Fantasy Hockey: Top 30 centres for keeper leagues

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After presenting to you my Top 30 left wingers and my Top 30 right wingers, it’s time to polish off the forwards with the fellas up the middle.

Once again keep in mind that these rankings are for points-only leagues. As common as head-to-head and rotisserie leagues are, the points-only leagues are still king. And points (goals + assists) are categories used in all formats – something that can’t be said about PIM, SOG, Hits, blocks, PPPts, etc. So even head-to-head and rotisserie leaguers will find value in this.

Also keep in mind that I’m going to assign players to the position I see them in. So, you won’t see Jeff Carter (for example) on both C and RW lists, only C. And finally, I pulled these directly from my Top 300 rankings list. This is a ranking I’ve done monthly for years and you’ll see them on on the first of every month.

RK Player Team Rating
1 Sidney Crosby PIT 191.0
2 John Tavares NYI 173.7
3 Connor McDavid EDM 168.6
4 Evgeni Malkin PIT 162.0
5 Tyler Seguin DAL 151.9
6 Steven Stamkos TBL 147.0
7 Claude Giroux PHI 138.5
8 Nicklas Backstrom WAS 134.7
9 Ryan Getzlaf ANA 133.3
10 Tyler Johnson TBL 121.8
11 Jonathan Toews CHI 114.0
12 Nathan MacKinnon COL 113.3
13 Anze Kopitar LAK 112.1
14 Ryan Johansen CBJ 109.3
15 Jack Eichel BUF 107.0
16 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins EDM 105.3
17 Matt Duchene COL 104.0
18 Sean Monahan CGY 100.3
19 Derek Stepan NYR 95.5
20 Logan Couture SJS 95.4
21 Ryan Strome NYI 94.2
22 Joe Pavelski SJS 94.0
23 Joe Thornton SJS 93.3
24 Eric Staal CAR 91.7
25 Mark Scheifele WPG 89.0
26 Kyle Turris OTT 84.7
27 Henrik Sedin VAN 84.5
28 Evgeny Kuznetsov WAS 82.9
29 Derick Brassard NYR 82.4
30 Henrik Zetterberg DET 81.3

• Two players on this list who are the top candidates to drop in ranking by November are Staal and Kuznetsov.

• Two players who are top candidates to rise in the ranking by November are McDavid and Eichel. They won’t take long to make their mark.

• This week’s “could go either way” award winner is MacKinnon. Poolies are a fickle group. MacKinnon has tremendous talent and upside, but another disastrous season like last year would hammer his value downward pretty quickly. On the other hand, if he surges to his potential in 2015-16 he’ll easily become a top 10 player here.

• Just off the list: Bryan Little (WPG), Ryan O’Reilly (BUF), Jeff Carter (LAK), David Backes (STL) and Jason Spezza (DAL).

• Pavel Datsyuk (DET) also just missed the cut. This is because he’s going to miss the first month of the season, which hurts his immediate value. And by 2016-17, he’ll be 37 years old. Regardless of whether you believe he’ll still have gas in the tank – or if I believe he’ll still have gas in the tank – your fellow GMs won’t fully believe it and they’ll play the “age” card in any trade talks.

• A repeat of 2014-15 would result in Stepan and Brassard pretty much swapping places on this list. Brassard has the advantage of better linemates, so it will be interesting.

• The Florida kids, Aleksander Barkov and Nick Bjugstad, rank 39th and 40th respectively.

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