Connor McDavid needs to be the No. 1 choice in any fantasy hockey draft.Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press

NHL players are in training camp as they prepare for the 2018-19 season. 

Plans are being made for successful seasons, and every team in the league would like to emulate the Stanley Cup won by the Washington Capitals last June.

The Caps’ triumph was particularly meaningful, because it represented the franchise’s first title after years of frustration. Prior to last season, it seemed like the Capitals would engage the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the playoffs nearly every year and come out on the short end.

This time Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals got the best of Sidney Crosby and the Penguins. That was reality, although it must have seemed like a fantasy to long-time Capitals fans.

Just as players are preparing for the start of their season, fantasy players are also preparing for their fantasy leagues and pools.

While there are many developments in the coming weeks that could lead to changes in the names at the top of the draft, we offer a potential first-round mock draft. We expect many of these selections to hold barring serious injuries.

Here is the first round of a 10-team league.

1. C Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

McDavid may or may not be the best player in the league at this point, because Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin can make an argument that they are better and more impactful players. But McDavid is still surging as he starts his fourth year in the NHL. He scored 100 points two years ago and 108 points last year, and he is the fastest skater in the league. When it comes to fantasy hockey, McDavid is clearly the choice for any player with the No. 1 pick.

2. RW Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning

Kucherov is the best player on the defending Atlantic Division champions, and he is a bonafide 100-point scorer after reaching that level last year. Kucherov is an outstanding skater who has a slew of moves and can embarrass goaltenders with his skilled hands. The 25-year-old is a clearly established superstar, and he is still on the rise.

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