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2014-15 RotoRob NHL Draft Kit: Top 250 Dynasty Rankings

October 18, 2014 | by Chris Wassel | Comments (2)
Ryan Getzlaf makes those around him better on the Anaheim Ducks.
Ryan Getzlaf is a player you can build your keeper team around. (Thehockeynews.com)

By Chris Wassel and RotoRob

We wrap up the 2014-15 RotoRob NHL Draft Kit today with a very special treat — our first ever top 250 rankings for dynasty leagues. Starting a league from scratch? Don’t leave home without this list. In a keeper league? You better refer to this tome then, my peeps. So while Bruce Boudreau shrugs off getting dissed in Teemu Selanne’s new book, let’s get to those rankings.

Note that Nathan MacKinnon, C, Colorado Avalanche, somehow slipped off the list during one of our versions. He slots around No. 45.

1. Steven Stamkos, C, Tampa Bay Lightning: Damn, he’s great on the ice and with the ice bucket (see video below).

2. Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh Penguins: The face of the Penguins was dealing with some kind of injury as training camp got underway. As evidenced by his blazing start, it’s a non-issue.

3. Evgeni Malkin, C, Pittsburgh Penguins: The Pens other franchise centre was also dealing with a minor injury heading into camp, but he’s obviously fine as well.

4. John Tavares, C, New York Islanders: Tavares is ready to rock after that awful knee injury suffered in the Olympics.

5. Corey Perry, RW, Anaheim Ducks: One of the league’s top performers heads one of the league’s most dynamic lines.

6. Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim Ducks: This superstar combined with linemate Perry to lead the Ducks to the best record in the Western Conference last season

7. Tuukka Rask, G, Boston Bruins: Rask is the No. 1 goalie in Fantasy hockey, whether you’re playing in a keeper format or a redraft league. He sounds excited and ready to enjoy another massive season.

8. Claude Giroux, C, Philadelphia Flyers: It was an inauspicious start to the season for Giroux, as he hurt himself on the opening day of camp and missed a couple of weeks, but he’s rolling now.

9. Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago Blackhawks: Kane is right in his prime, so if he can stay healthy, 90 points isn’t out of the question.

10. Matt Duchene, C, Colorado Avalanche: With more youth on the way in Colorado, Duchene is ready to put it all together and be a real leader for the Avalanche.

11. Alex Ovechkin, LW, Washington Capitals: Ovechkin will try to get Washington back to the playoffs with his long-time centre Nicklas Backstrom and a revolving cast of right wingers.

12. Jamie Benn, LW, Dallas Stars: Benn played with Jason Dickinson in practice, but as expected, he’s back with Tyler Seguin again after clicking with him so brilliantly last season.

13. Phil Kessel, RW, Toronto Maple Leafs: It’s on Kessel’s shoulders to turn around what ESPN deems the worst sports franchise in North America.

14. Tyler Seguin, C, Dallas Stars: Seguin is paired with Benn again and Cody Eakin on the other wing, making that line one of the toughest in the NHL.

15. Henrik Lundqvist, G, New York Rangers: King Henrik really stepped up in the playoffs last season, taking the Blueshirts on their deepest postseason journey since he arrived on Broadway.

16. Anze Kopitar, C, Los Angeles Kings: The Kings’ No. 1 centre already has two rings and he’s right in his prime, having turned 27 just a few weeks ago.

17. Erik Karlsson, D, Ottawa Senators: Karlsson gives you forward type production out of a blueline spot. How sweet is that?

18. Chris Kunitz, LW, Pittsburgh Penguins: Kunitz gets to play with Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis which is a gift (major points) and a curse (he is generally underrated, as most think he’s simply a product of Crosby).

19. P.K. Subban, D, Montreal Canadiens: At age 25, the Habs’ blueliner is just coming into his own, so who knows what his offensive upside is? Could Subban make a run at 15 goals and 45 assists this season? Definitely.

20. Ben Bishop, G, Tampa Bay Lightning: Bishop has so entrenched himself in the Tampa Bay area already that he was asked to throw out the first pitch at a recent Rays’ game. Let’s hope he fared better than the time Carly Rae Jepson tossed the first ball out for Tampa Bay.

21. Jonathan Toews, C, Chicago Blackhawks: Toews has developed into a truly great player, but unfortunately, he’s better in the real world than in Fantasy.

22. Sergei Bobrovsky, G, Columbus Blue Jackets: The Flyers gave him a break, then buried him, and now he’s the franchise player in Columbus. Go figure.

23. Jonathan Quick, G, Los Angeles Kings: Quick had offseason surgery, and while he’s off to slow start as a result, there is no reason to worry about him in a keeper format.

24. Henrik Zetterberg, LW, Detroit Red Wings: Zetterberg may have only played 45 games last season, but he’s still as studly as ever and seems to have the puck on a string when he’s out there.

25. Joe Pavelski, C, San Jose Sharks: Pavelski enjoyed a major breakout campaign last season.

26. Taylor Hall, LW, Edmonton Oilers: The first overall pick from 2010 continues to grow into his game, reaching the 80-point mark last season for the first time.

27. Patrick Sharp, LW, Chicago Blackhawks: Sharp is playing on the top line in Chicago with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, so expect another big season.

28. Logan Couture, C, San Jose Sharks: Some rank him lower, some rank him higher, but we think he’s just right here and is a very likely candidate for a breakout season.

29. Carey Price, G, Montreal Canadiens: Price’s performance for Team Canada at the Olympics eliminated any doubt that he can be a championship goalie.

30. Nicklas Backstrom, C, Washington Capitals: Next to Ovechkin, Backstrom is face of the Caps’ franchise and all he has to do is feed OV the puck and watch as his helper totals soar.

31. Zach Parise, LW, Minnesota Wild: Parise is skating with Mikael Granlund and Jason Pominville this season. Can Parise get back to the point per game level?

32. Jason Spezza, C, Dallas Stars: Spezza moves from being the No. 1 man in Ottawa to the No. 2 centre on the Stars — and that lack of pressure may allow him to take his game to a new level.

33. Gabriel Landeskog, LW, Colorado Avalanche: Landeskog is merely 21, yet is already the captain of the Avalanche. Unfortunately, he’s another of those dudes that is even better in reality than he is in Fantasy.

34. Pavel Datsyuk, C, Detroit Red Wings: As great as Datsyuk is, he’s having trouble staying healthy lately, and a shoulder separation will cost him at least another week.

35. Alex Pietrangelo, D, St. Louis Blues: A fixture in St. Louis, Pietrangelo has become the Blues best blueliner after recording a +20 last season.

36. David Backes, C, St. Louis Blues: Another key component of the Blues, Backes offers across the board production for Fantasy owners.

37. Patrick Marleau, C, San Jose Sharks: Marleau had a huge season, excelled in the Olympics, and then topped it off by averaging a point per game in the playoffs. He may be 35, but is still a force.

38. Pekka Rinne, G, Nashville Predators: Last season was a tough one for Rinne, but he looked healthy and effective in exhibition play this fall and is off to a fantastic start now that the games count.

39. Max Pacioretty, LW, Montreal Canadiens: Paciorrety broke through for 39 goals in 2013-14. He could easily top 40 this season.

40. Dustin Byfuglien, RW, Winnipeg Jets: The fun-loving Byfuglien likely qualifies at defense in your league — which massively ups his value.

41. Semyon Varlamov, G, Colorado Avalanche: Varlamov enjoyed a career season, breaking through as an elite netminder. Can he do it again?

42. Marian Gaborik, RW, Los Angeles Kings: Gaborik’s career was revitalized when he landed in L.A. and was put on Kopitar’s line with Dustin Brown. Instant chemistry.

43. Cory Schneider, G, New Jersey Devils: Look beyond the Devils’ No. 1 goalie’s win total to get a sense of his true value.

44. Mark Giordano, D, Calgary Flames: Giordano is Mr. Do it All for Calgary. Think about this: as a blueliner, he almost led the team in scoring — despite missing over a fifth of the season.

45. Duncan Keith, D, Chicago Blackhawks: Keith got his shot total back near the 200 mark last season, and the points soared back up as a result.

46. Patrice Bergeron, C, Boston Bruins: Bergeron plays on the second line, but is capable of first line production.

47. Kari Lehtonen, G, Dallas Stars: Lehtonen stayed healthy enough last season to remind us what a workhorse he can be — not to mention what a stud he is.

48. Ryan Johansen, C, Columbus Blue Jackets: Johansen was in a long holdout, but you’d never know it given how hot he’s been out of the gates.

49. Marian Hossa, RW, Chicago Blackhawks: Playing on a line with Sharp and Toews, Hossa should be good for around 0.8 points per game — when he’s healthy.

50. Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Pittsburgh Penguins: The Penguins No. 1 netminder sure does come under fire, doesn’t he? Yet he just missed a third 40-win season in 2013-14.

51. Joe Thornton, C, San Jose Sharks: Thornton is playing with Pavelski and Tomas Hertl this season, and while he seems at odds with the Sharks’ management lately, Jumbo Joe should still produce.

52. Thomas Vanek, LW, Minnesota Wild: Vanek may get reunited with former Sabre Jason Pominville on Mikko Koivu’s line. Vanek was dealing with some minor injury woes this fall, but he’s yet to miss a regular season game so far.

53. Shea Weber, D, Nashville Predators: The Preds are all about defense, and this is their stud blueliner.

54. Drew Doughty, D, Los Angeles Kings: This young blueliner was dealing with an upper body woe, but it’s nothing to worry about long-term.

55. Henrik Sedin, C, Vancouver Canucks: Last season was a letdown; expect better results thanks to the coaching change in Vancouver.

56. Corey Crawford, G, Chicago Blackhawks: Crawford has become more consistent with time, making him a much more reliable Fantasy goaltender.

57. Wayne Simmonds, RW, Philadelphia Flyers: Simmonds broke out for 29 goals last season. Could he become a 30-tally man this season?

58. Eric Staal, C, Carolina Hurricanes: We suspect the Canes captain will bounce back nicely this season.

59. Rick Nash, LW, New York Rangers: Nash has never been big on the helpers, but he’ll need more assists this season to rebound.

60. David Krejci, C, Boston Bruins: A key component of the powerful Bruins, Krejci has recently been rewarded with a big extension.

61. Jeff Carter, C, Los Angeles Kings: Carter looked rejuvenated on That ’70s Line with youngsters Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson.

62. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, Arizona Coyotes: The Coyotes may move Ekman-Larsson to the right side of the rink, but either way, he’s a tremendous keeper choice.

63. Alexander Steen, LW, St. Louis Blues: Steen will be paired with Paul Stastny and Joakim Lindstrom as he attempts to reach 30 goals again.

64. Milan Lucic, LW, Boston Bruins: Lucic’s penalty minute total really dipped last season, so we’d like to see him up his offensive contributions.

65. Bobby Ryan, RW, Ottawa Senators: Look for Ryan to bounce back to around the 25-goal mark this season.

66. Evander Kane, LW, Winnipeg Jets: Assuming he keeps blasting the puck — and stays healthy — Kane should get back to the 25-goal mark this season.

67. Jarome Iginla, RW, Colorado Avalanche: Iginla is playing with Ryan O’Reilly and Matt Duchene this season, so expect another fine campaign from the veteran.

68. James Neal, LW, Nashville Predators: The Preds hope Neal can be the offensive stud they so desperately need.

69. Martin St. Louis, RW, New York Rangers: Bringing in St. Louis didn’t go so well for the Rangers — until that awesome playoff run, that is.

70. Victor Hedman, D, Tampa Bay Lightning: Hedman is a guy you can get a bit later in your draft that can produce fantastic value.

71. James van Riemsdyk, LW, Toronto Maple Leafs: JVR broke out for his first 30-goal season and there is still upside here.

72. Jeff Skinner, LW, Carolina Hurricanes: We wouldn’t quibble with you if you opted to take Skinner as your first Hurricane player.

73. Daniel Sedin, LW, Vancouver Canucks: The Canucks desperately need this talented Swede to bounce back.

74. Ryan Miller, G, Vancouver Canucks: The Canucks signed veteran Miller despite the fact he only has one shutout over the last two seasons combined.

75. Blake Wheeler, RW, Winnipeg Jets: Wheeler is gplayin on the Jets’ top line with Kane and Mark Scheifele.

76. Ryan Kesler, C, Anaheim Ducks: After bouncing back for 25 goals last season, Kesler now gets a fresh start in Anaheim.

77. Paul Stastny, C, St. Louis Blues: Stastny scored a career-high 21 even strength goals last season. Let’s see if he can match or beat that as a Blue.

78. Brandon Dubinsky, C, Columbus Blue Jackets: The past few seasons, Dubinsky has struggled with health issues, so it’s tough to gauge his ceiling.

79. Jakub Voracek, RW, Philadelphia Flyers: Voracek has become a fixture on the Flyers after learning to shoot more last season.

80. Ryan McDonagh, D, New York Rangers: McDonagh had a coming out party in the playoffs, proving he’s one of the top blueliners in the NHL.

81. T.J. Oshie, RW, St. Louis Blues: Oshie logged a career-best 39 assists last season and he’s right in his prime.

82. Jordan Eberle, RW, Edmonton Oilers: The Saskatchewan born Eberle bounced back for 65 points last season, but his upside offers so much more.

83. Mike Smith, G, Arizona Coyotes: Smith ranks among the top 15 goalies in the game — whether you’re in a keeper or redraft league.

84. Keith Yandle, D, Arizona Coyotes: Yandle is paired with Ekman-Larsson this season, which is going to be a handful for opponents.

85. Kris Letang, D, Pittsburgh Penguins: Part of a strong Penguin lineup, Letang is finally healthy this fall.

86. Kyle Okposo, RW, New York Islanders: Okposo had never done well in shootouts until last season when he scored twice on three tries.

87. Ryan Suter, D, Minnesota Wild: Even as a defenseman, Suter’s offensive skills demand close coverage from his opponents.

88. Antti Niemi, San Jose Sharks: Niemi is facing a position battle from his backup goalie Alex Stalock, so watch this one closely.

89. Johan Franzen, LW, Detroit Red Wings: Franzen enjoyed a fourth 25-assist season, but continues to be a health concern.

90. Jaromir Jagr, RW, New Jersey Devils: Jagr’s bounce back last season was one of the most pleasant surprises in Fantasy hockey in 2013-14.

91. Kyle Turris, C, Ottawa Senators: As big a step forward as Turris took last season, he’s ready to break out even further.

92. Steve Mason, G, Philadelphia Flyers: Mason tied his career high in games last season and is likely in line for a ton of work again in 2014-15.

93. Andrew Ladd, LW, Winnipeg Jets: Clearly, the Jets’ captain is not a point per game player, but remains highly productive.

94. Bryan Little, C, Winnipeg Jets: Little’s ice time was up last season and if that continues to rise, he could reach 70 points.

95. Kevin Shattenkirk, D, St. Louis Blues: This consistent producer has become a staple on the St. Louis blueline.

96. Zdeno Chara, D, Boston Bruins: Even at his advanced age, the big dude remains a major workhorse and Fantasy producer.

97. Roberto Luongo, G, Florida Panthers: Luongo finally got his wish and was traded back to the Panthers.

98. Derek Stepan, C, New York Rangers: A broken fibula will cost the normally durable Stefan another three weeks or so.

99. Mikko Koivu, C, Minnesota Wild: Koivu logged 16 assists on the power play last season and with offensive help arriving, that number could rise.

100. David Perron, LW, Edmonton Oilers: This feisty winger enjoyed a career season offensively in 2013-14.

101. Brandon Saad, LW, Chicago Blackhawks: This kid is a major sleeper given his immense upside.

102. Jimmy Howard, G, Detroit Red Wings: Howard looked sharp this fall and has continued to excel as the games count, which bodes well for a rebound season.

103. Patric Hornqvist, RW, Pittsburgh Penguins: Hornqvist really turned it on down the stretch last season, buoying hopes for a breakthrough now that he’s escaped the defensively-minded Preds.

104. Gustav Nyquist, C, Detroit Red Wings: Nyquist dodged a bullet when a knee injury suffered in exhibition play wasn’t as serious as originally thought.

105. Joffrey Lupul, RW, Toronto Maple Leafs: The one-time boyfriend of Cheryl Burke is one injury prone dude, but he knows how to bulge the twine.

106. James Wisniewski, D, Columbus Blue Jackets: Wisniewski has a cannon from the blueline, so expect plenty of production.

107. Niklas Kronwall, D, Detroit Red Wings: Kronwall has become a real leader on the Wings and narrowly missed his second 50-point campaign last season.

108. Chris Kreider, LW, New York Rangers: Kreider took a huge step forward last season and we’re expecting his first of many 20-goal efforts to come in 2014-15.

109. Jason Pominville, RW, Minnesota Wild: Pominville sure did resurrect his career since arriving in the land of a thousand lakes.

110. Jaden Schwartz, LW, St. Louis Blues: The RFA took some time to sign, but now he’ll look to build on last season’s breakout.

111. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, St. Louis Blues: This kid has mad skills and is on the cusp of a breakout, so don’t be afraid to reach for him. Sleeper alert.

112. Mats Zuccarello, RW, New York Rangers: Zuccarello plays much bigger than his size, which is good as he’s just 5′7″ and 179 pounds.

113. Brian Elliott, G, St. Louis Blues: Elliot is still the No. 1 goalie in St. Louis, but he’ll need to perform to hold off Jake Allen.

114. Alexander Semin, RW, Carolina Hurricanes: The Canes are taking it easy with Semin this fall as he’s coming off wrist surgery.

115. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C, Edmonton Oilers: On the Oilers’ top line, Nugent-Hopkins will have Taylor Hall on one wing, and Tyler Pitlick on the other.

116. Brad Marchand, LW, Boston Bruins: Marchand is playing with Reilly Smith and Patrice Bergeron on a talented second line for the Bruins.

117. John Gibson, G, Anaheim Ducks: Gibson saved 95.4 per cent of the rubber fired at him in his brief cup of coffee in Anaheim last season.

118. Radim Vrbata, RW, Vancouver Canucks: Vrbata is an offensive dynamo who should thrive playing with the Sedin twins.

119. Patrik Elias, LW, New Jersey Devils: Elias is no spring chicken, but at least he’s not the oldest dude on the Devils (Jagr is 42!).

120. Torey Krug, D, Boston Bruins: Krug has finally re-signed with the Bruins. If he can match or exceed his rookie effort, big money will be coming soon.

121. Jonathan Drouin, LW, Tampa Bay Lightning: Drouin got buried in the team’s plans last season, but there’s no stopping him now (as soon as he’s healthy, that is).

122. Loui Eriksson, LW, Boston Bruins: Acquired in the Tyler Seguin deal last year, Eriksson is capable of a lot more than he showed last season.

123. Ryan O’Reilly, C, Colorado Rockies: O’Reilly established himself as one of the Avalanche’s biggest weapons last season.

124. Cam Fowler, D, Anaheim Ducks: Fowler recorded 15 power play points last season and should see plenty of PP1 time this season.

125. Valtteri Filppula, C, Tampa Bay Lightning: Filppula rebounded nicely in his first season with the Bolts. Is there any upside in his game?

126. Brent Burns, D, San Jose Sharks: Burns can do a bit of everything, making him a superb blueliner to target for your keeper league.

127. Dan Boyle, D, New York Rangers: After recording 18 power play points last year, Boyle should really help the Rangers on the man advantage.

128. Anton Khudobin, G, Carolina Hurricanes: Khudodin was buried in the Bruins’ organization, but has a chance to make a name for himself in Carolina.

129. Mike Cammalleri, LW, New Jersey Devils: After a tumultuous few seasons in Montreal and then a return to Calgary, Cammalleri has now moved on to the Swamp, where he’ll try to get back to the 50-point plateau.

130. Aleksander Barkov, C, Florida Panthers: The second overall pick from 2013 needs to stay healthy this season to start delivering on his promise.

131. Christian Ehrhoff, D, Pittsburgh Penguins: Ehrhoff has a lot of pressure on him as he’s being asked to replace Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen.

132. Mike Green, D, Washington Capitals: If Green can get back to double-digit even strength goals, look out!

133. Alex Goligoski, D, Dallas Stars: Good health finally led to a bit of an offensive breakthrough for Goligoski last season. Let’s see if he can build on that.

134. Clarke MacArthur, LW, Ottawa Senators: MacArthur parlayed a career-best 24-goal season into a long-term extension with Ottawa.

135. Valeri Nichushkin, RW, Dallas Stars: If Nichushkin gets to spend more time on Seguin and Benn’s line, this kid could seriously blow up.

136. Ales Hemsky, RW, Dallas Stars: Expect Hemsky to accumulate lots more power play points playing with the Stars’ first unit this season.

137. Nazem Kadri, C, Toronto Maple Leafs: The local boy broke through for his first 20-goal season, but there’s clearly much more upside remaining here.

138. Jaroslav Halak, G, New York Islanders: Halak was dealt away by the Blues last season and now he’s being asked to solve the long-time Islander goaltender issue.

139. Jacob Trouba, D, Winnipeg Jets: Trouba enjoyed a brilliant rookie season, portending his status as a future franchise defenseman.

140. Tomas Hertl, C, San Jose Sharks: The Sharks are counting on Hertl to take a step forward this season. We’re betting the talented youngster does.

141. Mark Streit, D, Philadelphia Flyers: Streit reached double digits in goals for the fifth time last season.

142. Ryan Callahan, RW, Tampa Bay Lightning: This scrappy winger is still trying to return to his 2011-12 level when he flirted with 30 goals.

143. Jonathan Bernier, G, Toronto Maple Leafs: Bernier took over as the Leafs top goalie last season. Now let’s see if his team can protect him more.

144. Mikael Granlund, C, Minnesota Wild: Granlund heads a wave of young talent in Minnesota that has the Wild on the cusp of bigger things.

145. Matt Moulson, LW, Buffalo Sabres: Since potting 36 goals two seasons ago, Moulson’s scoring prowess has been on the wane. Can he get back to 25 goals in a full season with the Sabres?

146. Andrei Markov, D, Montreal Canadiens: A staple on the Montreal blueline, Markov finally stayed healthy, but wasn’t as dominant a force on the power play last season.

147. Brent Seabrook, D, Chicago Blackhawks: The durable Seabrook has helped anchor a strong Chicago blueline for many years now and he’s right in his prime.

148. Ondrej Palat, LW, Tampa Bay Lightning: Palat had a major breakout last season. Now let’s see if he can become a 70-point man.

149. Justin Williams, RW, Los Angeles Kings: If only Williams could be convinced that every game in a playoff contest, he’d be a star.

150. Dion Phaneuf, D, Toronto Maple Leafs: Many believe the Leafs are doomed with Phaneuf, but perhaps a move over to the left will help him.

151. Cody Hodgson, C, Buffalo Sabres: Hodgson has shifted over to the wing and is play on Buffalo’s second line this season.

152. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, Washington Capitals: Washington’s top prospect is finally going to play a full season. Sleeper alert!

153. Roman Josi, D, Nashville Predators: Getting paired with Shea Webber enabled Josi to break through with 40 points last season. Josi could top that this time around.

154. Brayden Schenn, C, Philadelphia Flyers: Schenn broke through for 20 goals last season, but we’re worried about the lack of physical protection he’ll have this season.

155. Tomas Plekanec, C, Montreal Canadiens: Plekanec put up his sixth 20-goal season, but is hardly an elite Fantasy centre.

156. Nick Bonino, C, Anaheim Ducks: After a breakout last season, Bonino is a nice addition to the Canucks, who will need him to build on what he did.

157. Braden Holtby, G, Washington Capitals: Holtby stands to really benefit now that Barry Trotz is coaching the Caps.

158. Jonas Hiller, G, Calgary Flames: Hiller should get the bulk of the work now that he’s landed in Calgary.

159. Reilly Smith, RW, Boston Bruins: The young forward enjoyed a breakout in his first season in Boston, but then was nearly a salary cap casualty.

160. Jay Bouwmeester, D, St. Louis Blues: The durable Bouwmeester has become a staple on the Blues D, although don’t expect many PMs.

161. Tyson Barrie, D, Colorado Avalanche: This dependable defenseman broke through for 25 assists last season, and plenty of upside remains.

162. P.A. Parenteau, RW, Montreal Canadiens: The veteran has landed in Montreal, but he’ll need to stay healthy to make a big impact.

163. Tyler Johnson, C, Tampa Bay Lightning: Johnson’s 50-point effort as a rookie made him a Calder Trophy finalist last season.

164. Ben Scrivens, G, Edmonton Oilers: Scrivens will be given a chance to be the top dog in Edmonton, but if he falters, the leash won’t be too long.

165. Martin Hanzal, C, Arizona Coyotes: Hanzal managed another 15-goal season in 2013-14. If he can just stay healthy, 20 is a definite possibility.

166. Andrew Shaw, C, Chicago Blackhawks: Shaw has become a fixture in the Hawks’ forward corps, breaking through with his first 20-goal season in 2013-14.

167. Nathan Horton, RW, Columbus Blue Jackets: The oft-injured Horton’s back woe makes him a big question mark at this point.

168. Jason Garrison, D, Tampa Bay Lightning: After a solid season in Vancouver, where he matched his career high in points, Garrison will look to improve his +/- in Tampa Bay.

169. Mike Ribeiro, C, Nashville Predators: Once a huge assist man, Ribeiro barely topped 30 last season. Nashville desperately needs him to bounce back.

170. Pascal Dupuis, RW, Pittsburgh Penguins: Dupuis is playing with Crosby this season, so watch for an offensive recovery — assuming Dupuis can stay healthy.

171. Tyler Bozak, C, Toronto Maple Leafs: Bozak centres Toronto’s top line with wingers Kessel and van Riemsdyk.

172. Brendan Gallagher, RW, Montreal Canadiens: Gallagher should hit 20 goals for the first time, playing on a line with Pacioretty and David Desharnais.

173. Erik Johnson, D, Colorado Avalanche: Johnson plays with an edge, and last season he managed to stay healthy enough to play in 80 games for the first time.

174. Tyler Toffoli, C, Los Angeles Kings: Toffoli’s play in the postseason portends a great improvement this season — especially in the assist department given the chemistry he has with his linemates.

175. Eric Gelinas, D, New Jersey Devils: The hard-shooting Gelinas needs to develop more consistency in his game before he can take it to the next level.

176. Jussi Jokinen, LW, Florida Panthers: After revitalizing his career in Pittsburgh, Jokinen has headed south to join the Panthers.

177. Craig Smith, C, Nashville Predators: Smith enjoyed a breakthough offensively last season, and there is likely upside here as the Preds try to add scoring.

178. Craig Anderson, G, Ottawa Senators: Anderson managed to win 25 games last season, but his peripherals were awful. He’ll need to do better this season or won’t get a chance to match or surpass that win total.

179. Justin Schultz, D, Edmonton Oilers: Schultz has become a fixture on the Edmonton blueline. Can he reach 15 goals and 40 points this season?

180. Matt Niskanen, D, Washington Capitals: The hard-hitting Niskanen broke through with his first double-digit goal effort last season.

181. Carl Hagelin, LW, New York Rangers: Hagelin had a career high in goals last season (including five game winners) to cement his spot among the Ranger forward set.

182. Andrej Sekera, D, Carolina Hurricanes: The former Sabre broke through in his first season with the Hurricanes.

183. Alex Stalock, G, San Jose Sharks: Stalock has an excellent opportunity to supplant Niemi as the No. 1 goalie, but he’ll need to play better than he did in the playoffs.

184. Derick Brassard, C, New York Rangers: Brassard has some skill, as evidenced by a career high in goals last season, but he’s a second liner at best.

185. Troy Brouwer, RW, Washington Capitals: Brouwer was expected to play on the Caps’ second line with Marcus Johansson and Andre Burakovsky, but he’s getting a look on the No. 1 line.

186. Slava Voynov, D, Los Angeles Kings: The durable Voynov broke through for 30 assists last season, and has quickly established himself as a key member of the Kings’ D.

187. Paul Martin, D, Pittsburgh Penguins: Part of a defense corps with several solid puck movers, Martin struggled offensively in an injury-ravaged season in 2013-14.

188. Brian Campbell, D, Florida Panthers: Since taking his talents to South Beach, Campbell has been very durable and just put up his seventh 30-assist season.

189. John Carlson, D, Washington Capitals: The durable Carlson enjoyed his first double-digit goal effort last season, potting half of them on the power play.

190. Darcy Kuemper, G, Minnesota Wild: The Wild goaltending situation is very much unsettled but it seems Kuemper has the inside track on the starting gig given his early season play.

191. Marek Zidlicky, D, New Jersey Devils: Zidlicky may be getting long in the tooth, but he remains an integral part of the Devil D, recording a sixth 30-assist campaign.

192. Chris Stewart, RW, Buffalo Sabres: If Stewart can just bring some consistency to his game, maybe he’d return to his 20-to-30 goal ways.

193. Jiri Hudler, LW, Calgary Flames: Hudler is playing with Sean Monahan and Josh Jooris.

194. Alexander Edler, D, Vancouver Canucks: The veteran Swede has been trying to recapture his offensive explosion of 2011-12 for the past two seasons.

195. Jack Johnson, D, Columbus Blue Jackets: Johnson stayed healthy last season, but is still seeking his first double-digit goal campaign.

196. Brad Richards, C, Chicago Blackhawks: After regressing in three seasons on Broadway, Richards gets a fresh start in the Windy City as the No. 2 centre.

197. Scott Hartnell, LW, Columbus Blue Jackets: Hartnell is part of the talent the Blue Jackets added this offseason as they try to become an Eastern Conference power.

198. Hampus Lindholm, D, Anaheim Ducks: Lindholm put up 30 points as a 19-year-old rookie last season. Ya, there’s a wee bit of upside here.

199. Frederik Andersen, G, Anaheim Ducks: Andersen is still somewhat untested, but man is he talented.

200. Sam Reinhart, C, Buffalo Sabres: Reinhart was manhandled physically in his NHL debut, so the Sabres plan to give him bigger wingers to play with.

201. Aaron Ekblad, D, Florida Panthers: Ekblad wasted no time making an impact, picking up a helper in his first NHL game. He’s a star in the making.

202. Derek Roy, C, Nashville Predators: Roy is going to get a chance to centre the Preds’ second line to start the season.

203. Seth Jones, D, Nashville Predators: One of the top young players in the game, Jones has been flashing some nice shot blocking skills early on this season.

204. Andy Greene, D, New Jersey Devils: Greene’s proving he’s got something left in the tank, picking up an assist and going +2 in his season debut.

205. Ondrej Pavelec, G, Winnipeg Jets: Pavelec is still the Jets’ No. 1 goalie, and he looked like he deserved the gig in the season debut.

206. Leon Draisaitl, C, Edmonton Oilers: This kid is just 18 and somehow finds himself as the No. 2 centre in Edmonton. WTF?

207. Jhonas Enroth, G, Buffalo Sabres: Enroth seems to have grabbed the No. 1 goalie gig in Buffalo, and so far, he’s running with.

208. Alex Galchenyuk, C, Montreal Canadiens: This youngster is exhibiting signs of developing into a top playmaker.

209. Dany Heatley, LW, Anaheim Ducks: The enigmatic Heatley has started the season on the IR, but could be on the top line when healthy.

210. Justin Faulk, D, Carolina Hurricanes: Faulk got off to a nice start this season, and we expect him to break through for at least 30 helpers.

211. Travis Hamonic, D, New York Islanders: Hamonic doesn’t have any overpowering shot, so don’t expect a ton of goals, but he should flirt with double digits this season.

212. Curtis Lazar, RW, Ottawa Senators: Lazar not only made the Senators’ Opening Night roster, but he saw plenty of minutes.

213. Adam Henrique, C, New Jersey Devils: Could Henrique finally be back to his 2012 level of play? He’s off to a blazing start this season, so it’s looking good.

214. Tyler Ennis, LW, Buffalo Sabres: Ennis loves playing in Buffalo, but it’s time for him to break through to the next level and bring the Sabres along for the ride.

215. Mathieu Perreault, C, Winnipeg Jets: Part of an improving forward corps in the Peg, Perreault has paid instant dividends for the Jets.

216. Mike Santorelli, C, Toronto Maple Leafs: Santorelli didn’t see much ice time in the opener but did manage an assist and a +1.

217. Mika Zibanejad, C, Ottawa Senators: After showing some nice offensive potential last season, Zibanejad already has a shootout winner this season.

218. Dougie Hamilton, D, Boston Bruins: Hamilton’s expected breakout season has started slowly as he was briefly pushed back to the second defensive pairing.

219. Kyle Palmieri, RW, Anaheim Ducks: After making a nice improvement last season, Palmieri has begun this season on the IR with an ankle injury.

220. Calle Jarnkrok, C, Nashville Predators: Jarnkrok has shown nice chemistry with Craig Smith, but we’d like to see his PT creep closer to 15 minutes per game.

221. Sean Monahan, C, Calgary Flames: One of the bright spots on a rebuilding Flames squad, Monahan is poised to take a big step forward this season.

222. Jonathan Huberdeau, C, Florida Panthers: One of the great young Canadian players in the game, Huberdeau should make nice strides offensively this season.

223. Stephen Weiss, C, Detroit Red Wings: Weiss has a long road back after two awful, injury-plagued seasons. A healthy scratch in the debut wasn’t a good start.

224. Sean Couturier, C, Philadelphia Flyers: Couturier’s not much of a threat on the shootout (1-for-4 in his career), but he should have his first 40-point effort this season.

225. Matt Read, RW, Philadelphia Flyers: Read’s had more success in the shootout (6-for-16 career), but is still trying to duplicate his rookie season numbers.

226. Mason Raymond, LW, Calgary Flames: Raymond looks like a superb early-season waiver wire grab as the former Canuck/Leaf is off to a blazing start with the Flames.

227. Brandon Pirri, C, Florida Panthers: Pirri flashed potential after escaping Chicago, but is now waiting for a chance to show what he can do this season.

228. Andrew Cogliano, C, Anaheim Ducks: The normally mild-mannered Cogliano already has a penalty this season.

229. Mike Richards, C, Los Angeles Kings: No. 10 on the Kings never really found his goal scoring touch since landing in L.A.

230. Martin Jones, G, Los Angeles Kings: The Kings’ backup netminder has looked stellar so far, so let’s see if it earns him more starts.

231. Charlie Coyle, C, Minnesota Wild: After breaking through for 30 points last season, Coyle has already bulged the twine this season as he aims for his first 20-goal effort.

232. Nino Niederreiter, RW, Minnesota Wild: Niederreiter is yet another of the blue-chip youngsters that have many believing the Wild is ready to be a serious force.

233. Filip Forsberg, C, Nashville Predators: The Capitals may soon regret dealing their 2012 first rounder to Nashville as Forsberg’s off to a blazing start.

234. Ryan Ellis, D, Nashville Predators: After breaking through offensively last season, Ellis earned himself a long-term extension.

235. Andrei Loktionov, C, Carolina Hurricanes: Despite playing 39 games for the Kings in 2011-12, Loktionov did not have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup.

236. Damien Brunner, RW, New Jersey Devils: After being a disappointment in his first season in the Swamp, Brunner is now struggling to get into the lineup.

237. Ryan Strome, C, New York Islanders: This blue-chip prospect is on his way to being the next Islanders star. No wonder other teams are trying to pry him away.

238. Griffin Reinhart, D, New York Islanders: Reinhart was acceptable before being demoted to the AHL, but when he returns, we’d like to see him paired with a more established defender.

239. Robin Lehner, G, Ottawa Senators: Lehner looked awesome in his season debut and could easily steal away the No. 1 goalie gig in Ottawa.

240. Vincent Lecavalier, C, Philadelphia Flyers: The Flyers’ second-line centre was off to a much-needed great start, but then got hurt.

241. Mikkel Boedker, LW, Arizona Coyotes: After potting a career-best 19 tallies last season, Boedker has scored in each of the first two games this season.

242. Martin Havlat, RW, New Jersey Devils: Havlat has forged instant chemistry with Patrik Elias, so look for him to have a nice bound back season.

243. Nikita Kucherov, RW, Tampa Bay Lightning: Kurcherov has started the season on a line with Vladislav Namestnikov and J.T. Brown, but we’d like to see him get more PT.

244. Joe Colborne, C, Calgary Flames: Colborne looks like he’s breaking out, recording four helpers in the first two games of the season.

245. Eddie Lack, G, Vancouver Canucks: The Canucks’ backup goalie is still awaiting his season debut, but don’t be shocked if he steals starts later in the season.

246. Andre Burakovsky, LW, Washington Capitals: Burakovsky was considered for the second centre job, and his fast start prompted a move in that direction.

247. Philipp Grubauer, G, Washington Capitals: Grubauer was sent back to the AHL and has yet to prove he deserves to come back. But this kid will be heard from.

248. Michael Frolik, RW, Winnipeg Jets: Frolik is on pace to match his career high in shots on goal.

249. Mikhail Grabovski, C, New York Islanders: After slumping offensively the past couple of seasons, Grabovski already has one goal through two games. Now if he can just stay healthy.

250. Cody Eakin, C, Dallas Stars: Eakin is off to a nice start this season as he seeks his first 20-goal campaign.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below, who deserves to be higher and who should drop? Who’s missing from the list?

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2014-15 RotoRob NHL Draft Kit: Centre Rankings

September 22, 2014 | by Chris Wassel | Comments (1)
At some point, Crosby has to be accountable for the postseason failures of the Penguins. If your wrist is injured, when do you take yourself out of the lineup or take less of a role? During the regular season, Crosby showed some signs of slowing down a bit (22 points in his last 20 games and a good bit of that was pre-injury). With a new coach and GM, a new system, and a few minor tweaks, Mr. Crosby should still do very well, but we are not convinced he will reach 100 points. It will be close. However, he may end up with more power play points.
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2014-15 RotoRob NHL Draft Kit: Left Wing Rankings

September 19, 2014 | by Chris Wassel | Comments (1)
harp surprised a lot of people last season by pulling out a nearly 80-point season with 34 goals and 44 assists. This included 25 power play points. Needless to say the shoulder concerns are a distant memory. There is no doubt Sharp can be a top five LW this season as well, though some will say that others could challenge that lofty perch. His abilities on the man advantage always make him a very attractive Fantasy player and usually he goes lower than expected.
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2014-15 RotoRob NHL Draft Kit: Right Wing Rankings

September 15, 2014 | by Chris Wassel | Comments (1)
Perry is just a force in the critical moments of games and that won’t change much no matter who is at left wing. The numbers could be tweaked down a tiny bit but the veteran is the prototypical power forward for a reason. If Perry’s PIMs spike a little, along with his power play goals, he could trump Ovechkin and Kane.
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2014-15 RotoRob NHL Draft Kit: Defensemen Rankings

September 8, 2014 | by Chris Wassel | Comments (2)
Subban did disappoint a bit last year as he was in a bit of transition to be honest. It is not easy having a lot of expectations heaped on you. However, in the playoffs, he was the biggest reason why Montreal defeated Boston in seven games and that momentum should carry over into this season. Remember, Fantasy value is not all just about points, but we are expecting Subban to top 60 points for the first time in his career.
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