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January Fantasy Hockey Rankings: Left Wings

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We're almost at the halfway point in the NHL season, and some pre-draft darlings just aren't cutting it. I'm looking at you Bobby Ryan, JvR, and, to a lesser extent, Rick Nash. Jeff Skinner gets bumped down because of the dreaded "C" word.

Moving up: "Fat" Ovi. You're welcome, owners of #8. Nothing like calling out someone as a fat ass to get 'em back in gear. Scott Hartnell. Dude just keeps producing. I had him much higher than consensus pre-draft, but he's bested even that. Brenden Morrow. When healthy, he's a Top 15 option.

Left Wing Rankings -->> Top 30

1. Vancouver Canucks Daniel Sedin, LW (1)

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

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

4. Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin, LW (6)

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

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 (8)

7. Buffalo Sabres Thomas Vanek, LW (4)

8. Dallas Stars Jamie Benn, LW/C (5)

9. New Jersey Devils Ilya Kovalchuk, LW (10)

10. Edmonton Oilers Taylor Hall, LW (9)

11. Boston Bruins Milan Lucic, LW (13)

12. New Jersey Devils Patrik Elias, LW/C (15)

13. Detroit Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg, LW/C (17)

14. Philadelphia Flyers Scott Hartnell, LW (27)

15. Columbus Blue Jackets Rick Nash, LW/RW (11)

16. Toronto Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul, LW/RW (21)

17. Boston Bruins Brad Marchand, LW/C (23)

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

19. Winnipeg Jets Evander Kane, LW (20)

20. San Jose Sharks Ryane Clowe, LW (19)

21. Pittsburgh Penguins Chris Kunitz, LW (25)

22. Dallas Stars Brenden Morrow, LW (28)

23. Carolina Hurricanes Jeff Skinner, LW (12)

24. Anaheim Ducks Bobby Ryan, LW (14)

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

26. Colorado Avalanche Gabriel Landeskog, LW (30)

27. Montreal Canadiens Max Pacioretty, LW (16)

28. Phoenix Coyotes Ray Whitney, LW (off)

29. Dallas Stars Steve Ott, LW (24)

30. New York Rangers Brandon Dubinsky, LW (off)

On the bubble: Andrew Ladd, Tomas Fleischmann, Milan Michalek, Mike Cammalleri, Alexander Semin

**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).