Top 10 Fantasy Rookies
Top 10 Fantasy Rookies

It's a rare year when a rookie can deliver elite offensive numbers in a single-season league.

There is no Artemi Panarin (77 points) or Mathew Barzal (85 points) in 2018-19. And there certainly isn't an Auston Matthews, at least not at forward.

But there is a generational talent on the blue line. His name is Rasmus Dahlin, and he immediately gives the Sabres credibility. He should be a top-20 producer at his position by season's end at the age of 18.

No rookie forward will stake a top-20 or even top-50 offensive finish this season. Andrei Svechnikov's predicted mid-50s production would make him just a top-75 forward.

Elias Pettersson and Casey Mittlestadt should come close to those offensive heights. But again, that only puts them in the top-100 skaters overall.

Your league's depth will dictate if these guys are worthy for re-draft formats.

Keeper leagues? Dahlin remains the only franchise-changing player, but there are plenty of elite talents. Andrei Svechnikov, Filip Zadina, Elias Pettersson, Eeli Tolvanen and Miro Heiskanen are all high-end players.

It really is a great crop of kids this year.

1. Rasmus Dahlin, D, Buffalo – Dahlin is a true franchise-changing defender. His skills are already elite and he has the polished, 200-foot game of a player 10 years his elder. Dahlin will step straight into a top-four role, dishing pucks to offensive studs Jack Eichel, Casey Mittlestadt and Jeff Skinner, and should flirt with 45 points as

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Janet Eagleson
Janet Eagleson is a seven-time Finalist and four-time winner of the Hockey Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. She is a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan, loved the OHL London Knights when they were bad and cheers loudly for the Blackhawks, too. But her top passion? The World Junior Hockey Championships each and every year.
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