It’s the final countdown!  We’ve finally made it to the end of the top 250.  We are to the point where you are taking guys with your last few picks so I’m going to limit the details here.  Target categories that you need some reassurance in but be prepared to cut these guys if necessary.  If you want to handcuff your goalie, this is also the time to do it.  Let’s finish this bad boy up!

201) Mike Green – Far cry from his hay day but he’ll be running the Detroit power play and has been healthier the last few seasons.

202) Michal Neuvirth – I think there’s a good chance he takes over in Philly eventually.  You won’t have to draft him higher than this but he’s a great option is this late for the upside.

203) Connor Hellebuyck – If I knew he was going to be on the Winnipeg opening day roster, he’d be closer to 100 than 200.  However, the Jets are dumb and may have him in the AHL to start so Hellboy is stuck here for the time being.

204) Benoit Pouliot – Will be in the top 6 again and possibly the first power play unit.  Was really coming on last season before the injury.

205) Justin Williams – I’d rather shoot for upside this late but he did have 52 points last season.  Role is a question though.

206) J.T. Miller – Strong season with 22+21.  Should see a minute increase and as long as the shots go up, he could be a hold all season.

207) Zack Smith – 25 goals and 80 PIM last season, should be in top 6 now.  Shooting percentage was unsustainable so the shot rate needs to increase to stay on rosters.

208) Seth Jones – Going to have big minutes; it’s year 4 so hopefully the offense starts to come through.

209) Anton Stralman – Yawnstipating but it’s good enough across the board.

210) Brock Nelson – 26 goals last season were a career high but I’m worried that he won’t be with J.T. plus the shots fell back.  Just can’t pass on the goals at this point.

211) Frederik Andersen – Don’t want anything to do with him but he’s a starting goalie.  This will be repeated throughout the rest of the top 250.

212) Mathieu Perreault – Consistent, underrated producer; he’s an injury risk but that’s perfectly fine in the last couple rounds.

213) Ryan Ellis – Another boring stat line but there’s enough there to be drafted.  If one of the big two get injured, Ellis will get first power play time making him must own.

214) William Nylander – Shooting for the upside at this point.

215) Mitch Marner – Putting them back to back because I’m unsure which one will be on the second and third line.  Either way, I think there is value there in redrafts but the one in the top six could end up a hold.

216) Pavel Zacha – Drafting him here to be able to stream him early in the season. By the end of the season, I expect him to be on close to 100% of rosters.

217) Ondrej Pavelec – I expect the Jets to be back in the playoff hunt and while Hellebuyck should be the starter, it may be Pavelec.  If he starts poor, he’s definitely losing the job.

218) Craig Anderson – I don’t want anything to do with him but he’s an unquestioned starter so he needs to be ranked here.

219) Cam Ward – See Anderson, Craig except he’ll get less starts than Anderson.

220) Nino Niederreiter – I wish he was in the top 6 but he’s had back to back 20 goal seasons and just turned 24 years old.

221) T.J. Brodie – Excellent source of assists, wouldn’t touch him in roto because of how horrible the shots are.

222) Alexander Wennberg – Need the shots to increase and the PIM are nonexistent but there’s upside here.  8+32 last season in 69 games, just turned 22 years old and should be in the top 6.

223) Chris Kunitz – He’s horrible in real life at this point in his career but he’ll still mooch points off a superstar center.  Great source of late plus-minus.

224) Michael Stone – If I knew he’d be on the first power play unit again, he’d be even higher.  Stone had 36 points, 62 PIM and over 2 shots per game last season, a great value late in drafts.  Have to hope he doesn’t lose that time to Gogo (coming up shortly).

225) Mike Smith – See Anderson, Craig again.

226) Alex Killorn – One of my favorite streamers, he looks like the favorite to start on the first line again.

227) Ryan Miller – Follow the same chain you have for the recent goalies except that Miller is closer to a time share.  The only upside is that he’s traded to a better team who needs a goalie.

228) Jimmy Vesey – I don’t think he’ll be much more than 20+20 but at 23 years old, he’s safer than a normal rookie.

229) Erik Johnson – I think we see improvement with Roy gone but regardless, 10+ goals with good shots and PIM make him fill teams nicely right at the end.

230) Nick Bjugstad – Love the player but he’s stuck on the third line now.  Could still get to 20+ goals but to be a hold, he’ll probably need an injury to Barkov or Trocheck.

231) Sean Couturier – Defensive role caps his upside but had 39 points in 63 games last season.

232) Oscar Klefbom – Upside pick since he should be on the first power play unit for the Oilers.

233) Nick Leddy – Also should be on the first power play unit, great source of assists but might not be much else.

234) Damon Severson – Somebody on the Devils blue line has to produce, right?

235) Mathew Barzal – Just like Zacha except that he has more talent on the team blocking him.  Still think he’s going to be highly owned by the end of the season.  Check out the Metro Pod for more discussion on him.

236) Zdeno Chara – At this point, it’s really just for PIM.  Points will be okay but he’s off the first power play unit.

237) Ales Hemsky – Should be in the top 6 on arguably the best offensive team in the league.

238) Tanner Pearson – Not a huge fan because of his lack of contribution in most categories but he does get to play with two great offensive players.

239) Matt Niskanen – Not a fan with Carlson back and on the first power play unit.  The upside is huge if Carlson goes down but otherwise, it’s pretty much only assists and plus-minus.

240) Joonas Donskoi – Should be on the second line; with Couture back he gets an elite center to play with.  I expect an expanded role in year 2.

241) Carl Hagelin – Few power play points but played outstanding in his time with Pittsburgh last season.

242) Hampus Lindholm – Love him in real life, the question is whether or not he gets the offensive role from a fantasy perspective.  Probably going to move him up some in the revision for the upside.

243) Mike Ribiero – Very cheap assists and PIM, horrible otherwise, especially in shots.

244) Alex Goligoski – Should be quality assists on a team with a ton of upside.  Does he beat out Stone for the other PP1 spot?

245) Dmitry Orlov – Love the upside, hopefully his role increases.

246) Jarome Iginla – Showing plenty of signs of age but could be on a potentially lethal first power play unit.  Avs should be much improved.

247) David Perron – Was much better in Anaheim, top 6 role in St. Louis should give him top streamer value.

248) Bo Horvat – Love the player, hate the situation.  Could push -30 again with how bad the team is.

249) Drew Stafford – Second line right winger who will get to play with two strong offensive players.  Definition of streaky.

250) Conor Sheary – Not convinced he’s a good player but he’s playing with Crosby.  Good enough for me!

It’s over!  250 players ranked to help everyone with their draft.  As always, feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments below.  I’ll be back on Monday with fully updated rankings of my top 250 overall in one place to make things easier for everyone on draft day.  Take care!

  1. Quick Sycamore says:
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    Cool! My draft is on Monday. Hopefully some injuries (Seguin) are cleared up by then.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Quick Sycamore: All indications are that Seguin will be ready for opening night so keep him in the top half of the first round.

  2. Montezuma's Revenge...right now says:
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    for dynasty saros or nedeljkovic? demko was clearly higher but he just went. both grade out really good and near identically. saros is short, maybe that makes the difference here, except he did get those same grades while being so. 16 team league with 7 minor league slots we are drafting some guys and there’s a goalie run and i have none, but do have really good starting goalies in both TB guys (we only get 100 starts a year total roto, and can stream others).

  3. Ben says:
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    I’m in a 10 team league and I think I’m the only owner that uses your site. I’m not telling them about it either. It’s possible the quality of your work is limiting your popularity. Thanks for all your hard work.

    • Quick Sycamore says:
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      @Ben: Yeah I can second that….unless we’re in the same league…

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Ben: I appreciate that, I remember you saying the same last season. Not sure what you mean by “the quality of your work is limiting your popularity”

      • Ben says:
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        @Viz:

        We aren’t telling our league mates because it’s too good to share. A crappier site I would certainly share with them. : )

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          @Ben: Haha fair enough, I appreciate that. Glad that you’re back reading here and commenting 🙂

  4. Montezuma's Revenge...right now says:
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    damn, this is why running end of baseball, football and hockey drafts aren’t the best thing at the same time. sooo many players i wasn’t aware of changing positions. i had coyle ranked very high (used yr rankings, but they didn’t realize he’s playing RW on TOP line till i could’ve easily taken him rounds earlier, then missed him by one pick). keep 14, min 6 BOS, hits/blocks/faceoffs/D man points as extra category, STP added. 16 team league. drafted out of the 5 slot (snake). gotta hope espn adjusts positions quickly too. start 3 of each forward with a util, 2 goalies.
    C bergeron (K), krejci (K), henrique (K), hanzal (3)
    LW hall (K), simmonds (K), marchand (K), parise (K), pasternak (K), pouliot (9)
    RW jagr (K), reinhart BUF (2), stafford (7), gaborik (8)
    D chara (K), hamilton (K), boychuk (K), krug (1), hamonic (4, missed stone by 2 picks), klefbom (6)
    G dubnyk (K), rask (K), reimer (5)

    so i’m waiting on espn to give pouliot, s.reinhart, pasternak all RW as they will be playing according to depth charts. meanwhile where i grabbed stafford as clock was running out i could’ve had the much better coyle, but i only saw LW next to him (or was it C). gaborik will of course be stashed and later could take stafford’s spot if he gets demoted from 2nd line (good line with little/laine right now). probably grab another C or more likely just stream this spot (7 moves per week)

    • Montezuma's Revenge...right now says:
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      @Montezuma’s Revenge…right now: the continual last 2 years i have hanzal in every damn league, he gets ALL stats in faceoffs/blocks/hits leagues and plays with good players, special teams, and is ALWAYS undervalued.

      • Montezuma's Revenge...right now says:
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        @Montezuma’s Revenge…right now: oops, so do you know how many games till a guy gets the correct eligibility in espn?

        • Montezuma's Revenge...right now says:
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          @Montezuma’s Revenge…right now: and shit it’s only 5 moves per week, so for a while i’m going to have RW roster holes (i’m currently attempting to waiver weise or smith pelly, weise for hits)

          • Viz

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            @Montezuma’s Revenge…right now: I like what you did in the draft, unfortunate that Gabby is out 8-10 weeks. Hopefully Hanzal stays healthy because he can be a monster, easily a top 100 player in this format. It’s all a guessing game really when ESPN gives the right positions. They have Panarin as C when he literally never played there last year, etc. I don’t know why their position eligibility stuff is so bad. Hopefully they take of it soon so you don’t have to waste all those moves cycling RW.

            • Montezuma's Revenge...right now says:
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              @Viz:fabbri still has only C in espn too, he played ZERO center in NHL thus far. even freakin’ yahoo fixed it to give him LW just a few weeks ago.

  5. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    ok, so we had our draft. 20 teamer with hits/blocks/faceoffs/PPP/SHP added. i’m PIT based and need at least 8 of them at all times (thought that number was higher). i ended up dropping both of del zotto/lehtera to attempt to get better player, and did with hanzal, but ALMOST got werenski, but of course CLB did. start real life rosters. drafted once at 20th, could’ve got back del zotto, but figured hanzal worth more. also 5 IR and 5 IR+ slots so not that worried about hanzal missing games.
    C crosby/malkin/turris/couture/hanzal
    LW fiala (will get NA), kunitz/burakovsky/comeau
    RW jagr/hornqvist/parenteau/larkin
    D maata/letang/orpik/pouliot
    G fleury
    BN barbashev (should get NA)
    IR+ murray/fabbri/stone/t.meier
    fabbri/stone will probably be fine, meier out for a while, might get NA’d later. have set up a waiver claim list (i got room currently for 4 people, and should have room for 2 or 3 NA guys to stash)
    the top 2 D men drafted in 2016 were drafted (juolevi/sergachev), but not the others. so far i got:
    honka/eriksson ek/konecny/demko/gurianov/chabot/h.fleury/zboril/point/tuch/j.larsson
    and also names like sheary/raanta are available (raanta seems a pretty damn good 3rd goalie, otherwise could stream other backups). sheary doesn’t appear to be on crosby’s line, but now malkin’s 3rd line. that list was stock from THN’s top 50. others are owned or not in yahoo (c.white)
    all of the “big 8” of matthews/laine/puljujarvi/dubois/juolevi/a.nylander/sergachev drafted. which and where would you slot any of the other 2016 drafted guys in above list (i’m particularly weak in D men of course). the FA D men that would be active players none really stand out and i’m just going to stream 2 spots.
    the prospects that could slot into above list from 2016 guys would be chychrun/mcleod/m.jones /l.brown/gauthier/bean/stanley/debrincat. i gotta think most of those are below most of the guys i have listed above.

    • Viz

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      @Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves: That’s a pretty damn good team for 20 man, well done. Hanzal is a great player in these formats, hopefully he stays healthy. That’s interesting about Sheary, I’ve read a lot about him playing with Crosby so we’ll see once Crosby starts practicing and playing some. I assume you meant to include Tkachuk as gone. I guess I’d be looking to get Chyrchrun to sure you up defensively; I’d say him and Logan Brown are better than some of the guys in your list, maybe McLeod. Bean intrigues me as a late bloomer but he’s a bit away and the Hurricanes have a massive logjam on defense.

      • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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        @Viz: that team wasn’t put together in this year’s draft, i almost drafted nobody and kept either lehtera or del zotto, but dropped both and got hanzal. yeah i did forget tkachuk and he was drafted. larkin drafted last year, murray obtained twice last year.

        ok, so chychrun/brown/mcleod, how high would you slot those (gotta think honka is highest still?) in that list of mine. i’ll get 4 guys likely, and have room to slot 2-3 NA types depending on whether fiala/barbashev (and later meier after mono) get NA.

        • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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          @Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves: after doing some more research it does appear
          chychurn is higher than honka (hits/blocks probably higher), so
          chychrun/honka/brown (i remember reading a lot of stuff about his floor being fairly low from mental stuff, but ceiling high and size)/mcleod (him and eriksson ek seem close but i’d rather have farther off guy due to wanting to stash)/sheary (leftwinglock does in fact have him with crosby, probably more trustworthy at this point then depthcharts.com)/raanta/demko/eriksson-ek/konecny/gurianov/chabot/h.fleury/zboril/point/tuch/larsson

          • Viz

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            @Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves: Yeah that all makes sense assuming Chychrun doesn’t force his way onto the Coyotes roster, a possibility but a long shot. Brown is definitely a few years away if that appeals to you.

            • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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              @Viz: yeah, got chychrun/honka/brown/sheary and added raanta after slotting brown, chychrun/honka don’t yet have NA in yahoo. DAL woke up today and thought he had kept honka (he ended last year with him in NA slot). problem is in yahoo if you try to keep more than allotted keeper amount yahoo must determine which of the extra guys are thrown out. i’m a co-comish and told him had he noticed this he should’ve waivered him last night, as he was my 2nd waivered player (chychrun first). he’s not that worried about it. mostly the teams were grabbing their own players (Demko to VAN, morrissey back to WIN, i had grabbed him last year)

              • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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                @Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves: as far as the D men, since i have 2 holes, i don’t mind at all if chychrun/honka do in fact play this year. the forwards i’m more locked at (having 5 centers already, and we only have a TOTAL of 4 BN spots, and one of the PIT goalies takes up one of those. raanta would be another, might be better off with him as trade bait to somebody).

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