Yahoo Fantasy Hockey top 50 players for 2017-18

Greg Wyshynski

Yahoo Fantasy Hockey 2017-18 has arrived, which is truly a joyous time for those of us who love to dig our nails into a draft, assemble an amazing team and then basically abandon it when your two best goalies are hurt around the middle of January.

Fantasy players can start fiddling around with mock drafts for this season, and within those drafts we find the first ranking of players for the 2017-18 Yahoo Fantasy Hockey season.

(Keep in mind these are the “x-rankings” for the players, i.e. the expert ranking based on last season’s performance and predictions for this season. This is the ranking used in the auto draft.)

Here’s the current top 50 players in Yahoo Fantasy Hockey, including updated positions:

  1. Connor McDavid, C, Edmonton Oilers

  2. Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh Penguins

  3. Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago Blackhawks

  4. Auston Matthews, C, Toronto Maple Leafs

  5. Carey Price, G, Montreal Canadiens

  6. Brent Burns, D, San Jose Sharks

  7. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, St. Louis Blues

  8. Alex Ovechkin, LW, Washington Capitals

  9. Nikita Kucherov, RW, Tampa Bay Lightning

  10. Evgeni Malkin, C, Pittsburgh Penguins

  11. Jack Eichel, C, Buffalo Sabres

  12. Jamie Benn, LW, Dallas Stars

  13. Patrik Laine, RW, Winnipeg Jets

  14. Brad Marchand, LW, Boston Bruins

  15. Braden Holtby, G, Washington Capitals

  16. Leon Draisaitl, C/RW, Edmonton Oilers

  17. Erik Karlsson, D, Ottawa Senators

  18. Victor Hedman, D, Tampa Bay Lightning

  19. Nicklas Backstrom, C, Washington Capitals

  20. Mark Scheifele, C, Winnipeg Jets

  21. John Tavares, C, New York Islanders

  22. Matt Murray, G, Pittsburgh Penguins

  23. Dustin Byfuglien, D, Winnipeg Jets

  24. Tyler Seguin, C/RW, Dallas Stars

  25. Sergei Bobrovsky, G, Columbus Blue Jackets

  26. Cam Talbot, G, Edmonton Oilers

  27. Phil Kessel, RW, Pittsburgh Penguins

  28. Max Pacioretty, LW, Montreal Canadiens

  29. Artemi Panarin, C/LW, Columbus Blue Jackets

  30. Steven Stamkos, C, Tampa Bay Lightning

  31. Mitchell Marner, C/RW, Toronto Maple Leafs

  32. Jake Allen, G, St. Louis Blues

  33. Roman Josi, D, Nashville Predators

  34. Johnny Gaudreau, LW, Calgary Flames

  35. Kris Letang, D, Pittsburgh Penguins

  36. Duncan Keith, D, Chicago Blackhawks

  37. Pekka Rinne, G, Nashville Predators

  38. Joe Pavelski, C/RW, San Jose Sharks

  39. Blake Wheeler, RW, Winnipeg Jets

  40. P.K. Subban, D, Nashville Predators

  41. Wayne Simmonds, RW, Philadelphia Flyers

  42. Filip Forsberg, LW, Nashville Predators

  43. David Pastrnak, RW, Boston Bruins

  44. Shea Weber, D, Montreal Canadiens

  45. John Gibson, G, Anaheim Ducks

  46. Martin Jones, G, San Jose Sharks

  47. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, Washington Capitals

  48. Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim Ducks

  49. Tuukka Rask, G, Boston Bruins

  50. Patrice Bergeron, C, Boston Bruins

Any surprises?

Willie Nylander of the Leafs fell just outside the Top 50 at No. 52. Kevin Shattenkirk is at No. 63 for the New York Rangers. Ottawa Senators LW/RW Mike Hoffman, of 26 goals last season, is at No 67. Brandon Saad, back with the Chicago Blackhawks, is at No. 73. Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings is at No. 153.

One player of note on this list: Panarin. Obviously, there’s going to be some apprehension about his numbers without Patrick Kane on his line, but he’s now a dual-eligibility player at left wing and center. Huzzah!

Alas, there are more than a few renowned players who lost their dual eligibility, including Patrik Laine (now just a RW), Jakub Voracek (now just a RW), Nathan MacKinnon (now just a center) and Ryan O’Reilly (now just a center). Boooo!

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Greg Wyshynski is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter. His book, TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE PUCK, is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.

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