Fantasy hockey top 50 center rankings

thumbnail ranks the top 50 centers for standard fantasy hockey pools in the 2020-21 season. For more fantasy coverage, visit and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.



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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, COL
2. Connor McDavid, EDM
3. Leon Draisaitl, C/LW, EDM
4. Auston Matthews, TOR
5. Brayden Point, TBL
6. Jack Eichel, BUF
7. Elias Pettersson, VAN
8. Sidney Crosby, PIT
9. Sebastian Aho, CAR
10. Mika Zibanejad, NYR
11. Patrice Bergeron, BOS
12. Evgeni Malkin, PIT
13. Mark Scheifele, WPG
14. John Tavares, TOR
15. Aleksander Barkov, FLA
16. Ryan O’Reilly, STL
17. Evgeny Kuznetsov, WSH
18. Nicklas Backstrom, WSH
19. Mathew Barzal, NYI (RFA)
20. Sean Couturier, PHI
21. Anze Kopitar, LAK
22. Nazem Kadri, COL
23. Bo Horvat, VAN
24. Jonathan Toews, CHI
25. Brayden Schenn, C/RW, STL
26. Pierre-Luc Dubois, CBJ (RFA)
27. Tomas Hertl, C/LW, SJS
28. Logan Couture, SJS
29. Sean Monahan, CGY
30. Nick Suzuki, C/RW, MTL
31. Dylan Larkin, DET
32. Max Domi, C/LW, CBJ
33. William Karlsson, VGK
34. Kirby Dach, CHI
35. Ryan Strome, C/RW, NYR
36. David Krejci, BOS*
37. Brock Nelson, NYI
38. Joe Pavelski, C/RW, DAL
39. Ryan Getzlaf, ANA*
40. Kevin Hayes, PHI
41. Jean-Gabriel Pageau, NYI
42. Nico Hischier, NJD
43. Cody Glass, C/RW, VGK
44. Matt Duchene, C/RW, NSH
45. Jack Hughes, C/LW, NJD
46. Quinton Byfield, LAK
47. Roope Hintz, C/LW, DAL
48. 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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