I’ve now gone through 100 forwards, 40 defensemen, and 35 goalies in my rankings.  You can find all of those posts here.  That means it’s time to put together a top 100 list!  This will simply be a list without details on the players; you can read the details in my previous rankings posts.  I’ll be writing a blurb on some risers and fallers for players that have moved significantly over the last couple weeks first before giving you that list.  Let’s get to it!

RISERS

Erik Karlsson – The trade to the Sharks is a Godsend for Karlsson.  He goes from the worst team in the league to now one of the league’s elite, so his potential plus-minus woes are all but erased.  Some people are concerned for Karlsson and Burns that they’ll get in each other’s way, but I just don’t see it.  They won’t be together at even strength, and their power play skills complement each other extremely well.  Karlsson gets a big bump in my overall ratings while becoming the #2 defensemen behind his teammate.

Max Pacioretty – Another player traded from a bottom feeder to a quality team, Patches will slot in LW2 in Vegas.  This is a great fit as his former linemate for USA, Paul Stastny, will be feeding him pucks.  Stastny is a low volume shooter while Patches is high volume.  It wouldn’t surprise me if Patches gets up to 300+ SOG again.  There weren’t many better landing spots than Vegas for Pacioretty.

Mathew Barzal – I still don’t like the situation, but I simply had him too low.  The talent is too high to keep him down where I had him.  I don’t expect to own him, but I’m moving him up about 20 forward spots.

Colin Miller – It appears that Miller will get more time on the top power play unit this year, and the boost in minutes with Schmidt suspended will also help.  He won’t make the top 100, but I feel much better about Miller being a strong #3 now.

Martin Jones – I’m not a big Jones fan but the wins should be much improved with Karlsson in the fold.  I’m putting him back to low end #1 goalie status.

FALLERS 

Corey Crawford – He’s still recovering from concussion symptoms which is simply awful.  I wish him the best in his recovery.  Crawford was amazing last season when on the ice, and the Blackhawks torpedoed when Crawford went down.  The team is screwed while Crawford is out, but I have to drop Crawford about 5 spots with the potential that he goes further down if he’s not cleared soon.

Brendan Gallagher – See below

Mark Stone – Both of these guys lost quality teammates and now remain as the only elite forwards on their roster.  I still like these guys despite being on horrible teams, but I have to slide them down a bit given that their floors have dropped.

TOP 100

1) Connor McDavid

2) Nikita Kucherov

3) Nathan MacKinnon

4) Brad Marchand

5) Alex Ovechkin

6) Sidney Crosby

7) Evgeni Malkin

8) Taylor Hall

9) Tyler Seguin

10) Auston Matthews

11) Steven Stamkos

12) Patrik Laine

13) Blake Wheeler

14) Jamie Benn

15) John Tavares

16) David Pastrnak

17) Jack Eichel

18) Brent Burns

19) Claude Giroux

20) Vladimir Tarasenko

21) Erik Karlsson

22) Evgeny Kuznetsov

23) Mark Scheifele

24) Victor Hedman

25) Andrei Vasilevskiy

26) Sergei Bobrovsky

27) Patrick Kane

28) Phil Kessel

29) Braden Holtby

30) Connor Hellebuyck

31) P.K. Subban

32) John Gibson

33) Patrice Bergeron

34) Filip Forsberg

35) Dustin Byfuglien

36) Pekka Rinne

37) Jakub Voracek

38) Vincent Trocheck

39) Jonathan Marchessault

40) Aleksander Barkov

41) Artemi Panarin

42) Tuukka Rask

43) Shayne Gostisbehere

44) Devan Dubnyk

45) Anze Kopitar

46) John Klingberg

47) Brock Boeser

48) Johnny Gaudreau

49) John Carlson

50) Jonathan Quick

51) Ben Bishop

52) Mitch Marner

53) Leon Draisaitl

54) Mikko Rantanen

55) Dougie Hamilton

56) Alex Pietrangelo

57) Frederik Andersen

58) Martin Jones

59) Alexander Radulov

60) Evander Kane

61) Max Pacioretty

62) Matt Murray

63) Kris Letang

64) Mathew Barzal

65) Dylan Larkin

66) Sean Couturier

67) Matthew Tkachuk

68) Marc-Andre Fleury

69) Roman Josi

70) Seth Jones

71) Mike Hoffman

72) Brayden Schenn

73) Nikolaj Ehlers

74) Antti Raanta

75) Carey Price

76) Viktor Arvidsson

77) Ryan Getzlaf

78) James van Riemsdyk

79) Drew Doughty

80) Ilya Kovalchuk

81) Mathew Dumba

82) Eric Staal

83) Nicklas Backstrom

84) Torey Krug

85) Corey Crawford

86) Philipp Grubauer

87) Rickard Rakell

88) Oliver Ekman-Larsson

89) Jeff Skinner

90) Jeff Carter

91) Jonathan Huberdeau

92) Sebastian Aho

93) Mikael Granlund

94) William Karlsson

95) Sean Monahan

96) Clayton Keller

97) Jake Allen

98) Keith Yandle

99) Joe Pavelski

100) Nico Hischier

That’s all for now guys.  I am planning on launching the RCL Leagues in the next day or two along with finishing the top 200.  I will make some slight adjustments over the next few weeks, and will try to get the rankings into chart form as the guys do for the other sports.  As always, feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments below.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. Ian says:
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    Hi Viz…Great writing! Took over a team in a 12 team dynasty and had a tough last year with Mantha Horvat McAvoy etc. This year didn’t have time to think it over and had to quickly select 10 players.
    They are:
    Ehlers Aho Huberdeau Granlund Eric Staal Clayton Keller Dylan Larkin Josi Luongo Saros.
    We play 2 Golies and 4 defenders. Now I need some serious drafting advice. Who (f def or goalie) should I pick in the first 6 rounds or so. If you think the next Austin Matthews is out there (a year away even), then I’ll build for a year away. I know I don’t have a winning team this year anyway. Any advice appreciated. Thanks!
    Some of the players available are:
    Konecny, Marincin, Rasmus Dahlin, Mantha, Horvat, McAvoy, Mittelstadt, Ristolainen, Timo Meier, Will Butcher, Ryan Pulock, Tolvanen, Colin Miller, Hischier, Dadonov, Thomas Chabot.
    Raanta, Lehner, Aaron Dell, Linus Ullmark.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Ian: rasmus dahlin the best D prospect in like a generation or so. better than karlsson at same age.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Ian: Pettersson, Mittelstadt, Hischier, and Dahlin are the clear cut best players from this group from a long term perspective. You don’t have anyone who is a top 25 player this year, so you’re probably better off building for the long term. Who you take from this group depends on what you’re looking for. Most people seem to think Pettersson is a future 1C without a doubt, so I’m inclined to say him, even though Dahlin will be a better player because he probably won’t be in fantasy.

  2. Ian says:
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    @Ian: Forgot two availables:Elias Pettersson and Elias Linkholm.

  3. Ian says:
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    @Ian: Forgot two availables:Elias Pettersson and Elias Lindholm.

  4. goodfold2 says:
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    are you doing the prospect lists for teams like last year?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: nah i see sven is doing those. although he’s got it set up seemingly only listing the guys that might play this year (or at least his opening suggests that, i haven’t gone over them yet)

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @goodfold2: Yeah, probably leaving them to Sven. I might do one big post eventually, unsure.

  5. goodfold2 says:
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    dynasty 14 teamer. hits, blocks, shot %, both kinds of special teams points, shots added. h2h.
    C (2)
    LW (2)
    RW (2)
    W (2)
    F (2)
    D (5)
    G (2)
    IR and IR+ 5 each
    2 NA slots. also up to 10 man prospect lists, if a guy ends a season with 25 or more games played he HAS to be called up now, otherwise can be left there.
    C: carter, kadri, zibanejad, o’reilly, horvat
    LW: skinner, schmaltz, beauvillier, donato (RW)
    RW: vladi (STL), eberle, oshie, marner, rattie
    D: karlsson, mcdonagh, ellis, spurgeon, petry, pulock, edler
    G: king, lehner, rinne

    zibanejad will be able to be IR+ to make room during draft and during call ups. right now that’s 24 guys out of 25 max. but have to call some up. keepers due tonight.

    prospect list (* means have to call up):
    guhle D
    sprong RW*
    tage T RW *
    hudon LW *
    montembeault G
    roy D SJ
    kostin RW STL
    jarry G PIT*
    gusev winger VGK

    so have to drop or call up tage, hudon, jarry, sprong. have room for at most 2 after IR+’ing zibanejad. guessing i drop hudon and tage here, or could drop lehner, but we FINALLY heard (just now for me) WHY he was SOOOOO bad last year, manic/depressive and alcohol/drug addictions. IF that stuff is under control he could easily take over that NYI job, and whatever he does it’s not like BUF’s last year team is worse than NYI now. plus in this league ALL the goalies are owned, i was able to grab niemi last year, but almost all the time goalies are gone.

    good news is i’ll be able to draft a prospect for all 5 rounds. i’m WAY behind in my “getting in hockey mode” time of year (i did all the football stuff from aug 15th- current), will be getting right back in there from now till end of NHL season. do have the other two good sources, THN prospect guide + draft 2018 guide and dobber hockey has pretty good lists. the wonderfulness that was hockey’s future lost their budget years ago, no longer that useful.
    – only thing that sucks about looking up hockey prospects relative to football/baseball is that you don’t really know about hits/blocks in hockey prospects a lot of the time.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: oh wait, king henrick has an “out” tag in yahoo (probably just them being lazy, i can’t find any injury news on him), so i could actually IR+ tag zibanejad/king then call up 3 guys jarry/sprong for sure, then one of hudon/tage.

      • Viz

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        @goodfold2: Hudon is definitely the clear one to go. I don’t think it’s a lock that Tage makes the Sabres, there’s a chance that he ends up starting in Rochester with the depth they have. Depends on how he does in the preseason.

        Yeah, it’s not as easy to get information about prospects as the other sports. You do lose it in those categories if you haven’t seen the players before. Just another reason why I wouldn’t include those categories, just not a fan of either but especially hits.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Viz: i’m reading the posts now since aug, on page 3 (the first lackeydrinks), saw that sven does the team pages, those have prospects, any overall prospect ranks forthcoming? got an early draft sunday (other than kovalchuk prospects only really), will make my own before then (some guys not just drafted unowned, but likely not much top end, UNLESS they just got entered to yahoo, which is possible, shit donato just got added to yahoo with less than a month to go last year). that actually might be a good thing, i call up tage, he gets NA tag in a few weeks (or less). the call ups have to be done before our 5 round slow draft starts (which could be tonight or tomorrow).

          • Viz

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            @goodfold2: I think his plan was just to highlight notables team by team.

            Gotcha, then I wouldn’t cut bait with him, he’s looked good in camp / preseason last night and the upside is quite high.

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              @Viz: i have him in quite a few deeper leagues that have prospect lists (don’t have to call up till 100 games in season). here as long as a guy starts a season with less than 25 he can be kept down all year, and you see some silly ass shit where teams punt (a few, not just 1 or 2) on purpose, mcdynasty not called up, k.connor, about 12 other big names not called up till they have to be in seen in 2 years, it’s ridiculous the first time i saw it, still is.

              this isn’t a money league so punting to try to fight 3-5 other guys for last place isn’t worth much year in and year out.

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                @goodfold2: crap, since just this morning zibanejad and king H lost their DTD tags (since king has no injury news of any kind i ran into a rare occurrence of yahoo getting their lazy asses up to date). this means i can only easily call up ONE of the 4 guys mentioned above.

                1. guessing that’s jarry?

                2. drop anybody else for any of the others? tage seems to have gotten an axe here, leaving sprong.

                maybe i get lucky and somebody else gets a IR+ or IR tag before draft starts but otherwise can call up one, and/or drop from active to call up more than 1.

                • goodfold2 says:
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                  @goodfold2: shit now dobber has a paywall too.

                • Viz

                  Viz says:
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                  @goodfold2: I guess it kind of has to be since your league puts such a high priority on goalies. I think you have to hold; the only guy you could really cut is Rattie and it sounds like he’s going to get the first crack at playing with McDavid

                  • goodfold2 says:
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                    @Viz: yeah so sprong, tage, hudon have to go then. sven’s lists aren’t just for this year, which is great. i’m making my own team lists. so far forsbaka-karlsson, norris (SJ) are still around. with my 1st rounder i’m probably best off grabbing best guy from this year’s draft. anybody you’d have higher than standard lists on those? (MTL’s 1st rounder ranked WAY lower than he went to them)

                    • Viz

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                      @goodfold2: Norris is on OTT now, he was in the Karlsson trade. Zadina should be 2nd or 3rd depending on what you want to do with Dahlin, I still can’t believe he fell to 6th. Kravtsov and Wahlstrom both have elite potential too. The one forward who dropped that I like a lot for fantasy is Bokk. His puck skill is up there with anyone in this draft, and his poor defense (at this point) won’t hurt us in fantasy.

                  • goodfold2 says:
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                    @Viz: yeah and rattie played with mcdavid last year at the end (he was AWESOME streamer/held by me in some leagues last year, including here late in season), showing up on depth charts there again.

                    • goodfold2 says:
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                      @goodfold2: playing with mcdavid.

  6. Anthony Bontatibus says:
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    You are the best Viz, cannot wait for another successful campaign!

  7. goodfold2 says:
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    i could also do one of these things:
    1. call up jarry, put down donato (drop j.roy to make room for my 5th rounder, he’s fallen WAY off prospect lists all over)
    2. i can trade sprong for 2.10 (24th overall) pick right now, then drop j.roy and draft 6 guys.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: there’s been a rule change (to combat stuff like when donato was added midseason after not being in system at draft time and i added him, i agree it’s garbage to be able to exploit yahoo’s laziness like this) in that we can ONLY (outside of trades) add anybody to our prospect lists during the preseason slow draft. i’m bringing up the idea to comish that if this is done teams should be able to draft more than 5 rounds if they have openings in prospect list. some teams from a mix of promotions, need to be promoted or dropped, or laziness adding to it have more openings than can even be filled during draft if draft is only 5 rounds (which has been the case previously).

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @goodfold2: I have no problem cutting Roy, but I’d rather keep Sprong.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Viz: yeah, i can send down donato (under games, he could technically sit in prospect list all year, IF i call up later he’d have to stay up unless sent down in real life BEFORE he hits 25 total games played, so likely he’d have to stay up once called up) now, and call up sprong (we DO have 2 NA slots, so if say sprong gets put in minors i could still own him on active team)

  8. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    20 team rosters based on real life (4 of each forward, 6 D, 1 G, 4 BN). 5 IR/IR+/NA slots. we can keep anybody that might be NA’d for whatever reason (under 60/30 season games for skaters/goalies) or IR/IR+ earlier in protected list (doesn’t count against max 23 keepers). scoring: added PPP, SHP, hits, blocks, faceoffs. need at least 8 PIT players (NA’s don’t count) at all times.
    C: crosby, malkin, turris, couture (LW), fabbri (LW)
    LW: meier, burakovsky (RW), rust (RW), fiala (RW)
    RW: kessel, hornqvist, tuch, rattie, sprong,
    D: letang, maata, goligoski, pulock (in season i’ll have 7 total, at least 1 be a streamer),
    G: murray, lehner
    protected list for sures: chychrun, kaprizov, mcleod, c.white, jarry
    protected list possibles: zykov, desmith
    outright drops: donskoi (good line but he does soooo little), perlini, cogliano

    1. if c.white for sure makes NHL roster by season time i’ll either have to drop one of lehner/jarry, or have no BN D man (which isn’t completely awful since we’re dealing with streamer level), at least until somebody gets some sort of injury. guessing this is lehner? (3 min starts per week and the goalie rule is “as many as you want from ONE real life team and up to 1 total from a 2nd team, or just 2 total”). i do think lehner if past his drug/booze/manic-depression issues will get that NYI job (and NOW we FINALLY know what the F was up with him last year compared to before) but jarry seems too valuable for me being PIT.

    2. draft plan is to grab 2 more best prospects (mcleod, kaprizov stick in NA slots, leaving some space) and 1 D man, unless i drop lehner now, in which case 2 prospects/2 D men (later stash the prospects grab 1 more D man, and a streamer slot). sound about right

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: That’s a damn good roster, nicely done. I would have a really tough time dropping Lehner in this format, but you can’t really drop Jarry given your mandate for Pitt players. I would probably lean towards having no bench D man to start, because you can always drop the goalie later on, but I doubt you’ll be able to pick up a goalie of Lehner’s caliber (at least potential) off the waiver wire. Agreed with your plan for 2 assuming Lehner kept.

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