Before making any picks in your 2018 Fantasy hockey drafts, you need to see the rankings from SportsLine's Fantasy hockey model. This model, developed by pro DFS player and SportsLine predictive data engineer Mike McClure, simulates the entire NHL season 10,000 times to produce the most exact and accurate Fantasy rankings imaginable.
McClure has used this model to help him win almost $2 million in daily Fantasy sports, and it also powers his season-long NHL rankings.
One thing we can tell you from McClure's 2018 Fantasy hockey rankings: Two San Jose defenders -- Brent Burns and new acquisition Erik Karlsson -- are both ranked in the top 25 overall. Burns finished second among all defensemen in the NHL in 2017-18 with 67 points, while Karlsson was close behind with 62. They're two players you should be all over.
The model has also made the call on where John Tavares ranks after signing with the Maples Leafs this offseason, and it features a stunner at No. 1 overall that you need to see.
So where does every NHL player rank in the 2018-19 Fantasy hockey rankings? And which surprising player checks in at No. 1 overall? Join SportsLine now to get 2018-19 Fantasy hockey rankings, plus regular NHL DFS optimal lineups this season, all from a DFS pro with almost $2 million in career winnings who has simulated the entire season 10,000 times.