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Hey everyone!  Instead of simply relisting all of my top 200, I’m going to go through the guys who are moving up or down my rankings in a significant fashion, be it for injury or otherwise.  If people want me to post an updated top 200 list, I can do that for Monday, but it would simply be a list without details.  This post is to give you details on these movements so to follow along, here are my Top 50, Top 100, Top 150, and Top 200.  I will continually update this post until the start of the season to keep everything up to date.  Here are the latest movers:

RISERS

Devan Dubnyk – The more time goes by, the more I believe that Dubnyk belongs on the end of the goalie tier from 24-26th.  Dubnyk was the #3 goalie last year and has an incredibly high floor in Boudreau’s system.  I’d slide him up to 27th overall.

P.K. Subban – The loss of Ryan Ellis for at least half of the regular season puts a massive burden on Subban, Roman Josi and Mattias Ekholm.  For fantasy purposes, that’s great for us.  Ekholms becomes fringe 12’er worthy but the big winners are Subban and Josi.  Subban moves up towards the back of the 3rd round while Josi jumps up to around 50th overall.

Andrei Vasilevskiy – I usually don’t go goalie early in drafts so I find myself more and more willing to take Vasilevskiy as my #1.  I am sliding him up to around Bishop’s range since Tampa gives him more upside in terms of wins compared to the other goalies in his original tier.

Corey Perry – Even with the drop off last season, the floor is too high to be outside of the top 100.  He belongs closer to 80th overall with upside from there since the Ducks are decimated and could ride their studs for massive minutes.

Jonathan Quick – I still don’t want Quick anywhere but he belongs in the tier with all of the other goalies around 70th overall.

Kris Letang – I still can’t justify a top 50 pick on Letang but he’s healthy in camp so he’s moving into the top 60.  If you want to gamble, Letang is your guy because he can be the #1 defenseman if he plays 70 games.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson – I’m starting to buy into Arizona having a nice season.  OEL moves back into my top 100 since we’ve seen him be a top 40 player before.

Mike Smith – The upside is so high for Smith that he belongs in the group around 110th overall.

Jacob Trouba – The floor is high for Trouba because he hits all of the categories.  As talked about on the most recent podcast, Trouba should be closer to 125th overall.

Charlie McAvoy – I don’t want to move him up too much since Torey Krug will probably only miss the first week or two of the season but it give McAvoy a chance to start hot and then run with it.  Move him up a round or two.

Oliver Bjorkstrand – Everyone who reads my posts with regularity know how much I like Bjorkstrand.  Well, he’s skating in camp with Panarin and Wennberg which is a dream spot.  I want him on every team now and would move him up to around 150th.

Cam Fowler – I would be willing to take Fowler a round or two higher than where I had him with the intention of selling high once Anaheim gets healthier (just like last year).

Sean Couturier – Early in camp he is centering Giroux and Voracek giving him some upside for once.  He slides into my top 200 but towards the bottom end since there’s no guarantee that it sticks.

FALLERS

Erik Karlsson – With there being a chance he’s out for the first month of the season, Karlsson drops down a bit.  For now, he goes into the 30’s but he could go down to around 50th if it’s confirmed that he’ll be out for October.

Ryan Kesler – He’s out until around Christmas so I wouldn’t draft him outside of the last round of two if you have injured reserve spots.

Justin Schultz – I don’t trust Letang to stay healthy but since he’s not going to miss the beginning of the season as originally expected, Schultz drops down to the 150th overall range for me.

Dmitry Orlov – I was too aggressive in my rank with Orlov.  I still want him everywhere but you can get him just outside the top 150 with no issue.

  1. goodfold2 says:
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    i know RCL’s are espn leagues (at least in baseball). i just took over an espn hockey and have no idea whether traded draft picks go in automatically or manually. if manually that means i’d have to find the ones traded last year. i went into last year’s page for this league and if they show transactions i have no clue where. any idea where (my assumption is that baseball and hockey leagues would be the same in this regard)

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: nevermind it’s all been figured out, it’s a much more convoluted process in espn to find previous year stuff.

  2. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    now with this 20 team dynasty with hits/blocks/PPP/SHP/faceoffs and normal stuff, drafting one pick tonight at 15th overall.
    C (4) crosby/malkin/couture/turris,hanzal, m.mcleod
    LW (4) fiala (RW), burakovsky (RW), fabbri (C), barbashev (C)
    RW (4) rust, kessel, hornqvist, t.meier (LW)
    D (6) letang, maataa, honka, chychrun, goligoski, c.murphy
    G murray/lehner

    so i’m super strong in center both now and future, tons of long term winger upside but short term wingers are my weakness, sick goalie depth (in a start 1 goalie per day min 3 per week even ONE good starter is good). post draft chychrun, mcleod go to IR/NA slots.
    due to needing 8 non NA PIT players at all times, gotta think long term sprong has bigger value than just a hot/cold prospect list. he’s out there. but how many of these would you draft earlier in a league like this (and say if my order is just F’d, i’d need to rank 15 of these minimum):
    – hischier (man i wish this guy is a winger, he’ll be gone anyway though)
    – patrick (also won’t be around)
    – shipachyov (nice faceoffs from a LW eligible)
    – mcavoy
    – dadonov (1st liner)
    – zucker (holy crap 1st liner)
    – d.sedin (yep dropped)
    – frolik (looking like some good linemates too)
    – sprong
    – frank the tank vatrano (could use some hits at wing with all the rookies or near rookies)
    – j.williams (pretty good linemates too)
    -hartnell
    -kunitz (who i just dropped, similar to hartnell)
    and some prospects, tippett, kaprizov,

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: i guess D short term with 3 rookies is really my biggest weakness, esp when letang is hurt.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: upon further scouring the top 200 and notables outside of that (i like that they are categorized) there are vanek, gagner (i dropped recently), haapala, dunn, sobotka (oh hells yeah didn’t realize he had LW now), duclair. probably should move soby into zuckerish area.

  3. nightpandas says:
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    Hey Viz,

    14 team keep 13 roto

    looking for my last couple of keepers;

    Start 4C : Backstrom, Barkov
    Start 4L: OV, Benn, Keller (C)
    Start 4R: Tarasenko, Zuccarello
    Start 4D: Karlsson, Klingberg
    STart 2G: Rinne, Elliot

    For my last 2 who do you like: Mrazek, Buchnevich, Marchessault, Puljujarvi, NEal, HAmonic, Slavin

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: @nightpandas: Depends on what categories you are using but would lean towards Buchnevich and either Neal or Puljujarvi depending on whether you want a better contributor now or potential long term upside.

      • Nightpandas says:
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        @Viz: cats: G A Pts PPP PIM SHP Shots

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          @Nightpandas: No plus-minus changes things. I’m keeping Neal now and think Marchessault gets close to Butcher although I still lean towards his youth.

  4. charlie batch says:
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    RCL info this year?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @charlie batch: Link is in the banner up top under Our Leagues

  5. newbvic says:
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    hiz. just goey vt my hometown draft done the other day. was wondering if you can let me know if i drafted a balanced squad when it comes to stats. early thoughts were i might be a tad light on PIM and low on plus minus. but would love to hear your thoughts on the balance and overall look of team. thank you in advance.

    4 Brent Burns, SJ D
    21 Sergei Bobrovsky, Cls G
    28 Jack Eichel, Buf F
    45 Wayne Simmonds, Phi F
    52 Dougie Hamilton, Cgy D
    69 Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Ari D
    76 Jeff Skinner, Car F
    93 Viktor Arvidsson, Nsh F
    100 Scott Darling, Car G
    117 Brayden Schenn, StL F
    124 Chris Kreider, NYR F
    141 Anders Lee, NYI F
    148 Vincent Trocheck, Fla F
    165 Matt Dumba, Min D
    172 Justin Faulk, Car D
    189 Tyler Toffoli, LA F
    196 Nico Hischier, NJ F
    213 Antti Raanta, Ari G
    220 Elias Lindholm, Car F
    237 David Perron, Vgs F
    244 Ryan Strome, Edm F
    261 Brock Boeser, Van F

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @newbvic: Looks really good to me! I think you’re actually in fairly good shape in terms of PIM with Simmonds and then a bunch of 50+ guys. Maybe plus-minus is a small issue but for now, I wouldn’t worry about it. Well done!

      • newbvic says:
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        @Viz: thanks viz. puts me even more at ease. i got nervous and reached for darling a bit earlier than hoped. after craig anderson went who i wanted for a 2 and darling 3 i just had to lock him up. i’m clearly on the hurricane bandwagon with you and think ARI will have nice bounce back as well getting Raanta.

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          @newbvic: No problem at all. I think you got him in a fine spot, I wouldn’t sweat it.

    • Noavatar1 says:
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      @newbvic: Your team looks pretty awesome man!

  6. David says:
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    Hi Viz, Are you still able to post a simple list of the top 200 after these players have been shifted? I know you mention rough locations of each player but I’d find the list helpful in comparing them to other players. Thanks!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @David: If other people would like this, please comment to this. It takes a long time for me to do it but if a large portion of people do, I will do it.

      • WalleyWorld says:
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        @Viz: Yes please. I would also greatly appreciate a prospect ranking for dynasty leagues.

        • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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          @WalleyWorld: particularly one that merges this year’s drafted guys with previously ranked prospects, that’s always the hard part in prospect rankings. obviously some weight should be given to proximity, but super high end guys like tippett should certainly be showing in them too.

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          @WalleyWorld: I’ll put together an updated list for Wednesday morning if that’s okay. I honestly don’t have the time to do an entire prospect ranking list. Being the only writer here, it’s simply not feasible for me to spend a large chunk of time right now doing it. This is where I wish I wasn’t the onlyhockey guy on Razzball. I’m obviously willing to answer all questions and will continue to do so.

          • WalleyWorld says:
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            @Viz: hey anything you can give us is great. I appreciate all the work you do on the hockey side. And thanks for making yourself available to answer our questions, always clutch.

            • Viz

              Viz says:
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              @WalleyWorld: No problem at all, honestly wish I could do more for everyone so the questions aren’t an issue in the slightest.

  7. WalleyWorld says:
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    Hello Viz, dynasty question for ya. 14th pick in our rookie/fyp draft and both skaters I wanted are still on the board. I think the obvious choice is to take Vadim Shipachev, not sure how he has lasted this long. I was also interested in selecting Kirill Kaprisov. Does Kaprisov have a role this year or a higher ceiling long term than Shipachev? Thanks for the help!

    Also please rank these players for a dynasty.
    W – Labanc, Duclair, Danault, Beauvillier, Donskoi
    D – Hanifin, Provorov

    • Viz

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      @WalleyWorld: Kaprisov is definitely playing in the KHL this year so you aren’t getting from him now if that’s what you are looking for. I would say at this point, the ceiling is higher for Kaprisov solely because Shipachyov is already 30 years old, you’re only going to get a few peak years from him.

      These guys are close but I’ll say Hanifin, Duclair, Provorov, Beauvillier, Danault, Donskoi, Labanc

  8. Shitwolf says:
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    hey buddy I was thinking about the 3rd and 4th round of the draft.. . in a hits/blocks/faceoffs league how would you rank Simmonds relative to wheeler? was thinking of going like Simmonds into Bergeron because they secure so many stats. but I have noticed in mocks wheeler is still available sometimes so it makes a hard choice

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Shitwolf:Hey man, hope all is well! It’s enough to put Simmonds ahead of Wheeler although it is marginal.

  9. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    12 team keep 7 no escalating costs. start 2 C, 2 LW, 2 RW, 2 W, 2 F, 6 D, 1 util. 2 goalies
    hits/blocks/faceoffs/PPP added.
    options to keep
    price (for sure), then 6 out of these, monahan, johansen, niederitter, voracek, mackinnon, krug, mcdonagh, kane (BUF), coyle.

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: with the faceoffs i’d think mackinnon/monahan/joey (and age to the first 2) would have higher value. voracek loses value on hits/blocks for sure. kane gains.

      • Viz

        Viz says:
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        @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: I think Monahan, Johansen, MacKinnon, Nino, Kane are all fairly easy and the last one is extremely tough. Honestly, you can justify all of them so I’d go with whoever you like. Might go McDonagh for big blocks and to have a defenseman?

  10. Lenny says:
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    Viz,

    Nice work on the rankings but they aren’t very easy to use. What about a simple list that could be used to check off who’s taken, etc.? I’m worried I’ll be searching 5 different posts to figure out where you had available guys ranked for my online snake tonight.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Lenny: Well the timing is kind of unfortunate but my updated top 200 will be in one post going up tomorrow morning. Sorry about that but I haven’t started doing it yet and won’t get to it until later tonight.

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