Top 200 Fantasy Prospect Forwards – March 2018

by Dobber on March 14, 2018

Here are the Top 200 prospect forwards to own your fantasy hockey keeper league - March edition!

Takes into account several aspects - each one is very important and how you prioritize them for your fantasy squad depends on your current needs (long-term, high upside or short-term, NHL-ready, lower ceiling). As always, two players within +/-5.0 rating points of each other should be considered equal value and at that point comes down to team needs or personal preference. Below the chart are the prospects I have graduated over the past two months.

 

Click any player name to be taken to his scouting fantasy profile.

 

Mar 10 Prospect Team type Prospect Rating Feb 10 Jan 10
1 Eeli Tolvanen NSH o 78.9 34 81
2 Elias Pettersson VAN o 75.2 14 21
3 Casey Mittelstadt BUF o 75.2 15 16
4 Dylan Strome ARI o 74.6 1 1
5 Jesse Puljujarvi EDM t 74.5 8 8
6 Henrik Borgstrom FLA t 74.2 32 40
7 Kailer Yamamoto EDM os 73.9 20 18
8 Christian Fischer ARI p 73.7 12 14
9 Tyson Jost COL o 72.4 13 12
10 Sam Steel ANA o 70.2 16 17
11 Mark Jankowski CGY p 69.8 29 33
12 Colin White OTT o 68.4 21 24
13 Robert Thomas STL t 68.0 71 101
14 Logan Brown OTT o 68.0 31 32
15 Jordan Kyrou STL o 67.9 76 108
16 Joel Eriksson Ek MIN o 67.7 26 27
17 Cody Glass VGK o 67.7 22 26
18 Luke Kunin MIN o 67.6 17 13
19 Jack Roslovic WPG t 67.4 40 46
20 Martin Necas CAR o 67.2 43 65
21 Owen Tippett FLA o 66.8 23 28
22 Kasperi Kapanen TOR o 66.5 47 42
23 Kirill Kaprizov MIN os 66.4 48 52
24 Daniel Sprong PIT o 65.8 30 39
25 Jake DeBrusk BOS o 65.4 35 63
26 Josh Ho-Sang NYI o 64.8 24 19
27 Lias Andersson NYR t 64.7 53 49
28 Gabriel Vilardi LAK o 64.6 41 38
29 Michael McLeod NJD t 64.5 51 45
30 Morgan Frost PHI o 64.4 55 97
31 Alexander Nylander BUF o 63.9 36 30
32 Vitali Abramov CBJ os 63.9 58 59
33 Nick Merkley ARI o 63.8 59 62
34 Filip Chytil NYR o 63.7 57 54
35 Daniel O'Regan BUF t 63.4 46 37
36 J.T. Compher COL t 63.4 37 61
37 Nikolay Goldobin VAN o 63.4 33 31
38 Denis Malgin FLA os 63.2 64 60
39 Adam Gaudette VAN o 63.2 39 50
40 Dylan Sikura CHI o 63.0 54 51
41 Anthony Cirelli TBL t 62.6 62 58
42 Tage Thompson STL o 62.6 45 41
43 Troy Terry ANA o 62.3 60 57
44 Michael Rasmussen DET p 62.3 72 71
45 Drake Batherson OTT p 62.1 134 160
46 Evgeny Svechnikov DET o 62.1 49 34
47 Nick Suzuki VGK t 61.9 50 43
48 Andrew Mangiapane CGY o 61.7 52 48
49 Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson BOS t 61.6 61 55
50 Anders Bjork BOS t 61.4 28 29
51 Boris Katchouk TBL t 61.2 69 198
52 Jordan Greenway MIN p 60.2 80 78
53 Ondrej Kase ANA o 60.1 65 64
54 Vladislav Kamenev COL t 60.1 63 47
55 Lawson Crouse ARI p 60.0 68 68
56 Jonathan Dahlen VAN o 59.7 74 121
57 Kieffer Bellows NYI p 59.3 85 129
58 Taylor Raddysh TBL p 59.0 66 67
59 Sonny Milano CBJ o 58.7 67 66
60 Jayce Hawryluk FLA o 58.5 56 53
61 German Rubtsov PHI t 58.2 70 69
62 Brendan Leipsic VGK o 58.1 75 70
63 Nicolas Roy CAR t 58.0 38 36
64 Aleksi Saarela CAR o 56.8 79 75
65 Valeri Nichushkin DAL o 56.4 Grad Grad
66 Nikita Scherbak MON o 56.1 91 94
67 Ivan Barbashev STL t 55.9 44 35
68 Tyler Bertuzzi DET p 55.9 84 85
69 John Quenneville NJD t 55.8 78 74
70 Zach Aston-Reese PIT o 55.3 93 96
71 Ryan Donato BOS o 55.2 161 306
72 Martin Frk DET o 55.1 77 73
73 Jason Dickinson DAL t 55.0 83 80
74 Dominik Simon PIT o 54.8 100 128
75 Nicolas Petan WPG os 54.7 86 86
76 Zach Senyshyn BOS o 54.6 81 76
77 Rasmus Asplund BUF o 54.2 116 117
78 Andreas Johnsson TOR o 54.2 127 247
79 Alex Iafallo LAK o 54.2 96 100
80 Julien Gauthier CAR o 53.6 73 72
81 Patrick Harper NSH os 53.5 146 141
82 Klim Kostin STL p 53.1 156 155
83 Brett Howden NYR t 52.7 112 115
84 Nikita Gusev VGK os 52.3 118 125
85 Max Jones ANA p 51.7 90 93
86 Warren Foegele CAR o 51.6 107 110
87 Kevin Roy ANA o 51.4 95 98
88 Denis Gurianov DAL o 51.3 92 95
89 Dylan Gambrell SJS o 51.0 123 123
90 Adam Mascherin FLA os 50.8 124 124
91 John Hayden CHI p 50.6 87 87
92 Aleksi Heponiemi FLA o 50.5 121 158
93 Ryan Poehling MON t 50.3 243 251
94 Jaret Anderson-Dolan LAK o 50.1 120 120
95 Austin Czarnik BOS os 50.1 106 109
96 Josh Norris SJS o 50.0 99 104
97 Janne Kuokkanen CAR o 50.0 104 106
98 Jonathan Davidsson CBJ o 49.8 NR NR
99 Dillon Dube CGY o 49.4 168 217
100 Kristian Vesalainen WPG p 49.2 171 171
101 Tyler Motte VAN os 49.0 82 79
102 Kole Lind VAN o 49.0 174 174
103 Francis Perron OTT o 49.0 101 102
104 Riley Barber WAS t 48.8 110 113
105 Remi Elie DAL p 48.6 111 114
106 Maxim Mamin FLA o 48.6 162 162
107 Mike Amadio LAK o 48.6 143 207
108 Henrik Haapala FLA o 48.6 102 91
109 Cliff Pu BUF o 48.3 129 119
110 Nicholas Baptiste BUF o 48.1 119 90
111 Pontus Aberg EDM t 48.1 114 148
112 Mike Vecchione PHI os 47.9 164 164
113 Oskar Lindblom PHI t 47.9 122 122
114 Miro Aaltonen TOR o 47.9 109 112
115 Jonny Brodzinski LAK o 47.7 160 161
116 Yakov Trenin NSH o 47.5 154 153
117 Trent Frederic BOS p 47.5 179 180
118 Anton Slepyshev EDM o 47.5 103 105
119 Jake Evans MON o 47.5 125 126
120 Mason Appleton WPG o 47.5 169 169
121 Erik Foley STL o 47.5 274 280
122 Tyler Steenbergen ARI o 47.4 170 170
123 Nikita Soshnikov STL o 47.4 88 88
124 Jeremy Bracco TOR o 47.3 128 118
125 Wade Allison PHI o 47.3 204 210
126 Spencer Foo CGY o 47.2 130 144
127 Kerby Rychel MON p 46.8 135 133
128 Lucas Wallmark CAR o 46.7 98 103
129 Travis Boyd WAS o 46.7 136 134
130 David Pope DET o 46.7 137 183
131 Alex Formenton OTT o 46.6 142 139
132 Laurent Dauphin ARI o 46.5 115 107
133 Tyler Benson EDM o 46.5 197 200
134 Filip Chlapik OTT o 46.5 126 206
135 Rudolfs Balcers SJS o 46.5 183 184
136 AJ Greer COL p 46.4 108 111
137 Justin Bailey BUF o 46.4 144 140
138 Michael Dal Colle NYI o 46.4 145 138
139 Mitchell Stephens TBL t 46.4 117 137
140 Ryan Gropp NYR p 46.4 147 142
141 Deven Sideroff ANA o 46.4 148 143
142 Alexandre Texier CBJ o 46.2 NR NR
143 Morgan Klimchuk CGY t 46.1 158 157
144 Cooper Marody PHI o 46.0 200 202
145 Dryden Hunt FLA o 46.0 280 286
146 Carl Grundstrom TOR o 45.9 141 136
147 Adam Brooks TOR o 45.9 196 199
148 Dmytro Timashov TOR o 45.6 133 132
149 Peter Cehlarik BOS o 45.5 159 159
150 Valentin Zykov CAR o 45.2 149 145
151 Adam Erne TBL p 45.1 165 165
152 Alexander Volkov TBL o 45.0 NR NR
153 Maxime Comtois ANA p 45.0 363 370
154 Roope Hintz DAL o 45.0 246 254
155 Maxim Letunov SJS o 44.9 188 83
156 Victor Ejdsell CHI p 44.9 194 196
157 Mathieu Joseph TBL t 44.9 181 182
158 Martins Dzierkals TOR o 44.8 166 167
159 Mikhail Vorobyov PHI o 44.8 167 168
160 Kalle Kossila ANA o 44.6 140 146
161 Axel Holmstrom DET o 44.5 172 172
162 Samuel Blais STL o 44.5 173 173
163 Brendan Lemieux WPG p 44.5 226 233
164 Shane Gersich WAS o 44.4 234 241
165 Tanner Laczynski PHI o 44.4 176 176
166 Julius Nattinen ANA o 44.3 177 177
167 Nathan Walker WAS o 44.1 150 147
168 Cole Ully DAL o 44.1 178 179
169 Oskar Sundqvist STL t 44.1 131 130
170 Taylor Leier PHI o 44.1 151 150
171 Adam Helewka SJS t 44.0 180 181
172 Matthew Phillips CGY os 44.0 303 309
173 Tyler Lewis COL o 44.0 293 298
174 Rem Pitlick NSH p 44.0 381 387
175 Tomas Hyka VGK o 43.9 182 203
176 Tyler Moy NSH o 43.8 184 186
177 Rourke Chartier SJS o 43.7 139 135
178 Daniel Carr MON o 43.5 155 154
179 Dennis Yan TBL o 43.4 190 193
180 Kevin Stenlund CBJ p 43.4 205 211
181 Calvin Thurkauf CBJ p 43.4 175 175
182 Ryan MacInnis ARI t 43.3 192 194
183 Michael Spacek WPG o 43.1 193 195
184 Zach Sanford STL o 43.1 163 163
185 Hudson Fasching BUF p 43.0 94 84
186 Marcus Davidsson BUF t 43.0 362 369
187 Riley Tufte DAL p 43.0 132 131
188 Stelio Mattheos CAR o 43.0 325 332
189 Joseph Blandisi ANA o 42.9 199 149
190 Kyle Rau MIN os 42.9 276 282
191 Kenny Agostino BOS o 42.9 138 127
192 Adam Johnson PIT o 42.6 NR NR
193 C.J. Smith BUF o 42.6 198 201
194 Michael Bunting ARI o 42.5 202 208
195 Dylan Sadowy DET o 42.4 209 216
196 Nolan Stevens STL o 42.4 267 273
197 Michael McCarron MON p 42.2 97 99
198 Noah Gregor SJS o 42.2 210 218
199 Jean-Christophe Beaudin COL o 42.2 113 82
200 Shane Bowers COL t 42.0 214 222

 

 

Prospects, including defensemen (this list will go up Thursday), graduated over the last two months:

Beauvillier Anthony NYI
Bjorkstrand Oliver CBJ
Bratt Jesper NJD
Butcher Will NJD
Connor Kyle WPG
Di Giuseppe Phillip CAR
Dubois Pierre-Luc CBJ
Dunn Vince STL
Fleury Haydn CAR
Gourde Yanni TBL
Griffith Seth BUF
Heed Tim SJS
Heinen Danton BOS
Hudon Charles MON
Kempe Adrian LAK
Kempny Michal WAS
Kerfoot Alexander COL
Khaira Jujhar EDM
Koekkoek Slater TBL
Kulak Brett CGY
Kuraly Sean BOS
Labanc Kevin SJS
Leivo Josh TOR
Meier Timo SJS
Patrick Nolan PHI
Perlini Brendan ARI
Pouliot Derrick VAN
Rutta Jan CHI
Smith Gemel DAL
Stephenson Chandler WAS
Theodore Shea VGK
Tuch Alex VGK
Virtanen Jake VAN
Vrana Jakub WAS
Weal Jordan PHI
Weegar Mackenzie FLA
Wood Miles NJD

 

 

  • Touch ’em all

    For a keeper league with salary cap, who do think is the better keeper – Barkov, W. Karlsson or Kuznetsov? Kuvnetsov is the most expensive and Karlsson’s contract is an unknown. Barkov is on a good deal at $5.9M. Do you guys believe in Karlsson?

  • Fernando Javier

    Hello,

    Do you have any thoughts on Kristian Vesalainen?

    Is it because he got drafted by Winnipeg that he is ranked only #100 on this list? To me, he seems like a steal for the Jets, so I am curious to know how you evaluated him.

    • Dobber

      Yes. If a player is pretty much guaranteed to not get a 50-point season within three years then he’d be hard-pressed to get into my Top 100. The Jets are deep up front with youth, plus he’s a big man who will take a little longer at the NHL level

  • Benning

    Huh….

  • Benning

    Gerard Lundrigan Dobber • 2 months agoThomas and Tolvenen also seem to have incredible hype around them as well but low on this list. I would also be curious as to why on those guys.

    Dobber Gerard Lundrigan • 2 months ago
    St. Louis and Nashville will keep them off your pro team for 3-4 years. Don’t fall into the Ty Rattie trap!

    Gerard Lundrigan Dobber • 2 months ago
    Hasn’t Poile already come out and said he hopes to have Tolvenen on the Preds as soon as the KHL season is over?

    Dobber Gerard Lundrigan • 2 months ago
    I’m sure he will be, and his ranking will continue to rise if that happens. And when it does happen, he won’t shoot up to #1 either, because I saw Fiala do the same thing (three years later, barely making fantasy pro teams). Let’s not forget Radulov. I just don’t like the wait time on prospects with Nashville and St. Louis.
    Besides, Tolvenen was a Top 10 KHL scorer in October. November he was Top 20. December Top 25… WJC only one goal. Great prospect, but a lot of the hype is that early Sept/Oct impact and hot KHL start.
    He’s 81st now, +/- 5.0 rating points puts him as high as 60th. If they sign him he’ll be around 15-25th. If I like his impact as a pro first few games then he’ll be Top 10. If he makes the team out of camp he could be Top 3.

    • Dobber

      Yes, the comments are all right there – and if you check them each month since September you can copy/paste quotes from me about Tolvanen every month.
      I move up players as they earn it, I don’t knee-jerk. Knee-jerking leads to failure more often than not.
      Two months ago – he had a great WJC and moved into the Top 90. One month ago, rumors grew stronger that not only would NSH sign him, but that he’d actually play ‘this’ year. So he moved into the Top 35.
      One month later, he had those Olympics, plus confirmation that he will indeed sign after the KHL season. No. 1. Olympics changed everything, I loved what I saw there. And what he did. Wow!

      I’m very happy with his progress on my rankings and how I moved him up each month based on earning it. And I thank you for shining a spotlight on it. Thanks pal!

      • Mathieu

        It seems like there were a lot of graduates this time around too. That helps players jump up the rankings in strides.

      • Benning

        You’re welcome bud. Sarcasm, the highest form of humour right? My point, which I’m sure you received and are choosing to gloss over, is how you actually have consistently been under ranking him, and in fact stated that he was likely 3 years away as little as a few months ago. And that “best case scenario” he might be top 3 next September. Obviously these are free rankings and you put a lot of work in, so I should have been polite and thanked you for all your effort, so thank you. I just find it very odd that you took criticism for undervaluing him for months, and now you have completely flipped because you “like” his progress? Given that the consumers of this site are largely in keeper pools, have you really helped anyone by consistently lagging his production as you move him up your ranks? IE, no keeper pool worth its salt has him available anymore, whereas that may not have been the case in Sep,Oct,Nov….

      • Dobber

        I disagree. I think my October rankings were behind on him, but after that I moved him up quickly and steadily based on growing information. I couldn’t be happier with how I treated Tolvanen. I missed his hot start in the KHL in September because I was in the hospital for most of September. So I missed it in the October rankings, but thanks to the comments quickly drawing my attention, he was there for November. His KHL numbers slowed – they slowed, man. He went from Top 5 down to 15th. So October’s numbers were low due to my missing him (hospital) and November’s numbers “may” have been a little low at 146 because his huge start cooled off. Plus Nashville’s long track record of moving prospects slowly. Not happy with October, but I’m happy with November.

        Rumors of his coming over after the season moved him further up the ranks for December to 84th. Is that really undervaluing him? It was before WJC, before Olympics, and before anything concrete about him coming over. Plus Nashville’s long track record of moving prospects slowly. Happy with December.

        In January he had the WJC and moved up to 81st – he was decent, but not dominant. I’m okay with where I ranked him January. But then more rumors had him ‘almost certain’ to sign with Nashville after and that Poile felt he would get right into the lineup. Boom – up to 34th. Happy with where I ranked him in February.

        Then he had those Olympics. And KHL playoffs have been awesome. Just…wow. Had to move him to 1st (helps that I graduated a good 25 forwards too).

        I don’t see where I undervalued him, other than in October. He was available in my January 13th draft – yes he was – and yes I got him. Had he not been drafted in my other league in September, then he would be available in that pool this summer because we can only draft once per year (Robert Thomas and Mark Jankowski are available in that one, for example, so it’s possible). Yes, he’s available in some keepers even now.

        I did take a lot of criticism over the months. It makes doing this hard. But I can’t change the way I do things based on pressure. Other players I felt pressure on over the years – Schremp, Beach, S. Kostitsyn (ouch – really heard about that one).

        I appreciate your thanks and putting this one nicely, but I don’t share your criticism that I was too slow moving him up. I explained each month’s ranking above and stand by it. And yes, I think it helped the readers. And my system for prospects (not knee-jerking) helps too, while everyone dives headfirst at the “busts” I carefully navigate you to the winners.

        You drafted a great one last summer, but this almost feels like you’re “I knew it all along” gloating when really you just took a guy taken in the first round with offensive upside…and struck it rich (it could have been any of 12 other offensive forwards you drafted, but you took the right one), so now you’re lording it over me, perhaps a little unfairly.

      • Benning

        Well to be clear, I didn’t draft him. At the start of the year, I put a lot of weight in your list, as it is obviously excellent. So I stayed away, after reading all your comments re: wait time, etc. However I was scooped by fellow poolies in both of my leagues early in the season, and have some sour grapes. So not gloating, at all.

      • Dobber

        Fair enough. I was scooped in one of my three leagues as well. Usually my caution pays off as I don’t get stuck with a guy for years, hogging a bench spot. Occasionally, it hurts me.

  • Zach

    Thoughts on Vilardi long-term? Looks like he has one of the highest PPG in the OHL coming off a back injury and still 18 years old.

    • Dobber

      I like him for two to three years from now. On the right track. Injuries are a flag

  • hockeyknight

    Nice work Dobber as always. Where do you have Ronning on that magnificent list of yours?

    • Dobber

      Thank you! I have him 352nd, a bit of a long shot