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:

  • Connor McDavid, C, Edmonton Oilers

  • Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago Blackhawks

  • Auston Matthews, C, Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Carey Price, G, Montreal Canadiens

  • Brent Burns, D, San Jose Sharks

  • Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, St. Louis Blues

  • Alex Ovechkin, LW, Washington Capitals

  • Nikita Kucherov, RW, Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Evgeni Malkin, C, Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Jack Eichel, C, Buffalo Sabres

  • Jamie Benn, LW, Dallas Stars

  • Patrik Laine, RW, Winnipeg Jets

  • Brad Marchand, LW, Boston Bruins

  • Braden Holtby, G, Washington Capitals

  • Leon Draisaitl, C/RW, Edmonton Oilers

  • Erik Karlsson, D, Ottawa Senators

  • Victor Hedman, D, Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Nicklas Backstrom, C, Washington Capitals

  • Mark Scheifele, C, Winnipeg Jets

  • John Tavares, C, New York Islanders

  • Matt Murray, G, Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Dustin Byfuglien, D, Winnipeg Jets

  • Tyler Seguin, C/RW, Dallas Stars

  • Sergei Bobrovsky, G, Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Cam Talbot, G, Edmonton Oilers

  • Phil Kessel, RW, Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Max Pacioretty, LW, Montreal Canadiens

  • Artemi Panarin, C/LW, Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Steven Stamkos, C, Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Mitchell Marner, C/RW, Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Jake Allen, G, St. Louis Blues

  • Roman Josi, D, Nashville Predators

  • Johnny Gaudreau, LW, Calgary Flames

  • Kris Letang, D, Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Duncan Keith, D, Chicago Blackhawks

  • Pekka Rinne, G, Nashville Predators

  • Joe Pavelski, C/RW, San Jose Sharks

  • Blake Wheeler, RW, Winnipeg Jets

  • P.K. Subban, D, Nashville Predators

  • Wayne Simmonds, RW, Philadelphia Flyers

  • Filip Forsberg, LW, Nashville Predators

  • David Pastrnak, RW, Boston Bruins

  • Shea Weber, D, Montreal Canadiens

  • John Gibson, G, Anaheim Ducks

  • Martin Jones, G, San Jose Sharks

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, Washington Capitals

  • Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim Ducks

  • Tuukka Rask, G, Boston Bruins

  • 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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