Yahoo Fantasy Hockey top 50 players for 2017-18

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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