Arizona Coyotes fantasy preview for 2018-19 – Washington Captials Web Site

As part of NHL.com’s 31 in 31 series, the fantasy hockey staff identifies relevant players from each team for 2018-19. Today, we look at Arizona Coyotes players, listed in order of rank in NHL.com’s top 250.

[Coyotes 31 IN 31: Season preview | 3 Questions | Top prospects | Behind the numbers | NHL.com/Fantasy]

Clayton Keller, C/LW/RW (NHL.com rank 84) — The 20-year-old finished second among NHL rookies with 65 points (23 goals, 42 assists) in 82 games last season, behind Mathew Barzal of the New York Islanders (85). He finished among the top 100 in Yahoo (97th) and has an even higher ceiling this season with the additions of forwards Vinnie Hinostroza and Alex Galchenyuk, who are likely to crack the top six. Keller has added value with strong category coverage (20 PPP; 212 shots on goal) and is worth reaching for in middle rounds.

Video: [email protected]: Keller caps off Coyotes’ great passing

Antti Raanta, G (87) — The 29-year-old goaltender is set to take on his biggest opportunity yet to establish himself as one of the top goalies in the NHL. Raanta battled a series of injuries early in 2017-18 but was one of the most sought-after waiver wire additions in fantasy in the second half of the season, when he was 16-6-4 and led NHL goalies who played at least 12 games in that span in goals-against average (1.84) and save percentage (.942). Raanta will likely fall in drafts because of concerns about the Coyotes, but he could finish among the top-ranked goalies.

Video: [email protected]: Raanta continues hot streak with shutout

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D (94) — Despite having 42 points (14 goals, 28 assists) in 82 games last season and leading the Coyotes in average ice time (23:41 per game), Ekman-Larsson fell shy of fantasy expectations

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