NHL fantasy team power rankings for 2020-21

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FANTASY TEAM POWER RANKINGS

NOTES: Fantasy owners should use these power rankings as a basis for player/team evaluation. Factors taken into account include positional depth, power plays, line combinations, defense pairs, goalie situations, injury trends and team history in the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs. … Standard fantasy categories: goals, assists, plus/minus, power-play points, shots on goal and hits for skaters; wins, goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts for goalies.

 

1. Colorado Avalanche
Players in top 250: 12

NOTE: The Avalanche have taken the top spot in the power rankings after sneaky trades to acquire forward Brandon Saad from the Chicago Blackhawks and Devon Toews from the New York Islanders. The Avalanche’s goalie tandem of Philipp Grubauer and Pavel Francouz has as high of a ceiling as any in the NHL, their top-six forward group is now complete with Saad, and their defense is arguably the deepest in the League. Center Nathan MacKinnon, the top player in NHL.com’s fantasy rankings, right wing Mikko Rantanen (14th) and defenseman Cale Makar (27th) are among the best fantasy players at their positions.

2. Vegas Golden Knights

Players in top 250: 12
NOTE: Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo is worth selecting among the first 10 at the position with likely even-strength and power-play exposure to forwards Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson. The Golden Knights’ goalie tandem of Robin Lehner and Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to be among the most valuable in the League, making Vegas one of the top teams to target in fantasy. Vegas also has forward Cody Glass, a deep fantasy sleeper who can fill the void after center Paul Stastny was traded to the Winnipeg Jets.

3. Tampa Bay Lightning
Players in top 250: 8

4. New York Rangers
Players in top 250: 12

NOTE: Rookies Alexis Lafreniere and Igor Shesterkin could each be among the Calder Trophy finalists this season. Lafreniere is worth selecting among the first 100 overall players based on position scarcity (LW) and likely exposure to top-line center Mika Zibanejad. Shesterkin is worth drafting among the first 10 at the position after going 10-2-0 with a .932 save percentage last season, and his backup Alexandar Georgiev is worth handcuffing in late rounds.

5. Boston Bruins
Players in top 250: 9

6. Toronto Maple Leafs
Players in top 250: 9

7. Washington Capitals
Players in top 250: 10

8. Dallas Stars
Players in top 250: 10

9. St. Louis Blues
Players in top 250: 8

NOTE: The signing of defenseman Torey Krug is a lateral move in free agency with the departure of No. 1 defenseman Pietrangelo. Krug will quarterback the top power-play unit bringing exposure to forwards Ryan O’Reilly, Brayden Schenn and David Perron and should be among the positional leaders in power-play points. It’s worth noting right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder surgery) is expected to miss the start of the season.

10. Edmonton Oilers
Players in top 250: 8

NOTE: Defenseman Tyson Barrie is expected to skate on Edmonton’s top power-play unit with exposure to elite forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. If Edmonton’s power play finishes top five in the League again, Barrie could have as many as 30 power-play points this season, making him one of the more intriguing bounce-back options at the position.

11. Pittsburgh Penguins
Players in top 250: 8

12. Vancouver Canucks
Players in top 250: 9

NOTE: Goalies Braden Holtby and Thatcher Demko could be drafted together to form one of the more underrated stacks in the League. The Canucks lost defensemen Troy Stetcher and Christopher Tanev but should benefit from the acquisition of Nate Schmidt, who could skate on the top pair with standout Quinn Hughes, a top five player at the position.

13. Montreal Canadiens
Players in top 250: 11

14. Winnipeg Jets
Players in top 250: 9

15. Carolina Hurricanes
Players in top 250: 8

16. Philadelphia Flyers
Players in top 250: 8

17. Buffalo Sabres
Players in top 250: 9

NOTE: The signing of left wing Taylor Hall had a positive impact on each of Buffalo’s other eight fantasy-relevant skaters. Eichel, a top 10 overall fantasy asset, and Hall could be among the most dynamic stacking options this season and help defenseman Rasmus Dahlin have a breakout season. Veteran Eric Staal is also a significant upgrade for Buffalo at No. 2 center.

18. Calgary Flames
Players in top 250: 7

NOTE: Goalie Jacob Markstrom has a chance to finish among the top 10 at the position after signing with the Flames in the offseason, especially after Tanev followed him to Calgary from Vancouver. The Flames could be ranked higher on the list but need bounce-back seasons from forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan to regain their position as a top 15 fantasy team.

19. Columbus Blue Jackets
Players in top 250: 8

20. New York Islanders
Players in top 250: 9

21. Nashville Predators
Players in top 250: 6

22. Chicago Blackhawks
Players in top 250: 6

23. Florida Panthers
Players in top 250: 6

24. San Jose Sharks
Players in top 250: 8

NOTE: After a disappointing 2019-20 season for the Sharks, defensemen Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson will likely slip in fantasy drafts. Each of them still remains a top 15 option at the position and, with better goaltending, Karlsson and Burns have the potential to finish among the best fantasy defensemen.

25. Minnesota Wild
Players in top 250: 7

NOTE: Despite having limited options at the center position, rookie forward Kirill Kaprizov could be among the most valuable rookies in fantasy. Kaprizov led the KHL with 33 goals in 57 games last season and could skate on the top line with wing Kevin Fiala. The Wild lack a clear No. 1 center in fantasy this season (best options: Marcus Johansson, Nick Bonino), giving Fiala and Kaprizov plenty of opportunity to earn the majority of points.

26. Arizona Coyotes
Players in top 250: 6

27. Los Angeles Kings
Players in top 250: 7

28. Ottawa Senators
Players in top 250: 6

29. New Jersey Devils
Players in top 250: 6

30. Anaheim Ducks
Players in top 250: 5

31. Detroit Red Wings
Players in top 250: 3

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