Fantasy hockey rankings – The returns and most important debuts to their teams

NHL teams have between eight and eleven games left this season. This means that the dust is starting to settle on some positions in the standings before the playoffs.

However, teams are not allowed to rest their players for longer than two weeks because of the tightness of most races.

Although teams in the Eastern Conference postseason are now all but settled, there's still plenty of jostling for seeding so teams will likely not be settled in a spot until the last week.

The Western Conference on the other hand is close to some teams entering coast mode. The Colorado AvalancheYou need to have a combination of both wins and Calgary FlamesTo win the No. To be the No. 1 seed in West, they must lose just four. However, even this scenario should not allow the Avs rest on their laurels. Their Stanley Cup final aspirations are undoubtedly the Stanley Cup final. Therefore, they must continue to strive for the best home-ice advantage record in that possible future.

It's actually the overall goal of achieving the best record that will keep most teams going until the last week.

However, it is possible that we will start to see more goaltenders like Pavel Francouz, Dan VladarAnd Spencer KnightAs long as there is some breathing space, the No. 1s can be kept fresh by using that. 1.s are more fit for the postseason.

This week's other major focus will be on the arrival of future talent, now that the NCAA season has ended and entry-level contracts are being signed. We already have some notables. Victoria Matiash, a fellow ESPN fantasy hockey writer, covered them from a keeper perspectiveThis week, I am focusing on whether there might be some redraft value.

Fantasy hockey rankings – The returns and most important debuts to their teams

Matty Beniers, C, Seattle Kraken: Beniers are a great addition to any fantasy redraft team. The Kraken have shown that they have almost nothing in the middle to support their attack. Yanni GourdeHe has done all he can to help. Alex WennbergThis is not the right answer. This means that Beniers can still play in as many of the Kraken’s remaining 10 games as he likes. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get 18+ minutes as top-line centre right out the gate on Tuesday. It's not a spectacular supporting cast, but it's enough to make him a fantasy-relevant threat.

Fantasy hockey rankings – The returns and most important debuts to their teams

Owen Power, D, Buffalo Sabres: Although he is the type of player that can immediately make an impact in the NHL, there's one major problem. Rasmus Dahlin. There may be an incentive for Power to be highlighted as the season winds down but Dahlin will have more of the puck on the stick than Power. This dynamic will need to be explored more for next season as Power's NCAA season of 19 years is very similar to the point production that we saw from Adam FoxAnd Quinn HughesTwo other blue liners who required little warmup in the NHL. (While we're on the topic, let me mention that Jake Sanderson scored the most points per game in NCAA Season since the 1990s. He's injured and may not be able to play with the team. Ottawa SenatorsThis season, again. Power is not something I see making a significant impact on right away, with Dahlin taking up power-play time.

Fantasy hockey rankings – The returns and most important debuts to their teams

Kent Johnson, C/W, Columbus Blue Jackets: Although he is a great player, his playmaking style doesn't match up with the ones he plays. Patrik LaineHowever, it does not appear like Johnson will make his debut with access to the Jackets star forward. Johnson practiced on the 3rd line. Perhaps it's because the Jackets weren't mathematically eliminated in the playoffs, even though technically they have been. Johnson-Laine might be able to visit us once the Jackets name appears next on the standings. That scenario is where I see the path to fantasy relevance.

Fantasy hockey rankings – The returns and most important debuts to their teams

Bobby Brink, W, Philadelphia Flyers: Brink will be making his debut this week in the Flyers top 6 – he's just been named the NCAA's scoring leader. He also gets some power-play accessibility. The question of how much this has to offer is open to debate, as many players have those items in their pockets and can show fantasy results. The situation is promising, but it's not clear that the players will be able to make a living. Joel Farabee, Travis KonecnyAnd Kevin HayesIt is not possible to earn fantasy relevance. It seems like we are witnessing a cautious coin flip. Is Brink's enthusiasm enough to give the Flyers an extra boost down the stretch? If that is the case, there is still a spot available on your roster. We'll find out after Tuesday's match against Washington. I don't think I will rush to join the free-agent pool.

Forwards

It's important to remember that the rest-of season rankings can be quite confusing as hot and cold streaks as well as a short remaining schedule can greatly impact a player’s projection. For example, I wouldn’t put Kirill KaprizovBe ahead Connor McDavidThey could have played the same amount of games, but Kaprizov has two more games, so he wins.

Fantasy hockey rankings – The returns and most important debuts to their teams

David Pastrnak, W, Boston Bruins This is the third-lowest ranking, at No. 34): This is the most frustrating injury in fantasy. Pastrnak was a star since he started a line. Taylor HallAnd Erik HaulaHe is very active, so don't miss a moment of his action. The vague updates regarding Pastrnak's status don't allow for any firm decisions to be made about your roster. Pastrnak is among the top 20 NHL line for goals per sixty minutes this season, according to MoneyPuck.com. Keep an eye out for updates in the coming days.

Fantasy hockey rankings – The returns and most important debuts to their teams

Max PaciorettyAnd Mark Stone, W, Vegas Golden Knights (Enter ranks at No. 48 and No. 78, respectively) 48 and No. 78 respectively): Stone could be activated this week, if the Golden Knights are desperate to make the playoffs. Stone was not supposed to be activated in the postseason but the Knights are dependent on him. Stone and Pacioretty played just 175 minutes each. Chandler StephensonFive-on-five this season, only the Avalanche and Maple Leafs top lines have produced more goals per minute with less than 60 minutes together. This trio is a must-have for the Golden Knights, even if they only play a few games.

Fantasy hockey rankings – The returns and most important debuts to their teams

Evgeni Malkin, C, Pittsburgh Penguins (down 104 positions to No. 144): Geno will not be able to lose his cool. A suspension means Malkin will miss half of the Penguins eight remaining games. This is good news, though. Rickard Rakell. Rakell might be able join the top power-play team for four games even though Malkin will be missed at all strength.

On the move: Defensemen

Fantasy hockey rankings – The returns and most important debuts to their teams

Jake McCabe, D, Chicago Blackhawks (Up 107 places to No. 98: I am highlighting defensemen from a category you might be interested in. McCabe is just one of many defenders that are driving late-season streaks using “grinderfuel,” which I define as fantasy point values that help your team avoid hits and blocked shots. McCabe is the best example. But if there's a hole in your lineup, you can look at other defensemen. Cody Ceci, Michael Stone, Jaycob Megna, Jani Hakanpaa, Joel EdmundsonAnd Jacob MiddletonThese are just a few examples.

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The Blackhawks draw the game against the Maple Leafs. Jake McCabe scores the winning goal in the third period.

Goaltenders moving

Fantasy hockey rankings – The returns and most important debuts to their teams

Robin Lehner, G, Vegas Golden Knights (Up 106 spots to No. 108): The Knights are in dire need of victory and Stone and Pacioretty are back in the fold, so Lehner should be trusted again in fantasy. Lehner is in great shape with only one back to back set left. He needs to make sure he gets every point.

Rankings are updated

Max Pacioretty, Mark Stone, Jeff Petry, Nick Bonino, Dante Fabbro, Jake Muzzin, Chandler Stephenson, Michael Stone, Linus UllmarkJaycob Megna and Joel Edmundson Carson Soucy, Spencer Knight, Mike Smith, Dmitry Orlov, Cam YorkJacob Middleton Alexander BarabanovJani Hakanpaa Andre Burakovsky, Dysin Mayo, Dmitry Kulikov, Trevor Zegras, Justin HollOwen Power Danny DeKeyser, Trevor van RiemsdykAnd Viktor Arvidsson.

Just missed

Jordan Greenway, Christian Dvorak, T.J. Oshie, Bowen Byram, Brandon Saad, Nicklas Backstrom, Kevin Shattenkirk, Ryan StromeAnd Nino Niederreiter.

Dropped out

Hampus Lindholm, Charlie Coyle, Craig Smith, Jeff Carter, Adam Larsson, Nazem KadriYanni Gourde Vince Dunn, Scott Mayfield, Jack Hughes, Troy Terry, Cam Atkinson, Brett Pesce, Cam Fowler, Kailer YamamotoQuinn Hughes Tristan Jarry, Neal Pionk, Jeremy Swayman, Semyon Varlamov, Erik Brannstrom, Nikita Zaitsev, Connor Brown, Eeli Tolvanen, Daniel Sprong, Max Domi, Boone Jenner, Oliver BjorkstrandAnd Timothy Liljegren.

Top 250 rankings

1. Auston Matthews?, F, TOR (F1)
2. Mitch Marner, F, TOR (F2)
3. Kirill KaprizovF, F, MIN (F3)
4. Aleksander Barkov, F FLA (F4)
5. Roman Josi, D1, NSH (D1)
6. Timo Meier, F. SJ (F5)
7. Cale Makar?, D, COL(D2)
8. Jonathan Huberdeau, F FLA (F6)
9. Connor McDavid, F EDM (F7)
10. Nathan MacKinnonF, F, COL, (F8)
11. Alex OvechkinF, FSH (F9)
12. Leon Draisaitl, F EDM (F10)
13. John Carlson, D, WSH, (D3)
14. Filip Forsberg, F, NSH, (F11).
15. Mikko Rantanen, F COL (F12),
16. Johnny Gaudreau, F. CGY (F13).
17. Josh Norris, F. OTT (F14).
18. Igor ShesterkinG, NYR (G1)
19. Matthew Tkachuk, F, C, CGY (F15).
20. J.T. MillerF16, F, VAN
21. Chris Kreider, F. NYR (F17).
22. Victor HedmanD4, TB (D4)
23. Elias Lindholm, F. CGY (F18).
24. Tomas Hertl, F. SJ, F19
25. Ilya SorokinG, NYI, G2
26. Alex DeBrincat, F, CHI (F20).
27. Patrick Kane, F. CHI (F21).
28. Brock NelsonF22, F22, F22
29. Brad Marchand, F, BOS (F23)
30. Darcy KuemperG, G, COL, (G3)
31. Vladimir Tarasenko, F, STL, (F24).
32. Matt Duchene, F NSH (F25).
33. Steven Stamkos, F, TB, (F26).
34. David Pastrnak, F, BOS (F27)
35. Charlie McAvoy, D, BOS (D5)
36. Ville HussoG, G, STL, (G4)
37. Jack Eichel, F, VGS, F28
38. Sebastian Aho, F CAR (F29).
39. Jacob MarkstromG, G. CGY (G5)
40. Mats Zuccarello, F, MINT (F30).
41. Nikita Kucherov, F, TB, (F31).
42. Andrei VasilevskiyG6, TB (G6)
43. Seth Jones, D., CHI, (D6)
44. Brady Tkachuk, F, OOTT (F32).
45. Brent Burns, D. SJ (D7)
46. John Tavares, F, TOR, (F33).
47. Tom Wilson, F, FSH (F34).
48. Max PaciorettyF, F, VGS, (F35).
49. Sam Reinhart, F FLA (F36).
50. Patrice Bergeron, F, BOS (F37)
51. Joe Pavelski, F. DAL (F38).
52. Jakub Vrana, F, DET (F39)
53. William Nylander, F, TOR, (F40).
54. Robert Thomas, F. STL (F41).
55. Ryan Pulock, D. NYI (D8)
56. Moritz Seider, D, DET (D9)
57. Morgan Rielly, D., TOR (D10)
58. Frederik AndersenG, G. CAR (G7)
59. Elias PetterssonF42, F-VAN
60. Sidney CrosbyF43, F, F43
61. Noah Dobson, D. NYI (D11).
62. Juuse SarosG, G, NSH, G8
63. Brayden Point, F. TB (F44).
64. MacKenzie Weegar, D. FLA (D12).
65. Brayden McNabb, D. VGS (D13).
66. Roope Hintz, F., DAL (F45).
67. Nico Hischier, F. NJ (F46).
68. Dylan Larkin, F, DET (F47)
69. Pavel Buchnevich, F. STL (F48).
70. Artemi PanarinF49, F, NYR
71. Bo Horvat, F VAN (F50).
72. Connor HellebuyckG, G. WPG (G9)
73. Zach Werenski, D, CLS, (D14).
74. Jason Robertson, F, DAL, (F51).
75. Jared Spurgeon, D, MIN, (D15).
76. Brayden Schenn, F. STL (F52).
77. Devon Toews, D, COL, (D16).
78. Mark StoneF53, F, VGS
79. Joel Eriksson Ek, F, MINT (F54).
80. Logan Couture, F. SJ, F55
81. Evgeny Kuznetsov, F, FSH (F56).
82. Nick Schmaltz, F. ARI (F57).
83. Thatcher DemkoG, VAN, (G10)
84. Justin Faulk, D. STL (D17).
85. Kevin FialaF58, F58, F.
86. David Perron, F, STL, (F59).
87. Alex Pietrangelo, D, VGS, (D18).
88. Kyle Connor, F, WPG, (F60).
89. Ryan Johansen, F. NSH (F61).
90. Mathew Dumba D, MIN(D19)
91. Evander Kane, F EDM (F62).
92. Mark ScheifeleF, F. WPG (F63).
93. Tanner Jeannot, F, NSH, (F64).
94. Nikolaj EhlersF65, F, WPG
95. Darnell Nurse, D (D20),
96. Mark Giordano, D, TOR, (D21).
97. Adam Fox, D. NYR (D22).
98. Jake McCabe, D., CHI (D23).
99. Tyler Bertuzzi, F, DET (F66)
100. Jake OettingerG, G. DAL (G11).
101. Tim Stutzle, F, OOTT (F67).
102. Ivan Provorov, D, PHI, D24
103. Jean-Gabriel PageauF68 (F68).
104. Jesper Bratt, F. NJ (F69).
105. Anders LeeF70, F, NYI
106. Jonathan MarchessaultF71, F, VGS
107. Cam TalbotG, G, MIN, (G12).
108. Robin LehnerG, VGS (G13).
109. Marc-Andre FleuryG, G, MIN (G14).
110. Ben Chiarot, D, FLA, (D25).
111. Radko Gudas, D, FLA, (D26).
112. Jack Campbell, G. TOR (G15).
113. Kris Letang, D., PIT (D27).
114. Ryan Hartman, F, MIN (F72).
115. Calvin de Haan, D. CHI (D28).
116. Mikhail Sergachev, D, TB, (D29).
117. Claude Giroux, F FLA (F73).
118. Matthew Boldy F, MIN (F74).
119. Ryan McDonagh, D, TB, (D30).
120. Mika ZibanejadF, F, NYR, F75
121. Andrei Svechnikov, F, CAR, (F76).
122. Jamie BennF77, F, DAL
123. Jake DeBrusk, F, BOS (F78)
124. Rasmus Andersson, D. CGY (D31).
125. Nick SuzukiF, F, MON, (F79).
126. Jacob Trouba, D, NYR, (D32).
127. Mario Ferraro, D. SJ (D33).
128. Esa Lindell?, D, DAL (D34).
129. Shayne Gostisbehere, D, AR (D35).
130. Jake Guentzel, F. PIT (F80).
131. John Klingberg?, D, DAL (D36).
132. Valeri NichushkinF81, F, F82
133. Dylan StromeF, F, CHI (F82).
134. Rickard Rakell, F. PIT (F83).
135. Alec Martinez, D, VGS, (D37).
136. Taylor Hall, F, BOS (F84)
137. Dougie Hamilton, D, NJ (D38).
138. Travis Sanheim, D. PHI (D39).
139. Jeff Petry, D., MON (D40).
140. Tyler Seguin, F, DAL, (F85).
141. Jordan Kyrou, F, STL, (F86).
142. Adrian Kempe, F, LA, (F87).
143. Erik Johnson, D., COL (D41).
144. Sam Bennett, F, FLA, (F88).
145. Evgeni Malkin, F. PIT (F89).
146. Noah Hanifin, D, CGY, (D42).
147. Bryan Rust, F PIT (F90).
148. Jonas Brodin, D, MIN, (D43).
149. Tage Thompson, F, BOUF (F91).
150. Damon Severson, D, NJ (D44).
151. Colton Parayko, D, STL, (D45).
152. Mattias Ekholm, D, NSH, (D46).
153. Joel Farabee, F. PHI (F92).
154. Rasmus Ristolainen, D., PHI (D47).
155. Vladislav Gavrikov, D, CLS, (D48).
156. Erik Haula, F, BOS (F93)
157. Cody Ceci, D, EDM, (D49).
158. Adam Pelech, D. NYI (D50).
159. Sean Durzi, D, LA, (D51).
160. Marcus FolignoF94, F, MIN
161. Gustav Forsling, D, FLA, (D52).
162. Lucas Raymond, F, DET (F95)
163. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, F EDM (F96).
164. Tyler Toffoli, F. CGY (F97).
165. Nick Bonino, F. SJ (F98).
166. Joshua Morrissey, D, WPG (D53)
167. Dante Fabbro, D. NSH (D54).
168. Erik Karlsson, D, SJ, (D55).
169. Jake Muzzin, D, TOR, (D56).
170. Chandler Stephenson, F VGS (F99).
171. Teuvo Teravainen, F CAR (F100).
172. Anton Lundell, F FLA (F101).
173. Ivan Barbashev, F, STL, (F102).
174. David Savard, D. MON (D57).
175. Matthew Beniers, F, SEA (F103)
176. Anze Kopitar, F, LA, (F104).
177. Anthony Duclair, F FLA (F105).
178. Cole CaufieldF, F, MON, (F106).
179. Andrew Copp, F. NYR (F107).
180. Jared McCannF, F, SEA (F108).
181. Michael Stone, D. CGY, D58
182. Linus Ullmark, G, BOS (G16)
183. Ryan Graves, D. NJ (D59).
184. Ryan O'Reilly, F, STL, (F109).
185. Blake WheelerF110, F, WPG
186. Kyle PalmieriF111 (F111).
187. Joel Edmundson, D, MOON (D60).
188. Mason Marchment, F FLA (F112)
189. Mathew BarzalF, NYI (F113).
190. Michael Bunting, F. TOR (F114).
191. Patrik Laine, F, CLS, (F115).
192. Christopher Tanev, D. CGY (D61).
193. Torey Krug, D, STL, (D62).
194. Jaycob Megna, D. SJ (D63).
195. Frank Vatrano, F NYR (F116).
196. Ilya Mikheyev, F, TOR, (F117).
197. Yegor Sharangovich, F, NJ, (F118).
198. Conor ShearyF, F, WSH, F119
199. Carson Soucy, D., SEA (D64).
200. Luke Schenn, D, TB, (D65).
201. Zach Hyman, F, EDM, (F120).
202. Kevin Hayes, F, PHI, (F121).
203. Spencer KnightG, FLA (G17).
204. Mike SmithG, EDM (G18).
205. Travis KonecnyF122.
206. Tony DeAngelo, D, CAR, (D66).
207. Alex Tuch, F. BUF (F123).
208. Andrew Mangiapane, F. CGY (F124).
209. Shea Theodore, D, VGS, (D67).
210. Evan Bouchard, D, EDM, (D68).
211. Mikael Granlund, F, NSH, (F125).
212. Evgenii DadonovF, F, ANA (F126).
213. Dmitry Orlov, D, WSH, (D69).
214. Tyson Barrie, D, EDM, (D70).
215. Cam York, D, PHI, D71
216. Alexander Kerfoot, F. TOR (F127).
217. Drake Batherson, F, OOTT (F128)
218. Jacob Middleton, D, MIN, (D72).
219. Alexander Barabanov, F. SJ, F129
220. Jani Hakanpaa, D, DAL (D73).
221. Andre Burakovsky, F, CO (F130).
222. Anthony Cirelli, F. TB (F131).
223. Zach PariseF132, F33
224. Jeff SkinnerF133, F133, F, F33
225. Vincent TrocheckF, F, CAR, (F134)
226. Dysin Mayo, D, AR (D74).
227. Mathieu Joseph, F, OTT (F135)
228. Alexander Romanov, D, MOON (D75).
229. Pierre-Luc Dubois, F, WPG, (F136).
230. Dmitry Kulikov, D. MIN (D76).
231. Miro Heiskanen, DAL (D77).
232. Sergei BobrovskyG, FLA (G19).
233. Adam HenriqueF, FANA (F137).
234. Zach Whitecloud, D. VGS (D78).
235. Ryan Suter, D-DAL (D79).
236. Trevor Zegras, F. ANA (F138).
237. Justin Holl, D. TOR (D80).
238. Josh AndersonF, F. MON (F139).
239. Owen Power, D, BUF, (D81).
240. Danny DeKeyser, D, DET (D82)
241. Phillip Danault, F. LA (F140).
242. Artem Zub, D, OTT, (D83).
243. Trevor van Riemsdyk, D. WSH (D84).
244. Viktor Arvidsson, F. LA (F141).
245. James ReimerG, SJ, (G20)
246. Anthony ManthaF, F, WSH, F142
247. Anton Forsberg, G. OTT (G21).
248. Alex Killorn, F. TB (F143).
249. Rasmus Dahlin, D, BUF, (D85).
250. Jaccob Slavin, D, CAR, (D86).

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