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Islanders Players in NHL Fantasy Rankings

By J.A. Dominicis
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Analysts, bloggers, “hockey experts” and everyone in between have been unloading their predictions, fantasy rankings and analysis on the upcoming NHL season. Although most of the discussion lies as to how good Connor McDavid will be or how good or bad will the Chicago Blackhawks do, it is interesting to see how the Islanders are in the picture.

Let’s take a look at fantasy player rankings from around the internet and see where Islanders are ranked.

NHL.com’s Top 250 Fantasy Players- Matt Cubeta

5. John Tavares

75. Kyle Okposo

101. Jaro Halak

175. Johnny Boychuk

215. Anders Lee

244. Brock Nelson

NHL.com’s Top 275 Fantasy Players- Pete Jensen

3. John Tavares

80. Jaro Halak

100. Kyle Okposo

141. Johnny Boychuk

179. Anders Lee

227. Brock Nelson

ESPN’s Top 300 Player Rankings (As of Oct. 1st)

2. John Tavares

43. Jaro Halak

74. Kyle Okposo

145. Ryan Strome

173. Anders Lee

182. Johnny Boychuk

201. Brock Nelson

204. Nick Leddy

235. Josh Bailey

The Hockey News’ Top 200 Fantasy Players

2. John Tavares

60. Kyle Okposo

104. Ryan Strome

138. Jaro Halak

144. Anders Lee

148. Brock Nelson

187. Frans Nielsen

On the bubble: Josh Bailey

TSN Hockey’s Top 50 Players List

4. John Tavares

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There are plenty of other fantasy rankings, but the overall pattern of approximately where each of the Islanders’ top players is evident in these few.

John Tavares consistently ranks in the top five and has cemented himself as a yearly Hart Trophy candidate. He even ranks above Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby on occasions. It just shows you how valuable and consistent captain Tavares has been in the past few years.

Another thing to note is the fluctuating position of Kyle Okposo. Some see him as a first class scoring winger who is among the league’s best. Some see him as an injury prone risk. There is no doubting Okposo’s talent, but is obvious a wild card because of his recent injuries. So far he is pretty healthy this year, which is a good sign.

Jaro Halak’s ranking is also all over the place. It is pretty hard to know what to expect from him. Last year he was solid and provided the Islanders with some much-needed stability in the crease. However, he has had a couple of “off’ seasons while he was with the St. Louis Blues. That being said, he has the potential to be lights out. Habs fans remember his great run in Montreal, and he also shared the William Jennings Trophy (lowest GAA) in 2011-12 with fellow St. Louis blues goalie, Brian Elliott.

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