February Fantasy Hockey Rankings: Left Wings

Max Pacioretty celebrates his first goal of the game against the New York Islanders on February 9th. He'd go on to score 2 more for the HT. Pacioretty has an amazing 11 goals in his last 13 games.

Kovalchuk Rockets into Top 3; Hartnell into Top 10; and Pacioretty Sizzles

Over the past month, no LW has been hotter than James Neal. He's now surpassed Daniel Sedin as the #1 LW based on YTD numbers, and his trajectory is up whereas Sedin is sort of flat to declining a bit. No knock on Daniel Sedin, but Neal has earned this after sitting in the 2-hole for several months.

This will be the final month for in-season rankings as next month we'll only have a few weeks left in the regular season schedule. We hope these rankings help you negotiate deals ahead of the trade deadline. Remember: If you're not in 1st place any deal that doesn't get done only helps the #1 team stay ahead of the pack.

Left Wing Rankings -->> Top 30

1. Pittsburgh Penguins James Neal, LW/RW (2)

2. Vancouver Canucks Daniel Sedin, LW (1)

3. New Jersey Devils Ilya Kovalchuk, LW (9)

4. Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Sharp, LW/C (3)

5. Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin, LW (4)

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. New Jersey Devils Zach Parise, LW (6)

7. Vancouver Canucks Ryan Kesler, LW/C (5)

8. Dallas Stars Jamie Benn, LW/C (8)

9. Boston Bruins Milan Lucic, LW (11)

10. Philadelphia Flyers Scott Hartnell, LW (14)

11. New Jersey Devils Patrik Elias, LW/C (12)

12. Buffalo Sabres Thomas Vanek, LW (7)

13. Edmonton Oilers Taylor Hall, LW (10)

14. Toronto Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul, LW/RW (16)

15. Detroit Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg, LW/C (13)

16. Montreal Canadiens Max Pacioretty, LW (27)

17. San Jose Sharks Patrick Marleau, LW (18)

18. Boston Bruins Brad Marchand, LW/C (17)

19. Columbus Blue Jackets Rick Nash, LW/RW (15)

20. New York Islanders Matt Moulson, LW (25)

21. Phoenix Coyotes Ray Whitney, LW (28)

22. Winnipeg Jets Evander Kane, LW (19)

23. Colorado Avalanche Gabriel Landeskog, LW (26)

24. Pittsburgh Penguins Chris Kunitz, LW (21)

25. San Jose Sharks Ryane Clowe, LW (20)

26. Anaheim Ducks Bobby Ryan, LW (24)

27. Carolina Hurricanes Jeff Skinner, LW (23)

28. St Louis BluesDavid Perron , LW (off)

29. Dallas Stars Steve Ott, LW (29)

30. Winnipeg JetsAndrew Ladd, LW (off)

On the bubble: Brenden Morrow, Milan Michalek, Tuomo Ruutu, Clarke MacArthur

**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).

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