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Impact of Hall signing with Sabres
— Taylor Hall signed a one-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres. Hall gains fantasy appeal from this move compared to his value with the Arizona Coyotes last season and should be considered a top 50 overall player again with likely exposure to elite center Jack Eichel.
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: Fantasy projection: Hall with BUF
Impact of Rangers drafting Lafreniere
— Alexis Lafreniere was selected with the No. 1 pick by the New York Rangers in the 2020 NHL Draft. Lafreniere, because of his individual skill and the elite fantasy talent around him on the Rangers, is projected to be the most-valuable fantasy rookie skater next season.
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: Fantasy projection: Lafreniere with NYR
Impact of Pietrangelo, Barrie signings
— Alex Pietrangelo signed a seven-year contract with the Vegas Golden Knights. This move solidifies Pietrangelo as a top 10 fantasy defenseman with exposure to valuable forwards Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, Jonathan Marchessault, Reilly Smith and William Karlsson. The Golden Knights were among the most valuable fantasy teams last season and could be even better this season with Pietrangelo.
— Tyson Barrie signed a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers. This could be the best-case fantasy scenario for Barrie to bounce back to his previous top 20 form among defensemen this season with likely first power-play exposure to the top two point producers in the NHL, forwards Leon Draisaitl (led League with 110 points last season) and Connor McDavid (97, second).
Impact of Holtby signing with Canucks
— Braden Holtby signed a two-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks on Friday. Holtby should be viewed as a top 10 fantasy goalie option again with renewed upside for the Canucks, a trendy fantasy team with a high ceiling in the seasons ahead.
Holtby, 31, is expected to get the majority of the starts this season but could split time with Thatcher Demko, who looked like a future starter in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Holtby and Demko, who turns 25 on Dec. 8, are worth targeting as a duo in standard 12-team fantasy leagues, especially after Jacob Markstrom signed with the Calgary Flames.
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: Fantasy recap of free agent signings
FANTASY TOP 250 PLAYER RANKINGS
Standard fantasy categories include goals, assists, plus/minus, power-play points, shots on goal and hits for skaters. Value has been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past production in the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs, line combinations, defense pairs, power-play usage, team goalie situations, anticipated start volume, projected goal support (or lack thereof), injury history and updates, age, contract status (2020 unrestricted free agents: *; restricted: **) and overall upside for the 2020-21 season. These rankings are a collaborative effort by Pete Jensen and Rob Reese.
1. Nathan MacKinnon, C, COL2. Connor McDavid, C, EDM3. Nikita Kucherov, RW, TBL4. Leon Draisaitl, C/LW, EDM5. Artemi Panarin, LW, NYR6. Auston Matthews, C, TOR7. Alex Ovechkin, LW, WSH8. Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, TBL9. Jack Eichel, C, BUF10. Brayden Point, C, TBL11. Elias Pettersson, C, VAN12. Patrick Kane, RW, CHI13. Sidney Crosby, C, PIT (INJ.)14. Mikko Rantanen, RW, COL15. Victor Hedman, D, TBL16. Sebastian Aho, C, CAR17. Andrei Svechnikov, LW/RW, CAR18. Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR19. John Carlson, D, WSH20. Connor Hellebuyck, G, WPG21. Mitchell Marner, RW, TOR22. Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS23. David Pastrnak, RW, BOS (INJ.)24. Brad Marchand, LW, BOS (INJ.)25. Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT26. Tuukka Rask, G, BOS27. Cale Makar, D, COL28. Quinn Hughes, D, VAN29. Robin Lehner, G, VGK30. Carter Hart, G, PHI31. Mark Stone, RW, VGK32. J.T. Miller, LW/RW, VAN33. Jake Guentzel, LW/RW, PIT34. Gabriel Landeskog, C/LW, COL35. Igor Shesterkin, G, NYR36. Roman Josi, D, NSH37. Dougie Hamilton, D, CAR38. Matthew Tkachuk, LW/RW, CGY39. Mark Scheifele, C, WPG40. Alex Pietrangelo, D, VGK41. Max Pacioretty, LW, VGK42. Patrik Laine, LW/RW, WPG43. Ryan O’Reilly, C, STL44. Blake Wheeler, C/RW, WPG45. Kyle Connor, LW, WPG46. Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, FLA47. Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA48. Taylor Hall, LW, BUF49. Brady Tkachuk, LW, OTT50. Steven Stamkos, C/LW/RW, TBL (INJ.)51. Frederik Andersen, G, TOR52. Philipp Grubauer, G, COL53. Teuvo Teravainen, LW/RW, CAR54. John Tavares, C, TOR55. Morgan Rielly, D, TOR56. Torey Krug, D, STL57. Johnny Gaudreau, LW/RW, CGY58. Ilya Samsonov, G, WSH59. Braden Holtby, G, VAN60. Anze Kopitar, C, LAK61. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH62. Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH63. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C/LW, EDM64. Brent Burns, D, SJS65. Miro Heiskanen, D, DAL66. Marc-Andre Fleury, G, VGK67. Carey Price, G, MTL68. David Perron, LW/RW, STL69. Claude Giroux, C/LW/RW, PHI70. Sean Couturier, C, PHI71. Nazem Kadri, C, COL72. Bo Horvat, C, VAN73. Jonathan Toews, C, CHI74. Brayden Schenn, C/LW, STL75. Tom Wilson, RW, WSH76. Mathew Barzal, C, NYI**77. Andre Burakovsky, LW/RW, COL78. Seth Jones, D, CBJ79. Zach Werenski, D, CBJ80. Ben Bishop, G, DAL81. William Nylander, C/LW/RW, TOR82. Semyon Varlamov, G, NYI83. Jordan Binnington, G, STL84. Erik Karlsson, D, SJS85. Kris Letang, D, PIT86. Jacob Markstrom, G, CGY87. Kevin Fiala, LW/RW, MIN88. Jamie Benn, C/LW, DAL89. Dominik Kubalik, LW/RW, CHI90. Chris Kreider, LW, NYR91. Brock Boeser, RW, VAN92. T.J. Oshie, RW, WSH93. Filip Forsberg, LW, NSH94. John Klingberg, D, DAL95. Rasmus Dahlin, D, BUF96. Alexis Lafreniere, LW, NYR97. Evander Kane, LW, SJS98. Elias Lindholm, C/RW, CGY99. Pierre-Luc Dubois, C, CBJ**100. Ondrej Palat, LW, TBL101. Shea Weber, D, MTL102. Bryan Rust, LW/RW, PIT103. Nikolaj Ehlers, LW/RW, WPG104. Tyler Seguin, C/RW, DAL (INJ.)105. Victor Olofsson, LW/RW, BUF**106. Ivan Provorov, D, PHI107. Jonathan Marchessault, C/LW, VGK108. Kirill Kaprizov, LW/RW, MIN109. Tyson Barrie, D, EDM110. Shea Theodore, D, VGK111. Tristan Jarry, G, PIT112. Brendan Gallagher, RW, MTL113. Tomas Hertl, C/LW, SJS114. Jaroslav Halak, G, BOS115. Pavel Francouz, G, COL116. Tony DeAngelo, D, NYR**117. Keith Yandle, D, FLA118. Denis Gurianov, LW/RW, DAL**119. Jakub Vrana, LW, WSH120. Logan Couture, C, SJS121. Joonas Korpisalo, G, CBJ122. Anton Khudobin, G, DAL123. Drew Doughty, D, LAK124. Elvis Merzlikins, G, CBJ125. Charlie McAvoy, D, BOS126. Alexander Radulov, RW, DAL127. Sam Reinhart, C/RW, BUF**128. Timo Meier, LW/RW, SJS129. Travis Konecny, RW, PHI130. Reilly Smith, RW, VGK131. Kailer Yamamoto, RW, EDM132. Mark Giordano, D, CGY133. Sean Monahan, C, CGY134. Cam Atkinson, RW, CBJ135. Jason Zucker, LW/RW, PIT136. Anthony Mantha, LW/RW, DET**137. Jakub Voracek, RW, PHI138. Thomas Chabot, D, OTT139. Jeff Petry, D, MTL140. Darcy Kuemper, G, ARI141. Neal Pionk, D, WPG142. Sergei Bobrovsky, G, FLA143. Dylan Larkin, C, DET144. Patric Hornqvist, RW, FLA145. Jaden Schwartz, LW, STL146. Ryan Ellis, D, NSH147. Thatcher Demko, G, VAN148. Ilya Sorokin, G, NYI149. Brock Nelson, C/LW, NYI150. Nikita Gusev, LW/RW, NJD151. William Karlsson, C, VGK152. Mikhail Sergachev, D, TBL**153. Petr Mrazek, G, CAR154. Colton Parayko, D, STL155. Ryan Suter, D, MIN156. Nick Suzuki, C/RW, MTL157. Max Domi, C/LW, CBJ158. Oliver Bjorkstrand, LW/RW, CBJ159. Evgenii Dadonov, LW/RW, OTT160. Kirby Dach, C, CHI161. Tyler Toffoli, LW/RW, MTL162. Adam Fox, D, NYR163. Jaccob Slavin, D, CAR164. Juuse Saros, G, NSH165. Tomas Tatar, LW/RW, MTL166. Aaron Ekblad, D, FLA167. Ryan Strome, C/RW, NYR**168. Pavel Buchnevich, RW, NYR169. Anthony Beauvillier, C/LW, NYI170. Kyle Palmieri, RW, NJD171. David Krejci, C, BOS172. Matt Dumba, D, MIN173. Alex DeBrincat, LW/RW, CHI174. Alexandar Georgiev, G, NYR175. Jacob Trouba, D, NYR176. Ryan Pulock, D, NYI**177. Henrik Lundqvist, G, WSH178. Clayton Keller, LW/RW, ARI179. Jesse Puljujarvi, RW, EDM180. Zach Parise, LW, MIN181. Devan Dubnyk, G, SJS182. Matt Murray, G, OTT183. Kevin Hayes, C, PHI184. Josh Bailey, LW/RW, NYI185. Rasmus Ristolainen, D, BUF186. Nate Schmidt, D, VAN187. John Gibson, G, ANA188. Cam Talbot, G, MIN189. Alex Tuch, LW/RW, VGK190. Jake DeBrusk, LW/RW, BOS**191. Zach Hyman, C/LW, TOR192. Kasperi Kapanen, LW/RW, PIT193. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI194. Jake Muzzin, D, TOR195. Joe Pavelski, C/RW, DAL196. Jean-Gabriel Pageau, C, NYI197. Jonathan Quick, G, LAK198. Jared Spurgeon, D, MIN199. Samuel Girard, D, COL200. Kaapo Kakko, RW, NYR201. Mackenzie Blackwood, G, NJD**202. Nico Hischier, C, NJD203. Quinton Byfield, C, LAK204. Duncan Keith, D, CHI205. Darnell Nurse, D, EDM206. Devon Toews, D, COL**207. Rickard Rakell, LW/RW, ANA208. Jake Allen, G, MTL209. Jordan Eberle, RW, NYI210. Alex Killorn, LW/RW, TBL211. Joel Armia, RW, MTL212. Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANA213. Jack Hughes, C, NJD214. Joel Kiviranta, LW/RW, DAL215. Cody Glass, C/RW, VGK216. Mattias Ekholm, D, NSH217. Alex Turcotte, C, LAK218. Justin Schultz, D, WSH219. Brandon Saad, LW/RW, COL220. Matt Duchene, C/RW, NSH221. Alec Martinez, D, VGK222. Josh Morrissey, D, WPG223. James Reimer, G, CAR224. Paul Stastny, C, WPG225. Eric Staal, C, BUF226. Josh Anderson, RW, MTL227. Jeff Skinner, C/LW, BUF228. Alexander Edler, D, VAN229. Linus Ullmark, G, BUF**230. Corey Crawford, G, NJD231. Filip Hronek, D, DET232. Alex Iafallo, LW, LAK233. Calvin Petersen, G, LAK234. Jonathan Drouin, C/LW, MTL235. Vince Dunn, D, STL236. Jakob Chychrun, D, ARI237. Martin Necas, C/RW, CAR238. Joel Farabee, LW/RW, PHI239. Trevor Zegras, C, ANA240. Nicholas Robertson, LW, TOR241. Alex Goligoski, D, ARI242. Ryan Graves, D, COL243. Phil Kessel, RW, ARI244. Ethan Bear, D, EDM**245. Tim Stützle, C/LW, OTT (INJ.)246. Mikael Backlund, C/RW, CGY247. Erik Brannstrom, D, OTT248. Kevin Shattenkirk, D, ANA249. Craig Smith, RW, BOS250. Ryan Donato, C/LW/RW, SJS
Out long term
: Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL, Oscar Klefbom, D, EDM
Notable unsigned UFAs
: Mike Hoffman, LW/RW, FLA*, Sami Vatanen, D, CAR*

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