Edmonton Oilers fantasy preview for 2017-18 – NHL.com

As part of NHL.com’s 31 in 31 series, our fantasy hockey staff is breaking down each team’s fantasy landscape. Fantasy-relevant players are listed in order of rank in NHL.com’s top 250. Today, we look at the Edmonton Oilers.

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FORWARDS

Connor McDavid, C — He exceeded lofty preseason expectations by leading the NHL with 100 points (30 goals, 70 assists) with elite coverage of plus/minus (plus-27), power-play points (27) and shots on goal (251) last season. He thrived alongside mostly Leon Draisaitl and Patrick Maroon in his first full NHL season, and could have an even higher ceiling in the years to come. McDavid, 20, is the sure-fire No. 1 fantasy pick, regardless of format.

Video: [email protected], Gm2: McDavid pots first playoff goal in win

Leon Draisaitl, C/RW (RFA) — He broke out for 77 points (29 goals, 48 assists) and 27 PPP last season, and was even more impressive in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 13 games. He had a high shooting percentage (16.9 in regular season; 27.3 in postseason) and could be moved to second-line center to spread out the scoring, but is still worth a top 20 overall pick with coveted exposure to McDavid on the power play (at the very least).

Milan Lucic, LW — Of all the appealing Oilers forwards in mid-to-late rounds, Lucic is the safest option because of his strong category coverage. He was one of five players with at least 50 points, 25 PPP and 50 penalty minutes last season (Alex Ovechkin, Jamie Benn, Wayne Simmonds, Mike Hoffman), finishing 76th in Yahoo. He’s a near lock to finish among the top 125 and has added

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