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2021 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Fantasy Rankings


The puck drops on the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Saturday, so I’ve ranked 100 players for your fantasy hockey pools. The following players are ranked for pools that award one point for a goal and one for an assist. If you’re playing in leagues that award extra points for shots and hat tricks, make sure you target volume shooters. Keep in mind the following players are ranked based on how far I think they’ll go in the playoffs. You don’t need me to tell you Alex Ovechkin is one of the game’s best snipers, but 5-7 games of Ovechkin won’t be enough to win your playoff pool. 

My strategy has always been to go all in on 3-4 teams. Have two teams you feel strong about potentially meeting up in the Stanley Cup Finals, and back it up with two other teams you think could go deep. If you’re in a box pool, I would stick to 3-4 teams depending on how the boxes are set up. If you’re drafting players with your buddies, go all in on two teams and think about players who get power-play time. Somtimes your plan changes when you see palyers on teams people are fading. For example, I'd expect most people to draft players from Tampa Bay and Vegas before Florida and Minnesota. If the Panthers or the Wild go on a run and you have one or two palyers from each team it coud be the difference in your pool. As much as I love the Lightning, I've decided to fade them due to the tough path. Below you’ll see team goalies ranked as we could see a couple of tandems this season. 

If you have any questions, hit me up @chrismeaney. If you’re looking for a video or audio version, be sure to check out the 2021 NHL Playoffs Preview. Also be sure to follow our FTN Bet Tracker at FTNBets.com as I’ll be giving picks, props and parlays throughout the playoffs.

  1. Nathan MacKinnon, COL
  2. Connor McDavid, EDM
  3. Auston Matthews, TOR
  4. Mitchell Marner, TOR
  5. Mikko Rantanen, COL
  6. Leon Draisaitl, EDM
  7. Gabriel Landeskog, COL
  8. Sebastian Aho, CAR
  9. Patrice Bergeron, BOS
  10. Brad Marchand, BOS
  11. David Pastrnak, BOS
  12. Sidney Crosby, PIT
  13. Cale Makar, COL
  14. Jake Guentzel, PIT
  15. Andrei Svechnikov, CAR
  16. Dougie Hamilton, CAR
  17. Mark Stone, VGK
  18. Max Pacioretty, VGK
  19. John Tavares, TOR
  20. Shea Theodore, VGK
  21. Taylor Hall, BOS
  22. David Krejci, BOS
  23. William Nylander, TOR
  24. Alex Ovechkin, WAS
  25. Aleksander Barkov, FLA
  26. Jonathan Huberdeau, FLA
  27. Nikita Kucherov, TB
  28. Steven Stamkos, TB
  29. Victor Hedman, TB
  30. Vincent Trocheck, CAR
  31. Martin Necas, CAR
  32. Nazem Kadri, COL
  33. Andre Burakovsky, COL
  34. Brayden Point, TB
  35. William Karlsson, VGK
  36. Jonathan Marchessault, VGK
  37. Nicklas Backstrom, WAS
  38. John Carlson, WAS
  39. Kirill Kaprizov, MIN
  40. Teuvo Teravainen, CAR
  41. Craig Smith, BOS
  42. Bryan Rust, PIT
  43. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, EDM
  44. Evgeni Malkin, PIT
  45. Jordan Staal, CAR
  46. Chandler Stephenson, VGK
  47. Alex Tuch, VGK
  48. Alex Pietrangelo, VGK
  49. Kris Letang, PIT
  50. Darnell Nurse, EDM
  51. Tyson Barrie, EDM
  52. Kyle Connor, WPG
  53. Mark Scheifele, WPG
  54. Nikolaj Ehlers, WPG
  55. Jeff Carter, PIT
  56. Sam Bennett, FLA
  57. Nino Niederreiter, CAR
  58. Kevin Fiala, MIN
  59. Blake Wheeler, WPG
  60. Joonas Donskoi, COL
  61. Mats Zuccarello, MIN
  62. T.J. Oshie, WAS
  63. Anthony Mantha, WAS
  64. Reilly Smith, VGK
  65. Morgan Rielly, TOR
  66. Nick Foligno, TOR
  67. Zach Hyman, TOR
  68. Patric Hornqvist, FLA
  69. Carter Verhaeghe, FLA
  70. Ondrej Palat, TB
  71. Alex Killorn, TB
  72. Anthony Cirelli, TB
  73. Mathew Barzal, NYI
  74. Tom Wilson, WSH
  75. Evgeny Kuznetsov, WSH
  76. Jared McCann, PIT
  77. Anthony Duclair, FLA
  78. Frank Vatrano, FLA
  79. Yanni Gourde, TB
  80. Matt Grzelcyk, BOS
  81. Tyler Toffoli, MTL
  82. Nicholas Suzuki, MTL
  83. Jeff Petry, MTL
  84. Brendan Gallagher, MTL
  85. Ryan O'Reilly, STL
  86. David Perron, STL
  87. Vladimir Tarasenko, STL
  88. Brayden Schenn, STL
  89. Filip Forsberg, NSH
  90. Roman Josi, NSH
  91. Devon Toews, COL
  92. Jesse Puljujarvi, EDM
  93. Blake Coleman, TB
  94. Jared Spurgeon, MIN
  95. MacKenzie Weegar, FLA
  96. Jordan Eberle, NYI
  97. Brock Nelson, NYI
  98. Anthony Beauvillier, NYI
  99. Samuel Girard, COL
  100. Jason Zucker, PIT

Goalie power rankings

Colorado Avalanche
Vegas Golden Knights
Carolina Hurricanes
Toronto Maple Leafs
Boston Bruins
Pittsburgh Penguins
Edmonton Oilers
Florida Panthers
Tampa Bay Lightning
Winnipeg Jets
Minnesota Wild
Washington Capitals
New York Islanders
Montreal Canadiens
St. Louis Blues
Nashville Predators

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