in 2011 and many believed there was some untapped offensive potential after posting a career-high of just 39 points through his first six seasons. Couturier tapped into that offence during the 2018 season. He played on the top line, seeing a career-most 21:36 TOI/GM and rode a 13.7 shooting percentage and 13.1 on-ice shooting percentage to 31 goals and 45 assists. He’ll be back in that spot this season, but should see some regression in those rates—dropping both his goal and assist totals.
|88. Ryan Johansen, NSH – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Johansen broke out with a 33-goal season in 2013-14, but is tied for 65th in the NHL in goals since—averaging just 17 goals per season. Over that same stretch, he is 21st in assists (44 per year). Johansen’s shot volume has been way down since joining the Predators, but he remains one of the league’s best at racking up assists. He will spend most of his time on a dominant top line with Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson—they had a 55.8 CF% and 68.75 GF% together last year.
|89. Zach Werenski, CBJ – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Werenski has exploded onto the fantasy scene during his first two seasons in the NHL. He is sixth among defensemen in goals (27) and tied for 23rd in points (84), planting himself firmly among the top-20 fantasy defensemen. Werenski logs huge minutes and leads Blue Jackets’ D-men in PP TOI since joining the team. He should have no trouble topping 15 goals and 30 assists in his third season.
|90. Dougie Hamilton, CAR – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Despite being one of the best defensemen in the NHL, Hamilton has already been traded twice in his six seasons. This offseason he was sent to the Carolina Hurricanes, where he figures to log massive minutes as a member of one of the league’s best bluelines. Over the last four seasons, Hamilton is 11th among defensemen in goals (52) and tied for 17th in points (179). Don’t hesitate to take him as a No.2 defenseman in the seventh or eighth round.
|91. Cory Schneider, NJD – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Schneider missed a total of 20 games last season with a combination of lower-body injuries and illness. As a result, he started just 40 games and finished the season with a career-worst 2.93 GAA and .907 SV%. Based on his previous seasons in New Jersey, it’s safe to assume that Schneider will enjoy a bounce-back campaign in 2019, but he’s viewed more as a No.2 netminder than a No.1 at this point.
|92. Carey Price, MTL – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Price’s fantasy value is trending down right now. He has missed a combined 93 games over the last three seasons while ranking 20th in GAA (2.56) and tied for 22nd in SV% (.915) over that span. On top of those average numbers, the Canadiens are expected to be one of the worst teams in the NHL this season. Even if he manages to post elite splits, Price won’t win enough games to be a No.1 fantasy netminder.
|93. Viktor Arvidsson, NSH – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Arvidsson has posted two nearly identical 61-point seasons since becoming a full-time NHLer in 2017. Playing on a dangerous top line with Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg as well as firing nearly 250 shots in two straight seasons, positions Arvidsson as one of the safest bets to score 30 goals with 30 assists.
|94. James van Riemsdyk, PHI – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
van Riemsdyk’s fantasy value is bolstered by his impressive consistency and power-play numbers. van Riemsdyk has been extremely durable throughout his career and ranked 16th in the NHL in goals (154) and tied for 19th in PPGs (45) during his five years in Toronto. Now he re-joins a Flyers team loaded with talent upfront and should have no trouble continuing to score 30-plus goals and close to 30 assists.
|95. Logan Couture, SJS – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Couture has missed a combined 43 games over the last three seasons but ranks tied for 61st in the NHL in points-per-game (0.73) over that span. He is coming off a career-best 34 goals, thanks to a 16.7 shooting percentage. Couture is a 30-30 candidate, but everything will need to fall in line correctly. He is a low-end No.2/high-end No.3 centre.
|96. Dylan Larkin, DET – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Larkin suffered through a sophomore slump but looked great during the 2018 season. With Henrik Zetterberg’s future uncertain, Larkin will play even more in 2019 and will be leaned on to carry the team. With limited talent around him, it will be difficult for Larkin to truly breakout—however, a 20-goal, 40-assist season is still within reach.
|97. Jaden Schwartz, STL – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Durability has been a concern for Schwartz throughout his career and 2018 was no exception. Schwartz has missed a combined 82 games over the last five seasons, but he is tied with players like Patrice Bergeron, Filip Forsberg and Max Pacioretty with a 0.78 points-per-game over that time. At a thin position, Schwartz is worth the game on his injury history—he should easily be a 25-goal, 35-assist winger when healthy.
|98. Morgan Rielly, TOR – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Rielly exploded for 52 points (6G / 46A) during the 2018 campaign thanks to a massive increase in power-play production. The Maple Leafs spread out their two power-play units but Rielly gets the first crack over Jake Gardiner, which bodes well for his continued success in 2019. Look for the 24-year-old to repeat his 40-plus assist, 50-plus point output.
|99. Ryan Ellis, NSH – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Ellis started last season on the IR and missed the first 38 games of the season. Upon returning to the lineup, Ellis tied his career-high in points (32) despite playing just 44 games. The 27-year-old is one of the more offensively-gifted blueliners in the NHL and he will continue to produce while playing massive minutes on a talented Predators team. As long as he stays on the ice, Ellis could post career-bests across the board.
|100. Cam Talbot, EDM – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Talbot was a fantasy sleeper in 2017 and fantasy bust in 2018. As a result, Talbot will drop down fantasy draft boards this fall. The 31-year-old has started 73 and 67 games over the last two seasons and figures to see a massive workload again this year. The Oilers should be much improved from last season, helping Talbot’s win total and splits.
|101. Jordan Eberle, NYI – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
John Tavares’ departure will have a ripple effect on the Islanders’ lineup, but Eberle should be fine. Eberle spent 77.9 percent of his 5v5 time with Mathew Barzal last year and the duo should see a bump in ice-time this season as they become the top-line. They were dominant at 5v5, posting a 53.46 CF%, 52.21 SCF% and 58.62 GF% and should have continued success in 2019.
|102. Mike Hoffman, FLA – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Hoffman had a strange offseason. An issue between his girlfriend and Erik Karlsson’s wife came up and resulted in the Senators selling-low on him in a trade to San Jose. The Sharks quickly flipped him back into the Atlantic Division, landing with the Florida Panthers. He joins a strong top-6, where he projects to play with Vincent Trocheck. Over the last four seasons, the 28-year-old ranks 24th in the NHL in goals (104) and should approach 30 goals yet again in 2019.
|103. Nico Hischier, NJD – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Hischier enjoyed a fine rookie campaign, playing 76.1 percent of his 5v5 minutes with Taylor Hall. The duo posted strong numbers, that should only improve as Hischier grows as an NHL centreman. His 10.7 on-ice shooting percentage may not be sustainable, but he is capable of putting up 25 goals and 35 assists while playing with Hall. Draft him as a low-end No.2/high-end No.3 centre.
|104. Mathew Dumba, MIN – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Dumba followed up a strong 2017 season with a breakout campaign in 2018. Dumba scored 14 goals with 36 assists to finish 19th among defensemen with 50 points. A huge spike in playing time is to thank for Dumba’s increased production and lends hope that he will be able to re-create those numbers this season.
|105. Mark Giordano, CGY – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
After putting up 38 and 39 points in the last two seasons, the departure of Dougie Hamilton opens the door for Giordano to break the 40-point plateau this season. The Flames will lean on him heavily with the man advantage, making 2018-19 a lock to be Giordano’s sixth-straight season with double-digit goals.
|106. Jake Allen, STL – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Allen has received mixed reviews since taking over as the Blues’ starter two seasons ago, ranking 15th in GAA (2.58) and 33rd in SV% (.910) since the beginning of the 2016-17 season. Playing for a team as strong as the Blues means he should rack up wins regardless, but his mediocre GAA and SV% stop him from reaching the top echelon of fantasy netminders.
|107. Evander Kane, SJS – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
In the 17 games he played for San Jose after being acquired at the trade deadline, Kane registered nine goals, five assists and 80 shots on goal. Playing a full year alongside Joe Pavelski should help Kane cash in on his gaudy shot totals. The two of them averaged a robust 43 scoring chances per 60 when on the ice together at 5v5.
|108. Jeff Carter, LAK – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Carter missed the majority of last season with an ankle injury but returned in February to put up 22 points in 27 games. That put him right on pace with the 66 points he put up in 2016-17. Assuming he has a healthier 2018-19, Carter is a lock for 60 points.
|109. William Karlsson, VGK – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Karlsson exploded for 43 goals last year despite registering just 184 shots on goal. His 23.4% SH% was over three times his shooting percentage in his three years with the Blue Jackets (7.7%). He won’t shoot 23% again in 2018-19, but the strength of his line at 5v5 should keep his goal total at a respectable amount.
|110. Antti Raanta, ARI – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Raanta’s Coyotes career got off to a slow start, but after January 1st he was one of the best goalies in the NHL. Raanta went 16-7-4 with a 1.92 GAA, .939 SV% and three shutouts down the stretch. The Coyotes are expected to at least try for a playoff spot this season, making Raanta a legit top-10 fantasy option this season.
|111. Gabriel Landeskog, COL – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
After putting up just 18 goals and 15 assists in 2016-17, Landeskog bounced back last season in a major way, breaking 60 points for just the second time in his career. Of course, much, if not all of his success in 2017-18 can be attributed to the dynamic play of his linemates, Nathan Mackinnon and Mikko Rantanen. Their aggressive home and away splits mean we’re expecting some regression from the Av’s top line this season, Landeskog included.
|112. Evgenii Dadonov, FLA – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Dadonov was extremely impressive last season and was an excellent complement to Aleksander Barkov on the Panthers’ top line. 2017-18 smells like a career year for Dadonov; he enjoyed above-average shooting percentages and played over 19 minutes a game. The acquisition of Mike Hoffman should cut into Dadonov’s usage, making it very unlikely that the 29-year old Russian eclipses his production from a year ago.
|113. Kyle Connor, WPG – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Connor was a highly touted prospect coming out of the University of Michigan and lived up to the expectations in his first full NHL season. Connor bounced around the lineup a bit, but did spent a good portion of his 5v5 time on the top-line with Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler. The trio was very strong and is projected to start this season together, so look for Connor to enjoy another great year with more consistent first-line minutes.
|114. Pierre-Luc Dubois, CBJ – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
While he made not have had the same impact as the top of the 2017-18 rookie class, Dubois carved himself a role centering the Blue Jackets’ top line last season. With an ATOI of just 16:38, there’s plenty of room for Dubois to grow and build on his 48-point rookie season. Playing alongside the likes of Artemi Panarin and Cam Atkinson will easily help him surpass his counting stats from a year ago.
|115. Cam Atkinson, CBJ – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
24 goals in 65 games had Atkinson on pace for his second-straight 30-goal season, but a fractured right foot caused him to miss a chunk of games early in the new year. His mediocre assist totals cap his ceiling but his usage and shot volume give him a solid floor of 25-30 goals.
|116. Ryan Suter, MIN – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Suter, remarkably, has never scored more than nine goals in a season, yet he remains one of the safest bets you can make on draft day. With an ATOI over 26:30 in each of the last sevens seasons, Suter’s usage is as strong as anyone’s in the NHL. Consider him a lock for another 35-assist, 40-point season.
|117. Jake Gardiner, TOR – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Gardiner should remain the top powerplay option on a loaded Maple Leafs’ roster. He’s averaged 48 points over the last two seasons and has missed just eight games since the start of the 2013-14 season. Mediocre shot rates suggest it’s unlikely that he breaks into double-digit goals, but a point total in the mid-to-low 40s is right in his wheelhouse.
|118. Rasmus Ristolainen, BUF – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Ristolainen is not loved in the analytics community but he is a fan favourite in the Fantasy Hockey realm. Ristolainen ranks 17th among defensemen in points (106) over the last three seasons. The addition of Rasmus Dahlin should help Risto’s value if they end up playing together—and Ristolainen should continue on the top power-play unit.
|119. Corey Crawford, CHI – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Crawford missed the final 47 games of last season with “vertigo-like symptoms” and he may not be ready for training camp this fall. The reports have been positive, but Crawford is not quite 100 percent yet. The uncertainty surrounding his health and the decline of the Chicago Blackhawks makes Crawford a risky pick on draft day—consider him a low-end No.2/high-end No.3 option heading into the season.
|120. Corey Perry, ANA – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
From 2014-to-2016, Perry ranked third in the NHL in goals (37 per season) but is tied for 116th over the last two years (18 per season). A decline in shot volume and shooting percentage (from 16.0% to 9.4%) are to blame for the 33-year-old’s woes. Heading into 2019, he should be looked at as more of a 20-to-25 goal scorer than the lock for 30-plus that he used to be.
|121. Wayne Simmonds, PHI – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
After six-years of steady goal-scoring, where Simmonds ranked 15th in the NHL in goals (29.9 per 82 games), his production dipped in 2018. He has always been a great power-play producer, but the addition of James van Riemsdyk (also great on the PP) could eat into Simmonds’ chances of returning to his 30-goal upside.
|122. Jeff Skinner, BUF – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Skinner dealt with concussion issues early in his career, but has missed just 19 games over the last five seasons. Over that span, Skinner ranked 13th in the NHL in goals (116) but was traded to Buffalo this summer. His playing time dropped in Carolina last season, but he could play more than ever in his first year with the Sabres—where he is projected to play with Jack Eichel. Skinner has 30-plus goal, 25-plus assist upside.
|123. J.T. Miller, TBL – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Miller has scored 22, 22 and 23 goals over the last three seasons but comes into 2019 with high expectations. After being traded to the Lightning, Miller spent a lot of time on a line with Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov and they dominated (57.08 CF% & 56.88 SCF%). In just 19 games with Tampa Bay, Miller had 10 goals and eight assists (18 points) in 19 games. If he spends the majority of the year on that top-line, Miller is almost guaranteed to post career-bests across the board—he is a 2019 breakout candidate.
|124. Kyle Palmieri, NJD – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Palmieri’s career has really taken off since he was traded to New Jersey before the 2016 season. In three years with the Devils, Palmieri has been an extremely consistent producer of both goals and assists—averaging 29 goals and 27 assists (56 points) per 82 games. He is locked into their top-6 and has a chance to play on a line with Taylor Hall, making him a safe low-end No.2/high-end No.3 right winger.
|125. Kevin Shattenkirk, NYR – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
During his first season in New York, Shattenkirk was hobbled by a torn meniscus, which eventually required season-ending surgery. Fully healthy, Shattenkirk should return to his consistent mid-40’s point production. Shattenkirk is a solid low-end No.2/high-end No.3 fantasy defenseman thanks to his firm grasp on the top power-play duties in New York.
|126. Jonathan Toews, CHI – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Toews’ production has never matched up to his average draft position, topping 70 points only once in his 11-year career. Last year’s 52 points were a career-low for Toews (not including the 2012-13 lockout-shortened season). He could back to 30 goals if his shooting percentages returns to his career norms, but back-to-back seasons of poor conversion rates suggest his shot has lost an edge.
|127. Colton Parayko, STL – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
While the presence of Alex Pietrangelo prevents a larger role on the powerplay, Parayko has proven to be a productive defenseman at 5v5. He now has back-to-back 35 point seasons and should top the 40-point mark for the first time this season, assuming his usage and shot volume continue to climb.
|128. Aaron Ekblad, FLA – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Ekblad is a proven goal-scorer from the blueline, having scored double-digit goals in all four of his NHL seasons. The young Panther lacks the assist totals of an elite fantasy defenseman, but that could change if he’s ever able to cut into Keith Yandle’s time on the top powerplay unit this season. In the meantime, his shot volume and goals are enough to keep him serviceable.
|129. Cam Fowler, ANA – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Fowler has been the most heavily-utilized Ducks’ defenseman since the return of head coach Randy Carlyle, with an ATOI of 24:51 since the start of the 2016-17 season. At 26-years old, the days of hoping for a breakout year from Fowler are behind us, but his usage and goal scoring still make him a viable fantasy option.
|130. Roberto Luongo, FLA – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
With a .922 SV% and 2.58 GAA over the last two seasons, Luongo’s performance is the last thing we worry about from a fantasy perspective. The problem has become his durability, with Luongo making just 72 starts in the last two years. The upside is there, but a capable backup in James Reimer adds another threat to Luongo’s workload.
|131. Travis Konecny, PHI – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Konecny scored 24 goals and added 23 assists last season while playing under 15 minutes a night. Assuming he’s back on the wing of Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux this season, there’s no reason not to expect the 21-year old to build on his production from a year ago. Unfortunately, the addition of James van Reimsdyk means Konecny won’t be receiving an uptick in powerplay usage any time soon.
|132. Matthew Tkachuk, CGY – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Tkachuk scored nine more goals last year than he did in 2016-17 but was only able to improve his point total by one, despite playing almost three extra minutes a game. A better on-ice shooting percentage this year should get him over the 50-point plateau for the first time in his career. With Johnny Hockey firmly ahead of him on the Flames’ depth chart, Tkachuk’s usage, and his fantasy value, seem to be capped for now.
|133. Eric Staal, MIN – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Staal was one of the more fortunate players in the league last season, enjoying a personal SH% of 17.4% and an on-ice SH% of 11.0%. Both are considerably above his career averages, but his usage on a good Wild team should lock up another 25-goal, 30-assist season for Staal. Just don’t draft him expecting 76 points again.
|134. Jake Guentzel, PIT – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
He may not be able to put up Kunitz-esque numbers alongside Sidney Crosby but playing with the great 87 gives Guentzel a solid floor at one of the thinnest positions in fantasy hockey. A spot on the Penguins’ top powerplay unit might be enough to get Guentzel over 30 goals, but he’s a safe bet to hit 25 regardless.
|135. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, EDM – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Nugent-Hopkins impressed when healthy last season, finishing on pace for the first 60-point season of his career. With rumblings of him shifting to the wing fulltime to play alongside the great Connor McDavid, Nugent-Hopkins could be a steal on draft day. He’d be looking at a career year if that happened but should be productive enough to hold down a spot on your fantasy roster either way.
|136. Mikhail Sergachev, TB – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Sergachev was acquired for Jonathan Drouin prior to last season and went on to have a great season. The 20-year-old defensemen registered 40 points (9G / 31A) despite ranking seventh among Lightning blueliners in ice-time (15:22/gm). Sergachev’s upside is capped by being stuck on the second power-play behind Victor Hedman, but he should see an uptick in 5v5 usage this year and re-create his 2018 numbers.
|137. Charlie McAvoy, BOS – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
McAcoy was picked by many to be the rookie of the year last season, but a knee injury limited him to just 63 games. The 20-year-old was on a nine-goal, 33-assist (42 points) per 82-game pace. He will anchor the Bruins’ second power-play behind Torey Krug, which limits his upside, but he remains a reliable No.3 fantasy defenseman.
|138. Shea Theodore, VGK – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Theodore and the Golden Knights are still working on a contract, so there’s no guarantee that he will be in training camp. They will eventually get the contract worked out and Theodore will report and brings 40-point upside to the Vegas blueline. If he is there for Game No.1, Theodore will see heavy usage out of the gate with Nate Schmidt suspended for the first 20 games of the year.
|139. Mike Smith, CGY – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
During his first year in Calgary, Smith went 25-22-6 with a 2.65 GAA, .916 SV% and three shutouts. Smith goals saved above average (6.98) was his best since he led the league with an astounding 34.63 mark in 2011-12. Last year’s numbers were awfully close to his career splits, so expect similar numbers from the veteran in 2019.
|140. Jason Zucker, MIN – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Zucker saw an uptick in ice-time last season (nearly 17 minutes per night) and used it to produce career-highs in goals (33), assists (31), points (64) and shots (222). His unsustainably high 14.9 shooting percentage likely means that Zucker won’t repeat his 33-goal season, but a 25-goal, 30-assist season is well within reach.
|141. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Lundqvist was once one of the best fantasy options between the pipes, but has been trending downwards over the last few seasons. During the last two years, ‘King’ Henrik ranks 13th in wins (57), tied for 28th in SV% (.913), shutouts (4) and 40th in GAA (2.87). Part of that can be attributed to the fact that the Rangers haven’t been a very good team and won’t be again this season. Simply put, not only he is no longer a top-5 fantasy option but he is a borderline No.2 fantasy goalie.
|142. Matt Duchene, OTT – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Though he’s been robbed of any talent to play with (Mark Stone excluded) Duchene is in line to get a full run of minutes in Ottawa this season. With a career ATOI of 18:24, Duchene has proved himself to be capable of handling heavy minutes. His production should be right in line with the 49 points he had in 68 games for the Sens last season (0.72 ppg).
|143. Anthony Mantha, DET – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Mantha was able to produce at a respectable rate on a terrible Red Wings’ team last season. Though he won’t have much more help this season, his minutes should continue to climb given the recently announced retirement of Henrik Zetterberg. That’s an extra 20 minutes a night to be divided up amongst the Wing’s forwards, and Mantha should be the main beneficiary.
|144. Ryan O’Reilly, STL – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
O’Reilly has proven himself to be a reliable playmaker, picking up at least 35 assists in each of the last four seasons. He should have no problem continuing that streak this year; he’s projected to start the year on the Blues’ top line alongside Vladimir Tarasenko. A lack of goal-scoring is the main knock on his fantasy value.
|145. Reilly Smith, VGK – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Though he was far from the only one on his team, Smith overperformed last season. His production was inflated by a 12.0% on-ice SH% that helped him net 30 assists at even strength. Assuming he stays on the top line, he should settle in around 50 points this season.
|146. Teuvo Teravainen, CAR – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
A bump in his on-ice SH% led to an influx of assists for Teravainen last season, registering 14 more than the 27 he picked up in 2016-17. A lack of shots clouds doubt over his ability to ever become an elite goal scorer, and playing on the Hurricanes likely means those in standard scoring leagues will have to suffer from a poor plus/minus. Losing Jeff Skinner won’t help Teuvo’s production this year. He’ll have a hard time replicating his success from a year ago.
|147. Justin Faulk, CAR – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
After scoring at least 15 goals for three straight seasons, Faulk only managed to score eight times in 2017-18. With an average of only 21.3 assists a year since 2015-16, Faulk needs to score to be fantasy relevant. His 3.8% SH% from last year should regress towards his career rate of 6.2%, but the arrival of Dougie Hamilton puts a serious damper on Faulk’s powerplay production.
|148. Nick Leddy, NYI – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
In the wake of John Tavares departing Long Island, Leddy will be hard-pressed to continue his streak of three straight seasons with at least 10 goals and 40 points. We’re expecting the Islanders’ powerplay to take a step back this season, but Leddys’ sky-high usage on a thin Islander blueline could be enough to overcome the loss of JT.
|149. Brandon Montour, ANA – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Montour impressed in his first full season in 2017-18, registering 32 points despite averaging just 20:28 of ice time a night. His minutes did get a serious bump when Cam Fowler was out of the lineup last season. Given Randy Carlyle’s tendency to lean on Fowler, Montour will have a hard time breaking 40 points if Fowler is healthy for 82 games.
|150. Colin Miller, VGK – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Miller led all Vegas defenseman last year in powerplay time despite playing the fewest minutes at even strength. We were already expecting an uptick in Miller’s 5v5 ice time, and the suspension of fellow right-handed defenseman Nate Schmidt only bolsters that claim. The bump in ice time should be enough to help Miller repeat the success of last year’s breakout season.
|151. Brian Elliot, PHI – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Elliot’s limited workload will never be enough to grant him the status of a number-one fantasy netminder. Even at this stage of his career, he’s proven to be effective when he does play. The 33-year old will be a strong option when he is in net for the Flyers this season but shouldn’t be looked at as much more than a third goalie for your roster on draft day.
|152. Semyon Varlamov, COL – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Varlamov’s injury-proneness and inconsistent play make him a real wild card from year to year. Because of that he tends to slide down draft boards and could provide serious value if he has a stronger year in 2018-19. The risk in drafting him has been mitigated by his low average draft position, but the arrival of Philipp Grubauer does add another threat to Varlamov’s production.
|153. Sam Reinhart, BUF – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
The 25 goals Reinhart scored last season as a 22-year-old were impressive, but it was disappointing to see him register just 50 points while playing most of the season on the wing of Jack Eichel. The Sabres traded away centreman Ryan O’Reilly this off-season and picked up some competent wingers in Jeff Skinner and Connor Sheary, sparking speculation that Reinhart might transition to centre full-time in 2018-19. Moving away from Eichel would obviously put a serious dent in Reinhart’s fantasy value.
|154. Josh Bailey, NYI – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
The loss of Tavares might affect Bailey’s production more than any other Islander. He played over 75% of his 5v5 time with Tavares last season, which helped Bailey demolish his previous career high in points (56) at 28-years old. A perceived inability to score 20 goals leaves Bailey with very little upside this season.
|155. Jonathan Drouin, MTL – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Drouin will get every opportunity to finally fulfil his potential this season on a depleted Canadiens roster. Though he’s proven himself to be a competent playmaker, Drouin needs to shoot more if he wants to take his production to the next level. The recent trade of Max Pacioretty leaves Drouin without an elite linemate to skate with in 2018-19.
|156. Brendan Gallagher, MTL – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Gallagher’s career-high 278 shots in 2017-18 bodes well for his chances of logging back-to-back 30-goal seasons. His ATOI of 16:09 should get a huge bump this year given the turnover on the Habs’ roster. The loss of Max Pacioretty hampers Gallagher’s assist totals but could cause an uptick in his shot volume, and goals as a result.
|157. Mats Zuccarello, NYR – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Given his usage on a lackluster Rangers’ team, Zuccarello should have no problem getting back above 50 points this season. A lack of shot volume makes it unlikely for him to break 20 goals. He doesn’t have the upside to justify being ranked any higher.
|158. Duncan Keith, CHI – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
2017-18 was Keith’s least-productive season since 2007-08, a span of 10 years. While his career is clearly on a downwards trajectory, there is room for Keith to bounce back this season. His 6.6% on-ice SH% from last year is well below his career average, suggesting a 40-assist season is still doable for the 35-year old. After forfeiting his role on the top powerplay unit last year, it remains to be seen how much ice time Keith will get in 2018-19 with the man advantage. He’s no longer the fantasy stud that he once was, but he still makes for a solid addition to the bottom of your roster.
|159. Will Butcher, NJD – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Butcher put up 44 points last year as a rookie despite registering only 88 shots on goal. That total needs to improve this year, and it should, given his role on the Devils’ top powerplay unit. You can expect his ATOI of 16:04 to improve in his second season. The man advantage will be the key to his push for 50 points in 2018-19.
|160. Jeff Petry, MTL – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Petry took full advantage of the extra minutes he received in the wake of Shea Weber’s injury with a career year across the board. He should continue to see a similar role this year, with Weber expected to be sidelined for at least the first half of 2018-19. Petry has some sleeper value but those in standard leagues will take a hit from his plus/minus.
|161. Rasmus Dahlin, BUF – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Dahlin’s production last year in the SweHL was nearly identical to what Victor Hedman did (7G/14A) as an 18-year old in Sweden’s top league. That bodes well for Dahlin’s future production, but like Hedman, it might take him a few years before he becomes fantasy relevant. His obvious upside still makes him worth a flier in the late rounds of your draft.
|162. Mike Green, DET – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Though he’s nearly a decade removed from his 70-point seasons with the Capitals, Green’s role on a depleted Red Wings’ roster ensures him some fantasy value in 2018-19. He should continue to see upwards of 22 minutes a night, and, assuming he stays healthy, should have no problem notching 10 goals. That kind of production from a blueliner is great to have at the bottom of your fantasy roster, but playing for the Wings means he’ll do some damage to your plus/minus.
|163. T.J. Oshie, WSH – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Unsurprisingly, Oshie failed to match the 23.1 percent SH% and 33 goals he put up in 2016-17. He doesn’t shoot enough to be considered a legitimate 30-goal threat, but his role on a dynamic Capitals’ team gives him a sturdy floor of about 50 points.
|164. Andrei Svechnikov, CAR – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
You’re not going to find a player with more upside than Svechnikov this far down the draft board. Projecting rookies is always a difficult task, but his 40 goals in 44 games for the Barrie Colts of the OHL last year is an obvious testament to Svechnikov’s elite goal-scoring ability. Trading Jeff Skinner has opened a spot in the Hurricanes’ top-six. If he sees top-six minutes, the sky is the limit in terms of Svechnikov’s upside.
|165. Kyle Turris, NSH – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Turris logged 42 points (13G/29A) in 65 games after being traded to the Predators last season. With a career-high of 64 points, he needs more than second-line role to produce at an elite level. He won’t see that this season, barring a Ryan Johansen injury. Given the wealth of fantasy-relevant centres, Turris isn’t somebody you should be building around on draft day.
|166. Bo Horvat, VAN – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Horvat would have been on pace for a career best 56 points had injuries not limited him to just 64 games. His ATOI was up to 19:21 and he played at a 202-shot pace. His role should only grow this year after the Sedin’s retirement. A full season alongside Brock Boeser on the Canucks’ top line should do wonders for the 23-year old’s production.
|167. Oscar Klefbom, EDM – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Klefbom took a huge step back from the 12 goals and 26 assists he put up in 2016-17. The goals were a little fluky, considering his 203 shots on goal and 2.5 SH%. A poor on-ice SH% also contributed to the drop in assists. There’s potential here for a bounce-back season and he should be the lone defenseman on Connor McDavid’s powerplay unit.
|168.Ryan McDonagh, TB – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Follow his trade from the Rangers, McDonagh mustered just 2 goals and 1 assist in 14 games with the Lightning. He is a formidable defenseman at 5v5 but he’s, at best, third in line for powerplay time on Tampa Bay’s blueline behind Victor Hedman and Mikhail Sergachev. Expect his production to suffer in his first full season with the Lightning.
|169. Carter Hutton, BUF – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
While he only played in 32 games, Hutton led the entire NHL in GAA and SV% last season. He takes over for Robin Lehner as the Sabres’ uncontested number one, a position he’s never held before. With an impressive career SV% of .915, it’ll be interesting to see how Hutton’s play holds up under a full workload. The Sabres should be a better team this year, making Hutton a decent sleeper pick in 2018-19.
|170. Filip Zadina, DET – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Zadina seems to be a lock for a top-six role on a rebuilding Red Wings’ team this year. Henrik Zetterberg’s retirement leaves a lot of extra minutes to be divvied up amongst Detroit’s forwards, and you can expect the rookie Zadina to be one of the beneficiaries. Given his projected role and offensive skillset, Zadina is a Calder Trophy favourite heading into the season.
|171. Juuse Saros, NSH – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
With a career SV% of 0.923, Saros warrants a draft pick in standard leagues even in his limited role. Should Pekka Rinne go down, Saros would become an immediate number one fantasy netminder. It’s only a matter of time before he assumes the starting job from the 35-year old Fin, but Rinne’s renaissance of a year in 2017-18 should delay the inevitable for at least one more season.
|172. Derek Stepan, ARI – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Stepan is as reliable and consistent as they come, putting up 57, 55, 53, 55, and 56 points in his last five seasons respectively. He should continue to hoard minutes in the Coyotes’ top six and is a lock for another mid-50 point season. There’s not a lot of upside here but he makes for reliable depth at the bottom of your roster.
|173. Patric Hornqvist, PIT – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Hornqvist is a reliable 25 and 25 guy so long as he’s playing with one of Evgeni Malkin or Sidney Crosby. All signs point to him spending another year locked into the Penguins’ top-six. You’re not going to find a more reliable goal scorer this far down the board.
|174. Philipp Grubauer, COL – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Grubauer outplayed Braden Holtby down the stretch last season and was named the Capitals’ starter heading into the playoffs. Holtby, of course, regained control of the crease by game 3 of the first round and never looked back, leading the Capitals to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. Now with Avalanche, Grubauer should, at the very least, split time with Semyon Varlamov. Given the Russian netminder’s inconsistencies, there’s a good chance Gruabuer takes over the number one job by season’s end.
|175. Jared Spurgeon, MIN – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Spurgeon’s production is expected to suffer this year at the hands of Matt Dumba’s growing role on the Wild blueline. With workhorse Ryan Suter also there to gobble up 26 minutes a night, there just isn’t enough ice time to go around for Spurgeon. He finished third amongst Wild defensemen in powerplay time last season.
|176. Jake Muzzin, LAK – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Muzzin bounced back last year from a 28-point effort in 2016-17 to record his third career 40-point season. He came in below 200 shots for the second straight season, casting doubt over his ability to score 10 goals. With a career ATOI of 21:11, Muzzin’s usage on a strong Kings team helps him maintain fantasy relevance.
|177. Elias Pettersson, VAN – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Pettersson tore up Sweden’s top league last year, suggesting he should have no problem putting up points at a young age in the NHL. He’s expected to be heavily-featured in the top six of the Canucks, giving him a chance to make a run at the Calder Trophy in 2018-19.
|178. Anders Lee, NYI – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Lee’s fantasy value no doubt takes a pretty sizable hit with the departure of John Tavares. Despite his high SH% he commands some respect as a back-to-back 30 goal scorer. He can mitigate the effect of losing Tavares If he plays on the top line with Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle.
|179. Jacob Markstrom, VAN – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Lee’s fantasy value no doubt takes a pretty sizable hit with the departure of John Tavares. Despite his high SH% he commands some respect as a back-to-back 30 goal scorer. He can mitigate the effect of losing Tavares If he plays on the top line with Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle.
|180. Alex DeBrincat, CHI – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
DeBrincat was incredibly productive last year despite playing just 14:48 a night. Any drop in his 15.5% SH% should be mitigated by an increase in shots, assuming he’s rewarded for his play last year with a larger role in 2018-19. He could be a steal if he spends the year on the Blackhawks’ first line.
|181. Tyler Johnson, TBL – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Given the depth of the Tampa Bay Lightning, we’re a little skeptical of Johnson seeing 17 minutes a night again this year. Whatever upside he has isn’t worth investing in when you consider all the threats to his playing time.
|182. James Neal, CGY – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Though he may not ever be able to repeat his 40-goal season in 2011-12, James Neal is an incredibly consistent goal scorer, having scored at least 20 goals in all 11 years of his NHL career. The move to Calgary gives him more upside than he’s had in recent years, given the possibility of featuring on the first line with Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau.
|183. Justin Schultz, PIT – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Schultz’s role as the quarterback of the Penguins’ second-powerplay is now in jeopardy thanks to the emergence of Olli Maata last season. He has some upside given the medical history of the Penguins’ top defenseman, Kris Letang, but as it stands Schultz’s 2018-19 ceiling isn’t much more than 35 points.
|184. Michal Neuvirth, PHI – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Neuvirth bounced back from a dreadful 2016-17 with a respectable performance last season. He has a career .912 SV% and should split time with Brian Elliot on what projects to be a very good hockey team. He has the potential to take control of the starting job if Elliot struggles or misses time.
|185. Sami Vatanen, NJD – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Vatanen is a horse of a defenseman at 5v5, but it seems the Devils’ favour Will Butcher over him on the first powerplay unit. If that holds up all year, expect something close to last year’s 32 points. His ceiling tops out around his career high of 38 points.
|186. Robin Lehner, NYI – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Not much has changed for Lehner heading into 2018-19 despite the change of scenery. He should see close to a full workload on a team that’s mediocre at best. A career .915 SV% suggests there’s some upside if the Islanders overperform this year.
|187. David Krejci, BOS – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Krejci’s role diminished last season, and with that went his production as a result. The emergence of David Backes and the Bruins’ third line cut Krejci’s ATOI to 16:53 in 2017-18. At the deepest position in the sport, Krejci maintains fringe fantasy value with that usage.
|188. Nazem Kadri, TOR – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
The arrival of John Tavares pushes Kadri down to the Maple Leafs’ third line, where he is expected to take on a more defensive role at 5v5. His ice time is at risk of being cut, and with that his potential to hit 30 goals for the third straight season. Holding onto a spot on the Leafs’ top powerplay unit would go a long way towards keeping Kadri’s goal scoring afloat.
|189. Casey Mittelstadt, BUF – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Mittelstadt impressed as a freshman at Minnesota last year, producing at nearly a point per game clip. He should be locked into a top-six role for the Sabres, and carries more upside than almost anyone you’ll find this far down the board.
|190. James Reimer, FLA – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Roberto Luongo struggled to stay healthy last season which helped Reimer start 42 games for the Panthers. Despite being listed as the second goalie on their depth chart, Reimer has averaged 40.5 starts per season since joining Florida. He should see plenty of playing time regardless, but he’s only one Luongo injury away from taking over the starting job for what projects to be a very good hockey team.
|191. Kevin Fiala, NSH – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Fiala’s 48-point campaign in 2017-18 came while playing just 15 minutes a night. Don’t expect him to take a spot on the top line any time soon, but he is more than capable of taking Craig Smith’s spot on the Predators’ top powerplay unit. Fiala took 187 shots last season, suggesting there’s some real 30-goal upside here if he gets more ice time.
|192. Timo Meier, SJS – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Meier was incredibly efficient last season, piling up 210 shots despite playing less than 15 minutes a game. He produced well alongside Joe Pavelski on the top line, and he’s projected to start there again this year with Evander Kane. Unfortunately, the addition of Erik Karlsson torpedoed any chance Meier had of playing on the top powerplay unit.
|193. Mika Zibanejad, NYR – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Zibanejad’s 27 goals last year were impressive considering he missed 10 games due to injury. He should continue to see massive minutes on the Rangers top line, which should be enough to get him in the 25 goal, 25 assist range over a full 82 games. Given how bad the Rangers are projected be, those in standard leagues will have to consider taking on the hit to their plus/minus.
|194. Thomas Chabot, OTT – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Chabot is due for a major bump in ice time after averaging just 17:31 a game last season. Erik Karlsson is gone and the Senators are content with handing the reigns off to their younger players. Chabot should feature on the Senators’ first pairing and powerplay unit in 2018-19.
|195. Patrick Marleau, TOR – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Marleau should spend another full year playing with a mix of Auston Matthews, William Nylander, John Tavares, and Mitch Marner. That kind of supporting cast is more than enough to secure another 25-goal season for Marleau. He provides safe depth for the bottom your fantasy roster at a very thin position.
|196. Derrick Brassard, PIT – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Brassard was mediocre in 14 games for the Penguins last season, posting 3 goals and 5 assists. Unfortunately, as the the third centre on Pittsburgh’s roster, Brassard isn’t likely to see much more than 15 minutes a night. The potential of playing a year with Phil Kessel is the only thing keeping Brassard’s fantasy value afloat.
|197. Alex Goligoski, ARI – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
While he doesn’t have the upside of the defenseman ranked above him, Goligoski is a pillar of consistency on the blueline. He’s put up 36, 37, 36, and 35 points in his last four seasons respectively. Expect much of the same this season as he should continue to see upwards of 23 minutes a night. The expected dip in last year’s shooting percentage (10.1%) should be offset by a jump in his on-ice SH% (7.0%).
|198. Tyler Toffoli, LAK – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Toffoli’s production last year came despite playing in a limited role for the Kings, with an ATOI of just 16:07. He shoots at a proficient rate, registering 251 shots on goal in 2017-18. Though it doesn’t seem likely to happen this year, Toffoli could easily top 300 shots and 30 goals with first-line minutes.
|199. Nick Bjugstad, FLA – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Bjugstad had the privilege of playing on the Panthers’ top line with Aleksander Barkov and Evgenii Dadonov, boosting him to a career year across the board. Impressively, he managed to fire 230 shots on goal despite only playing 15 minutes a night. The off-season acquisition of Mike Hoffman casts doubt over Bjugstad’s role in 2018-19.
|200. Tyler Myers, WPG – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
After playing in just 11 games in 2016-17, Meyers managed to play a full 82 games last year for the first time since his rookie season. Dustin Byfuglien missed a handful of games last season, allowing Meyers to spend some time on the Jets’ top powerplay unit. A healthy Byfuglien should cause a slight drop in Meyers’ production in 2018-19.
|201. T.J. Brodie, CGY – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Brodie should be afforded more opportunities this season following the trade of Dougie Hamilton. Brodie was third in powerplay time amongst Flames’ defensemen in 2017-18, playing 184:07 compared to 218:15 for Hamilton. He’ll have to battle newcomer Noah Hannifin for the extra 200 minutes of powerplay time but look for Brodie to break 40 points for the first time in 3 seasons.
|202. Craig Anderson, OTT – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Anderson was terrible last season but he’s only two years removed from a 9.26 SV% and a 2.28 GAA. His numbers should bounce back towards mediocrity this season, but a rebuilding Senators’ team limits his potential wins.
|203. Nino Niederreiter, MIN – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Though he continues to produce at an impressive rate, Niederreiter averaged only 15 minutes a game again last season. Given the depth of the Wild’s top nine, don’t expect his career 14:15 ATOI to go up anytime soon. Still, he has some upside and his floor warrants a roster spot at a thin position.
|204. Dustin Brown, LAK – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Brown was the main benefactor of Anze Kopitar’s performance last season. Just like Kopitar, Brown’s production should regress back towards his career norms in 2018-19. Let someone else reach for him on draft day.
|205. Paul Stastny, VGK – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Stastny put up just 13 points in 19 games after being acquired by the Jets last season, despite centering a line with Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers. There’s no reason to expect him to be any more productive on the Golden Knights, though the addition of Max Pacioretty did bump his projected assist total.
|206. Tomas Hertl, SJS – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Hertl is firmly-rooted within the Sharks’ top-six but his powerplay time will retroactively take a hit following the acquisition of Erik Karlsson. He’s ceiling isn’t very high, but he has a respectable floor of about 45 points at a very thin position.
|207. Charlie Coyle, MIN – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Though injuries limited him to 66 games, Coyle’s production took a step back last season after he registered 56 points in 2016-17. Even if he does manage to stay healthy, the Wild’s depth up front will make it hard for Coyle to get back to 50 points this season.
|208. Noah Hanifin, CGY – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Though he did experience a slight bump in his shooting percentage, Hanifin’s jump to 10 goals last season is supported by an increase of 57 shots on goal. His 18:52 ATOI should get a bump in his first season with the Flames, but he is projected to start the year behind Mark Giordano and T.J. Brodie on the depth chart.
|209. Matt Niskanen, WSH – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Niskanen nearly managed 30 points in 68 games despite not picking up a single powerplay point. His 11.8 on-ice SH% suggests that kind of production isn’t likely to be repeated, and there’s no reason to expect a jump in his powerplay time this season. He’s viability in standard leagues is questionable but he would immediately become relevant if John Carlson or Dmitry Orlov were to miss any time.
|210. Scott Darling, CAR – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Despite having the worst qualified SV% in the NHL last season, Darling is expected to open the 2018-19 season as the Hurricane’s starter. With the newly-signed Petr Mrazek waiting in the wings, Darling has the least job security of any number one in the league.
|211. Jimmy Howard, DET – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
With a career .915 SV%, Howard can help pad your stats as a third goalie. Playing for the Red Wings limits his potential wins, and the arrival of Jonathan Bernier makes it doubtful that Howard will see 60 starts again in 2018-19.
|212. Bryan Little, WPG – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Little should reclaim his spot between Laine and Ehlers after it was temporarily taken from him by Paul Stastny at the end of last season. Though his upside is limited, his linemates alone are enough to warrant a late-round pick. A lack of goal-scoring makes it hard to justify taking him any earlier than that.
|213. Alex Galchenyuk, ARI – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
While we don’t expect him to challenge for Derek Stepan’s spot on the top line, Galchenyuk should have no problem matching his career averages of 21 goals and 28 assists with the Coyotes. Given his career ATOI of 15:30, he has some upside if Arizona opts to lean on him more heavily than the Habs did.
|214. Chris Kreider, NYR – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Assuming he’s healthy, Kreider should continue to see heavy minutes for a Rangers’ team that lacks other viable options. His career high of 53 points suggests little upside, but he can easily score 25 goals and offers a solid floor at a thin position.
|215. Brandon Saad, CHI – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Saad was a major disappointment last season, managing just 36 points despite spending a full 82 games on the top line with Jonathan Toews. His 237 shots and 57.11 CF% at 5v5 with Toews point toward a bounce back year for Saad, but a career high of 53 points means he’s not worth investing anything more than a late-round pick.
|216. Ondrej Palat, TBL – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Palat put up 35 points in just 56 games in 2017-18. That 52-point pace is right in line with what you can expect from him this season. His 17:00 ATOI could be at risk given the number of options the Lightning have up front. A lack of goal scoring limits the Czech’s upside.
|217. Yanni Gourde, TBL – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Gourde was spectacular in what was his first full season last year. His underlying number suggest regression is coming, given the 25 goals he scored on just 136 shots (18.4% SH%). His 11.8 on-ice SH% should also take a hit, but the regression could be mitigated somewhat by a bump in ice time and shot volume.
|218. Alex Tuch, VGK – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Tuch is seemingly the only Golden Knight whose production lagged behind their play last season. The 21-year-old registered 171 shots on goal but picked up just 15 goals (8.8%) and battled through a lowly on-ice SH% of 7.7%. The departures of James Neal, David Perron, and Tomas Tatar have stripped the Golden Knights of options on the wing. Tuch should see a sizable jump from his 15 minutes a game last season.
|219. Dion Phaneuf, LAK – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Phaneuf picked up three goals and seven assists in 26 games after being acquired by the Kings last season. He should be right around that 32-point pace in 2018-19 and will be behind only Drew Doughty for powerplay time amongst Kings defensemen. He’ll probably start the season on the wire in standard leagues but would be worth a pick up if Doughty were to miss any time.
|220. Darnell Nurse, EDM – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Nurse was fairly productive in 2017-18 despite playing less than 30 seconds of powerplay time a game. He’ll need to see more time with the man advantage if he wants to enjoy a breakout season. Given his struggles last season, you can expect Oscar Klefbom to have a lot less rope with his spot on the top powerplay unit in 2018-19.
|221. Kyle Okposo, BUF – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Okposo has failed to match his production as an Islander in his first two seasons with the Sabres. He’s managed 45 and 44 points in those two seasons, but he could build on that this year depending how Buffalo’s lines shake out. Best case scenario would obviously be suiting up on the top line next to Jack Eichel. A solid floor with some considerable upside is hard to find this far down the draft board, so keep an eye out for Okposo in the last few rounds of your fantasy draft.
|222. Jacob Trouba, WPG – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Injuries limited Trouba to just 55 games last season and opened up the door for Tyler Meyers to usurp the role as the defenseman on the Jets’ second powerplay unit. Though he produced at a 36-point pace, durability has become a legitimate concern for Trouba. He’s played over 65 games just once in his five-year career. He’ll need to reclaim his powerplay time from Meyers if he wants to restore his fantasy value.
|223. Jonathan Bernier, DET – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
In his first season with the Red Wings you can expect Bernier to challenge Jimmy Howard for ice time. Though his career .914 SV% is more than serviceable from a fantasy perspective, it will be hard for Bernier to be productive in Detroit while playing a limited role. He won’t be worth rostering in standard leagues unless he takes full control of the Red Wings’ crease.
|224. Petr Mrazek, CAR – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Despite Scott Darling’s abysmal .888 SV% in 2017-18, Mrazek enters this season as number two on the Hurricanes’ depth chart. His career SV% of .909 is hardly anything to get excited about, but he’s more than capable of taking over for Darling as Carolina’s number one. He has some upside playing for a team that could surprise some people in 2018-19.
|225. Joe Thornton, SJS – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Though he managed to suit up in only 47 games, it was encouraging to see Thornton produce at a 63-point pace last season. You’ll want to follow the Sharks’ lines closely heading into the regular season, but an infamous lack of goal-scoring and an abundance of depth at the centre position makes it hard to justify investing anything more than a late-round pick in Jumbo Joe.
|226. Max Domi, ARI – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Domi’s 18-goal rookie season is looking flukier as the years go by. The 23-year-old failed to score double-digit goals for the second straight season in 2017-18. His 36 assists per 82 games is the only saving grace of his fantasy value. Though there’s not much left for him to play with, Domi should see heavy usage on the Habs’ top line this year.
|227. Brady Skjei, NYR – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Given a serious lack of options on the Rangers’ blueline, Skjei has to be somewhat productive in 2018-18. His ATOI is due for a raise in 2018-19; he’s the Rangers most competent defenseman with the man advantage and on the penalty kill. His usage alone should be enough to secure Skjei his first career 30-point season.
|228. Jaccob Slavin, CAR – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Slavin’s string of back-to-back 30-point seasons is in jeopardy following the acquisition of Dougie Hamilton. He will be behind Hamilton and Justin Faulk for powerplay time to open the season. Barring an injury to one of those two, Slavin has limited upside in 2018-19.
|229. Jaroslav Halak, BOS – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Though it remains to be seen how much ice time he gets, Halak should remain productive in a limited role for the Bruins. His career .916 SV% will be worth a spot-start whenever he plays, but he’s unlikely to make any sort of significant dent in Tuuka Rask’s workload. He shouldn’t be drafted as anything more than a handcuff for Rask.
|230. Zach Parise, MIN – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Though he’s a long cry from the point-per-game player he once was, Parise has remained productive in the latter part of his career. Left wing is by far the thinnest position in fantasy hockey coming into this season, making Parise’s 29-goal pace from a year ago more than serviceable in standard leagues.
|231. Malcolm Subban, VGK – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Heading into the 2018 season, Subban had just two games of NHL experience but he was thrust into the starting role early following an injury to Marc-Andre Fleury. Subban ended up missing 27 games with two injuries over the year, but played well when he was healthy (2.68 GAA / .910 SV%). This year he is Fleury’s primary backup and figures to get a decent sized workload as the Golden Knights try to keep their 33-year-old goalie fresh. He is a great handcuff option given Fleury’s durability issues a season ago.
|232. Alex Steen, STL – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Steen has missed 49 games over the last five seasons but quietly ranks near the top 50 in points-per-game (0.76). Over that stretch he has averaged 24 goals and 39 assists (63 points) per 82 games, but the problem is he has never played more than 76 in a season. His role as a middle-6 winger in St. Louis is rock-solid but his advancing age (34) and durability concerns make him a late-round flier in 2019.
|233. Cam Ward, CHI – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Ward had a solid 13-year career in Carolina, but he has been sub-par for a while now. Ward has a negative goals saved above average in six straight seasons and hasn’t won 30-plus games since 2012. Now he heads to Chicago, where the Blackhawks are no longer an elite team. However, he has a path to the No.1 job with Corey Crawford’s (vertigo) health remaining a question mark heading into the season.
|234. Mikael Backlund, CGY – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Backlund centres a dominant second-line in Calgary, that posted a 59.06 CorsiFor% and 59.79 ScoringChancesFor% in 619:18 5v5 TOI together last season. The trio of Backlund, Mathew Tkachuk and Michael Frolik will be back together this season and their dominant ways make Backlund a safe bet for 20 goals and 30 assists.
|235. Ondrej Kase, ANA – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Kase is a player worth taking a late-round flier on and could breakout in 2019. Kase played at a 25-goal, 22-assist per 82-game pace last season but was limited to 66 games by a concussion. The only thing holding Kase back is the Ducks depth. He’s going to have a tough time breaking into their top-6, so he will likely spend the majority of the season with Adam Henrique on the third line.
|236. Aaron Dell, SJS – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Dell was one of the better backups in the NHL last season, posting a 68.1% winning percentage, 2.64 GAA and .914 SV% across 29 appearances. He’s still behind Martin Jones but should start close to 20 games again. Following the addition of Erik Karlsson, the Sharks look like a super dangerous team and that makes Dell one of the most intriguing backup/handcuff options in fantasy hockey this season.
|237. Mikko Koivu, MIN – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Koivu’s best days appear to be behind him, but he still puts up strong assist totals every season. Goals are much harder to come by in fantasy hockey, but if you need a reliable 30-40 assist guy who will chip in 15 goals in the late rounds…Koivu is a safe pick.
|238. Dmitry Orlov, WSH – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Orlov has been as steady as they come in each of the last three seasons. The 27-year-old has not missed a game, while averaging eight goals and 23 assists (31 points) per season. Where Orlov gets added value is in leagues that count hits and/or blocked shots—he has averaged 124 hits and 90 blocks over that stretch.
|239. Robby Fabbri, STL – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Fabbri missed all of last season with a knee injury but returns to 2019 healthy. Fabbri has scored at a modest 44-point (19G / 25A) per 82-game pace during his first two NHL seasons, but enters 2019 with huge breakout potential. The Blues may ease him back into action in October, but Fabbri has the ability to be a top-6 forward on a crowded depth chart. His high-end passing and vision make him a 20-goal, 30-assist candidate with upside.
|240. Pavel Buchnevich, NYR – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Everyone was expecting a breakout from Buchnevich in 2018, but it never really materialized. Despite posting nearly 30 assists (29) and 45 points (43), Buchnevich’s inconsistent role in the Rangers’ offence limited his upside. He still projects to be a first-line winger this season and has limited competition for playing time, however he burned us in a similar spot last year. Expectations are being managed, but there is clear upside here for a late-round pick.
|241. Nolan Patrick, PHI – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Patrick had a mediocre rookie season for the Flyers in 2017-18, totaling 30 points while playing less than 14 minutes a night. He is expected to start the 2018-19 season in second-line role, centering James van Reimsdyk and Jakub Voracek. There’s certainly potential here for a breakout season from the former second-overall pick, but there are a lot of safer options available at centre with similar upside.
|242. Ryan Pulock, NYI – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Pulock posted some impressive shot rates in what was his first full season in 2017-18. With a low ATOI of 18:24, Pulock managed to register 184 shots on goal in 68 games. That kind of shot volume bodes well for his chances to record back-to-back 10-goal seasons. Unfortunately for Pulock, he’s behind Nick Leddy for powerplay time on a depleted Islanders’ roster.
|243. Alec Martinez, LAK – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Martinez failed to post at least 30 points last year for the first time since the 2015-16 season. His shot total also declined from 144 to 111, likely a result of the Kings’ mid-season acquisition of Dion Phaneuf. His career 7.6% SH% means he should score a handful of goals again in 2018-19, but a lack of potential assists really limits his upside.
|244. Jesper Bratt, NJD – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Bratt, a former sixth-round pick of the 2016 NHL entry draft, surprised many with his 35-point performance as a 19-year old last season. He should move into the Devils’ top-six to start this season, which will give him the chance to build on his 100 shots and 13 goals from a year ago. He’ll likely make it to the waiver wire to open the season, but he’s a player you should have a close eye on nonetheless.
|245. David Perron, STL – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Perron, like many Golden Knights, is coming off a surprise career-year in 2017-18. While his 16 goals were nothing to write home about, his 50 assists were 15 more than his previous career high and were the 26th most in the NHL last season. His 11.1% on-ice SH% suggests he’ll be in tough to replicate his success this season. His ATOI should also take a hit as he moves onto a much deeper Blues’ roster.
|246. Gustav Nyquist, DET – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Nyquist netted just 21 goals last year despite an ATOI of 17:51. He did get over 200 shots for the first time in his career (213), but his 11.4% career SH% suggests he’ll need to continue to improve on his shot total if he wants a legitimate chance at scoring 30 goals. The upside is limited, but he should continue to be heavily-utilized on a poor Detroit team.
|247. Anthony Beauvillier, NYI – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Beauvillier impressed as a 20-year-old last season, scoring 21 goals despite registering just 132 shots. He made for a great addition to the Isles’ second line, but that 15.9% SH% is likely to take a hit in 2018-19, especially given the possibility of him playing away from Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle. A jump in his ATOI (14:32 last year) could help mitigate any potential regression.
|248. Adam Henrique, ANA – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Henrique posted 36 points in 57 games for the Ducks after being acquired from the Devils in late November. That 51-point pace is right in line with what you should expect from Henrique this season. His limited upside at a stacked position drops him down our rankings, but you won’t find a more reliable 20-goal scorer at this point in your draft.
|249. Ryan Miller, ANA – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Miller’s .928 SV% in 2017-18 was good for fifth among qualified goalies. Even at this stage in his career, he makes for a great spot start whenever he gets in net for the Ducks. He sits firmly behind John Gibson on the Ducks’ depth chart and should only see more than 25 starts if Gibson misses time. Given Gibson’s durability issues over the last few seasons, Miller makes for a strong handcuff.
|250. Brent Seabrook, CHI – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Seabrook managed just 26 points last year despite spending much of the season on the Blackhawks’ top powerplay unit. At this point in his career there’s no real upside to speak of, but regression in his on-ice SH% (7.6% last year) should at least get him back above 30 points.
|251. Valeri Nichushkin, DAL – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Nichushkin returns to the NHL after two years in the KHL, where he scored 27 goals and 24 assists (51 points) in 86 games. The former No.10 overall pick has just 23 goals and 41 assists (64 points) in 166 career NHL games, but is a post-hype breakout candidate in 2019. The 23-year-old pick projects to play in the top-6 with Jason Spezza. His floor is around 30-35 points but there is obvious upside here.
|252. Samuel Girard, COL – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Girard was acquired in the three-way trade that sent Matt Duchene to Ottawa and he settled in nicely with the Avalanche. Girard had 20 points (3G / 17A) in 68 games with Colorado and should play a key role on their blueline this season. Girard reportedly added 16 lbs. this offseason and will start the season on a pairing with Erik Johnson. He should also play on the second power-play unit and has 35-to-40 point upside this year.
|253. Chad Johnson, STL – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Johnson has bounced around the NHL during his eight-year career and landed with his seventh team this offseason. He has a career 2.65 GAA and .910 SV%, but the move to St. Louis should help his splits in 2019. Regardless, he is the clear-cut backup and carries limited standalone value.
|254. Dylan Strome, ARI – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
We are still waiting for Strome to breakout. The 2015 No.3 overall pick absolutely torched the OHL and brought that to the AHL last year, collecting 22 goals and 31 assists (53 points) in 50 games with the Tucson Roadrunners. Upon being called-up, Strome had nine points (4G / 5A) in 21 games in Arizona, but the Coyotes are still expecting more. Strome is a pure finisher and playmaker, so the skill and potential is there but he needs to put it all together.
|255. Danton Heinen, BOS – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Heinen started last year in the AHL but quickly worked his way to the NHL and finished his first season with 47 points (16G / 31A) in 77 games. The 23-year-old has great hands and there’s a path to top-6 minutes if he plays well in training camp. Which line he spends most of his time on will determine his overall production. Expect similar numbers to 2018.
|256. Elias Lindholm, CAR – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Lindholm was the No.5 overall pick in 2013, but has never scored more than 17 goals or 45 points in his first five NHL seasons. This summer he was traded to Calgary and he could play on the top line with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan. Lindholm’s numbers have been limited by a career 6.6 on-ice shooting percentage, but playing with Gaudreau and Monahan should absolutely improve that number. Lindholm is one of the biggest breakout candidates for 2019 if he plays on that top-line.
|257. Travis Sanheim, PHI – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Sanheim split last year between the NHL and AHL, collecting 10 points (2G / 8A) in 49 games with the Flyers. The No.17 overall pick in 2014 has good offensive ability and could be a weapon on the Flyers’ second power-play unit. He could be a 30-plus point defenseman in his first full season.
|258. Thomas Greiss, NYI – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
During his three seasons with the Islanders, Greiss has gone 62-37-11 with a 2.83 GAA and .912 SV%. However, the Islanders could be one of the worst teams in the NHL this season and Greiss is behind Robin Lehner on the depth chart. Greiss has very limited value as long as Lehner is healthy.
|259. Craig Smith, NSH – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Over the last five seasons, Smith ranks 58th in the NHL in goals—averaging 21 goals per season. He scores goals because he shoots the puck frequently, averaging 215 shots per 82 games over that stretch. He rarely misses games and is a strong bottom of the roster winger thanks to his 25-goal, 25-assist upside.
|260. Alex Kerfoot, COL – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Kerfoot had a great rookie season, scoring 19 goals and 24 assists (43 points) in 79 games. Despite the strong numbers, Kerfoot shot 23.5 percent, so don’t expect him to get close to 20 goals this year. He is known as more of a playmaker anyways, so expect goals in the mid-teens and 30-plus assists.
|261. Tyler Bozak, TOR – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
A dip in his personal SH% (7.1% last year compared to 13.8% career) led to a disappointing final season in the blue and white for Bozak in 2017-18. He still managed to churn out 32 assists, but, given the Blues’ depth up front, he’ll need to spend time on the top powerplay unit in St. Louis if he wants to maintain that production. From a fantasy perspective, there are much safer options out there at the centre position.
|262. Ryan Kesler, ANA – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
After injuries limited him to just 44 games, Kesler only managed eight goals and six assists in 2017-18. His ATOI predictably took a hit after the Ducks’ acquired fellow two-way centre Adam Henrique in November. His increasingly limited role casts doubt over his ability to top 50 points in 2018-19.
|263. Mattias Ekholm, NSH – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Ekholm managed a 10-goal season despite being listed as the fourth defenseman on the Predators’ depth chart. His ice time, specifically with the man advantage, took a significant hit once Ryan Ellis returned from a knee injury that caused him to miss 38 games. Given that he enters this season fourth in line for powerplay time on the Preds’ blueline, Ekholm will have a difficult time matching his production from last year.
|264. Marc-Edouard Vlasic, SJS – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Vlasic’s 11 goals made him a serviceable fantasy defenseman in 2017-18, but the addition of Erik Karlsson will undoubtedly cut into his ice time this year. It will be difficult for the 31-year-old to improve on his career-high 161 shots from a year ago.
|265. Keith Kinkaid, NJD – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Kinkaid performed admirably when called upon last year, posting a .913 SV% across starts for the Devils. Considering his backup role, his middling numbers aren’t worth a selection on draft. He should start on your league’s waiver wire but is worthy of an immediate pickup should Cory Schneider miss any time.
|266. Hampus Lindholm, ANA – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Lindholm surprisingly finished last season with 13 goals, tied for the 15th highest total in the league for a defenseman. That 9.9% SH% he enjoyed will be very tough to replicate. Despite his success last season, he still projects to be behind both Cam Fowler and Brandon Montour for powerplay time.
|267. Jakob Chychrun, ARI – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Chychrun managed just 14 points in 50 games last season. He remains firmly rooted behind Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Alex Goligoski for ice time on the Coyotes’ blueline. After missing a combined 46 games in his first two NHL seasons, staying healthy will be the number-one priority for this former first-round pick.
|268. Vladislav Namestnikov, NYR – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
After registering 44 points in 62 games with the Lightning, Namestnikov’s production fell off drastically after being dealt to the Rangers. He missed his former linemates dearly in New York, but his 5.2% on-ice SH% with the Rangers is bound to bounceback in 2018-19. A 20-20 season would have to be considered a success following his dismal stint with the Rangers last season.
|269. Alex Edler, VAN – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
While Edler’s production remains at a respectable level, his durability has become a major issue in recent years. Edler has missed a combined 54 games since the start of the 2015-16 season. His mediocre production levels don’t outweigh the risk of him missing more time in 2018-19.
|270. Nick Foligno, CBJ – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Though his production has always varied from year to year, a decline in shot volume makes a bounceback year unlikely for Foligno in 2018-19. Given the development of the Blue Jackets’ forward corps, Foligno’s 18:21 ATOI is in danger of plummeting this season. Declining production and ice time leave little upside for Foligno this year.
|271. Andreas Athanasiou, DET – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Athanasiou set a new career-high in points (33) last year, but his role in the Red Wings’ offence remains inconsistent. Athanasiou has showcased top-6 potential, but head coach Jeff Blashill has been reluctant to stick with him in that role. With the potential additions of Filip Zadina and Michael Rasmussen, Athanaisou will have an even more difficult time carving out a large 5v5 role.
|272. Erik Johnson, COL – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Over the last four seasons, Johnson has missed 100 games but he ranks tied for 51st among defensemen in points-per-game (0.40) over that span. Johnson will play massive minutes at 5v5 and anchor the second power-play, but his durability concerns will see him drop down draft boards. If he can stay healthy, he has double digit goal and 30-plus assist upside—making him a potential draft day steal.
|273. Milan Lucic, EDM – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Lucic’s second year in Edmonton was another short of a disaster. Lucic scored just 10 goal in 82 games thanks to a 6.8 shooting percentage. Lucic’s struggles led to a decrease in ice-time. However, Lucic remains a top-6 winger on a solid Oilers team, so some positive regression should be in store for the power-forward.
|274. Oliver Bjorkstrand, CBJ – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Bjorkstrand shoots the puck very well and has scored at a high-clip at lower-levels. During his first full season in Columbus, Bjorkstrand scored just 11 goals in 82 games thanks to an ugly 6.7 shooting percentage. His 163 shots is a good sign that he can reach 200-plus shots in a top-6 role and that would turn into 20-plus goals and 20-plus assists.
|275. Jake DeBrusk, BOS – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
DeBrusk has all of the tools to be a successful NHL winger. He enjoyed a solid rookie campaign and will likely play in the Bruins’ top-6 to start 2019. There are not many red flags to suggest that DeBrusk can’t build off of last year, especially if he’s playing on a talented second-line with David Krejci.
|276. Miro Heiskanen, DAL – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Heiskanen is expected to make the Stars out of training camp after two strong years in Finland. The 2017 No.3 overall pick is an agile, offensive defenseman, who is coming off of 11 goals and 12 assists (23 points) in 30 games with HIFK Helsinki while playing against men. Heiskanen is projected to play a top-4 role on the Stars blueline and should see second power-play time.
|277. Alexandar Georgiev, NYR – G||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Georgiev went 14-13-2 with a 2.98 GAA and .909 SV% in 37 games with Hartford (AHL) last year before getting 10 games with the Rangers at the end of the season. The 22-year-old will serve as Henrik Lundqvist’s backup this season, but the Rangers are not expected to be very good. Georgiev doesn’t carry much value while Lundqvist is healthy.
|278. Eeli Tolvanen, NSH – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Tolvanen may end up being the steal of the 2017 draft, but will likely be limited to a third-line role during his first season with the Predators. Tolvanen is a shifty winger with an excellent shot, who is coming off of a 36-point (19G / 17A) season in 49 KHL games last year. He has tremendous keeper value, but is only worth a late-round flier in re-draft leagues.
|279. Olli Juolevi, VAN – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Juolevi was the No.5 overall pick in 2016 and is not a guarantee to make the Canucks this fall. Juloevi left North America to play in Finland last year and he produced 19 points (7G / 12A) in 38 games with TPS Turku. Juolevi is a big kid with great mobility, who could get an early-season look.
|280. Alex Killorn, TBL – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
With a career ATOI of 16:59, Killorn’s production has failed to justify his usage. He spent more time on the powerplay than any Lightning forward not named Nikita Kucherov or Steven Stamkos in 2017-18, yet he only managed to score twice with the man advantage. His 11.0% on-ice SH% suggests he was fortunate just to get to 47 points last year. There is little upside here, and his production could plummet if his powerplay time is cut down.
|281. Kevin Labanc, SJS – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
At the age of 22, the former sixth-round pick registered 40 points for the Sharks last season despite an ATOI of only 14:21. He spent a lot of time playing the point with Brent Burns on San Jose’s top powerplay unit last season, a role that’s very obviously in jeopardy following the acquisition of Erik Karlsson. Still, the departure of Chris Tierney leaves room for Labanc’s ATOI to climb this season.
|282. Erik Haula, VGK – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Haula had a number of things going for him last season, most notably his 16.6 SH% that helped him net 29 goals on 175 shots. That conversion rate will be tough to replicate in 2018-19, and the addition of Max Pacioretty means he’ll have to battle it out with Alex Tuch for a spot in Vegas’ top six. There are a lot of factors that need to break Haula’s way if he wants to break 50 points again this season.
|283. Michael Rasmussen, DET – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
The career-ending back injury to Henrik Zetterberg opens the door for Rasmussen to make the Red Wings out of training camp. The 6-foot-6, 215 lbs. centre was drafted No.9 overall in 2017 and is coming off of a massive year in the WHL. Rasmussen had 59 points (31G / 28A) in 47 regular season games before blowing up for 33 points (16G / 17A) in just 14 playoff games. He could join fellow rookie Filip Zadina on a line this year and makes for a great keeper league pick.
|284. Andre Burakovsky, WSH – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Burakovsky still managed a 25-point season despite an ATOI of 13:50 across just 56 games. His points per 60 rate continues to sit comfortably in the top-30 leaguewide, but his usage doesn’t show any signs of improving on a stacked Capitals’ roster this year.
|285. Zdeno Chara, BOS – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
With an ATOI of 22:54 in 2017-18, Chara continues to eat big minutes even in the twilight of his career. Remarkably, he’s projected to start his 21st NHL season on the Bruins’ top pair this season. A lack of powerplay time limits the upside of this ageless wonder in 2018-19.
|286. Brendan Perlini, ARI – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Perlini produced well in a limited role for the Coyotes last season. Given the rebuilding nature of the club, his 14:31 ATOI should increase this upcoming season. He’ll need to continue to improve on his shot rates, but his 14.0% career SH% suggests he’s capable of scoring 30 goals in the not so distant future. Fantasy owners will have to suffer through his plus/minus, but there is some sizable upside here.
|287. Marcus Johansson, NJD – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
A concussion in late January robbed Johansson of the chance to repeat his 58-point performance in 2016-17. Though the injury is to blame for derailing Johansson’s year, he would have had a hard time replicating his 18.6% SH% regardless. Assuming he’s healthy, Johansson will need to be fortunate in more ways than one if he wants to get back above 50 points in 2018-19.
|288. Olli Maata, PIT – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Maatta managed a 29-point season despite playing just 18:45 a game. Unfortunately for Maatta, a wealth of offensive options on the Penguins’ blueline makes it unlikely that he’ll see an uptick in usage in 2018-19. He’d do very well to break 30 points in his current role.
|289. Brock Nelson, NYI – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Nelson has scored at least 19 goals in each of the last four seasons despite an ATOI of just 15:47 over that span. His ice time should receive a bump following the departure of John Tavares. With Mathew Barzal now the team’s top centre, expect Nelson to take over for him on the second line. The former first-round pick holds some sleeper value heading into the 2018-19 season.
|290. Alexander Wennberg, CBJ – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Wennberg has proven himself to be an elite source of assists through his first four NHL seasons. Unfortunately, that wealth of assists comes packaged with an inability to score goals. He’ll be lucky to net 10 goals this season, even while playing 18 minutes a night.
|291. Christian Dvorak, ARI – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Though he failed to come close to his 17.0% SH% he posted in his rookie season, Dvorak was able to match the 15 goals he put up thanks to an extra 63 shots registered on goal. 20 goals will be the next milestone for the 22-year-old, though there are a handful of young Coyote forwards capable of cutting into his 16:26 ATOI from a year ago.
|292. Tyson Jost, COL – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Jost managed just 12 goals in 65 games last season. The former 10th overall pick of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft did spend a considerable amount of time on the top powerplay unit with Nathan Mackinnon and Mikko Rantanen. Another year on the man advantage with them coupled with an increase in his ATOI leaves some decent upside for Jost’s production in 2018-19.
|293. Daniel Sprong, PIT – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Sprong is a native of the Netherlands and was drafted in the 2nd round (46th overall) by the Penguins in the 2015 NHL entry draft. He has 5 points in 26 career NHL games heading into the season. The perceived possibility of him spending some time this year in the Penguins’ top-six is enough to warrant him a spot in our top 300.
|294. Thomas Vanek, DET – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Signing with the depleted Red Wings means Vanek should easily see more ice time than the 14:05 he averaged last season. A no-movement clause in his contract denies the possibility of Vanek being traded for the fifth time in six seasons, adding some stability to his usage. A top-six role should easily secure Vanek another 20-goal season.
|295. Esa Lindell, DAL – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
The development of Miro Heiskanen means Lindell should see a diminishing role on the Stars’ blueline this season. The fact that they opted to use John Klingberg on both powerplay units for the majority of last season says a lot about how the Stars perceive Lindell’s offensive talent.
|296. Michael Matheson, FLA – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Matheson surprised many with his 10 goals last season. Though he is an above-average shot producer from the back end, he’ll have a hard time building on last year’s totals so long as he’s behind Keith Yandle and Aaron Ekblad for powerplay time.
|297. Bobby Ryan, OTT – RW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
After missing 40 games since the start of the 2016-17 season, Ryan will need to focus on staying healthy if he wants to get back to being fantasy relevant. If he manages to stay on the ice, the ice time will certainly be there waiting for him. He projects to start the season alongside Matt Duchene and Mark Stone on the Sens’ first line.
|298. Jack Roslovic, WPG – C||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Roslovic produced at nearly a half a point per game clip despite an ATOI of just 12:19 last season. He spent some time on the Jets’ first line last year, suggesting a ton of upside if Winnipeg’s forward corps suffers an injury or two. As it stands, Roslovic sits too far down the Jets’ depth chart to warrant a selection on draft day.
|299. Josh Morrissey, WPG – D||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Morrissey notched an impressive 25 points at even strength last season. While the potential is there, he’d have to leap frog Tyler Myers and Jacob Trouba to get a sniff at just the second powerplay unit. His usage is too low to justify taking him in standard leagues.
|300. Jakub Vrana, WSH – LW||Year||GP||G/W||A/GAA||Pts/SV%||SO||SOG||PIMS||PPG||PPA||PPP||Hit||BLK|
Vrana netted 27 point sin 73 games despite playing under 13 minutes a night. There are a number of capapble young forwards on his team that he’ll have to outbattle for playing time, but he is projected to start the year on the Capitals’ second line alongside Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie.