2021-22 Early Look: Top 12 for Next Season

2021-22 Early Look: Top 12 for Next Season

At the top of the list, there's not much debate. Where it gets dicey is after the first four or five picks, where league settings will have an affect on player rankings. There are categories and position scarcity to consider, and throw in an expansion draft and a flurry of offseason moves, the list can be very fluid. 

But if there's anything we learned this season, it's that the league is flush with scoring talent, there's potentially huge opportunity costs to drafting defensemen early and goalies are voodoo. Still, it's never a bad idea to plan ahead, so here's a very early look at next season's top 12:

1. Connor McDavid, C, Oilers

If it hasn't been made abundantly clear, McDavid is the best player in the league. Entering Monday, McDavid's 68 assists alone would rank third in overall scoring. This was like back in the day when fantasy leagues permitted managers to only draft Wayne Gretzky's assist or goal totals. I've run out of words to describe how utterly insane McDavid's offensive production has been this season, and regardless of what you think of his two-way play, his scoring has been so otherworldly anything other than unanimous wins for the Hart and Lindsay would be grounds for an inquiry. Long story short, he's the consensus No. 1 pick, and it's not like the Pacific Division is going to be that much tougher than the one-off North Division.  

2. Auston Matthews, C, Maple Leafs

Since

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Jason Chen
Jason won the 2021 FSWA Hockey Writer of the Year award, and was also a finalist on 2019. He joined RotoWire in 2013. Jason has also written for Yahoo Sports, CBS Sports, The Hockey News, The Hockey Hall of Fame's Legends Magazine, and Centre Ice Magazine.
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