Fantasy Ranking the 2021 NHL Draft

Peter Harling


The team at DobberProspects has brought back a popular post we do each year where we rank the top prospects for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft for fantasy hockey purposes.

There are plenty of draft rankings available but this is the only place where you will find a ranking geared towards your fantasy hockey draft. This ranking is a collaboration of rankings submitted by DobberProspects writers:

Tony Ferrari – Managing Editor – @theTonyFerrari

Brayden Olafson – Senior Writer – @olaf1393

Peter Harling – Editor – @pharling

We also reach out to other prospect experts are pleased to have received contributions from the following:

Steven EllisThe Hockey News@StevenEllisTHN

Scott WheelerThe Athletic@scottcwheeler

Russ Cohen – Hockey Prospect Radio, Sportsology@sportsology

Ryan WagmanMckeens@RAWagman

Steve KournianosDraft Analyst@TheDraftAnalyst

The following is a consensus ranking by all eight contributing writers and some comments on each player. The criteria for the rankings is for points only keeper leagues but some multi-category comments are found throughout as well

1. William Eklund, C/LW – Djurgardens (SHL)

Eklund has quickly become a top prospect in the eyes of many NHL scouts and his chemistry with Alexander Holtz can’t be ignored. Speedy forward that can do damage as a playmaker and a goal-scorer. – Steve Ellis

An intelligent forward who reads the play and utilizes his teammates efficiently. His offensive production at the SHL level should help lead to more immediate success at the NHL level. – Tony Ferrari 

Eklund personifies clutch play, timeliness, and excitability. He’s an inside player who isn’t intimidated by bigger defenders and is more than willing to take the puck right into the teeth of neutral or grey-zone coverage. Fifteen of his 18 points are primary, and 72 percent of his production are from goals that either tied the score or gave Djugardens the lead – Steve Kournianos

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