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Fantasy Hockey 2014-15: Consolidated Rankings

Continuing on with our Fantasy Hockey Draft Kit, Troy Langefeld provides consolidated rankings for the upcoming NHL season.

Will Ryan Johansen grace us with his presence this year? - Photo Credit
Will Ryan Johansen grace us with his presence this year? - Photo Credit
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Today is the day that you've all been waiting for I'm sure. The consolidated rankings. The last of the rankings in the draft kit until the final update just prior to the season start. Please, just promise me that you'll continue to read the rest of the draft kit once you've finished this article. In all honesty, as important as the rankings are, there are equally important topics still to come such as draft strategy. So far I've already introduced the plan for the rest of the offseason, showed you how to set up an effective league, outlined the offseason changes, and provided the rankings for each individual position for the upcoming season. If you missed anything, you can find it all here:

Fake Teams 2014 Fantasy Hockey Draft Kit

Also, in case you missed it, I'm changing my schedule slightly. In summary, I'm going to do my draft recap and analysis on REAL drafts, not mock drafts. Then, as the year progresses I will continue to provide updates on how we are all doing in the leagues as well as base many of my articles on them as they will provide a good standard league from which to write on. As a bonus, we may have Yahoo! fantasy expert Scott Pianowski join the auction draft.

If you'd like to participate in either draft or just read about the changes, all the info is here:

Fantasy Hockey 2014-15: Fake Teams Hockey Leagues

What are you waiting for, go sign up! The leagues are back and forth between full and not full as participants look at the draft date and time and have scheduling conflicts, so if you can't get in, keep checking in to see if a spot has since opened up.

How I rank players is not changing (if you don't already know how, you can read about it here: Fantasy Hockey 2014-15: Centers Will Anchor your Team). But how I present the consolidated rankings will be changing. Tiers are really only applicable to positions, not to all players in the sport. As such, today you get a list. Use this list for an idea when in the draft to target certain tiers, but use the tiers I provided before for a better understanding of when to grab a guy early or sit and wait. Each draft is different and you can't pick straight off of a list. But here's your list anyway.

The List:

1 Sidney Crosby Pit C
2 Steven Stamkos TB C
3 John Tavares NYI C
4 Claude Giroux Phi C,RW
5 Corey Perry Anh RW
6 Alex Ovechkin Was RW
7 Evgeni Malkin Pit C,RW
8 Tuukka Rask Bos G
9 Jonathan Quick LA G
10 Ryan Getzlaf Anh C
11 Patrick Kane Chi C,RW
12 Henrik Lundqvist NYR G
13 Anze Kopitar LA C
14 Phil Kessel Tor RW
15 Jamie Benn Dal LW
16 Carey Price Mon G
17 Jonathan Toews Chi C
18 Tyler Seguin Dal C,RW
19 Chris Kunitz Pit LW
20 Patrick Sharp Chi C,LW
21 Taylor Hall Edm C,LW
22 Erik Karlsson Ott D
23 Matt Duchene Col C,LW
24 Nicklas Backstrom Was C
25 Cory Schneider NJ G
26 P.K. Subban Mon D
27 Nathan MacKinnon Col C,RW
28 Joe Pavelski SJ C,LW
29 Zach Parise Min LW
30 Semyon Varlamov Col G
31 Patrick Marleau SJ C,LW
32 James Neal Nsh LW,RW
33 Corey Crawford Chi G
34 Martin St. Louis NYR RW
35 Marian Gaborik LA RW
36 Ryan Johansen Cls C,RW
37 Ben Bishop TB G
38 Marc-Andre Fleury Pit G
39 Jason Spezza Dal C
40 Pavel Datsyuk Det C,LW
41 Antti Niemi SJ G
42 Sergei Bobrovsky Cls G
43 Logan Couture SJ C,LW
44 Marian Hossa Chi RW
45 Shea Weber Nsh D
46 Henrik Zetterberg Det C,LW
47 Kari Lehtonen Dal G
48 Duncan Keith Chi D
49 Max Pacioretty Mon LW
50 Alex Pietrangelo StL D
51 Henrik Sedin Van C
52 Joe Thornton SJ C
53 Daniel Sedin Van LW
54 Pekka Rinne Nsh G
55 Keith Yandle Ari D
56 Eric Staal Car C
57 David Backes StL C,RW
58 Mike Smith Ari G
59 Dustin Byfuglien Wpg RW,D
60 Patrice Bergeron Bos C
61 Gabriel Landeskog Col LW
62 Brian Elliott StL G
63 Jordan Eberle Edm RW
64 Wayne Simmonds Phi RW
65 Roberto Luongo Fla G
66 Ryan Kesler Anh C,RW
67 T.J. Oshie StL C,RW
68 David Krejci Bos C
69 Brad Richards Chi C,LW
70 Kris Letang Pit D
71 Ryan Miller Van G
72 James van Riemsdyk Tor LW
73 Thomas Vanek Min LW,RW
74 Oliver Ekman-Larsson Ari D
75 Jarome Iginla Col RW
76 Jeff Carter LA C,RW
77 Alexander Steen StL C,LW
78 Drew Doughty LA D
79 Jimmy Howard Det G
80 Derek Stepan NYR C
81 Brandon Saad Chi LW,RW
82 Jeff Skinner Car LW,RW
83 Gustav Nyquist Det C,RW
84 Kyle Okposo NYI RW
85 Zdeno Chara Bos D
86 Victor Hedman TB D
87 Bryan Little Wpg C,RW
88 Rick Nash NYR LW,RW
89 Jaroslav Halak NYI G
90 Milan Lucic Bos LW
91 Ryan Suter Min D
92 Evander Kane Wpg LW
93 Paul Stastny StL C
94 Jason Pominville Min RW
95 Braden Holtby Was G
96 Steve Mason Phi G
97 Jakub Voracek Phi RW
98 Radim Vrbata Van RW
99 Jonathan Drouin TB LW
100 Frederik Andersen Anh G
101 John Gibson Anh G
102 Matt Niskanen Was D
103 Blake Wheeler Wpg RW
104 Nathan Horton Cls RW
105 Alex Tanguay Col LW,RW
106 Bobby Ryan Ott LW,RW
107 Jonathan Bernier Tor G
108 Scott Hartnell Cls LW
109 Loui Eriksson Bos LW,RW
110 Andrew Ladd Wpg LW
111 Niklas Kronwall Det D
112 Jaden Schwartz StL LW
113 Ryan O'Reilly Col C,LW
114 Torey Krug Bos D
115 Tyler Toffoli LA RW
116 Chris Kreider NYR LW
117 Kevin Shattenkirk StL D
118 Ryan McDonagh NYR D
119 Patric Hornqvist Pit RW
120 Tomas Hertl SJ LW
121 Valeri Nichushkin Dal RW
122 Mark Giordano Cgy D
123 Josh Bailey NYI LW
124 Pascal Dupuis Pit LW,RW
125 Alexander Semin Car LW,RW
126 James Wisniewski Cls D
127 Alex Goligoski Dal D
128 Anton Khudobin Car G
129 Christian Ehrhoff Pit D
130 Brandon Dubinsky Cls C,LW
131 Tyler Johnson TB C
132 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Edm C
133 Jake Allen StL G
134 Dion Phaneuf Tor D
135 Reilly Smith Bos RW
136 Craig Anderson Ott G
137 Ales Hemsky Dal RW
138 Brent Burns SJ RW,D
139 Johan Franzen Det LW,RW
140 David Desharnais Mon C
141 Mike Ribeiro Nsh C
142 Kyle Turris Ott C
143 Mikko Koivu Min C
144 Mike Green Was D
145 David Perron Edm LW,RW
146 Ondrej Palat TB LW
147 Dan Boyle NYR D
148 Tyler Bozak Tor C
149 Brendan Gallagher Mon RW
150 Brayden Schenn Phi C,LW
151 Tyson Barrie Col D
152 Ondrej Pavelec Wpg G
153 Joffrey Lupul Tor LW,RW
154 Matt Moulson Buf LW
155 John Carlson Was D
156 Jaromir Jagr NJ RW
157 Brad Marchand Bos LW
158 Jonas Hiller Cgy G
159 Justin Faulk Car D
160 Nazem Kadri Tor C
161 Brent Seabrook Chi D
162 Roman Josi Nsh D
163 Ryan Callahan TB RW
164 Justin Williams LA RW
165 Andrei Markov Mon D
166 Mark Streit Phi D
167 Niklas Backstrom Min G
168 Colin Wilson Nsh C,LW
169 Dustin Brown LA LW,RW
170 Jakob Silfverberg Anh LW,RW
171 Curtis Glencross Cgy LW
172 Ben Scrivens Edm G
173 Mats Zuccarello NYR LW
174 Cam Fowler Anh D
175 Jiri Hudler Cgy LW,RW
176 Beau Bennett Pit LW,RW
177 Alex Killorn TB C,LW
178 Jason Garrison TB D
179 Brian Campbell Fla D
180 Jhonas Enroth Buf G
181 Alexander Edler Van D
182 Shane Doan Ari LW,RW
183 Jack Johnson Cls D
184 Jay Bouwmeester StL D
185 Valtteri Filppula TB C,LW
186 Michael Cammalleri NJ C,LW
187 Travis Zajac NJ C
188 Jake Muzzin LA D
189 Jason Demers SJ D
190 Patrik Elias NJ C,LW
191 Slava Voynov LA D
192 Justin Schultz Edm D
193 Adam Henrique NJ C
194 Jacob Trouba Wpg D
195 Carl Soderberg Bos C
196 Darcy Kuemper Min G
197 Erik Johnson Col D
198 Michael Frolik Wpg C,RW
199 Jussi Jokinen Fla C,LW
200 Robin Lehner Ott G
201 Derick Brassard NYR C
202 Jake Gardiner Tor D
203 Dougie Hamilton Bos D
204 Michael Del Zotto Phi D
205 Nick Bonino Van C
206 Tomas Plekanec Mon C
207 James Reimer Tor G
208 Cody Franson Tor D
209 Alec Martinez LA D
210 Mikael Granlund Min C
211 Aleksander Barkov Fla C
212 Jonathan Huberdeau Fla C,LW
213 Andrej Sekera Car D
214 Radko Gudas TB D
215 Olli Jokinen Nsh C
216 Viktor Fasth Edm G
217 Evgeny Kuznetsov Was C
218 Hampus Lindholm Anh D
219 Alex Galchenyuk Mon C,LW
220 Mark Scheifele Wpg C
221 Tobias Enstrom Wpg D
222 Marek Zidlicky NJ D
223 Paul Martin Pit D
224 P.A. Parenteau Mon RW
225 Cam Ward Car G
226 Dennis Wideman Cgy D
227 Kimmo Timonen Phi D
228 Lubomir Visnovsky NYI D
229 Cody Hodgson Buf C,RW
230 Mikael Backlund Cgy C
231 Kevin Bieksa Van D
232 Dan Hamhuis Van D
233 Craig Smith Nsh C,RW
234 Andrew Shaw Chi C
235 Olli Maatta Pit D
236 Brad Boyes Fla C,RW
237 Milan Michalek Ott LW,RW
238 Nick Leddy Chi D
239 Mika Zibanejad Ott C,RW
240 Charlie Coyle Min C,RW
241 Alex Stalock SJ G
242 Martin Jones LA G
243 Ryan Ellis Nsh D
244 Seth Jones Nsh D
245 Ryan Murray Cls D
246 Niklas Svedberg Bos G
247 Antti Raanta Chi G
248 Aaron Ekblad Fla D
249 Zach Bogosian Wpg D
250 Chad Johnson NYI G

Despite the fact that I've already talked about much of this, let's review some of the big movers from my list to the Yahoo! provided list and some other important things to consider.

Bring on the Riser's:

I'm expecting big things from Cory Schneider this year. He's always had great peripheral numbers and the knock against him has always been a matter of playing time. The full time job in New Jersey is all his now that Martin Brodeur has left town. It's a risky ranking as it remains to be seen how he'll respond to the increased playing time. Will he be as effective? Will he be more prone to injuries? I don't know, but I'm willing to take a stab. If he plays healthy and doesn't lose too much effectiveness between the pipes, he's a tier one goalkeeper this year. I just can't rank him as such without some of these questions being answered first.

Marian Gaborik and Tyler Toffoli are coming off strong postseasons with the Kings. LA has always been a defensive team that struggles to score in the regular season, but maybe that will change with the addition of Gaborik and the maturing Toffoli on the top two lines. The postseason has me convinced that they can get the job done for your fantasy team this year.

I still cannot understand how Dustin Byfuglien is ranked so low in Yahoo!. The 27th ranked defensemen? Ranked 132 overall? He was ranked 40th over the regular season last year. That's ridiculous for a guy that has the rare forward/defensemen dual eligibility and is a major contributor in four of the six categories. Granted he'll hurt you with his negative rating, but that doesn't constitute a drop of 92 spots...

Brad Richards and Brandon Saad are a couple of my favourite buy low's this coming winter. Both should be cemented into the top two lines on Chicago which means ice time with Jonathon Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, and Marian Hossa. How can you go wrong? They'll likely be bumped to the second powerplay unit, but that's the only issue I see right now.

Derek Stepan, Nathan Horton, Alex Tanguay, Valeri Nichushkin, Josh Bailey, Pascal Dupuis, David Desharnais, Brendan Gallagher, and Tyler Bozak are all recipients of a higher ranking due to who they play with. Don't forget that fantasy sports isn't just about the player, but also about the situation. All of these guys are playing on top lines with highly skilled players. Don't forget about them.

It seems that some players grow older and get forgotten about. Or that they are perennially underrated and surprise everyone year in and year out. Paul Stastny and Jason Pominville fit this type. Finding consistency in the late rounds of drafts is every bit as key as finding high upside. Balance is everything.

I'm big on the duo of Frederik Andersen and John Gibson to provide significant value this year, but not as much on either one individually as it remains a true battle for the starting job. I've specifically placed them side by side and at the turn because I think together they will provide elite numbers. If you get one, you must get both and I wouldn't attempt this unless you're drafting at the turn or close to it and are sure that you'll get them both.

And the Faller's:

Ben Bishop is dealing with a return from wrist surgery and has only been a full time starter for one year. He had a great year, no doubt, but can you really rank him as the fourth goalkeeper off the board after the big three? That's what Yahoo! is saying. There is no way I can. I expect a bit of regression anyway and at his draft price you can't afford any regression from last year.

Marc-Andre FleuryRyan Miller, and Steve Mason are all being taken too highly as well in my opinion. Fleury deals with consistency issues that have been well documented over recent years. Last year was a good year, but what will we get this year? Miller has moved to Vancouver and my expectations of the Canucks aren't as high as other people. I also am of the belief that Miller's play has slipped since his Vezina year. Mason had a good year last year as well, but before last year Philly was where goalies went to die. Seriously, name a good starting goaltender with the Flyers in the last five years besides Mason last year. There are none. With their defense in shambles, I'm not expecting big things from him.

There are always players who are better in real life than in fantasy and receive too much love at the draft table. Drew Doughty and Brandon Dubinsky are examples of this. I'm especially scared of Doughty as Yahoo ranks him the fifth defensemen to come of the board, but he is sharing time on the blue line with Jake Muzzin, Slava Voynov, and Alec Martinez. He'll be good, just not that good. Dubinsky isn't a significant contributor in any stat other than penalty minutes and so I can't rank him in my top 100 like Yahoo! has. He's steady, but not that steady.

I'm bumping Jeff Skinner back due to his team situation and the fact that he can't secure a spot on the top line with Eric Staal. He has no one to help him on his line and I think he'll disappoint at 52nd overall. Anton Khudobin gets the same bump because of team situation and the fact that I don't believe his job is as secure as it needs to be to take him at his draft position.

Bobby Ryan and Kyle Turris have lost their all-star playmaker Jason Spezza and so I am far more pessimistic on them this year. Ottawa also seems to be a rather inconsistent team as a whole and I don't think they're going to have a very good year.

Rick Nash is in a state of decline since moving to the Rangers and they aren't exactly the most offensive team. He has the big name and the big contract so they'll keep plugging him out there, but don't expect to see him on any of my teams this year. Mike Green and Dan Boyle are similarly going to be having tough times this year. Their offense has been declining in recent years and their teams are starting to notice. Both are going from the top offensive contributor on their team to a secondary role. Green will be behind Niskanen and Boyle behind McDonagh. When the GM is taking note, so should you.

And all the Other Important Things to Consider:

Josh Harding was ranked 32nd in my goaltender list on Wednesday, but we have since learned that he will be out for a month or two with a broken foot. With the goaltending situation in flux in Minnesota, he is no longer relevant to me and has dropped off of my board altogether. While I had Darcy Kuemper the favourite to supplant Harding, I expected that to be through the season, not before it started. Kuemper remains an unsigned RFA and I think the team will be more comfortable having Niklas Backstrom to start the season instead. As such, Backstrom took a significant leap in my rankings today although it won't look like much when comparing to Yahoo!. Kuemper's value meanwhile doesn't change with the news. For now at least. Anyone can take this starting job and the team is giving their fourth goalie last year, Ilya Bryzgalov a look in training camp right now. It remains to be seen whether he'll make it out of training camp and sign on with the club for the season, but the longer Kuemper sits out, the more we have to look at Bryz. He might be in my next updated top 250 before the season starts.

Late edit: Kuemper signed a two year contract late last night. I'm not updating my rankings to reflect this right now due to lack of time, but consider Backstrom and Kuemper about equally valued around maybe a round or so earlier than where Kuemper currently is. Still giving Backstrom the slight edge and Harding and Bryzgalov remain off the board.

Ryan Johansen is another RFA in the middle of a contract dispute. And this one looks nasty with the Blue Jackets accusing Johansen and his agent of extortion and Johansen returning home to the Vancouver area as camp begins. The two sides are reportedly $3.5m apart in contract negotiations which is too bad as I am quite high on Johansen coming into this year. I've still ranked him at 36th overall which is a leap from Yahoo!'s 71st, but I will have to rethink that ranking if he misses much of camp. Early signs say that this could go a little while. His linemates Nathan Horton and Scott Hartnell would also take a hit in this scenario.

If you want a Microsoft Excel version of my rankings, here's the link: Consolidated Rankings 2014.

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