FANTASY RANKINGS: Top 250
NOTE: These bold yet feasible scenarios should be taken with a grain of salt but also used as inspiration to think creatively in fantasy drafts, especially in terms of potential line combinations and a given player’s ceiling in different stat categories. These predictions are a collaborative effort by Pete Jensen and Rob Reese and, in many cases, contradict NHL.com’s fantasy rankings and projections.
Anaheim Ducks: Center Trevor Zegras will lead NHL rookies in scoring with at least 60 points and be one of the biggest fantasy steals of the season based on average draft position (outside top 150).
Arizona Coyotes: Defenseman Jakob Chychrun will finish top 10 at the position with at least 55 points.
Boston Bruins: Goalie Jeremy Swayman will start more games than teammate Linus Ullmark during Tuukka Rask’s injury absence and lead NHL rookies in wins with at least 25.
Buffalo Sabres: Forward Victor Olofsson will have a bounce-back season and finish top 20 in goals with at least 30.
Calgary Flames: Forward Matthew Tkachuk will have a bounce-back season and finish top 10 overall in standard fantasy leagues.
Carolina Hurricanes: Forward Andrei Svechnikov will finish top five in goals with at least 40.
Chicago Blackhawks: Defenseman Seth Jones will finish top three at the position in points with at least 60 and power-play points with at least 30.
Colorado Avalanche: Center Nazem Kadri will finish second on the Avalanche with at least 35 goals and 250 shots on goal.
Columbus Blue Jackets: Forward Patrik Laine will bounce back and finish top 15 in goals, and Jakub Voracek will finish top 15 in assists.
Dallas Stars: Defenseman Miro Heiskanen will lead the position in scoring with at least 70 points with John Klingberg (potential 2022 unrestricted free agent) in a contract year.
Detroit Red Wings: Defenseman Moritz Seider will outscore teammate Filip Hronek and lead NHL rookies in goals with at least 10 and points with at least 35.
Edmonton Oilers: Forward Zach Hyman will outscore Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with at least 70 points to finish third on the Oilers in scoring behind Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.
Florida Panthers: Defenseman Aaron Ekblad will lead the position in goals with at least 20.
Los Angeles Kings: Forward Viktor Arvidsson will score an NHL career high in goals with at least 35 playing on the top line with elite center Anze Kopitar and shatter his previous best PPP total (nine) with at least 20.
Minnesota Wild: Center Joel Eriksson Ek will finish second on the Wild in scoring with at least 60 points behind elite linemate Kirill Kaprizov.
Montreal Canadiens: Defenseman Jeff Petry will finish top five at the position in PPP with at least 27 in the absence of injured Shea Weber.
Nashville Predators: Forward Eeli Tolvanen will lead Nashville skaters in points with at least 65.
New Jersey Devils: Center Jack Hughes will finish top 15 in NHL scoring with at least 80 points.
New York Islanders: Goalie Ilya Sorokin will have the best save percentage in the NHL (minimum 40 games) with at least a .925 and lead the NHL with at least six shutouts.
New York Rangers: Forward Kaapo Kakko will finish top 10 in power-play goals playing on the first unit with elite skaters Artemi Panarin, Mika Zibanejad and Adam Fox under new coach Gerard Gallant.
Ottawa Senators: Defenseman Thomas Chabot will finish top three in assists at the position with at least 45.
Philadelphia Flyers: Defenseman Ryan Ellis will finish top 15 at the position in points with an NHL career high of at least 50.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Forward Bryan Rust will lead the Penguins in goals with an NHL career high of at least 35.
San Jose Sharks: Forward William Eklund will score the most points of any player selected in the 2021 NHL Draft and finish top five in rookie scoring with at least 40 points.
Seattle Kraken: Forward Calle Jarnkrok will have a breakout season and lead the Kraken in points with at least 50 during their inaugural season.
St. Louis Blues: Forward Pavel Buchnevich will lead the Blues in points with at least 75.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Forward Nikita Kucherov will lead the NHL in scoring with at least 120 points.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Defenseman Rasmus Sandin will capture first power-play duties over Morgan Rielly (potential 2022 unrestricted free agent) and lead Maple Leafs defensemen in PPP with at least 20.
Vancouver Canucks: Goalie Thatcher Demko will finish second in the NHL in wins behind Andrei Vasilevskiy with at least 35.
Vegas Golden Knights: Rookie Peyton Krebs will earn a top-line role and score at least 50 points skating with elite wings Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty.
Washington Capitals: Forward Anthony Mantha will finish second on the Capitals in goals with at least 30 behind Alex Ovechkin.
Winnipeg Jets: Forward Nikolaj Ehlers will lead the Jets in goals with at least 35 and points with at least 85.
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