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The speed of Connor McDavid is a remarkable fantasy hockey asset.Joe Skipper/Associated Press

Fantasy hockey gives fans one more way to enjoy the NHL and show off their knowledge about the game as a whole and not just their favorite team.

While it’s obviously a huge advantage to select at the top of the draft and have a chance to take Connor McDavid, Nikita Kucherov, Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin or Auston Matthews, it’s just as important to find the depth players who can provide scoring and make key plays when the superstars don’t produce.

Below is our top 40 player rankings, followed by a draft strategy and several sleepers for your consideration.

       

Rank, Name, Team, Position

1. Connor McDavid, EDM, C
2. Nikita Kucherov, TB, RW
3. Sidney Crosby, PIT, C
4. Alex Ovechkin, WSH, LW/RW
5. Nathan MacKinnon, COL, C
6. Auston Matthews, TOR, C
7. Brad Marchand, BOS, LW
8. Taylor Hall, NJ, LW
9. Tyler Seguin, DAL, C
10. Steven Stamkos, TB, C
11. Patrik Laine, WPG, RW
12. Mathew Barzal, NYI, C
13. Jonathan Marchessault, VGS, LW/C
14. Jakub Voracek, PHI, RW
15. Sergei Bobrovsky, CBJ, G
16. Blake Wheeler, WPG, RW
17. David Pastrnak, BOS, RW/LW
18. Patrick Kane, CHI, RW
19. Vincent Trocheck, FLA, C
20. Claude Giroux, PHI, C/LW
21. Brent Burns, SJ, D
22. Evgeni Malkin, PIT, C
23. Jamie Benn, DAL, LW
24. Andrei Vasilevskiy, TB, G
25. John Tavares, TOR, C
26. Erik Karlsson, SJ, D
27. Victor Hedman, TB, D
28. Braden Holtby, WSH, G
29. Evgeny Kuznetsov, WSH, C
30. Artemi Panarin, CBJ, LW/C
31. P.K. Subban, NSH, D
32. Aleksander Barkov, FLA, C
33. Filip Forsberg, NSH, C/LW
34. Artemi Panarin, CBJ, LW/C
35. P.K. Subban, NSH, D
36. William Karlsson, VGS, C
37. Johnny Gaudreau, CGY, LW
38. Reilly Smith, VGS, RW
39. Patrice Bergeron, BOS, C
40. Vladimir Tarasenko, STL, RW

McDavid is clearly the No. 1 pick and is getting better as he starts his fourth year in the NHL. He is coming off a 108-point season, and he is the fastest skater in the league.

When it comes to fantasy hockey, McDavid can take over with his ability to score multiple points in any game and become the league’s most explosive scorer.

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