NHL Fantasy Hockey Top 25 Forwards
This list is the who’s who when it comes to early round NHL Fantasy Drafts, and now that NFBC is FINALLY having hockey leagues, my divorce will be coming soon. NFHC, the National Fantasy Hockey Championship! I will also have a Top 25 list for Defensemen, Goalies, and a Mid-Round and Late Round Gem pieces coming soon as well. Most people associate July and August as fantasy football prep and the doldrums of summer fantasy baseball. For the ambitious of us though, we are pulling triple time by also prepping for the NHL season, which is truly the best season besides the NHL playoffs. Now let’s get to it!
1. Conner McDavid, C Edmonton
Best player on Earth, next great to reach 150 points in a season. Just needs the team's help to reach even higher.
2. Nikita Kucherov, RW Tampa Bay
Back to back 100 point seasons and another Art Ross coming as long as top line is together.
3. Alex Ovechkin, LW Washington
When Yahoo added hits last year, Ovi became even more prolific points wise in Fantasy.
4. Nathan MacKinnon, C Colorado
With 97 and 99 points in back to back seasons, look for his first 100 point season this year.
5. Sidney Crosby C Pittsburgh
Tough call with Sid and Brad Marchand, but Sid does it every year regardless.
6. Brad Marchand, LW Boston
The killer on the secon best line in hockey...expect close to 100 points or over again.
7. Patrick Kane, RW Chicago
Still the straw stirring the Chicago drink, he's lethal and has great health record.
8. Auston Matthews, C Toronto
Missed 34 games in last two season. If he plays in 82, 125 points could be the norm.
9. David Pastrynk, RW Boston
Gets the nod due to possible Marner holdout, and is just as awesome.
10. John Tavares, C Toronto
He and Marner could be top five, but this is about the basement for JT
11. Aleksander Barkov, C Florida
When healthy, he is an absolute stat machine. That's a big "if" on healthy though.
12. Taylor Hall, LW New Jersey
In a contract season, look for career numbers from Hall, and an improved Devils team.
13. Leon Draisaitl, C/RW Edmonton
McDavid Effect. Look for another possible 100 points from Leon.
14. Johnny Gaudreau, LW Calgary
After winning the West, he showed up for the playoffs with a windsock, not an erection.
15. Mikko Rantanen, RW Colorado
He and Mac are extremely lethal and will build on last season’s great play.
16. Mitchell Marner, RW Toronto
Once he signs, automatically jumps into top ten. He's been a scoring machine his whole life.
17. Mark Scheifele, C Winnipeg
Scheifele was a big let down season. I picked him to win the Art Ross last year and will rebound big time.
18. Evgeni Malkin, C Pittsburgh
Only injuries keep Geno this low. When healthy he’s a top six player.
19. Tyler Seguin, C Dallas
Will the real Tyler Seguin please stand up? We need top five Tyler back this year.
20. Steven Stamkos, C Tampa Bay
Playing on the best line in hockey, they need Pointe to re-sign to keep the band together.
21. Nicklas Backstrom, C Washington
Another contract year and Nick gets to play with Ovi. Expect big numbers
22. Blake Wheeler, C/RW Winnipeg
Wheels drops dimes like Magic Johnson...and can score the goals too.
23. Sebastian Aho, C/LW Carolina
Last year was just the beginning of a great Carolina run with Aho leading.
24. Patrik Laine, RW Winnipeg
Too proud to let last year bring him down. 50 goals this year? I’m calling it.
25. Claude Giroux, C/LW Philadelphia
A drop off in goals needs to be addressed. With Simmonds gone, it’s Claude.