Artemi Panarin, Lone (First-Round) Ranger

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The puck finally drops next Wednesday, January 13th! That means managers are doing everything possible to prepare for their fantasy hockey drafts and we are here to help every step of the way. From now until the start of the season, we'll be providing you with several excerpts from our 2020-2021 Rotoworld NHL Draft Guide from the Rotoworld Premium EDGE+ Roto, EDGE+ Pro and EDGE+ Max packages.

Packed with content aimed at providing the knowledge you need to make the perfect draft decisions for both standard and dynasty leagues —including projections, rankings, tiers, exclusive expert columns, mock drafts, ADP Reports and much more — we've never been more proud of what we have to offer. And don't forget, you can use promo code PUCK10 for 10% off any tier or package.

Recently, we provided a look at the Defensemen Profiles, Goalie Projections, Tier 2 Centers, and 2021 Sleepers. Today, we preview our 2020-21 NHL Draft Guide's 9-Team Mock Draft, which gives an inside look to how the first couple of rounds of your fantasy draft may go. Check it out:

NHL 9-Team Mock Draft (Yahoo! Standard Scoring)


1.01 -

Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton – C, LW)

Ryan Dadoun

1.02 -

Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado - C)

Jeff Alfieri

1.03 -

Connor McDavid (Edmonton – C)

Joey Alfieri

1.04 -

Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay - RW)

Michael Finewax

1.05 -

Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay - G)

Corey Abbott

1.06 -

Artemi Panarin (NY Rangers - RW)

Anna Dua

1.07 -

Alex Ovechkin (Washington – LW)

James O’Brien

1.08 -

Auston Matthews (Toronto - C)

Jake Abrahams

1.09 -

Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay - D)

Gus Katsaros

Finewax's notes:

The first round went as expected with the possible exception of Victor Hedman who may be the best defenseman in the NHL overall, but not the best fantasy blueliner. I picked Kucherov first because there is a definite lack of outstanding right wingers (or even good ones compared to other positions). I always like taking a goaltender early and applaud the pick of Vasilevskiy.


2.10 -

John Carlson (Washington – D)

2.11 -

Jack Eichel (Buffalo – C)

2.12 -

Brayden Point (Tampa Bay - C)

2.13 -

Patrick Kane (Chicago - RW)

2.14 -

Elias Pettersson (Vancouver - C)

2.15 -

Mitchell Marner (Toronto – RW)

2.16 -

Mikko Rantanen (Colorado – RW)

2.17 -

David Pastrnak (Boston – RW)

2.18 -

Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg - G)

Finewax's notes:

I took Marner for the same reason that I selected Kucherov. I thought about taking Pastrnak but his off-season surgery scared me a bit and he is not expected to be ready to go at the start of the season. Eichel should star this season with Taylor Hall on his flank.

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