Who are your Top 10 Caps fantasy players?

Who are your Top 10 Caps fantasy players?
July 27, 2014, 10:15 am
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Earlier this month, NHL.com released its Top 200 fantasy hockey rankings and you can guess who was at the top of that list.

Reigning MVP Sidney Crosby, who ran away with last season’s scoring title with 104 points in 80 games, led both of NHL.com’s fantasy charts, followed by Tampa Bay Lightning scoring machine Steven Stamkos, who was on pace for a league-high 55 goals and 88 points before suffering a broken leg in a Nov. 11 collision with a goal post.

Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry checked in at No. 3 on both rankings after finishing second in goals [43] and fifth in points [82] in 81 games.

Where, you might wonder, does Alex Ovechkin fall in those rankings after leading the NHL with 51 goals and finishing eighth with 79 points?

On one list he checks in at No. 5, just behind Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin. And on another he falls to No. 9, with Ryan Getzlaf, John Tavares, Claude Giroux, Tuukka Rask and Malkin ranked ahead of him.

Other Capitals that made it into the Top 200 include center Nicklas Backstrom [30th on one poll, 34th on another], defenseman Mike Green [98and 126], defenseman Matt Niskanen [117 and 182], forward Evgeny Kuznetsov [133 and 140], defenseman John Carlson [159 and 191] and goaltender Braden Holtby [159, unlisted] and center Troy Brouwer [187, unlisted].

If you were to put together your Top 10 Capitals fantasy rankings, who would be on your list, in what order, and why?

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As you’ll see below, Ovechkin is at the top of mine, but I agree with NHL.com’s experts that with Barry Trotz in charge, his offensive numbers will take a dip next season as he adapts to a stricter defensive system and, more than likely, less ice time.

Backstrom, whose two-way game is often underrated, should flourish under Trotz’ system, but his offensive numbers may also tick down.  

For me, Kuznetsov is the real darkhorse on NHL.com’s rankings. His flashes of offensive brilliance while playing mostly on the Caps’ fourth line last season could make him a legitimate Rookie of the Year candidate, which would make him the Caps’ first since Ovechkin in 2005-06 and second in their history.

My thoughts on Green is that if he makes the NHL’s Top 200 list it might be as a member of another team, where he would run the No. 1 power-play unit and receive top-unit minutes, which remains debatable in Washington with the arrival of Niskanen.

That said, here’s my Top 10 fantasy rankings for the 2014-15 Caps:

1. Alex Ovechkin

2. Nicklas Backstrom

3. Evgeny Kuznetsov

4. John Carlson

5. Braden Holtby

6. Matt Niskanen

7. Mike Green

8. Troy Brouwer

9. Marcus Johansson

10. Brooks Laich