2018-19 Fantasy Hockey Season Preview and Player Rankings

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Fantasy Sports is one of the fastest growing industries in the game. Between sites like Yahoo!, ESPN, DraftKings and Rotoworld, there is no shortage of “fantasy” vessels, commercials or “experts” out there to enable your fascination with “reality” TV sports.

Whether it’s season-long or daily fantasy sports, you too can play the part of pundit, field a team and make predictions. And depending on where your live, you can even make a wager, albeit at your own risk.

While HockeyClan does not condone or endorse Fantasy Sports or gambling of any kind, Yahoo! Sports offers FREE Fantasy Hockey leagues open to the public. Here, fans can play in 12-team head-to-head or standard rotisserie leagues or set up custom leagues to play with friends.

Although ice hockey is a team sport, in Yahoo! Fantasy Hockey the goal is to field the best team of 16 players (two centers, two left wingers, two right wingers, four defensemen and two goalies with four open bench spots) spanning the entire National Hockey League regardless of affiliation.

While categories vary, standard Yahoo! Fantasy Hockey is typically 6×4 and includes goals, assists, +/-, penalty minutes, power play points and shots on goal for all forwards and defensemen; and wins, goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts for goaltenders. The great thing about Yahoo! Fantasy Hockey is its ability to tailor these categories to suit each league, however, with additional categories such as hits, blocks and face-offs won as options.

With the start of the NHL season right around the corner, hockey fans still have time to play. Still, after a wild free agency period, there are a lot of new faces are in new places. Center is the deepest position. Left wing is the weakest position. Without further ado, here are HockeyClan’s player rankings by position for the 2018-19 season:

 

CENTER

Connor McDavid #97 of the Edmonton Oilers competes in the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater event during the 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition as part of the 2017 NHL All-Star Weekend at STAPLES Center on January 28, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

1 Connor McDavid (EDM)
2 Sidney Crosby (PIT)
3 Evgeni Malkin (PIT)
4 Auston Matthews (TOR)
5 John Tavares (TOR)
6 Tyler Seguin (DAL)
7 Steven Stamkos (TB)
8 Claude Giroux (PHI)
9 Nathan MacKinnon (COL)
10 Anze Kopitar (LA)
11 Evgeny Kuznetsov (WSH)
12 Mitchell Marner (TOR)
13 Jack Eichel (BUF)
14 Patrice Bergeron (BOS)
15 Mark Scheifele (WPG)
16 Joe Pavelski (SJ)
17 Nicklas Backstrom (WSH)
18 Aleksander Barkov (FLA)
19 Leon Draisaitl (EDM)
20 Vincent Trocheck (FLA)
21 Ryan Getzlaf (ANA)
22 Jonathan Marchessault (VGK)
23 William Karlsson (VGK)
24 Sean Monahan (CGY)
25 Rickard Rakell (ANA)
26 Mathew Barzal (NYI)
27 Mikael Granlund (MIN)
28 Logan Couture (SJ)
29 Sean Couturier (PHI)
30 Jeff Carter (LA)
31 Brayden Schenn (STL)
32 Nazem Kadri (TOR)
33 Jonathan Toews (CHI)
34 Brayden Point (TB)
35 Jake Guentzel (PIT)
36 William Nylander (TOR)
37 Ryan Johansen (NSH)
38 Eric Staal (MIN)
39 Dylan Larkin (DET)
40 Sam Reinhart (BUF)
41 Ryan O’Reilly (STL)
42 Nico Hischier (NJ)
43 Nolan Patrick (PHI)
44 Travis Konecny (PHI)
45 Casey Mittelstadt (BUF)
46 Paul Stastny (VGK)
47 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (EDM)
48 Mika Zibanejad (NYR)
49 J.T. Miller (TB)
50 Alex Galchenyuk (ARI)
51 Matt Duchene (OTT)
52 Tyler Toffoli (LA)
53 Tomas Hertl (SJ)
54 Anders Lee (NYI)
55 Bo Horvat (VAN)

LEFT WING

Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates after scoring a goal in the third period against the Boston Bruins in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

1 Alex Ovechkin (WSH)
2 Brad Marchand (BOS)
3 Jamie Benn (DAL)
4 Taylor Hall (NJ)
5 Johnny Gaudreau (CGY)
6 Artemi Panarin (CBJ)
7 Filip Forsberg (NSH)
8 Evander Kane (SJ)
9 Brayden Schenn (STL)
10 Nikolaj Ehlers (WPG)
11 Matthew Tkachuk (CGY)
12 James Van Riemsdyk (PHI)
13 Jakub Voracek (PHI)
14 Viktor Arvidsson (NSH)
15 Max Pacioretty (VGK)
16 Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA)
17 Jeff Skinner (BUF)
18 Gabriel Landeskog (COL)
19 Yanni Gourde (TB)
20 Jaden Schwartz (STL)
21 Teuvo Teravainen (CAR)
22 Mike Hoffman (FLA)
23 Kyle Connor (WPG)
24 Jason Zucker (MIN)
25 Evgeny Dadonov (FLA)
26 Pierre-Luc Dubois (CBJ)
27 Chris Kreider (NYR)
28 Kevin Fiala (NSH)
29 J.T. Miller (TB)
30 Pavel Buchnevich (NYR)
31 Max Domi (MTL)
32 Dustin Brown (LA)
33 Anthony Beauvillier (NYI)
34 Brandon Saad (CHI)
35 Patrick Maroon (STL)
36 Jonathan Drouin (MTL)
37 Jakub Vrana (WSH)
38 Alexander Steen (STL)
39 Thomas Vanek (DET)
40 Nick Foligno (CBJ)
41 Patrick Marleau (TOR)
42 Jake DeBrusk (BOS)
43 Filip Zadina (DET)
44 David Perron (STL)
45 Ondrej Palat (TB)
46 Erik Haula (VGK)
47 Jordan Staal (CAR)
48 Gustav Nyquist (DET)
49 Boone Jenner (CBJ)
50 Rick Nash (BOS)

RIGHT WING

Nikita Kucherov #86 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates after scoring a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Final. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

1 Nikita Kucherov (TB)
2 Patrik Laine (WPG)
3 Patrick Kane (CHI)
4 David Pastrnak (BOS)
5 Blake Wheeler (WPG)
6 Nathan MacKinnon (COL)
7 Vladimir Tarasenko (STL)
8 Phil Kessel (PIT)
9 Mitchell Marner (TOR)
10 Leon Draisaitl (EDM)
11 Wayne Simmonds (PHI)
12 Alexander Radulov (DAL)
13 Joe Pavelski (SJ)
14 Jakub Voracek (PHI)
15 Nikolaj Ehlers (WPG)
16 William Nylander (TOR)
17 Reilly Smith (VGK)
18 Sebastian Aho (CAR)
19 Mikko Rantanen (COL)
20 Ilya Kovalchuk (LA)
21 Cam Atkinson (CBJ)
22 Alex DeBrincat (CHI)
23 Dylan Larkin (DET)
24 Patric Hornqvist (PIT)
25 James Neal (CGY)
26 Teuvo Teravainen (CAR)
27 T.J. Oshie (WSH)
28 Kyle Palmieri (NJ)
29 Corey Perry (ANA)
30 Sam Reinhart (BUF)
31 Mark Stone (OTT)
32 Josh Bailey (NYI)
33 Brendan Gallagher (MTL)
34 Andrei Svechnikov (CAR)
35 Timo Meier (SJ)
36 Anthony Mantha (DET)
37 Mika Zibanejad (NYR)
38 Tom Wilson (WSH)
39 Craig Smith (NSH)
40 Tyler Toffoli (LA)
41 Jordan Eberle (NYI)
42 Mats Zuccarello (NYR)
43 Nino Niederreiter (MIN)
44 Dustin Brown (LA)
45 Alex Tuch (VGK)
46 Valeri Nichushkin (DAL)
47 Kevin Hayes (NYR)
48 Jakub Vrana (WSH)
49 Ondrej Kase (ANA)
50 Kevin Labanc (SJ)

DEFENSEMEN

Brent Burns #88 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates with Martin Jones #31 after their 3-0 win over the St. Louis Blues in game three of the Western Conference Finals. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

1 Brent Burns (SJ)
2 Victor Hedman (TB)
3 Dustin Byfuglien (WPG)
4 Erik Karlsson (SJ)
5 P.K. Subban (NSH)
6 Roman Josi (NSH)
7 Drew Doughty (LA)
8 Kristopher Letang (PIT)
9 John Carlson (WSH)
10 Seth Jones (CBJ)
11 Torey Krug (BOS)
12 Shayne Gostisbehere (PHI)
13 John Klingberg (DAL)
14 Charlie McAvoy (BOS)
15 Mark Giordano (CGY)
16 Duncan Keith (CHI)
17 Dougie Hamilton (CAR)
18 Tyson Barrie (COL)
19 Aaron Ekblad (FLA)
20 Zachary Werenski (CBJ)
21 Alex Pietrangelo (STL)
22 Ryan Ellis (NSH)
23 Justin Schultz (PIT)
24 Morgan Rielly (TOR)
25 Keith Yandle (FLA)
26 Rasmus Ristolainen (BUF)
27 Rasmus Dahlin (BUF)
28 Mathew Dumba (MIN)
29 Justin Faulk (CAR)
30 Sami Vatanen (NJ)
31 Oliver Ekman-Larsson (ARI)
32 Ryan Suter (MIN)
33 Colton Parayko (STL)
34 Ivan Provorov (PHI)
35 Cam Fowler (ANA)
36 Ryan Pulock (NYI)
37 Brandon Montour (ANA)
38 Kevin Shattenkirk (NYR)
39 Mikhail Sergachev (TB)
40 Jake Muzzin (LA)
41 Erik Johnson (COL)
42 Mike Green (DET)
43 Jake Gardiner (TOR)
44 Will Butcher (NJ)
45 Nick Leddy (NYI)
46 Jacob Trouba (WPG)
47 Matt Niskanen (WSH)
48 Mattias Ekholm (NSH)
49 Tyler Myers (WPG)
50 Shea Theodore (VGK)
51 Dion Phaneuf (LA)
52 T.J. Brodie (CGY)
53 Alex Goligoski (ARI)
54 Noah Hanifin (CGY)
55 Colin Miller (VGK)
56 Michael Del Zotto (VAN)
57 Nikita Zadorov (COL)
58 Darnell Nurse (EDM)
59 Olli Maatta (PIT)
60 Hampus Lindholm (ANA)
61 Zdeno Chara (BOS)
62 Shea Weber (MTL)
63 Mike Matheson (FLA)
64 Alec Martinez (LA)
65 Miro Heiskanen (DAL)
66 Ryan McDonagh (TB)
67 Oscar Klefbom (EDM)
68 Josh Manson (ANA)
69 Dmitry Orlov (WSH)
70 Jared Spurgeon (MIN)
71 Josh Morrissey (WPG)
72 Marc-Edouard Vlasic (SJ)
73 Adam Larsson (EDM)
74 Alexander Edler (VAN)
75 Brent Seabrook (CHI)
76 Brayden McNabb (VGK)
77 Jason Demers (ARI)
78 Jeff Petry (MTL)
79 Justin Braun (SJ)
80 David Savard (CBJ)

GOALTENDERS

Andrei Vasilevskiy #88 of the Tampa Bay Lightning in action during the second period in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on May 19, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

1 Andrei Vasilevskiy (TB)
2 Pekka Rinne (NSH)
3 Sergei Bobrovsky (CBJ)
4 Braden Holtby (WSH)
5 Connor Hellebuyck (WPG)
6 Tuukka Rask (BOS)
7 Jonathan Quick (LA)
8 Martin Jones (SJ)
9 John Gibson (ANA)
10 Frederik Andersen (TOR)
11 Marc-Andre Fleury (VGK)
12 Devan Dubnyk (MIN)
13 Matt Murray (PIT)
14 Jake Allen (STL)
15 Ben Bishop (DAL)
16 Corey Crawford (CHI)
17 Cory Schneider (NJ)
18 Cam Talbot (EDM)
19 Semyon Varlamov (COL)
20 Henrik Lundqvist (NYR)
21 Mike Smith (CGY)
22 Carey Price (MTL)
23 Roberto Luongo (FLA)
24 Brian Elliott (PHI)
25 Carter Hutton (BUF)
26 Jimmy Howard (DET)
27 Antti Raanta (ARI)
28 Robin Lehner (NYI)
29 Craig Anderson (OTT)
30 James Reimer (FLA)
31 Petr Mrazek (CAR)
32 Philipp Grubauer (COL)
33 Jonathan Bernier (DET)
34 Ryan Miller (ANA)
35 Kari Lehtonen (DAL)
36 Keith Kinkaid (NJ)
37 Aaron Dell (SJ)
38 Juuse Saros (NSH)
39 Linus Ullmark (BUF)
40 Thomas Greiss (NYI)

 

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HOCKEY CLAN TEAM ROSTER

Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

C Mark Scheifele Wpg
C Brayden Schenn StL
LW Jamie Benn Dal
LW Jake Guentzel Pit
RW Patrick Kane Chi
RW Corey Perry Anh
D Drew Doughty LA
D Roman Josi Nsh
D Duncan Keith Chi
D Cam Fowler Anh
G Tuukka Rask Bos
G Jake Allen StL

BN Reilly Smith VGK
BN James Neal Cgy
BN Brandon Saad Chi
BN Brian Elliott Phi

Round 1, Pick 9 (9th Overall)
Patrick Kane Chi – RW
Round 2, Pick 4 (16th Overall)
Jamie Benn Dal – C,LW
Round 3, Pick 9 (33rd Overall)
Tuukka Rask Bos – G
Round 4, Pick 4 (40th Overall)
Mark Scheifele Wpg – C
Round 5, Pick 9 (57th Overall)
Drew Doughty LA – D
Round 6, Pick 4 (64th Overall)
Roman Josi Nsh – D
Round 7, Pick 9 (81st Overall)
Jake Allen StL – G
Round 8, Pick 4 (88th Overall)
Brayden Schenn StL – C
Round 9, Pick 9 (105th Overall)
Reilly Smith VGK – LW,RW
Round 10, Pick 4 (112th Overall)
Jake Guentzel Pit – LW
Round 11, Pick 9 (129th Overall)
Duncan Keith Chi – D
Round 12, Pick 4 (136th Overall)
Brian Elliott Phi – G
Round 13, Pick 9 (153rd Overall)
Cam Fowler Anh – D
Round 14, Pick 4 (160th Overall)
Corey Perry Anh – RW
Round 15, Pick 9 (177th Overall)
James Neal Cgy – RW
Round 16, Pick 4 (184th Overall)
Brandon Saad Chi – LW

 

Main Image: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

 

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