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Fantasy hockey dynasty rankings – The best players of 2026

With a contemporary, regular NHL slate forward of us, it is time to revisit dynasty rankings.

As a reminder, these rankings stem from a spreadsheet that makes an attempt to mission the longer term fantasy manufacturing of all related gamers, together with many who have not laced up skates within the NHL ever.

The rating is solely the product of including up all of the projected fantasy scoring by every participant over the following 5 seasons. Gamers are projected utilizing a method that takes under consideration their age, ice time and historical past, with changes made for scenario and pedigree.

However this is a secret that is not a lot a secret: Loads of that is guessing.

Massive shock, proper?

There are some issues with making an attempt to mathematically forecast the longer term. Within the curiosity of serving to you do your personal prognostication, let’s talk about a few of them.

Who’s acquired a golden ticket?

Nearly each workforce within the NHL has a few stud prospects who will break into the league within the subsequent couple seasons – some greater than only a couple. These gamers can have loads of time to be within the combine to contribute a related quantity of fantasy factors over a five-year forecast.

However which of them?

This is among the harder duties. There are equivalencies we are able to have a look at based mostly on the place the prospect has been taking part in. We will have a look at their draft capital as an indicator of price to the workforce. We will guess at how the depth chart may look when they’re poised to interrupt into the league.

However, on the finish of the day, we’re simply guessing.

I’ve Trevor Zegras of the Anaheim Ducks fairly excessive within the rankings. Why? For equivalency, he is one of many elites within the historical past of the USA Hockey Nationwide Crew Growth Program (USDP), ending top-10 all-time for each the U17 and U18 groups. Additionally, whereas it was solely 17 video games, he had the very best factors per sport within the AHL for a participant below 20 since Jason Spezza in 2002-03. For draft capital, he was taken ninth total by the Geese and is clearly an enormous a part of their future. For the depth chart, he is not the one stable Geese prospect that might assist flip this workforce round within the subsequent two to 3 years.

All that stated, nothing is assured. Simply ask dynasty managers who had Jeremy Bracco or Rocco Grimaldi, who each bested Zegras’ USDP stats. Or those that had Nail Yakupov or Alex Galchenyuk, who have been drafted No. 1 and No. 3 total in 2012. Or those that drafted Jonathan Drouin for fantasy again in 2013 or 2014, when he was purported to be a part of a stacked Tampa Bay Lightning workforce.

Positive, these are cherry-picked examples, however they don’t seem to be fallacious. We have now to make a few of these guesses although, as we all know that untested, unheralded gamers will likely be among the many high fantasy gamers in the course of the subsequent 5 years. Historical past tells us so.

Should you put your self again in time to the identical second as this 5 years in the past and try to make the identical fantasy rankings, there are some issues to contemplate. Precisely 138 of the 300 gamers who will rating probably the most fantasy factors from 2016-17 to 2020-21 scored fewer than 100 fantasy factors in 2015-16. In truth, 71 of them scored lower than 50 factors that season and 31 of them had zero.

If those self same ballparks maintain true for this second, it means virtually half of the highest 300 gamers for the following 5 years scored fewer than 68 fantasy factors (adjusted for shorter season) final season and about 30 of them have but to play within the NHL.

Miss me hardly or hardly miss me?

The one factor we learn about accidents within the NHL is that there will likely be many.

In constructing the predictions with previous stats within the spreadsheet, a number of makes an attempt have been made to search out some rhyme and motive to gamers lacking time. All makes an attempt failed.

Whereas some gamers really feel like they’re injury-prone in an anecdotal sense, it’s extremely troublesome to quantify that. For each participant that appears to overlook time constantly from season to season, there may be one other who missed an enormous chunk of time after which stays wholesome seemingly perpetually.

Not all projections within the formulation give every participant 82-game seasons for all 5 years into the longer term. The perfect combine I may provide you with was utilizing a really muted method that may subtract just a few video games if the participant has an extended historical past of lacking time, however protecting it very, very muted. Some handbook changes are additionally added for gamers who’re entering into their mid-30s, when 10-plus years within the NHL can begin to take its toll.

But it surely’s very imperfect and I am OK with copping to that.

Movers and shakers

Naturally, there are some massive swings within the dynasty ranks because the final version was previous to the 2020-21 season. For these gamers on the older finish of the spectrum, they misplaced 20 % of extra of their prime years simply by the advantage of time passing. The other is true for younger gamers and prospects, who gained what is probably going a main season.

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Juuse Saros, G, Nashville Predators (up 260 spots to No. 8): Whereas I believe Yaroslav Askarov will begin pushing into the image as early as 2024-25, Saros has this beginning gig sewn up for the following few seasons, which ought to be amongst his prime within the league.

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Adam Fox, D, New York Rangers (up 29 spots to No. 15): The following 5 years ought to be the period outlined on the fantasy blue line by Fox, Aaron Ekblad, Cale Makar, Ivan Provorov and Jakob Chychrun. These are the top-five defensemen they usually all shot up within the rankings. They vary in age from 22 to 25 and are all in nice place inside their group to dominate on the facility play within the coming years. All 5 are ranked between No. 15 and No. 26 right here and ought to be considered as interchangeable.

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Spencer Knight, G, Florida Panthers (enters ranks at No. 37): In February, after we final did these rankings, Knight was merely a goaltender of the longer term blocked by a monster contract in entrance of him. However after Sergei Bobrovsky struggled mightily and Knight exceeded all expectations, he is rapidly turn into a goaltender of the now.

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Jack Eichel, C, Buffalo Sabres (down 13 spots to No. 38): This slip reveals how each one of many 5 seasons forecasts right here issues. Whereas Eichel is among the many league leaders projected for the 2022-23 season and past, this coming season drags him down. It is nonetheless 20 % of his whole potential rating for these rankings, so the prospect of a surgical procedure and commerce hurts his output for a minimum of the approaching season. For the report, I conservatively mission him for under 20 video games and that leaves him exterior the highest 300 for this season.

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Matt Murray, G, Ottawa Senators (up 119 spots to No. 88): Murray is an attention-grabbing case in that he’s a longtime commodity, not ranked for this coming season, however creeping up the dynasty ranks. It’s because, with all of the belongings the Sens have blossoming within the subsequent couple seasons, they appear like a aggressive membership in time for Murray to be a stable fantasy goaltender. Simply not but.

Dynasty Rankings

1. Connor McDavid, C, EDM (C1) (1)
2. Auston Matthews, C, TOR (C2) (3)
3. Leon Draisaitl, LW, EDM (LW1) (6)
4. Nathan MacKinnon, C, COL (C3) (11)
5. Nikita Kucherov, RW, TB (RW1) (18)
6. Mikko Rantanen, RW, COL (RW2) (31)
7. Connor Hellebuyck, G, WPG (G1) (5)
8. Juuse Saros, G, NSH (G2) (268)
9. David Pastrnak, RW, BOS (RW3) (4)
10. Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR (C4) (9)
11. Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, TB (G3) (2)
12. Mark Scheifele, C, WPG (C5) (26)
13. Igor Shesterkin, G, NYR (G4) (37)
14. John Gibson, G, ANA (G5) (10)
15. Adam Fox, D, NYR (D1) (44)
16. Ilya Sorokin, G, NYI (G6) (244)
17. Carter Hart, G, PHI (G7) (7)
18. Mitchell Marner, RW, TOR (RW4) (38)
19. Aaron Ekblad, D, FLA (D2) (54)
20. Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA (C6) (34)
21. Andrei Svechnikov, LW, CAR (LW2) (23)
22. Cale Makar, D, COL (D3) (43)
23. Kirill Kaprizov, LW, MIN (LW3) (62)
24. Ivan Provorov, D, PHI (D4) (47)
25. Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, FLA (LW4) (33)
26. Jakob Chychrun, D, ARI (D5) (88)
27. Dougie Hamilton, D, NJ (D6) (35)
28. Patrik Laine, RW, CLS (RW5) (42)
29. Jake Guentzel, LW, PIT (LW5) (41)
30. Roman Josi, D, NSH (D7) (14)
31. Elias Pettersson, C, VAN (C7) (24)
32. Sebastian Aho, C, CAR (C8) (50)
33. Brady Tkachuk, LW, OTT (LW6) (32)
34. Victor Hedman, D, TB (D8) (16)
35. Brayden Point, C, TB (C9) (30)
36. Jack Hughes, C, NJ (C10) (56)
37. Spencer Knight, G, FLA (G8) (NR)
38. Jack Eichel, C, BUF (C11) (13)
39. Artemi Panarin, LW, NYR (LW7) (12)
40. Alexis Lafreniere, LW, NYR (LW8) (120)
41. Alex DeBrincat, LW, CHI (LW9) (53)
42. Seth Jones, D, CHI (D9) (49)
43. Mark Stone, RW, VGS (RW6) (27)
44. Nick Suzuki, C, MON (C12) (93)
45. Roope Hintz, C, DAL (C13) (126)
46. John Carlson, D, WSH (D10) (22)
47. Rasmus Dahlin, D, BUF (D11) (163)
48. Nikolaj Ehlers, LW, WPG (LW10) (74)
49. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL (RW7) (25)
50. John Tavares, C, TOR (C14) (52)
51. Matthew Tkachuk, LW, CGY (LW11) (48)
52. Vince Dunn, D, SEA (D12) (369)
53. Ilya Samsonov, G, WSH (G9) (67)
54. Tyler Seguin, C, DAL (C15) (55)
55. Patrick Kane, RW, CHI (RW8) (15)
56. Darnell Nurse, D, EDM (D13) (39)
57. Alex Nedeljkovic, G, DET (G10) (NR)
58. Charlie McAvoy, D, BOS (D14) (46)
59. Ryan Strome, C, NYR (C16) (130)
60. Shea Theodore, D, VGS (D15) (95)
61. Taylor Hall, LW, BOS (LW12) (36)
62. Trevor Zegras, C, ANA (C17) (210)
63. Robin Lehner, G, VGS (G11) (28)
64. Elias Lindholm, RW, CGY (RW9) (57)
65. Miro Heiskanen, D, DAL (D16) (146)
66. Sean Couturier, C, PHI (C18) (125)
67. Thomas Chabot, D, OTT (D17) (68)
68. Zach Werenski, D, CLS (D18) (151)
69. Philipp Grubauer, G, SEA (G12) (83)
70. Nico Hischier, C, NJ (C19) (108)
71. Neal Pionk, D, WPG (D19) (61)
72. Bryan Rust, RW, PIT (RW10) (82)
73. Bo Horvat, C, VAN (C20) (79)
74. Filip Forsberg, LW, NSH (LW13) (94)
75. Gabriel Landeskog, LW, COL (LW14) (75)
76. Kyle Connor, LW, WPG (LW15) (29)
77. Ryan O’Reilly, C, STL (C21) (104)
78. Kevin Fiala, C, MIN (C22) (139)
79. Ryan Ellis, D, PHI (D20) (144)
80. Steven Stamkos, C, TB (C23) (20)
81. Eeli Tolvanen, LW, NSH (LW16) (208)
82. Jordan Binnington, G, STL (G13) (21)
83. Ryan Pulock, D, NYI (D21) (60)
84. Dylan Cozens, C, BUF (C24) (NR)
85. Zach Hyman, LW, EDM (LW17) (143)
86. Tyson Barrie, D, EDM (D22) (142)
87. Josh Norris, C, OTT (C25) (184)
88. Matt Murray, G, OTT (G14) (207)
89. Kirby Dach, C, CHI (C26) (193)
90. Mathew Barzal, C, NYI (C27) (105)
91. Colton Parayko, D, STL (D23) (123)
92. Brad Marchand, LW, BOS (LW18) (8)
93. Quinn Hughes, D, VAN (D24) (99)
94. William Nylander, RW, TOR (RW11) (97)
95. Ondrej Palat, LW, TB (LW19) (134)
96. Vincent Trocheck, C, CAR (C28) (106)
97. Joel Farabee, LW, PHI (LW20) (150)
98. Brock Boeser, RW, VAN (RW12) (86)
99. Pierre-Luc Dubois, C, WPG (C29) (132)
100. Jacob Trouba, D, NYR (D25) (58)
101. Evan Bouchard, D, EDM (D26) (228)
102. J.T. Miller, C, VAN (C30) (71)
103. Morgan Rielly, D, TOR (D27) (78)
104. Drake Batherson, C, OTT (C31) (360)
105. Dylan Larkin, C, DET (C32) (69)
106. Alex Pietrangelo, D, VGS (D28) (73)
107. Tomas Hertl, C, SJ (C33) (157)
108. Quinton Byfield, C, LA (C34) (226)
109. Johnny Gaudreau, LW, CGY (LW21) (59)
110. Kailer Yamamoto, RW, EDM (RW13) (141)
111. Jordan Eberle, RW, SEA (RW14) (170)
112. Robert Thomas, C, STL (C35) (NR)
113. Connor Brown, RW, OTT (RW15) (254)
114. Anthony Mantha, RW, WSH (RW16) (115)
115. Jakub Vrana, C, DET (C36) (167)
116. Oliver Bjorkstrand, RW, CLS (RW17) (212)
117. Darcy Kuemper, G, COL (G15) (87)
118. Sam Reinhart, RW, FLA (RW18) (190)
119. Noah Hanifin, D, CGY (D29) (338)
120. Tim Stutzle, LW, OTT (LW22) (180)
121. Kaapo Kakko, RW, NYR (RW19) (262)
122. Martin Necas, C, CAR (C37) (149)
123. Adin Hill, G, SJ (G16) (NR)
124. Matt Dumba, D, MIN (D30) (116)
125. Timo Meier, RW, SJ (RW20) (111)
126. Andre Burakovsky, LW, COL (LW23) (194)
127. Ryan Graves, D, NJ (D31) (203)
128. Petr Mrazek, G, TOR (G17) (96)
129. Connor McMichael, C, WSH (C38) (NR)
130. Pavel Buchnevich, RW, STL (RW21) (232)
131. Anders Lee, LW, NYI (LW24) (103)
132. Max Pacioretty, LW, VGS (LW25) (40)
133. Jason Robertson, LW, DAL (LW26) (NR)
134. Rasmus Ristolainen, D, PHI (D32) (90)
135. Jake Muzzin, D, TOR (D33) (128)
136. Logan Couture, C, SJ (C39) (64)
137. Jacob Markstrom, G, CGY (G18) (17)
138. Mikhail Sergachev, D, TB (D34) (85)
139. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C, EDM (C40) (45)
140. Brayden Schenn, C, STL (C41) (76)
141. Yanni Gourde, LW, SEA (LW27) (NR)
142. Torey Krug, D, STL (D35) (110)
143. Jean-Gabriel Pageau, C, NYI (C42) (91)
144. Kaapo Kahkonen, G, MIN (G19) (158)
145. Barrett Hayton, C, ARI (C43) (259)
146. MacKenzie Weegar, D, FLA (D36) (NR)
147. Max Comtois, LW, ANA (LW28) (155)
148. Conor Garland, RW, VAN (RW22) (225)
149. Mario Ferraro, D, SJ (D37) (349)
150. Erik Brannstrom, D, OTT (D38) (175)
151. Thatcher Demko, G, VAN (G20) (122)
152. Jeremy Swayman, G, BOS (G21) (NR)
153. Esa Lindell, D, DAL (D39) (171)
154. Brock Nelson, C, NYI (C44) (98)
155. Chris Kreider, LW, NYR (LW29) (63)
156. Travis Konecny, RW, PHI (RW23) (89)
157. Calvin Petersen, G, LA (G22) (66)
158. Jared Spurgeon, D, MIN (D40) (166)
159. Dominik Kubalik, LW, CHI (LW30) (121)
160. Viktor Arvidsson, RW, LA (RW24) (NR)
161. Teuvo Teravainen, RW, CAR (RW25) (131)
162. Sidney Crosby, C, PIT (C45) (80)
163. Erik Karlsson, D, SJ (D41) (197)
164. Jack Roslovic, C, CLS (C46) (148)
165. Drew Doughty, D, LA (D42) (113)
166. John Klingberg, D, DAL (D43) (138)
167. Brendan Gallagher, RW, MON (RW26) (160)
168. Joel Eriksson Ek, C, MIN (C47) (199)
169. Sam Bennett, LW, FLA (LW31) (NR)
170. Tyler Bertuzzi, LW, DET (LW32) (191)
171. Phillip Danault, C, LA (C48) (222)
172. Jesse Puljujarvi, RW, EDM (RW27) (195)
173. Justin Faulk, D, STL (D44) (133)
174. Jonas Brodin, D, MIN (D45) (229)
175. Christopher Tanev, D, CGY (D46) (267)
176. Josh Morrissey, D, WPG (D47) (309)
177. Clayton Keller, C, ARI (C49) (283)
178. Tyler Toffoli, RW, MON (RW28) (117)
179. Jaden Schwartz, LW, SEA (LW33) (169)
180. Adam Larsson, D, SEA (D48) (102)
181. Alexander Romanov, D, MON (D49) (127)
182. Rickard Rakell, C, ANA (C50) (177)
183. Devon Toews, D, COL (D50) (181)
184. Bowen Byram, D, COL (D51) (164)
185. Charlie Coyle, C, BOS (C51) (290)
186. Tom Wilson, RW, WSH (RW29) (72)
187. Scott Mayfield, D, NYI (D52) (213)
188. Samuel Girard, D, COL (D53) (159)
189. Artem Zub, D, OTT (D54) (NR)
190. Tony DeAngelo, D, CAR (D55) (201)
191. K’Andre Miller, D, NYR (D56) (214)
192. William Karlsson, C, VGS (C52) (192)
193. Christian Dvorak, LW, MON (LW34) (100)
194. Boone Jenner, C, CLS (C53) (179)
195. Matthew Beniers, C, SEA (C54) (NR)
196. Mike Hoffman, LW, MON (LW35) (124)
197. Nikita Zaitsev, D, OTT (D57) (165)
198. Alexander Wennberg, C, SEA (C55) (NR)
199. Jack Campbell, G, TOR (G23) (NR)
200. Jaccob Slavin, D, CAR (D58) (154)
201. Ryan McDonagh, D, TB (D59) (362)
202. Victor Olofsson, RW, BUF (RW30) (147)
203. Jonathan Marchessault, LW, VGS (LW36) (209)
204. Adam Boqvist, D, CLS (D60) (NR)
205. Andrew Copp, C, WPG (C56) (316)
206. Hampus Lindholm, D, ANA (D61) (313)
207. Kyle Palmieri, RW, NYI (RW31) (84)
208. Ty Smith, D, NJ (D62) (101)
209. Adrian Kempe, C, LA (C57) (221)
210. Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH (C58) (114)
211. Anthony Beauvillier, LW, NYI (LW37) (256)
212. Alex Ovechkin, LW, WSH (LW38) (NR)
213. Shayne Gostisbehere, D, ARI (D63) (NR)
214. Evander Kane, LW, SJ (LW39) (70)
215. Adam Henrique, C, ANA (C59) (186)
216. Gabriel Vilardi, C, LA (C60) (178)
217. Alec Martinez, D, VGS (D64) (174)
218. Nick Ritchie, LW, TOR (LW40) (236)
219. Denis Gurianov, LW, DAL (LW41) (129)
220. Jamie Drysdale, D, ANA (D65) (NR)
221. Blake Coleman, LW, CGY (LW42) (216)
222. Calle Jarnkrok, C, SEA (C61) (355)
223. Matt Grzelcyk, D, BOS (D66) (NR)
224. David Perron, RW, STL (RW32) (173)
225. P.K. Subban, D, NJ (D67) (275)
226. Jesperi Kotkaniemi, C, CAR (C62) (NR)
227. Kasperi Kapanen, RW, PIT (RW33) (345)
228. Ben Chiarot, D, MON (D68) (109)
229. Jared McCann, LW, SEA (LW43) (291)
230. Derek Forbort, D, BOS (D69) (333)
231. Owen Tippett, RW, FLA (RW34) (NR)
232. Mikael Granlund, LW, NSH (LW44) (257)
233. Mackenzie Blackwood, G, NJ (G24) (51)
234. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, VAN (D70) (230)
235. Jamie Benn, LW, DAL (LW45) (140)
236. Shane Pinto, C, OTT (C63) (NR)
237. Tyler Myers, D, VAN (D71) (231)
238. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH (C64) (227)
239. Filip Hronek, D, DET (D72) (202)
240. Rasmus Sandin, D, TOR (D73) (341)
241. Cody Glass, C, NSH (C65) (NR)
242. Owen Energy, D, BUF (D74) (NR)
243. Andrew Mangiapane, LW, CGY (LW46) (315)
244. Anze Kopitar, C, LA (C66) (112)
245. Erik Cernak, D, TB (D75) (265)
246. Nolan Patrick, C, VGS (C67) (NR)
247. Pavel Francouz, G, COL (G25) (118)
248. Brandon Montour, D, FLA (D76) (NR)
249. Calvin de Haan, D, CHI (D77) (NR)
250. Alexandre Texier, C, CLS (C68) (NR)
251. Tomas Tatar, LW, NJ (LW47) (196)
252. Joel Edmundson, D, MON (D78) (241)
253. Yegor Sharangovich, C, NJ (C69) (NR)
254. Sean Walker, D, LA (D79) (320)
255. Nils Lundkvist, D, NYR (D80) (NR)
256. Kevin Hayes, C, PHI (C70) (152)
257. Tristan Jarry, G, PIT (G26) (245)
258. Connor Murphy, D, CHI (D81) (182)
259. Anthony Cirelli, C, TB (C71) (162)
260. Luke Kunin, C, NSH (C72) (242)
261. Brett Pesce, D, CAR (D82) (352)
262. David Savard, D, MON (D83) (249)
263. Pius Suter, C, DET (C73) (354)
264. Chandler Stephenson, C, VGS (C74) (368)
265. Cody Ceci, D, EDM (D84) (NR)
266. Brian Dumoulin, D, PIT (D85) (NR)
267. Damon Severson, D, NJ (D86) (145)
268. Matt Roy, D, LA (D87) (295)
269. Rasmus Andersson, D, CGY (D88) (77)
270. Dmitry Orlov, D, WSH (D89) (327)
271. Sergei Bobrovsky, G, FLA (G27) (NR)
272. Travis Sanheim, D, PHI (D90) (300)
273. Sean Monahan, C, CGY (C75) (206)
274. Pavel Zacha, C, NJ (C76) (388)
275. Alex Tuch, RW, VGS (RW35) (136)
276. Jonathan Bernier, G, NJ (G28) (NR)
277. Robby Fabbri, C, DET (C77) (311)
278. Casey Mittelstadt, C, BUF (C78) (NR)
279. Joonas Donskoi, RW, SEA (RW36) (335)
280. Noah Dobson, D, NYI (D91) (233)
281. Brady Skjei, D, CAR (D92) (188)
282. Jamie Oleksiak, D, SEA (D93) (NR)
283. Brayden McNabb, D, VGS (D94) (237)
284. Brandon Saad, LW, STL (LW48) (276)
285. Andreas Athanasiou, LW, LA (LW49) (382)
286. Kevin Lankinen, G, CHI (G29) (156)
287. Jonathan Toews, C, CHI (C79) (205)
288. Nate Schmidt, D, WPG (D95) (266)
289. Carter Verhaeghe, C, FLA (C80) (247)
290. Jason Zucker, LW, PIT (LW50) (246)
291. Joel Armia, RW, MON (RW37) (260)
292. Chris Driedger, G, SEA (G30) (NR)
293. Alex Iafallo, LW, LA (LW51) (168)
294. Kevin Labanc, RW, SJ (RW38) (340)
295. Mattias Ekholm, D, NSH (D96) (211)
296. Nino Niederreiter, RW, CAR (RW39) (270)
297. Josh Anderson, RW, MON (RW40) (153)
298. Nick Leddy, D, DET (D97) (351)
299. Jake McCabe, D, BUF (D98) (344)
300. Arthur Kaliyev, RW, LA (RW41) (200)

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