Fantasy Hockey: Right Wing Rankings for 2015-16
We’ve now gone through the ranking of Goalies, Centers and Left wings. It’s time for us to rank the right wings. You will see quite a few of the same names on this list as you have at left wing and center, so we won’t discuss those players, but that’s also why you need to check your league settings to see if those players are indeed eligible at both, or even all three positions. Here we go.
- Alexander Ovehckin, Washington Capitals: Yeah, he qualifies at right wing also.
- Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars: Multi-position eligibility is one of the reasons he will be a first round pick in most drafts.
- Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins: I truly believe he has a bounce back season in this offense. That power play should be unstoppable.
- Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh Penguins: Likely to play right wing on a line with Sidney Crosby. If he stays healthy, 40-plus goals and double-digit power play goals should be well within his reach.
- Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers:
[caption id="attachment_98233" align="alignright" width="374"] Corey Perry is a valuable player in leagues that use penalty minutes. Photo Credit: Bridget Samuels[/caption]
- Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks: In leagues that reward penalty minutes, Perry is still extremely valuable. He is one of the more feisty players in the game. He not only has the skill to score 30 goals, but also the grit to accumulate 100 penalty minutes.
- Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues: Had his breakout year last season, and there is no reason to believe he is a one and done player.
- Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers: That top line in Philly is going to be one of the most dangerous in the game. It’s a shame the rest of the team is so-so at best.
- Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks: Would like to rank him higher, but his legal troubles could spill over into the regular season. While I find it unlikely that he would miss games, you don’t know where his head may be at as the season rolls along.
- Rick Nash, New York Rangers: Will be relied on to once again provide the bulk of the scoring this season for the Rangers. The team has youth and speed, but not much in the way of proven goal scoring.
- Ryan Johansen, Columbus Blue Jackets: Have I mentioned enough in past columns about how much I like the Blue Jackets this season? Johansen proved last year just how good he can be.
- Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche: I’m going to chalk up last season to a sophomore slump. MacKinnon has too much talent to disappoint again. Would like to see him on the top line with Matt Duchene, though.
- Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets: One of the more underrated players in the game. The Bruins would sure like to have him back; Seguin also.
- David Backes, St. Louis Blues:
- Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning: Was last season just a fluke or a sign of things to come? That is a pretty talented line he plays on, but the same question could be asked of each player on the line.
- Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers: A cheaper version of Corey Perry.
- Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators: This depends on what you believe. Was last season his coming out party and a sign of things to come, or just a career year? Washington gave up on this former top pick, who may just now be coming into his own. I do wish he had more talented line mates, though.
- Jordan Eberle, Edmonton Oilers: This entire organization seems to be revitalized with the addition of top overall pick Connor McDavid. Eberle is slotted on the top line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as his center right now, but it may not be long until McDavid is paired with him and Taylor Hall.
- Radim Vrbata, Vancouver Canucks: Would like Vrbata more if the Sedin twins were playing on his line. It’s not that Daniel and Henrik are the players they used to be, but they’re still better than the second line guys he’ll be with. I’m also wondering if he will see top line power play time or be on the second unit to start the season.
- Brandon Saad, Columbus Blue Jackets: It shows you how much cap trouble the Blackhawks were in that they had to deal this talented young player. Their loss is the Blue Jackets’ gain.
- Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings: Has the talent to be higher on this list but is so inconsistent. Still, I’m predicting a bounce back year for Gaborik and can see him being taken a few spots higher.
- David Perron, Pittsburgh Penguins: I’m going to love every Penguin that plays on one of the top two lines this season. The problem is, not everyone can play on the top power play unit.
- Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings: Quietly sneaks under the radar each year, yet scores close to 30 goals.
- Patric Hornqvist, Pittsburgh Penguins: Just look at the Top 6 forwards for Pittsburgh; plenty of depth there. It’s not that Hornqvist is a great player, it’s just that defenses have to worry so much about Crosby and Malkin that they forget about the wingers.
- Jiri Hudler, Calgary Flames: May have finally matured with Calgary, but this is far from an offensive power house.
- Gustav Nyquist, Detroit Red Wings: I’m just concerned about the level of talent around him. He’s not a star in the making but can still be a very useful depth wing.
- Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets: You can move him up into the Top 20 if he has eligibility at defense in your league. He could be moved as the season rolls along, as he will be a free agent and is unlikely to come back to Winnipeg. If the Jets fall out of the playoff race, they are likely to get the best return for him.
- TJ Oshie, Washington Capitals: Outside of his heroics in the Olympics, Oshie has never really lived up to his potential. Will playing on a line with Ovechkin change that?
- Kyle Okposo, New York Islanders: Okposo may not play on the top line with John Tavares, as the Isles keep mixing and matching forwards. Okposo is also a free agent after the season and, like Byfuglien, could be moved at just about any time.
- Tomas Tatar, Detroit Red Wings:
- Bobby Ryan, Ottawa Senators: You have to wonder right about now whether Ryan will ever develop into the player he was once expected to be.
- James Neal, Nashville Predators: Neal had some moments last season but overall just didn’t play that well. Sure, there is room for a bounce back season, but don’t draft him because of his name.
- Tomas Vanek, Minnesota Wild: Not the same player since leaving the Islanders and John Tavares. Had some issues with a gambling probe last season, but those are behind him now. Perhaps he can relax now and let his talents show, but he did play a decent chunk of the season on the third line, so it’s not like the team is afraid to move him down.
- Bryan Little, Winnipeg Jets:
- Jason Pominville, Minnesota Wild:
- Ryan Stone, Ottawa Senators:
- Ryan O’ Reilly, Buffalo Sabres: The Sabres are trying to become relevant again, and may very well be, but this big acquisition got off to a rough start when he was busted for a DWI less than a week after being acquired.
- Tyler Toffolli, Los Angeles Kings: Had a breakout year last season, but is still playing on the second line.
- Brendan Gallagher, Montreal Canadiens:
- Mats Zuccarello, New York Rangers:
- Jaromir Jagr, Florida Panthers: No, he hasn’t retired yet, and yes, he will probably score more than 20 goals this season. He could also be trade bait if Florida isn’t in the playoff hunt by the trade deadline.
- Jeff Skinner, Carolina Hurricanes: There really is not much talent around him.
- Drew Stafford, Winnipeg Jets:
- Troy Brouwer, St. Louis Blues:
- Kevin Hayes, Arizona Coyotes: This is someone to watch in Keeper and Dynasty leagues. Arizona is rebuilding, though, and this year looks like a painful one.
- Justin Abdelkader, Detroit Red Wings:
- Cam Atkinson, Columbus Blue Jackets:
- Jakob Silfverberg, Anaheim Ducks:
- Valeri Nichushkin, Dallas Stars: I’ve been high on him for two years, only to be let down twice. Will like him once again if he plays on a line with Patrick Sharp.
- David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins: He flamed out quickly last season now, didn’t he?
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