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Top 100 Forwards - Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings for 2019-2020


Nathan MacKinnon is a man among the little men.

We're back with fantasy hockey coverage at RotoBaller. Just like last year, over the course of the 2019-2020 NHL season, we'll be providing weekly updates to our fantasy hockey rankings - listing each player in terms of his rest-of-season value.

Below you can find the inaugural version of our rankings, our preseason top 100 forward rankings. The rankings are the result of a collective effort from RotoBaller staff writers Chase Davis, Scott Cullen and Chris Wassel.

Our Rankings are determined considering a standard Yahoo league format (goals, assists, plus-minus, power play points, shots on goal, and hits for skaters; wins, goals against average, save percentage, and shutouts for goalies). Value is based on factors such as past production, future NHL potential, age, projections, line/defensive pair combinations, quality of a player's team and contract status. Let get into it!

 

Top 100 Forwards - Preseason Draft Rankings

Rank Player Name Position Team Chase Scott Chris Consensus
1 Nikita Kucherov RW TB 1 1 1 1.0
2 Alex Ovechkin LW WSH 2 2 2 2.0
3 Connor McDavid C EDM 3 3 4 3.3
4 Nathan MacKinnon C COL 4 4 3 3.7
5 Sidney Crosby C PIT 6 5 6 5.7
6 Patrick Kane RW CHI 5 11 5 7.0
7 Tyler Seguin C DAL 15 7 7 9.7
8 Auston Matthews C TOR 8 17 8 11.0
9 David Pastrnak RW BOS 10 12 12 11.3
10 Steven Stamkos C TB 14 6 14 11.3
11 Brad Marchand LW BOS 7 13 15 11.7
12 Leon Draisaitl C,LW EDM 13 16 13 14.0
13 Aleksander Barkov C FLA 12 22 10 14.7
14 Johnny Gaudreau LW CGY 16 21 16 17.7
15 John Tavares C TOR 19 15 19 17.7
16 Blake Wheeler RW WPG 20 10 28 19.3
17 Mikko Rantanen RW COL 17 18 24 19.7
18 Sebastian Aho C CAR 25 14 25 21.3
19 Mitchell Marner RW TOR 18 30 18 22.0
20 Taylor Hall LW NJ 24 25 17 22.0
21 Artemi Panarin LW NYR 21 26 21 22.7
22 Brayden Point C TB 23 23 33 26.3
23 Evgeni Malkin C PIT 28 38 20 28.7
24 Jack Eichel C BUF 27 37 26 30.0
25 Mark Scheifele C WPG 30 36 30 32.0
26 Claude Giroux C,LW,RW PHI 35 27 35 32.3
27 Patrice Bergeron C BOS 34 24 41 33.0
28 Vladimir Tarasenko RW STL 40 20 40 33.3
29 Gabriel Landeskog C, LW COL 42 33 37 37.3
30 Jamie Benn LW DAL 43 28 46 39.0
31 Matthew Tkachuk LW CGY 37 42 42 40.3
32 Mark Stone RW VGK 41 46 34 40.3
33 Alexander Radulov RW DAL 49 35 49 44.3
34 Filip Forsberg LW NSH 46 45 43 44.7
35 Jake Guentzel LW,RW PIT 54 31 50 45.0
36 Elias Pettersson C VAN 39 58 39 45.3
37 Jonathan Marchessault C, LW VGK 53 41 53 49.0
38 Mika Zibanejad C NYR 52 44 52 49.3
39 Evgeny Kuznetsov C WSH 47 55 47 49.7
40 Alex DeBrincat LW, RW CHI 45 62 45 50.7
41 Timo Meier LW,RW SJ 69 32 61 54.0
42 Jonathan Huberdeau LW FLA 66 34 66 55.3
43 Patrik Laine LW,RW WPG 61 48 69 59.3
44 Nicklas Backstrom C WSH 68 43 68 59.7
45 Sean Monahan C CGY 67 56 67 63.3
46 Sean Couturier C PHI 83 29 83 65.0
47 Phil Kessel RW ARI 58 78 65 67.0
48 Joe Pavelski C, RW DAL 76 53 76 68.3
49 Dylan Larkin C DET 65 85 58 69.3
50 Evander Kane LW SJ 62 90 62 71.3
51 Mathew Barzal C NYI 78 76 78 77.3
52 Logan Couture C SJ 73 88 73 78.0
53 Ryan O'Reilly C STL 95 54 95 81.3
54 Brock Boeser RW VAN 71 110 71 84.0
55 Vincent Trocheck C FLA 87 84 87 86.0
56 Cam Atkinson RW CBJ 96 71 91 86.0
57 Jakub Voracek RW PHI 77 105 77 86.3
58 Jonathan Toews C CHI 99 61 99 86.3
59 Mike Hoffman LW,RW FLA 102 75 82 86.3
60 Teuvo Teravainen LW,RW CAR 101 60 101 87.3
61 Jeff Skinner LW BUF 89 86 89 88.0
62 Brendan Gallagher RW MTL 93 79 93 88.3
63 Tomas Hertl C, LW SJ 75 116 75 88.7
64 Pierre-Luc Dubois C CBJ 107 66 107 93.3
65 Matt Duchene C NSH 79 125 79 94.3
66 Evgenii Dadonov LW FLA 97 98 97 97.3
67 Viktor Arvidsson LW,RW NSH 98 109 98 101.7
68 Anders Lee LW NYI 122 67 122 103.7
69 Elias Lindholm C,RW CGY 103 106 103 104.0
70 Kyle Connor LW WPG 104 104 104 104.0
71 Brady Tkachuk LW OTT 109 96 109 104.7
72 Rickard Rakell LW,RW ANA 106 108 106 106.7
73 Josh Anderson RW CBJ 120 83 120 107.7
74 William Nylander C,RW TOR 110 118 110 112.7
75 Max Pacioretty LW VGK 100 139 100 113.0
76 Anze Kopitar C LA 111 95 142 116.0
77 Jack Hughes C NJ 119 122 111 117.3
78 William Karlsson C VGK 140 72 140 117.3
79 Kyle Palmieri RW NJ 116 124 116 118.7
80 Brayden Schenn C,LW STL 138 87 138 121.0
81 Max Domi C MTL 105 155 105 121.7
82 Nikita Gusev LW NJ 147 89 134 123.3
83 Chris Kreider LW NYR 130 119 130 126.3
84 Clayton Keller LW,RW ARI 124 133 124 127.0
85 Tom Wilson RW WSH 113 163 113 129.7
86 Nico Hischier C NJ 142 129 119 130.0
87 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins C,LW EDM 135 121 135 130.3
88 Bo Horvat C VAN 134 115 147 132.0
89 Anthony Mantha LW,RW DET 141 123 141 135.0
90 Ryan Johansen C NSH 150 114 150 138.0
91 Mikael Granlund LW,RW NSH 157 103 157 139.0
92 Ryan Getzlaf C ANA 132 154 132 139.3
93 Kaapo Kakko RW NYR 123 175 123 140.3
94 Jason Zucker LW,RW MIN 168 93 168 143.0
95 Reilly Smith RW VGK 149 150 149 149.3
96 T.J. Oshie RW WSH 161 130 161 150.7
97 Andrei Svechnikov LW,RW CAR 162 128 162 150.7
98 Nazem Kadri C COL 159 135 159 151.0
99 Nino Niederreiter LW,RW CAR 191 74 191 152.0
100 James Van Riemsdyk LW PHI 154 151 154 153.0
101 Sam Reinhart C,RW BUF 164 136 164 154.7
102 Zach Parise LW MIN 165 166 145 158.7
103 Dustin Brown RW LA 183 112 183 159.3
104 Mats Zuccarello RW MIN 153 174 153 160.0
105 Nikolaj Ehlers LW,RW WPG 177 137 177 163.7
106 Patric Hornqvist RW PIT 198 97 198 164.3
107 Dylan Strome C CHI 139 216 139 164.7
108 Alex Galchenyuk C,LW PIT 163 184 163 170.0
109 Gustav Nyquist LW,RW CBJ 175 171 175 173.7
110 Andreas Johnsson LW,RW TOR 152 222 152 175.3
111 J.T. Miller LW,RW VAN 199 131 199 176.3
112 Paul Stastny C VGK 137 257 137 177.0
113 Jaden Schwartz LW STL 190 165 190 181.7
114 Jordan Eberle RW NYI 187 172 187 182.0
115 Jake DeBrusk LW,RW BOS 196 159 196 183.7
116 Blake Coleman LW,RW NJ 173 207 173 184.3
117 Alex Tuch RW VGK 200 160 200 186.7
118 Roope Hintz LW DAL 145 261 165 190.3
119 Ondrej Kase RW ANA 197 180 197 191.3
120 David Perron LW,RW STL 182 226 182 196.7
121 Andreas Athanasiou C,LW DET 178 240 178 198.7
122 Pavel Buchnevich RW NYR 181 238 181 200.0
123 Kevin Labanc RW SJ 193 232 193 206.0
124 Nick Schmaltz C,LW ARI 195 282 195 224.0

 

Fantasy Hockey Forwards - Rankings Analysis 

Checking in at the top spot of our forward rankings, Nikita Kucherov is primed for another monster season in Tampa Bay. Kucherov led the league with 128 points in 2018-2019 and considering the amount of game-breaking talent around him in Tampa Bay, he has another great opportunity to repeat.  Taking his spot on perhaps the NHL's strongest team's first line and top power-play unit, the Russian dynamo should be an easy bet to eclipse the 100-point club for the third consecutive season.

It's difficult to suggest a player who posted 73 points last season is poised for a break-out year but that's just how high of a ceiling Auston Matthews possesses. Gifted with one of the best releases in the league today, Matthews should flirt with 50 goals for the very first time in his young career - largely dependent on whether or not the Arizona native can stay healthy enough to play a full 82 games. When you consider that he's poised for an uptick in time-on-ice on the man advantage (123rd in the NHL with 2:34 PP TOI/GP despite 20 power-play points), it's easy to see him hitting the 90-point mark for the first time in 2019-2020.

Taylor Hall is healthy, folks. After missing 49 games due to a knee injury last season, this 2017-2018 MVP appears ready to rock on a much improved New Jersey Devils squad this season. Over the past season and a half (109 contests), he's posted an eye-popping 130 points (50 goals, 70 assists), 49 power-play points and 391 shots. Entering a contract-year, Hall will have plenty of motivation to keep producing at elite levels.

Is this finally the year we see Filip Forsberg evolve into a legitimate NHL superstar? Right in the middle of his prime, the 25-year-old will look to shake off injuries that have hampered him from blossoming into a fantasy star. The talent is there, the usage is there (18:31 average TOI last season) and he's insulated with highly productive forwards in Ryan Johansen, Viktor Arvidsson and newcomer Matt Duchene. With the addition of new assistant coach Dan Lambert, hired to revive a Predators power-play ranking 31st in efficiency, Forsberg should be able to double the 9 power-play points he registered last season.

Arguably one of the better draft-day bargains available at forward, Timo Meier (#90 Yahoo pre-rank/74.8 ADP) has already proven to be one of the game's most talented young scorers. In addition to his premiere skill package, the Swiss-born forward is coming off a highly productive second full NHL season. In 78 regular season games in 2018-2019, the 22-year-old registered a career-best 66 points (30 goals, 36 assists) and served as a top-50 fantasy asset based off his excellent cross-category coverage of 250 shots, 99 hits and a plus-nine rating. Following Joe Pavelski's departure over the off-season, Meier will join a lethal top PP unit in San Jose and should consequently improve his power-play production (10 PPP last year). When you add in the fact that he's eligible at both the left-wing and right-wing positions, Meier is definitely a player that would be worth reaching for.

Just breaking the top 100 is a familiar face out in Anaheim, long-time Ducks' captain Ryan Getzlaf. Crippled by injuries last season, the Ducks fell to the bottom of the Western Conference, leaving Getzlaf devoid of highly-productive wingers on the team's top line. Wingers Rickard Rakell and Ondrej Kase appear to be 100 percent and that alone should boost Getzlaf's value - allowing him to return back to his regular 60+ point production. The 34-year-old remains one of the game's top puck distributors and given his security on this team's first line and top PP unit, Getzlaf should easily surpass the 0.72 point-per-game pace he established last season.

 

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