Fantasy Hockey: Right Wing Rankings

Holding on as the top RW, barely. (Photo by Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

There isn’t a ton to like about right wing.  To say it is shallow is an understatement.  Joe Pavelski didn’t even sniff our top 40 centers, yet finds himself as the 25th right wing.  With that said though, you can find a lot of 50 point players with the potential to really contribute to your PIM category.  Heatley is the cream of the crop, but I don’t think Semin is far behind.  If Semin could find a way to stay on the ice for over 75 games, he may top 90 points.  The savvy fantasy mind will try to use right wing to provide PIM depth while only snagging one of the top names. There just isn’t enough of a difference between the 15th right wing and the 30th to justify paying the premium for the name.

  1. Dany Heatley – San Jose Sharks
  2. Alexander Semin – Washington Capitals – I’m a little higher on Semin than most, but it is really hard to argue with outrageous talent and production.
  3. Corey Perry – Anaheim Ducks – Finally tops 80 points and combines it with over 90 PIM.  If his offensive production continues to grow, he will be mentioned as a top 5 pick next fall.
  4. Martin St. Louis – Tampa Bay Lightning – Enjoy the Tampa gravy train.
  5. Marion Gaborik – New York Rangers
  6. Patrick Kane – Chicago Blackhawks
  7. Jarome Iginla – Calgary Flames
  8. Chris Stewart – Colorado Avalanche – You are either buying his rookie year or are a huge doubter, I’m buying.  There is a lot to like about the young Colorado offense.  The PIM really help too.
  9. Nathan Horton – Boston Bruins – Finally.  Time for Horton to flourish in Boston.  I have little doubt that we will see a career year.
  10. Rick Nash – Columbus Blue Jackets
  11. Marian Hossa – Chicago Blackhawks
  12. Loui Eriksson – Dallas Stars – Eriksson is one of the more underrated offensive talents in the NHL.  Becareful of his +/-, though.  It could be a long year in Dallas.
  13. Daniel Alfredsson – Ottawa Senators
  14. Steve Downie – Tampa Bay Lightning – Downie is one of my biggest sleepers this year.  I’m taking the over on 125 PIM, 30 goals and 25 assists.
  15. Teemu Selanne – Anaheim Ducks
  16. Phil Kessel – Toronto Maple Leafs – He wasn’t that great with real NHL talent surrounding him in Boston.  I just don’t see how anyone can justify a top ten ranking like I have seen from other sources.
  17. Johan Franzen – Detroit Red Wings
  18. Daniel Briere – Philadelphia Flyers
  19. Dustin Brown – Los Angeles Kings – It is time for Brown to take that next step.  There is so much promise and he will finally deliver on it as the Kings continue to develop.
  20. Claude Giroux – Philadelphia Flyers – Giroux really puts his name on the map this year.  Most already know that he is good, now he shows why Jeff Carter will be a free agent next July.
  21. Martin Havlat – Minnesota Wild – You didn’t forget about him did you?
  22. Nikolai Zherdev – Philadelphia Flyers
  23. Ales Hemsky – Edmonton Oilers – I feel like this is too low, but he is always guaranteed to miss at least 10 games and I don’t think there is much to like about Edmonton.
  24. Niclas Bergfors – Atlanta Thrashers
  25. Jakub Voracek – Columbus Blue Jackets
  26. Joe Pavelski – San Jose Sharks – I’m expecting a slight bounce back to the tune of 25 goals and 35 assists.  But there isn’t much else there.
  27. Shane Doan – Phoenix Coyotes – If I were to pick one current NHLer that exemplifies the way the game should be played, it would be Doan.  Unfortunately, that isn’t a fantasy category.
  28. Rene Bourque – Calgary Flames – The stats justify a higher ranking, but I am really having my doubts about Calgary this year.
  29. Kyle Okposo – New York Islanders
  30. Patric Hornqvist – Nashville Predators – Sure, 30 goals is solid, but there is nothing else there with it and I doubt it happens again.
  31. Jamie Langenbrunner – New Jersey Devils
  32. Mikael Samuelsson – Vancouver Canucks – Just like Hornqvist, I’m not buying a repeat.
  33. Wayne Simmonds – Los Angeles Kings – Even if he doesn’t take a huge leap offensively, the PIM are still there to keep his value up.
  34. David Backes – St. Louis Blues
  35. Jason Pominville – Buffalo Sabres
  36. Mike Knuble – Washington Capitals
  37. Alex Kovalev – Ottawa Senators
  38. Michael Grabner – Florida Panthers – There is upside based on his talent, but that is what we said about Horton year after year.  I just doubt the team around him.
  39. Tomas Holmstrom – Detroit Red Wings
  40. Devin Setoguchi – San Jose Sharks – 2009 was absurdly disappointing.  I expect a bounce back, but I’m not willing to risk much to see how much.

2 thoughts on “Fantasy Hockey: Right Wing Rankings”

  1. Overall pretty decent list.. PIMs were definitely a factor when making this list or we probably wouldn’t see Perry ranked as high as he is. Kane is huge, I’d have him at 4 and St-Louis at 3.

  2. “Phil Kessel – Toronto Maple Leafs – He wasn’t that great with real NHL talent surrounding him in Boston. I just don’t see how anyone can justify a top ten ranking like I have seen from other sources.”

    Obviously whoever wrote this has not seen Phil Kessel play. And there are plenty of other things wrong with this list, such as Nathan Horton over Nash and Hossa. Sure, it wasn’t found out until after this article was written that Savard still had PCS, but even if Savard was healthy he still wouldn’t contribute to Horton’s play as much as Toews and Kane would to Hossa’s.

    You make the TSN guys look good.

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