In this month's cap league skater rankings, I went through and did a full review of players, their numbers in the system, and making sure that I wasn't missing any rookies, free agents, or other. A few risers in the rankings this time around, with Matthew Boldy, Tanner Jeannot, and Joe Veleno making their debuts in the rankings (among others) while we also see the return of injured players such as Jack Eichel, Alex Tuch, and Max Comtois.
Getting Eichel and Comtois back to full form will be huge for some teams, though those teams may be too far behind this season to be able to reap the full benefits. Don't worry, they'll still be key pieces next year.
One other name to keep an eye on is Alexander Romanov. The Montreal prospect is going to be a key piece of that blueline very soon, and will be a huge asset to fantasy teams that are looking for both points and peripherals.
Standard pre-rankings note:
This isn't meant to be a be-all and end-all rating system for you to use without thinking and just trade your players for anyone above them on the list that you can find, but used with some foresight for managing salaries, I'm hoping that the list can help you mine value in trades, and at the draft table.
The assumed league setup is for points-only leagues, with a salary allotment of approximately $73 million per team (10% of the NHL's $81.5 million being allocated for goalies), for 12 forwards and six defencemen per roster, amongst a range from eight to 14 teams (completely covered by the top 200 list). Cap hit is used for the player cost, so if your league uses salary or AAV, please account for that, as it can greatly change the impact of rookies. The rankings are set up so as to provide the most value in the current season, while providing some value in future years, based on modeling for predicted salary increases and production growth.
For those of you with variations from this setup, whether in terms of number of teams, salary space, roster positions, or scoring categories, you can make your own personal tweaks to move players up or down as necessary. This list is made to be a baseline guide for player evaluation, and to promote discussion and understanding of how to optimize rosters in a cap league setting.
If you note a mistake, or have any further questions about the ranking system, please let me know. You can find me on Twitter here @alexdmaclean.
I'm not perfect, and the rankings won't be either. Comments help with optimizing the values.
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