NHL.com ranks the top 50 centers for standard fantasy hockey pools in the 2020-21 season.
NHL.com ranks the top 50 centers for standard fantasy hockey pools in the 2020-21 season. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.MORE FANTASY COVERAGE: Top 250
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FANTASY TOP 50 CENTERS
Standard fantasy categories include goals, assists, plus/minus, power-play points, shots on goal and hits for skaters. Value has been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past production in the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs, line combinations, power-play usage, injury history or concern (INJ. – players who could miss the start of this season), age, contract status (current restricted free agents listed below; potential 2021 unrestricted free agents: *) and overall upside for the upcoming season. Position eligibility is updated for 2020-21 (some dual-eligible players are included below). These rankings are a collaborative effort by Pete Jensen and Rob Reese. Some players who are eligible at center may have been categorized as left wings (e.g. Steven Stamkos, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Claude Giroux) or right wings (e.g. Blake Wheeler, Elias Lindholm) based on either their primary position last season or projected position for this season.
1. Nathan MacKinnon, COL2. Connor McDavid, EDM3. Leon Draisaitl, C/LW, EDM4. Auston Matthews, TOR5. Brayden Point, TBL6. Jack Eichel, BUF7. Elias Pettersson, VAN8. Sidney Crosby, PIT9. Sebastian Aho, CAR10. Mika Zibanejad, NYR11. Patrice Bergeron, BOS12. Evgeni Malkin, PIT13. Mark Scheifele, WPG14. John Tavares, TOR15. Aleksander Barkov, FLA16. Ryan O’Reilly, STL17. Evgeny Kuznetsov, WSH18. Nicklas Backstrom, WSH19. Mathew Barzal, NYI (RFA)20. Sean Couturier, PHI21. Anze Kopitar, LAK22. Nazem Kadri, COL23. Bo Horvat, VAN24. Jonathan Toews, CHI25. Brayden Schenn, C/RW, STL26. Pierre-Luc Dubois, CBJ (RFA)27. Tomas Hertl, C/LW, SJS28. Logan Couture, SJS29. Sean Monahan, CGY30. Nick Suzuki, C/RW, MTL31. Dylan Larkin, DET32. Max Domi, C/LW, CBJ33. William Karlsson, VGK34. Kirby Dach, CHI35. Ryan Strome, C/RW, NYR36. David Krejci, BOS*37. Brock Nelson, NYI38. Joe Pavelski, C/RW, DAL39. Ryan Getzlaf, ANA*40. Kevin Hayes, PHI41. Jean-Gabriel Pageau, NYI42. Nico Hischier, NJD43. Cody Glass, C/RW, VGK44. Matt Duchene, C/RW, NSH45. Jack Hughes, C/LW, NJD46. Quinton Byfield, LAK47. Roope Hintz, C/LW, DAL48. Paul Stastny, WPG*49. Eric Staal, BUF*50. Mikael Backlund, C/RW, CGY
Out long term
: Tyler Seguin, C/RW, DAL (INJ.)
Other notable free agent
: Anthony Cirelli, TBL (RFA)
Other rookies to watch
: Trevor Zegras, ANA; Marco Rossi, MIN; Alex Turcotte, LAK; Dylan Cozens, BUF; Morgan Frost, PHI
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