Fantasy top 10 bounce-back candidates for 2020-21

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NOTES: Bounce-back candidates are players who have had past success in the NHL, underachieved compared to fantasy expectations last season (because of injury and/or other factors) but can outperform their average draft position this season.

 

Taylor Hall, LW, BUF
NHL.com rank: 48; mock draft: 51
NOTE: Signed one-year contract with Buffalo Sabres

-2017-18 and 2018-19 (NJD): 130 points (50 goals, 80 assists) in 109 games
-2019-20 (NJD, ARI): 52 points (16 goals, 36 assists) in 65 games
-Projected linemates: center Jack Eichel; right wing Victor Olofsson or Sam Reinhart
-PP1 exposure to defenseman Rasmus Dahlin

 

Morgan Rielly, D, TOR
NHL.com rank: 55; mock draft: 45
NOTE: Tyson Barrie was not re-signed by Toronto Maple Leafs

-2018-19: 72 points (20 goals, 52 assists) in 82 games
-2019-20: 27 points (three goals, 24 assists) in 47 games
-PP1 exposure to forwards Auston Matthews, Mitchell Marner, John Tavares, William Nylander

 

Johnny Gaudreau, LW, CGY
NHL.com rank: 57; mock draft: 62

-2018-19: 99 points (36 goals, 63 assists) in 82 games
-2019-20: 58 points (18 goals, 40 assists) in 70 games
-Projected linemates: center Sean Monahan; right wing Elias Lindholm
-PP1 exposure to defenseman Mark Giordano

 

Brent Burns or Erik Karlsson, D, SJS
NHL.com rank (Burns): 64; mock draft: 59
NHL.com rank (Karlsson): 84; mock draft: 66

-Burns in 2018-19: 83 points (16 goals, 67 assists) in 82 games    
-Burns in 2019-20: 45 points (12 goals, 33 assists) in 70 games

-Karlsson from 2015-16 to 2017-18 (OTT): 215 points (42 goals, 173 assists) in 230 games
-Karlsson from 2018-19 to 2019-20 (SJS): 85 points (nine goals, 76 assists) in 109 games

-PP1 exposure to each other; forwards Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl, Evander Kane, Timo Meier

 

Claude Giroux, C/LW/RW, PHI
NHL.com rank: 69; mock draft: 81

-2017-18 and 2018-19: 187 points (56 goals, 131 assists) in 164 games
-2019-20: 53 points (21 goals, 32 assists) in 69 games
-Projected linemates: center Sean Couturier; right wing Jakub Voracek or Travis Konecny
-PP1 exposure to defenseman Ivan Provorov

 

Tyson Barrie, D, EDM
NHL.com rank: 109; mock draft: 86
NOTE: Signed one-year contract with Edmonton Oilers

-2018-19 (COL): 59 points (14 goals, 45 assists) in 78 games
-2019-20 (TOR): 39 points (five goals, 34 assists) in 70 games
-PP1 exposure to forwards Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jesse Puljujarvi

 

Alexander Radulov, LW/RW, DAL
NHL.com rank: 126; mock draft: 111

-2018-19: 72 points (29 goals, 43 assists) in 70 games
-2019-20: 34 points (15 goals, 19 assists) in 60 games
-Projected linemates: left wing Jamie Benn; center Tyler Seguin (INJ.), Joe Pavelski or Roope Hintz
-PP1 exposure to defensemen John Klingberg, Miro Heiskanen

 

Sergei Bobrovsky, G, FLA
NHL.com rank: 142; mock draft: 140

-2016-17 to 2018-19 (CBJ): 115-63-12, .922 save percentage, 21 shutouts in 190 games
-2019-20 (FLA): 23-19-6, .900 SV%, one shutout in 50 games
-Goal support: forwards Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau; defensemen added this offseason: Markus Nutivaara, Radko Gudas

 

Max Domi, C/LW, CBJ
NHL.com rank: 158; mock draft: 152
NOTE: Acquired by Columbus Blue Jackets; signed two-year contract

-2018-19 (MTL): 72 points (28 goals, 44 assists) in 82 games    
-2019-20 (MTL): 44 points (17 goals, 27 assists) in 71 games
-Projected linemates: left wing Alexandre Texier, Nick Foligno or Gustav Nyquist (INJ.); right wing Cam Atkinson or Oliver Bjorkstrand
-PP1 exposure to defensemen Seth Jones, Zach Werenski

 

Alex DeBrincat, LW/RW, CHI
NHL.com rank: 173; mock draft: 172

-2018-19: 76 points (41 goals, 35 assists) in 82 games
-2019-20: 45 points (18 goals, 27 assists) in 70 games
-Projected linemates: center Kirby Dach; right wing Patrick Kane

Other bounce-back candidates: Braden Holtby, G, VAN (NHL.com rank: 59); Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH (61); Drew Doughty, D, LAK (123); Thomas Chabot, D, OTT (138); Matt Dumba, D, MIN (172); Henrik Lundqvist, G, WSH (177); John Gibson, G, ANA (187); Jonathan Quick, G, LAK (197); Rickard Rakell, LW/RW, ANA (209); Paul Stastny, C, WPG (224); Jeff Skinner, C/LW, BUF (227); Phil Kessel, RW, ARI (241); Vincent Trocheck, C, CAR (N/R)

NOTE: Patric Hornqvist (RW, FLA), Devan Dubnyk (G, SJS) and Matt Murray (G, OTT) are bounce-back candidates available in later rounds who have been included on NHL.com’s list of fantasy sleepers.

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