MORE FANTASY COVERAGE: Top 250
1. Spencer Knight, G, FLA
Draft: 13th pick in 2019 NHL Draft
Knight was 4-0-0 with a .919 save percentage in four regular-season games and 1-1 with a .933 SV% in two Stanley Cup Playoff starts for the Florida Panthers. He’s ranked among the top 10 fantasy goalies and expected to compete with Sergei Bobrovsky (.902 SV% in 81 games over two seasons with them) for the starting job this season behind one of the deepest skater groups in the NHL.
2. Cole Caufield, RW, MTL
Draft: 15th pick in 2019 NHL Draft
Caufield scored five points (four goals, one assist), including two overtime goals, in 10 regular-season games for the Montreal Canadiens, led NHL rookies with 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 20 Stanley Cup Playoff games and became first rookie in history to score three overtime points in a single postseason. He’s expected to play on a line with valuable forwards Tyler Toffoli and Nick Suzuki.
3. Jeremy Swayman, G, BOS
Draft: 111th pick in 2017 NHL Draft
Swayman was 7-3-0 with two shutouts in 10 games for the Boston Bruins last regular season, led the NHL in save percentage (.945) and was 0-1 in one Stanley Cup Playoff appearance. With Tuukka Rask (hip surgery; unrestricted free agent) not expected to play the first few months of the season, Swayman is expected to be a part of a strong timeshare tandem with Linus Ullmark (signed four-year contract July 28).
4. Trevor Zegras, C, ANA
Draft: 9th pick in 2019 NHL Draft
Zegras scored 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) and had 53 shots on goal in 24 NHL games for the Anaheim Ducks last season and 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in 17 regular-season games for San Diego of the American Hockey League. Zegras is expected to compete for a top-six and first power-play role with potential exposure to valuable wings Max Comtois and/or Rickard Rakell.
5. Vasili Podkolzin, RW, VAN
Draft: 10th pick in 2019 NHL Draft
Podkolzin signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks on May 30. He scored 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 16 postseason games with SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League last season, matching his 35-game regular-season scoring total. Podkolzin is expected to compete with wings Conor Garland (acquired from Arizona Coyotes on July 23) and Nils Hoglander for a top-six role with possible exposure to either valuable center Elias Pettersson or Bo Horvat.
6. Quinton Byfield, C, LAK
Age: Turns 19 on Aug. 19
Draft: 2nd pick in 2020 NHL Draft
Byfield scored one point (no goals, one assist) in six NHL games for the Los Angeles Kings last regular season and 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in 32 games for Ontario of the American Hockey League. Byfield is expected to compete for the third-line center role behind Anze Kopitar and Phillip Danault (signed six-year contract July 28).
7. Jamie Drysdale, D, ANA
Draft: 6th pick in 2020 NHL Draft
Drysdale scored eight points (three goals, five assists) in 24 NHL games for the Ducks last season and 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 14 regular-season games for San Diego of the AHL. Drysdale was tied for second among Anaheim defensemen in points per game (0.33) behind Cam Fowler (0.41) and could emerge as the Ducks’ top fantasy player at the position as early as this season.
8. Bowen Byram, D, COL
Draft: 4th pick in 2019 NHL Draft
Byram scored two points (no goals, two assists) in 19 NHL games for the Colorado Avalanche last regular season. He is a part of a stacked defense with fantasy-relevant options Cale Makar, Samuel Girard, Devon Toews and veteran Erik Johnson (limited to four games last season because of injury). Byram should be prioritized in fantasy keeper and dynasty leagues and could also emerge as a valuable fantasy pickup in standard formats as early as this season.
9. Marco Rossi, C, MIN
Age: Turns 20 on Sept. 23
Draft: 9th pick in 2020 NHL Draft
Rossi led the Ontario Hockey League with 120 points (39 goals, 81 assists) in 56 games in 2019-20 and is healthy after not playing in the NHL last season because of complications from COVID-19. Rossi could emerge as the Minnesota Wild’s first or second line center as early as this season with possible exposure to elite wing Kirill Kaprizov (won Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year last season).
10. Vitali Kravtsov, RW, NYR
Draft: 9th pick in 2018 NHL Draft
Kravtsov scored four points (two goals, two assists) in 20 NHL games for the New York Rangers and 24 points (16 goals, eight assists) in 49 Kontinental Hockey League games last regular season. He will be competing with fellow young wings Alexis Lafreniere and Kaapo Kakko for top-six and first power-play usage under new coach Gerard Gallant (named June 16 to replace David Quinn), especially after the Rangers traded valuable right wing Pavel Buchnevich to the St. Louis Blues on July 23.
Other rookies in NHL.com’s fantasy top 250 rankings:
Moritz Seider, D, DET
Draft: 6th pick in 2019 NHL Draft
Alex Newhook, C, COL
Draft: 16th pick in 2019 NHL Draft
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