Fantasy hockey offers a huge selection of different forwards to build your team with. Forwards are essentially what makes or breaks your team. The best forwards are found throughout the season and so far there have been plenty of great fantasy contributors in the league.
The forwards are divided into three categories: tier one, tier two and tier three forwards. Tier one forwards are the players who are elite, established, and proven. They include players like Sidney Crosby, John Tavares, Phil Kessel.
The second tier consists of players who have been in the league for a while but have not been considered elite due to their lack of consistency or other traits. Players such as James Neal and Blake Wheeler fall under this category.
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The third tier consists of players who are new to the league, were no longer fantasy relevant or not proven in fantasy hockey. Players like Connor McDavid and Jaromir Jagr fall under this category.
1. Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars
Jamie Benn and his partner in crime Tyler Seguin have been spectacular so far this season. They have combined for 24 points in eight games. Benn leads the league with eight goals and 12 points.
He scored four of those goals in the power play as well. Benn has been one of the best players in the league and is beneficial to any fantasy team. Make a trade for Benn, he will definitely be worth it.
2. Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens
Max Pacioretty has been one of the biggest factors to Montreal's success this season. The Canadien's captain is second in the league in scoring with seven goals and also has four assists in nine games.
Pacioretty also has three power play points and he has been playing very effectively with linemates Brendan Gallagher and Tomas Plekanec. Trade for Pacioretty if you can, if he continues playing with his linemates, he is primed to have a great season this year.
Honorable mentions: Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars), John Tavares (New York Islanders), Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks), Zach Parise (Minnesota Wild)
1. James Neal, Nashville Predators
James Neal has surprised many fantasy owners with his fast start to the season so far. Neal scored six goals and has three assists in eight games. He leads the Predators in points and goals and has developed a great partnership with Filip Forsberg.
Nashville's power play has been pretty disappointing this season but Neal still managed to score two power play goals anyways. Trade for James Neal if you can. Neal was once a 40 goal/season goal scorer once. But who knows? Maybe he could replicate this success again.
2. Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens
Tomas Plekanec has always been a very valuable fantasy commodity that is often overlooked. Plekanec has been one of the best centers in the NHL so far this season. He has scored five goals and contributed five assists as well.
Playing alongside star sniper Max Pacioretty adds a lot of value to Plekanec as he amasses a large amount of assists and goals for simply being around Pacioretty. Plekanec may be overlooked, but do not overlook his potential value, given the success of Pacioretty and the Canadiens so far this season. Pick him up or trade for him if you can, he will be a great addition to any fantasy hockey team.
Honorable Mentions: Blake Wheeler (Winnipeg Jets), Jason Spezza (Dallas Stars), Kyle Turris (Ottawa Senators), Nicklas Backstrom (Washington Capitals)
1. Jaromir Jagr, Florida Panthers
Jagr has been having one of the best starts to his season in a long time. The 43-year-old Panther has impressed many fantasy owners this season by carrying the Florida Panthers to victory in many of their games. Jagr has scored six goals and has four assists in nine games so far this season. At this rate, Jagr has been having more than a point per game when it comes to production. This rate of production has not been seen from Jagr since his 2006-2007 season with the Rangers.
Perhaps Jagr might have a comeback season this year. Perhaps Jagr ages like fine wine. Who knows? Pick up Jagr or make a trade if you want to take a risk with this gritty, reliable veteran.
2. David Krejci, Boston Bruins
Another spectacular player who has been enjoying a great comeback season is David Krejci. Krejci has surprised almost all the Bruins fans and he has been an absolute delight to watch. Krejci has five goals and seven assists in seven games and has six power play points. Krejci has been the main reason why the Boston power play has been so effective this season.
After a horrific season last year, Krejci has certainly made a great comeback and is now fantasy relevant again. Pick up Krejci if you can, he is a proven goal scorer and contributor as long as he has a strong start.
Honorable Mentions: Mike Cammalleri (New Jersey Devils), Anthony Duclair (Arizona Coyotes), Max Domi (Arizona Coyotes), Artemi Panarin (Chicago Blackhawks)