A Glimpse into the Future: Fantasy Hockey Projections

The NHL season is quickly approaching, which means you’re doing some last minute fantasy hockey planning. Well, you aren’t alone. Thousands of fantasy hockey addicts are putting the finishing touches on their pre-draft layouts, projections, and war sheets, in an attempt to claim the players they feel will give them a shot at the ultimate fantasy prize; bragging rights. Unfortunately, many fantasy players suffer from deadly cases of draft-delusion, which can, unfortunately, lead to the drafting of a player that will end up on your leagues waiver roster the next morning. In order to feel fully prepared for a fantasy hockey draft, you’ll need to study, read, project, and analyze. Fortunately for you, this article will help prepare you for the worst, and make you the best.

A Glimpse into the Future: Fantasy Hockey Projections

First, lets take a look at the National Hockey League’s top dogs from 1-50:

1. Alex Ovechkin

Projection: 80 points

2. Sidney Crosby

Projection: 97 points

3. John Tavares

Projection: 80 points

4. Steven Stamkos

Projection: 85 points

5. Tyler Seguin

Projection: 82 points

6. Jamie Benn

Projection: 78 points

7. Claude Giroux

Projection: 76 points

8. Carey Price

Projection: 41 points

9. Evgeni Malkin

Projection: 80 points

10. Patrick Kane

Projection: 78 points

11. Corey Perry

Projection: 71 points

12. Vladimir Tarasenko

Projection: 81 points

13. Erik Karlsson

Projection: 75 points

14. Ryan Getzlaf

Projection: 77 points

15. Phil Kessel

Projection: 78 points

16. Joe Pavelski

Projection: 72 points

17. Henrik Lundqvist

Projection: 32 points

18. Jakub Voracek

Projection: 77 points

19. Max Pacioretty

Projection: 69 points

20. P.K. Subban

Projection: 56 points

21. Rick Nash

Projection: 57 points

22. Jonathan Toews

Projection: 68 points

23. Pekka Rinne

Projection: 37 points

24. Ryan Johansen

Projection: 78 points

25. Zach Parise

Projection: 65 points


26. Braden Holtby

27. Nicklas Backstrom

28. Tyler Johnson

29. Blake Wheeler

30. Marc-Andre Fleury

31. Taylor Hall

32. Anze Kopitar

33. Kris Letang

34. Logan Couture

35. Dustin Byfuglien

36. Daniel Sedin

37. Henrik Zetterberg

38. Jonathan Quick

39. Kevin Shattenkirk

40. David Backes

41. Ben Bishop

42. Shea Weber

43. Nikita Kucherov

44. Tuukka Rask

45. Connor McDavid

46. Alexander Steen

47. Marian Hossa

48. Mark Giordano

49. Victor Hedman

50. Gabriel Landeskog


Now, lets address the elephant in the room. If you took the time to study the list above, you would come to notice that Connor McDavid is already ranked as the 45th best player in the National Hockey League, which is where he’s expected to be if he lives up to his season projections. When it comes to you’re fantasy draft, however, be wary of drafting this young-gun too early. Young players, especially McDavid, face a boat load of pressure throughout their rookie year. Many succeed, but others bite the dust, which further proves their fantasy in predictability.

Phil Kessel is expected to have a bounce back year, thanks to a trade to Pittsburgh and a welcome gift of a new line that consists of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Players to BEWARE of when a trade offer comes rolling in:

Jiri Hudler- Do not expect Hudler to be a top-eight scorer.

Ryan Callahan- Injury prone, scores points off of Stamkos. Health is on the decline.

Nick Foligno- Will have to battle Brandon Saad for a spot on the first line. Expect his scoring to hover in the 60 point range.

Trevor Daley- Regression is suspect with Daley. Not necessarily a player you want to draft. Will probably cycle in and out of you’re league’s free agency roster.

Dennis Wideman- Known to play a lot of minutes, but with Dougie Hamilton’s arrival in Calgary, Wideman won’t be seeing the ice as much, which will reduce his scoring and overall value.