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 Sportsnet.ca on the first of every month.
• In my estimation, the top two candidates on this list to drop in ranking by November are Pietrangelo and Green. The latter due to injury and the former due to his increasing role as a shutdown guy while Kevin Shattenkirk logs the PP minutes.
• The top two candidates to rise in the ranking by November are Klingberg and Letang.
• This week’s “could go either way” award winner is Schultz. It’s a big year for him, as he could play his way out of the league, or he could take advantage of the improved roster around him and really flourish.
• Just missing this list: Matt Niskanen (WSH), Ryan Suter (MIN), Anton Stralman, as well as kids Matt Dumba (MIN), Hampus Lindholm (ANA), Derrick Pouliot (PIT), Cody Ceci (OTT) and Anthony DeAngelo (TB).
• Two players who I suspect could pop onto this list soon are Buffalo’s Cody Franson and Philadelphia’s Michael Del Zotto. We may hold a low opinion of the Sabres right now after the year they just had, but the roster has dramatically improved. Franson will load up on assists thanks to the likes of Jack Eichel and Evander Kane. Meanwhile, MDZ really turned things around in the second half last season thanks to more ice time and a longer leash. Now that he has a new contract, he’ll continue to get that ice time and I think you’ll get a pleasant surprise from his numbers in the season ahead.
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