Top 200 Rankings: Standard Leagues
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As we move closer to the start of the 2016-17 NHL season, here's a look at the updated top 200 rankings.
The rankings apply to standard-scoring leagues. Skaters accumulate value via goals, assists, plus/minus, penalty minutes, power-play points, and shots on goal. Goalies track wins, goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts.
Seguin seemed like the most likely competition to Kane's Art Ross title last year, before having his regular season cut short by injury. A full season of health in 2016-17 from he and Benn will have both in the running for the award this season. Karlsson's fantasy value is propped up as the top point-getter among defensemen. Many more forwards are of equal caliber.
Gaudreau and Kuznetsov will continue their development after further breakout seasons in 2015-16. Subban could have a career year on the offensive end, as part of the dangerous Predators lineup. Forsberg comes with a shakier floor, but he could be a dark horse in the race for the Art Ross. Schneider will finish with fewer wins than goalies ranked lower, but he'll post elite ratios.
Couture has missed 47 games over the past three seasons, but he always fills up every column on the stat sheet when available. He has tallied at least 230 shots on goal in each of his four seasons with at least 60 games played. Even with Murray and Mrazek in likely timeshares, they have the potential to post excellent ratios with strong win percentages.
Laine and Matthews slot into this here, in reverse order of their draft positions. Despite an awful year in 2015-16, the Jets are a significantly better team than the Maple Leafs, providing him with a better supporting cast. Goalies such as Lehner and Andersen have their upside capped on poor teams, but they have the talent and will see a majority of an 82-game workload.
Despite riding shotgun to the resurgent Thornton for much of last season, Marleau finished with just 48 points. He is trending down significantly quicker than his veteran teammate. Kane has the potential to be a part of what could be an exciting top six in Buffalo, but he has struggled to stay on the ice in recent years. His risk mitigates the upside of his skill.