ESPN Fantasy Hockey Rankings: Recommended Changes

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This morning, ESPN did some site maintenance and then around 5:00 went live again and posted their Top 250 Forwards, Top 100 Defencemen, and Top 70 Goaltenders.

Wow has ESPN ever come a long way! Just a few years back they'd regularly have glaring errors even inside their Top 10. That was back when the job was handled by a single Russian intern named Svetlana. "Lana" had skills, but they weren't in hockey projections. Rumor has it that she's been replaced by a group of pot smoking ex-players. The *cough* "Top 420" *cough* that they released today is better past efforts, but arbitrage opportunities still abound.

Forwards Who Should be Higher (higher, as in closer to Evgeni Malkin -- "I'm Score!"):

8 Corey Perry, RW, Ana
20 Eric Staal, C, Car
28 Tyler Seguin, RW, Bos
34 David Backes, C, StL
35 Ryan Getzlaf, C, Ana
39 Jamie Benn, C, Dal
47 Logan Couture, C, SJ
65 Marian Gaborik, RW, NYR
67 Max Pacioretty, LW, Mon
68 David Perron, LW, StL
75 Jeff Skinner, LW, Car
76 Dustin Brown, LW, LA
94 Ryan Callahan, RW, NYR
97 Chris Kunitz, LW, Pit
108 Mikael Granlund, C, Min
111 Brad Marchand, LW, Bos
130 Mikhail Grabovski, C, Tor
141 Matt Duchene, C, Col
163 Derick Brassard, C, Cls
170 Steve Ott, C, Buf
178 Nick Foligno, LW, Cls
179 Ryan O'Reilly, C, Col
183 Brandon Saad, LW, Chi
190 Brian Gionta, RW, Mon
194 Alex Galchenyuk, C, Mon
205 Jakob Silfverberg, LW, Ott
208 Artem Anisimov, C, Cls
215 Brandon Sutter, C, Pit
219 Nikolai Kulemin, LW, Tor
229 Ryan Strome, C, NYI

Forwards Who Should be Lower (lower, as in closer to Nikita Filatov):

5 Alex Ovechkin, LW, Was
10 Nicklas Backstrom, C, Was
16 Jason Spezza, C, Ott
24 Pavel Datsyuk, C, Det
26 Patrick Marleau, LW, SJ
31 Martin St. Louis, RW, TB
33 Joe Thornton, C, SJ
36 Teemu Selanne, RW, Ana
37 Joffrey Lupul, LW, Tor
44 Dany Heatley, RW, Min
46 Milan Lucic, LW, Bos
48 Matt Moulson, LW, NYI
51 Ray Whitney, LW, Dal
52 Olli Jokinen, C, Wpg
64 Radim Vrbata, RW, Pho
83 Ryan Kesler, C, Van
87 Peter Mueller, RW, Fla
95 David Booth, RW, Van
107 Cam Atkinson, RW, Cls
109 Patric Hornqvist, RW, Nsh
120 Wojtek Wolski, LW, Was
131 Gustav Nyquist, C, Det
158 Nazem Kadri, LW, Tor
171 Todd Bertuzzi, LW, Det
199 Scott Gomez, C, Mon
214 Mattias Tedenby, LW, NJ
221 Kristian Huselius, LW, FA

Defencemen Who Should be Higher (higher, as in closer to Erik Karlsson):

9 Shea Weber, D, Nsh
21 Drew Doughty, D, LA
26 Alex Goligoski, D, Dal
37 Brent Burns, D, SJ
39 Dmitry Kulikov, D, Fla
40 Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, Pho
41 Jason Garrison, D, Van
49 Kevin Bieksa, D, Van
53 Justin Faulk, D, Car
55 Victor Hedman, D, TB
57 Dan Girardi, D, NYR
59 John Carlson, D, Was
60 Roman Josi, D, Nsh
72 Dougie Hamilton, D, Bos
74 Jeff Petry, D, Edm
90 Jake Gardiner, D, Tor
99 Luke Schenn, D, Phi

Defencemen Who Should be Lower (lower, as in closer to Wade Redden):

5 Brian Campbell, D, Fla
7 Ryan Suter, D, Min
12 Michael Del Zotto, D, NYR
13 Tobias Enstrom, D, Win
23 Andrei Markov, D, Mon
31 Joni Pitkanen, D, Car
48 Lubomir Visnovsky, D, NYI
81 Marc-Andre Bergeron, D, TB
87 Torey Krug, D, Bos

Goaltenders Who Should be Higher (higher, as in closer to King Henrik Lundqvist):

8 Cory Schneider, G, Van
17 Semyon Varlamov, G, Col
27 Jonas Hiller, G, Ana
32 Miikka Kiprusoff, G, Cgy
43 Jonas Gustavsson, G, Det
45 Anton Khudobin, G, Bos
54 Michal Neuvirth, G, Was
61 Jonathan Bernier, G, LA
62 Robin Lehner, G, Ott

Goaltenders Who Should be Lower (lower, as in closer to Rick DiPietro):

4 Jimmy Howard, G, Det
11 Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Pit
13 Braden Holtby, G, Was
18 Craig Anderson, G, Ot
26 Josh Harding, G, Min
35 Richard Bachman, G, Dal
36 Jhonas Enroth, G, Buf
42 Dustin Tokarski, G, TB

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