Gotta Love Fat Ovi!
Just Not In Our Player Rankings...
Look, I love Ovechkin's carefree personality as much as the next guy. I didn't think it affected his on ice performance one iota. And I tried like heck to trade for him over the summer. Even after the pics of his vodka gut were published (buy low?):
But no one was selling...
Well, we have two months of real NHL action in our rear view, and Ovi just isn't cutting it. If I owned him, I'd be looking to Sell High. I can hear the howls of disbelief and the gnashing of teeth already, but c'mon, if you can get a King's ransom there is no downside.
Left Wing Rankings -->> Top 30
1. Daniel Sedin, LW, Vancouver Canucks (1)
2. James Neal, LW/RW, Pittsburgh Penguins (4)
3. Patrick Sharp, LW/C, Chicago Blackhawks (3)
4. Thomas Vanek, LW, Buffalo Sabres (5)
5. Jamie Benn, LW/C, Dallas Stars (15)
Note: Left Wings are ranked for their expected performance from this point to the end of the 2011-2012 season using standard scoring league categories: Goals, Assists, Power Play Points, Shots on Goal, Plus/Minus, Penalty Minutes, and Average Time on Ice. Last month's ranking is indicated in parentheses.
6. Alex Ovechkin, LW, Washington Capitals (2)
7. Ryan Kesler, LW/C, Vancouver Canucks (10)
8. Zach Parise, LW, New Jersey Devils (11)
9. Taylor Hall, LW, Edmonton Oilers (8)
10. Ilya Kovalchuk, LW, New Jersey Devils (6)
11. Rick Nash, LW/RW, Columbus Blue Jackets (7)
12. Jeff Skinner, LW, Carolina Hurricanes (12)
13. Milan Lucic, LW, Boston Bruins (13)
14. Bobby Ryan, LW, Anaheim Ducks (9)
15. Patrik Elias, LW/C, New Jersey Devils (15)
16. Max Pacioretty, LW, Montreal Canadiens (22)
17. Henrik Zetterberg, LW/C, Detroit Red Wings (14)
18. Patrick Marleau, LW, San Jose Sharks (20)
19. Ryane Clowe, LW, San Jose Sharks (18)
20. Evander Kane, LW, Winnipeg Jets (24)
21. Joffrey Lupul, LW/RW, Toronto Maple Leafs (26)
22. Mike Cammalleri, LW, Montreal Canadiens (19)
23. Brad Marchand, LW/C, Boston Bruins (off)
24. Steve Ott, LW, Dallas Stars (28)
25. Chris Kunitz, LW, Pittsburgh Penguins (30)
26. James van Riemsdyk, LW, Philadelphia Flyers (25)
27. Scott Hartnell, LW, Philadelphia Flyers (27)
28. Brenden Morrow, LW, Dallas Stars (21)
29. Alexander Semin, LW/RW, Washington Capitals (16)
30. Gabriel Landeskog, LW, Colorado Avalanche (29)
On the bubble: Alexander Steen, Andrew Ladd, Tomas Fleischmann, Milan Michalek, Jussi Jokinen
**Re: position designations--if a player is listed with dual eligibility of W/C, he will be ranked among the wings.
If he is listed as a LW/RW he will be ranked at the position where he sees/has seen the most ice time.
***ESPN continues to add dual position eligibility, however, I am not updating as we'd be left with very few pure centres. It is a bit arbitrary, but should also improve one's ability to make player comparisons (by dividing the forwards out somewhat evenly).