As you can see below, there's a ton of depth when it comes to drafting forwards in your fantasy league. Virtually all of the players listed below (and many who aren't) should be rostered in standard leagues.
Here's a preview of this year's forwards, ranked by tier.
TIER 1 – THE McDAVID
The Skinny: The best of the best.
McDavid was the unanimous winner of the Hart Trophy as league MVP last season, marking the first time that's happened since Wayne Gretzky in 1981-82. He posted 33 goals and 105 points in 56 games. He should be the first pick in all fantasy leagues this coming fall, regardless of format.
TIER 2- THE ELITE (but not McDavid)
The Skinny: Each of these guys is worthy of first-round picks on draft day.
MacKinnon is probably the most talented player in the NHL other than McDavid.
Matthews' 41 goals in 56 games last season led the NHL.
Draisaitl posts elite numbers year after year despite playing on the same team as McDavid.
Kucherov missed the entire regular season with an injury but dominated in the playoffs. He and Point are terrific together.
Same goes for Pastrnak and Marchand, who play on the same line in Boston.
Panarin has racked up 153 points and a plus-50 rating in 111 games over the