October Fantasty Hockey Rankings: Right Wings

Rankings roll out continues with Right Wings.

1.  Corey Perry
2.  Patrick Kane (will challenge for the #1 spot)
3.  Martin St. Louis

Read on for complete rankings...

Right Wing Rankings -->> Top 30

         Note:   Right Wings are ranked for their expected performance from this point to the end of the 2011-2012 season using standard scoring leagues categories:  Goals, Assists, Power Play Points, Shots on Goal, Plus/Minus, Penalty Minutes, and Average Time on Ice.  Last year's final ranking, based on actual end-of-year performance data, is indicated in parentheses.


1. Corey Perry, RW, Anaheim Ducks (1): Although he is likely to regress somewhat from last season's lofty totals, being on arguably the best line in hockey, he is still the clear #1 RW for 2011-2012.

2. Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago Blackhawks (9):  Hampered by a balky ankle last season, he looks to be full speed for the new season.  Former #1 overall should see his production rise significantly.

3. Martin St. Louis, RW, Tampa Bay Lightning (2): Amazing motor.  Will play with Stamkos and should have stronger supporter set of forwards this season. 

4. Claude Giroux, RW/C, Philadelphia Flyers (7): Will be "the man" in Philadelphia now that Richards and Carter are gone.  Will he rise to the occasion?  Yes, yes he will.

5. Phil Kessel, RW, Toronto Maple Leafs (17): All I want for Christmas is a new Centre.  Wish granted.  Connolly may not be Crosby, but he's a substantial upgrade over Bozak & Co.  SOG totals serious boost to value.

6. Dany Heatley, RW, Minnesota Wild (6): Played through a variety of injuries and still finished 6th at his position in this format.  MKoivu is every bit as good as Joe Thornton and Setoguchi is a fine complementary winger.

7. Chris Stewart, RW, St. Louis Blues (30): Injuries are an issue.  Limited to just 62 games last season, if he can limit or eliminate the fisticuffs he could reach 40 goals and still rack up the PIMs.

8. Dustin Brown, RW, Los Angeles Kings (8): Multi-cat contributor.  Team captain.  Upgraded centreman (Richards) and opposite wing (Gagne).  Should improve on last year's healthy totals.

9. David Backes, RW/C, St. Louis Blues (4): Another Captain.  Blues look to be improved and have added veteran leadership in Arnott and Langenbrunner.  That should enable Backes to focus more on his play.

10. Marian Gaborik, RW, New York Rangers (27): High risk/high reward.  With Brad Richards as his centre, he could score 50 and make it look easy.  Just needs to stay healthy.  Missed 20 games last year.

11. Steve Downie, RW, Tampa Bay Lightning (37): Was a hip pick last year, but was limited to just 57 games last season.  The fiesty forward is healthy again and will line up with Stamkos and St. Louis.  Wow.

12. Marian Hossa, RW, Chicago Blackhawks (15):  Only 65 GP and still finished 15th.  There is upside here if he can stay off the IR.

13. Jeff Skinner, RW, Carolina Hurricanes (16): Line of Jokinen - Ruutu - Skinner really clicked last season.  Will see time with same unit and/or with Staal.  Calder trophy winner.

14. Joe Pavelski, RW/C, San Jose Sharks:  Will be paired with Thornton this year.  Split time at RW/C last year, but should be a fixture on the #1 line (+Marleau).  Should lead to his better scoring season yet.  High SOG a plus.

15. Jarome Iginla, RW, Calgary Flames (3): Phenomenal season last year, and 4 of past 5 years have been strong.  This one feels like a repeat of his one "off" year.  Back issues.  Tanguay signed fat extension.  Caution.

16. Alexandre Burrows, RW, Vancouver Canucks (20): Missed the first month or so last season recovering from a significant injury.  Looks to be back to 100% and is a fixture on the Sedins line.  That's good.

17. Loui Eriksson, RW, Dallas Stars (10): Loss of Brad Richards will reduce his #s somewhat.  Slated to play with Ott and Benn, though, so not too much.  Talented scoring winger.

18. Drew Stafford, RW, Buffalo Sabres (18): Finished in this same spot a year ago and played in only 62 games.  If he can stay healthy, there is upside from here.  The additions of Ehrhoff and Leino and return of Roy all positive.

19. Shane Doan, RW, Phoenix Coyotes (12):  Not really a knock on Doan.  He's never had that much to work with in the desert and he's always produced.  Just crowded at the top.  Love his physical play and leadership, too.

20. Kyle Okposo, RW, New York Islanders (75): Missed more than half the season and when he returned wasn't fully himself.  Look for him to be back at 100% with a significantly improved forward corps.

21. Martin Havlat, RW, San Jose Sharks (24): Recovering from shoulder surgery.  An injury risk, but he can fly and has better linemates in San Jose.  Early projections have him on a line with Couture and Clowe.  Big upside.

22. Teemu Selanne, RW, Anaheim Ducks (5): Amazing HoF-er had an incredible season last year.  Questions about his knee over the summer.  This should be his last hurrah.

23. Johan Franzen, RW, Detroit Red Wings (13): Great on the PP, but struggles with consistency and injuries.  Has the tools and talent to score 40+, but a little lacking in inner drive.

24. Nathan Horton, RW, Boston Bruins (11):  Clean bill of health after that ugly concussion in last year's Stanley Cup Finals.  PIMs are a plus.  Great situation, lots of talent, somewhat questionable work rate.

25. Ryan Callahan, RW, New York Rangers (35): Blueshirts new Captain.  Makes up for lack of high end talent with elite level drive and determination.  Style of play makes injuries almost inevitable though.

26. TJ Oshie, RW, St. Louis Blues (49):  Another gritty player who you can almost count on missing chunks of time due to injury, Oshie produces when he's on the ice.  Big on the Blues this year.  Oshie included.

27. Justin Williams, RW, Los Angeles Kings (14): Linemates Kopitar and Penner are a plus.  Adds some PIMs.  Significant injury risk, but skilled and in a good situation.

28. Ales Hemsky, RW, Edmonton Oilers (47): Close to a point-per-game player when he is on the ice. Edmonton continues to upgrade their Top 6 and that will benefit Hemsky.

29. Tyler Seguin, RW, Boston Bruins (NR): Coming out party during Stanley Cup playoffs. May start at 3RW, but should spend most of the season at 2RW with Bergeron and Marchand.  He'll get PP time, too.  Nice upside.

30. Jason Pominville, RW, Buffalo Sabres (31):  Concussion put a damper on his 2010 season.  He's back to full throttle and the Sabres added talent during free agency.  Nice rebound candidate.

On the Bubble:  Nikolai Kulemin, Jordan Eberle, Devin Setoguchi, Brian Gionta, Blake Wheeler, Patric Hornqvist, and on the watch list -- Zac Dalpe.


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