Big Red’s 2017-18 Fantasy Rankings: Centers

A couple quick notes:

Connor McDavid’s undisputed reign as the best player in the NHL is just underway, if it hasn’t already begun. For the past decade that belonged the Sidney Crosby but it looks like we found his successor. With 100 points in first full season in the NHL and with the C on his chest, Connor McDavid is the best player on planet earth in my opinion. Probably the fastest player in the league with hands as good as Patty Kane, He’s poised for another run at the Art Ross and Hart trophies respectively. As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog, the Oilers made some good moves in the offseason to put a better team around #97. Although I think Jordan Eberle is a better player right now, Ryan Strome could reach his draft potential playing with McDavid. If you’re lucky enough to have the #1 pick in your draft you’d be crazy not to pick #97. Barring injury, he’s a lock for another 100 point plus season in 2017-18.

Jack Eichel, the #2 pick in the McDavid draft, looks to be in line for his breakout season into super stardom. Even missing 21 games last season, he still surpassed his rookie point total from 56 to 57 last year. If he can stay healthy he should be in the neighborhood of 85-95 points this year. The Sabres aren’t anywhere as good as the Oilers but they are trending up. They hired Phil Housley in the offseason and it looks like he wants to play a more open and fast paced style of hockey this year, which should boost the fantasy stock for the Sabres top 6. Especially if Kyle Okposo is healthy this year, it should take some pressure off Eichel and allow him to put up a ton of points. I’d look to draft him around the late 1st early 2nd round, depending on your league size.

Here’s every goal they scored last season. I’m sorry in advance for the amount of Rick Jeanneret in this video. I’d rather listen to nails on a chalkboard than his goal calls.

Now onto my Top 50 Centers for the 2017-18 Season 

  1. Connor McDavid EDM
  2. Sidney Crosby PIT
  3. Tyler Seguin DAL
  4. Auston Matthews TOR
  5. John Tavares NYI
  6. Mark Scheifele WPG
  7. Nicklas Backstrom WSH
  8. Jack Eichel BUF
  9. Evgeni Malkin PIT
  10. Steven Stamkos TB
  11. Ryan Johansen NSH
  12. Ryan Getzlaf ANA
  13. Sean Monahan CGY
  14. Claude Giroux PHI
  15. Alexander Barkov FLA
  16. Evgeny Kuznetsov WSH
  17. Jeff Carter LA
  18. Mikael Granlund MIN
  19. Alex Galchenyuk MTL
  20. Anze Kopitar LA
  21. Jonathan Toews CHI
  22. Ryan O’Reilly BUF
  23. Henrik Zetterberg DET
  24. Patrice Bergeron BOS
  25. Joe Thornton SJ
  26. David Krejci BOS
  27. Vincent Trocheck FLA
  28. Kyle Turris FLA
  29. Eric Staal MIN
  30. Matt Duchene COL
  31. Vadim Shipachyov VGK
  32. Jason Spezza DAL
  33. Logan Couture SJ
  34. Nazem Kadri TOR
  35. Bo Horvat VAN
  36. Tyler Johnson TB
  37. Mika Zibanejad NYR
  38. Alex Wennberg CBJ
  39. Nolan Patrick PHI
  40. Sam Reinhart BUF
  41. Sam Bennett CGY
  42. Nico Hischier NJ
  43. Dylan Strome ARI
  44. Victor Rask CAR
  45. J.T. Miller NYR
  46. Derick Brassard OTT
  47. Mathew Barzal NYI
  48. Mikko Koivu MIN
  49. Henrik Sedin VAN
  50. Derek Stepan ARI


Joel Eriksson Ek MIN – 6’2″ 203 lb

The 20th pick in the 2015 draft by the Wild is oozing with potential. In his limited appearances last year ( 7 points in 15 games ) he showed flashes of the bright future ahead of him. Now he’s a deep sleeper but if he makes the team he should be on a line with Neiderreiter and Ennis. A 20-20 season is within reach for the 20 year old Swede, and if there’s an injury in the top 6 that point total will climb.

Ivan Barbashev STL – 6’0″ 185 lb

As of right now Barbashev is slated to play on the 3rd line and 2nd power play unit. The 33rd pick in the 2014 draft by the Blues has decent size, good speed and great playmaking skills. The injury to Robby Fabbri should help his stock a little, unless the team signs Jagr which I’m all for. It’s just not the same NHL without that legendary mop in the league. And if Paul Stastny gets injured, which is as much of a lock as me shitting my pants after a night on Caroline Street putting back an unreasonable amount of pizza from D’Andreas, he’s the most likely candidate to get bumped up to the top 6. He’s not someone I would draft, but I would keep him on your watch list to see how he progresses throughout the season.

Thanks for reading, and be sure to follow me on twitter @nhlbigred , next up my Top 50 Right Wingers for the 2017-18 season.

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