Fantasy hockey draft strategy: first four rounds

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NHL.com provides fantasy hockey draft strategy for the first six rounds at each spot in a standard, non-keeper league for the 2020-21 season. For more fantasy hockey coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

NOTES: Players are listed in order of latest NHL.com rank, but some may be worth reaching for earlier based on position scarcity and/or other trends. … Players could fall to a later pick or round in any situation, and, in those cases, should be prioritized ahead of the three players listed for any particular pick. … These suggestions are for standard snake drafts.

 

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ROUND 1

1. Nathan MacKinnon or Connor McDavid
2. MacKinnon or McDavid
3. Nikita Kucherov or Leon Draisaitl
4. Kucherov or Draisaitl
5. Artemi Panarin, Auston Matthews or Alex Ovechkin
6. Panarin, Matthews or Ovechkin
7. Panarin, Matthews or Ovechkin
8. Andrei Vasilevskiy or Brayden Point
9. Andrei Vasilevskiy or Brayden Point
10. Jack Eichel or Elias Pettersson
11. Eichel or Pettersson
12. Patrick Kane or Sidney Crosby

ROUND 2

13: P. Kane or Crosby
14: Mikko Rantanen, Victor Hedman
15: Rantanen, Hedman
16: Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov, Mika Zibanejad
17: Aho, Svechnikov, Zibanejad
18: Aho, Svechnikov, Zibanejad
19: David Pastrnak or Brad Marchand (INJ.)
20: Pastrnak or Marchand (INJ.)
21: John Carlson or Mitchell Marner
22: Carlson or Marner
23: Evgeni Malkin or Patrice Bergeron
24: Malkin or Bergeron

ROUND 3

25. Connor Hellebuyck, Tuukka Rask
26. Hellebuyck, Rask
27. Cale Makar or Quinn Hughes
28. Makar or Hughes
29. Robin Lehner or Carter Hart
30. Lehner or Hart
31. Matthew Tkachuk, Gabriel Landeskog, Jake Guentzel
32. Tkachuk, Landeskog, Guentzel
33. Tkachuk, Landeskog, Guentzel
34. Roman Josi or Dougie Hamilton
35. Josi or Hamilton
36. Mark Scheifele, Patrik Laine or Kyle Connor

ROUND 4

37. Scheifele, Laine or Connor
38. Scheifele, Laine or Connor
39. Jonathan Huberdeau, John Tavares or Aleksander Barkov
40. Huberdeau, Tavares or Barkov
41. Huberdeau, Tavares or Barkov
42. Igor Shesterkin
43. Alex Pietrangelo, Morgan Rielly or Torey Krug
44. Pietrangelo, Rielly or Krug
45. Pietrangelo, Rielly or Krug
46. Steven Stamkos, Taylor Hall, Johnny Gaudreau
47. Stamkos, Hall or Gaudreau
48. Stamkos, Hall or Gaudreau

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