April 1, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) and Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) talk on the ice against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Philadelphia Flyers won 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Hockey-Top 100 Overall Rankings

Well, finally the quarreling, backstabbing, and name-calling is over with. No, I’m not talking about the Lohan family reunion. The NHL strike has ended, just in time to save the season. A 48 or 50-game schedule is planned, to begin on January 19th. That doesn’t leave much time to research and rank players in preparation for your fantasy season. Never fear, you have me to do the dirty work ! My rankings are projected for a 7×3 category scoring system, as is used in standard ESPN leagues ( goals, assists, plus-minus, power-play points, shots on goal, penalty minutes, average-time-on-ice, goalie wins, goals-against-average, and save percentage ). While making my assessments, I consider player potential, past performance, linemates, and injury concerns. This is just one guy’s opinion, but it should give you a good start in putting together your winning team. I think it is very important to get a stud goalie ( or two ), and I may rank some a bit higher than other pundits do, in an effort to secure an elite one. Use this as a guide and also gamble on your own favorite players, if you choose. For instance, I always give Mike Fisher extra consideration, simply for snagging Carrie Underwood. Here are my top-100 fantasy players to consider, while the season quickly approaches…..

1. Evgeni Malkin, Penguins C
2. Steve Stamkos, Lightning C
3. Sidney Crosby, Penguins C
4. Alex Ovechkin, Capitols LW
5. Daniel Sedin, Canucks LW
6. Claude Giroux, Flyers C
7. Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers G
8. Jonathan Quick, Kings G
9. Corey Perry, Ducks RW
10. Erik Karlsson, Senators D
11. James Neal, Penguins LW
12. John Taveras, Islanders, C
13. Jimmy Howard, Redwings G
14. Jaroslav Halak, Blues G
15. Pekka Rinne, Predators G
16. Nicklas Backstrom, Capitols C
17. Brad Richards, Rangers C
18. Zdeno Chara, Bruins D
19. Kris Letang, Penguins D
20. Henrik Sedin, Canucks C
21. Anze Kopitar, Kings C
22. Patrick Sharp, Blackhawks C
23. Jonathan Toews, Blackhawks C
24. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Oilers C
25. Rick Nash, Rangers LW
26. Mike Smith, Coyotes G
27. Tuukka Rask, Bruins G
28. Ryan Miller, Sabres G
29. Cory Schneider, Canucks G
30. Zach Parise, Wild LW
31. Dustin Byfuglien, Jets D
32. Jason Spezza, Senators C
33. Brian Campbell, Panthers D
34. Phil Kessel, Maple Leafs RW
35. Scott Hartnell, Flyers LW
36. Eric Staal, Hurricanes C
37. Pavel Datsyuk, Redwings C
38. Henrik Zetterberg, Redwings C, LW
39. Patrick Marleau, Sharks LW
40. Tyler Seguin, Bruins RW
41. Shea Weber, Predators D
42. Dan Boyle, Sharks D
43. Ryan Suter, Wild D
44. Ilya Kovalchuk, Devils LW
45. Martin St. Louis, Lightning, RW
46. Marc-Andre Fleury, Penguins G
47. Cam Ward, Hurricanes G
48. Roberto Luongo, Canucks G ( subject of trade rumors )
49. Marian Hossa, Blackhawks RW
50. Patrick Kane, Blackhawks C, RW
51. Joe Thornton, Sharks C
52. Alex Pietrangelo, Blues D
53. David Backes, Blues C
54. Jordan Eberle, Oilers RW
55. Ryan Getzlaf, Ducks C
56. Jordan Staal, Hurricanes C
57. Jamie Benn, Sharks C
58. Taylor Hall, Oilers LW
59. Teemu Selanne, Ducks RW
60. Jarome Iginla, Flames RW
61. Gabriel Landeskog, Avalanche LW
62. Joffrey Lupul, Maple Leafs LW
63. Alexander Edler, Canucks D
64. P.K. Subban, Canadiens D
65. Dion Phaneuf, Maple Leafs D
66. Michael Del Zotto, Rangers D
67. Johan Franzen, Redwings RW
68. Dany Heatley, Wild RW
69. Joe Pavelski, Sharks RW
70. Milan Lucic, Bruins LW
71. Alexander Semin, Hurricanes LW, RW
72. Kari Lehtonen, Stars G
73. Braden Holtby, Capitols G
74. Niklas Backstrom, Wild G
75. Martin Brodeur, Devils G
76. Logan Couture, Sharks C
77. T.J. Oshie, Blues RW
78. Tobias Enstrom, Jets D
79. Jack Johnson, Blue Jackets D
80. Keith Yandle, Coyotes D
81. Jeff Carter, Kings RW, C
82. Ray Whitney, Sharks LW
83. Thomas Vanek, Sabres LW
84. Tyler Ennis, Sabres C
85. Drew Stafford, Sabres RW
86. Blake Wheeler, Jets RW
87. John Gaudreau, Flames C
88. Brayden Schenn, Flyers LW, C
89. Max Pacioretty, Canadiens LW
90. Mark Giordano, Flames D
91. Niklas Kronwall, Redwings D
92. Kimmo Timonen, Flyers D
93. Teddy Purcell, Lightning RW, LW
94. David Perron, Blues LW
95. Daniel Alfredsson, Senators RW
96. Evander Kane, Jets LW
97. Dustin Brown, Kings LW
98. Jason Pomminville, Sabres RW
99. Loui Eriksson, Stars LW
100. Drew Doughty, Kings D

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