Fantasy top 50 center rankings for 2020-21

thumbnail ranks the top 50 centers for standard fantasy hockey pools in the 2020-21 season. For more fantasy coverage, visit and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.



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Standard fantasy categories include goals, assists, plus/minus, power-play points, shots on goal and hits for skaters. Value has been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past production in the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs, line combinations, power-play usage, injury history or concern (INJ. – players who could miss the start of this season), age, contract status (2020 unrestricted free agents: *; restricted: **) and overall upside for the 2020-21 season. These rankings are a collaborative effort by Pete Jensen and Rob Reese. Position eligibility is based on last season and subject to change for 2020-21; some players who are eligible at center may have been categorized as left or right wings (e.g. Steven Stamkos, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Claude Giroux) based on their primary position last season.

Tweet from @NHLFantasy: Who is the best center in #FantasyHockey?Top 50 center rankings for 2020-21 & season preview podcasts:

1. Nathan MacKinnon, COL
2. Connor McDavid, EDM
3. Leon Draisaitl, C/LW, EDM
4. Auston Matthews, TOR
5. Jack Eichel, BUF
6. Brayden Point, TBL
7. Elias Pettersson, VAN
8. Sidney Crosby, PIT
9. Sebastian Aho, CAR
10. Mika Zibanejad, NYR
11. Patrice Bergeron, BOS
12. Evgeni Malkin, PIT
13. Mark Scheifele, WPG
14. Ryan O’Reilly, STL
15. Aleksander Barkov, FLA
16. John Tavares, TOR
17. Anze Kopitar, LAK
18. Evgeny Kuznetsov, WSH
19. Nicklas Backstrom, WSH
20. Sean Couturier, PHI
21. Nazem Kadri, COL
22. Bo Horvat, VAN
23. Jonathan Toews, CHI
24. Brayden Schenn, C/LW, STL
25. Mathew Barzal, NYI**
26. Pierre-Luc Dubois, CBJ**
27. Tyler Seguin, C/RW, DAL (INJ.)
28. Tomas Hertl, C/LW, SJS
29. Logan Couture, SJS
30. Sean Monahan, CGY
31. Dylan Larkin, DET
32. Brock Nelson, C/LW, NYI
33. William Karlsson, VGK
34. Nick Suzuki, C/RW, MTL
35. Max Domi, C/LW, CBJ
36. Kirby Dach, CHI
37. Ryan Strome, C/RW, NYR
38. David Krejci, BOS
39. Kevin Hayes, PHI
40. Joe Pavelski, C/RW, DAL
41. Jean-Gabriel Pageau, NYI
42. Nico Hischier, NJD
43. Quinton Byfield, LAK
44. Ryan Getzlaf, ANA
45. Jack Hughes, C/LW, NJD
46. Cody Glass, C/RW, VGK
47. Matt Duchene, C/RW, NSH
48. Paul Stastny, WPG
49. Eric Staal, BUF
50. Mikael Backlund, C/RW, CGY

Just missed: Vincent Trocheck, CAR; Anthony Cirelli, TBL**; Phillip Danault, MTL; Roope Hintz, C/LW, DAL**; Marcus Johansson, C/LW, MIN

Other rookies to watch: Alex Turcotte, LAK; Trevor Zegras, ANA; Marco Rossi, MIN

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