Top 100 Forwards - September 29, 2018



Our final pre-season forward rankings.


Our rankings are for the next 2 to 3 seasons, and consider each player's track record, upside, age, team and injury history.

Inspired by the now-defunct Yahoo fantasy hockey "Big Board".

RANKPLAYERNOTESPVS.CHG.AGEDOB
TIER 1
1Connor McDavid, EDMStands alone. Art Ross threepeat?--21.71/13/1997
TIER 2
2Sidney Crosby, PITOver a pt/g in all of his 13 seasons in the NHL.--31.28/7/1987
3Nikita Kucherov, TB--25.36/17/1993
4Nathan MacKinnon, COLSecond only to McDavid in pts/g last year.--23.19/1/1995
TIER 3
5Tyler Seguin, DAL--26.71/31/1992
6John Tavares, TORWill get a selection of elite wingers in Toronto.--28.09/20/1990
7Evgeni Malkin, PITStayed healthy, put up 98 points.--32.27/31/1986
8Auston Matthews, TORFinally getting a spot on the top powerplay.--21.19/17/1997
9Johnny Gaudreau, CGY--25.28/13/1993
10Mark Scheifele, WPG90+ point upside if he can stay healthy.--25.63/15/1993
11Jack Eichel, BUFIf he stays healthy, should be among top Cs.--21.910/28/1996
12Taylor Hall, NJCarries the team. Needs more help this year.--26.911/14/1991
13Alex Ovechkin, WASWill Stanley Cup hangover effect him?--33.19/17/1985
14Patrick Laine, WPGRocket Richard Trophy on the horizon? --20.54/19/1998
15Jamie Benn, DAL--29.27/18/1989
16Steven Stamkos, TBSlowed down after a hot start. Pt/g post All-Star. --28.72/7/1990
17Patrick Kane, CHI76 pts in a down year. Still an Art Ross threat.--29.911/19/1988
18Brad Marchand, BOSFew are more productive. Must stay disciplined.--30.45/11/1988
19Evgeny Kuznetsov, WASPut up 1.27 pts/g post All-Star in 2017/18.--26.45/19/1992
20David Pastrnak, BOS--22.45/25/1996
21Blake Wheeler, WPGHit new career highs at 31. Can he repeat?--32.18/31/1986
22Artemi Panarin, CBJ--26.910/30/1991
23Claude Giroux, PHIRe-kindled offensive upside playing on the wing.--30.71/12/1988
24Phil Kessel, PIT--31.010/2/1987
25Anze Kopitar, LA--31.18/24/1987
26Vladimir Tarasenko, STLRecovering from surgery; slow start is possible.--26.812/13/1991
27Nicklas Backstrom, WAS--30.911/23/1987
28Mitch Marner, TORExpected to line up on JT's wing.--21.45/5/1997
29Leon Draisaitl, EDM--22.910/27/1995
30Jakub Voracek, PHI--29.18/15/1989
31Alexander Barkov, FLA--23.19/2/1995
32Mathew Barzal, NYIWill have to face top pairing D with no Tavares.--21.45/26/1997
33Mikko Rantanen, COL--21.910/29/1996
34Filip Forsberg, NAS--24.28/13/1994
35Ryan Getzlaf, ANH--33.45/10/1985




TIER 4
36Vincent Trocheck, FLA--25.27/11/1993
37Nikolaj Ehlers, WPGUpside may be stunted by other options in WPG.--22.62/14/1996
38Sean Monahan, CGY--24.010/12/1994
39Clayton Keller, AZFew NHLers with his skill. Keep a close watch.--20.27/29/1998
40Brayden Schenn, STL--27.18/22/1991
41Max Pacioretty, VGKRelieved of captaincy burden; poised for big year.--29.911/20/1988
42Jonathan Huberdeau, FLA--25.36/4/1993
43William Nylander, TOR--22.45/1/1996
44Alex Radulov, DAL--32.37/5/1986
45Joe Pavelski, SJ--34.27/11/1984
46Patrice Bergeron, BOS--33.27/24/1985
47Logan Couture, SJ--29.53/28/1989
48William Karlsson, VGKLast year was a revelation. Can he duplicate?--25.71/8/1993
49Jaden Schwartz, STL--26.36/25/1992
50Mark Stone, OTT--26.45/13/1992
51Jonathan Marchessault, VGK--27.812/27/1990
52Brock Boeser, VANRookie season derailed by injuries. Big upside.--21.62/25/1997
53Mikael Granlund, MIN--26.62/26/1992
54Sean Couturier, PHI--25.812/7/1992
55James van Riemsdyk, PHIReturns for second tour of duty in Philly.--29.45/4/1989
56Rickard Rakell, ANH--25.45/5/1993
57Mike Hoffman, FLA--28.911/24/1989
58Gabriel Landeskog, COL--25.911/23/1992
59Sebastian Aho, CAR--21.27/26/1997
60Teuvo Teravainen, CAR--24.19/11/1994
61Jeff Carter, LA--33.81/1/1985
62Brayden Point, TBForcing his way up a crowded depth chart.--22.63/13/1996
63Viktor Arvidsson, NAS--25.54/8/1993




TIER 5
64Nico Hischier, NJ--19.81/4/1999
65Jordan Eberle, NYI--28.45/15/1990
66Ryan O'Reilly, STL--27.72/7/1991
67Alex Galchenyuk, AZ--24.62/12/1994
68Anders Lee, NYI40 might be hard to repeat with no Tavares.--28.37/3/1990
69Jeff Skinner, BUFMay be primed for a big season paired with Eichel.--26.45/16/1992
70Kyle Connor, WPG--21.812/9/1996
71Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, EDMBig upside if he sticks on McDavid's wing.--25.54/12/1993
72Eric Staal, MIN--33.910/29/1984
73Kyle Palmieri, NJ--27.72/1/1991
74Ryan Johansen, NAS--26.27/31/1992
75Alex DeBrincat, CHI--20.812/18/1997
76Derek Stepan, AZ--28.36/18/1990
77Nazem Kadri, TORSlots in as the 3C, but still a fixture on the PP.--28.010/6/1990
78Dylan Larkin, DET--22.27/30/1996
79Matt Duchene, OTT--27.71/16/1991
80Ilya Kovalchuk, LAReturns to the NHL at 35. Does he still have it?--35.54/15/1983
81Mika Zibanejad, NYR--25.54/18/1993
82Sam Reinhart, BUF--22.911/6/1995
83Evgenii Dadonov, FLA--29.63/12/1989
84Wayne Simmonds, PHI--30.18/26/1988
85Jonathan Toews, CHI--30.44/29/1988
86Jake Guentzel, PITScores more in the playoffs for some reason.--24.010/6/1994
87Bo Horvat, VAN--23.54/5/1995
88Jonathan Drouin, MTLBack on the wing where he belongs.--23.53/28/1995
89J.T. Miller, TB--25.63/14/1993
90Cam Atkinson, CBJ--29.36/5/1989
91T.J. Oshie, WAS--31.812/23/1986
92Reilly Smith, VGKPanthers castaway thriving in Vegas.--27.54/1/1991
93Josh Bailey, NYI71 points felt like an outlier. Expect a dropoff.--29.010/2/1989
94Matthew Tkachuk, CGY--20.812/11/1997
95Pierre-Luc Dubois, CBJFinished last season red-hot.--20.36/24/1998
TIER 7
96Evander Kane, SJHoping to put injuries, inconsistency behind him.--27.28/2/1991
97Elias Pettersson, VANTop Calder contender looks ready for primetime.--19.911/12/1998
98Pavel Buchnevich, NYR--23.54/17/1995
99Kyle Turris, NAS--29.28/14/1989
100Tyler Toffoli, LA--26.54/24/1992
















On the Bubble (not in order):
James Neal, CGY
Mats Zuccarello, NYR
Nolan Patrick, PHI
Andrei Svechnikov, CAR
Casey Mittelstadt, BUF
Paul Stastny, VGK
Tyler Johnson, TB
Anthony Mantha, DET
Nino Niederreiter, MIN
Erik Haula, VGK
Kyle Okposo, BUF
Vladislav Namestnikov, NYR
Ondrej Palat, TB
Craig Smith, NAS
Kevin Hayes, NYR
Elias Lindholm, CGY
Kevin Fiala, NSH
Jake DeBrusk, BOS
Travis Konecny, PHI
Brandon Saad, CHI
Tomas Tatar, MTL
Corey Perry, ANH
David Krejci, BOS
Marcus Johansson, NJ
Gustav Nyquist, DET