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NHL fantasy preview: Wingers

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin celebrates during the first period of their NHL Eastern...

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin celebrates during the first period of their NHL Eastern Conference semi-final hockey series against the Tampa Bay Lighting in Washington April 29, 2011. The goal was disallowed after a video review. (REUTERS/Jim Young)

JOEL COLOMBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:06 AM ET

The primary hurdle in trying to rank wingers is that so many of them wind up playing on both sides of the centreman. Heck, some of them even used to be centres and it would be no surprise to see them wind up back there at some point. So, it’s probably just as well that we run these two pages side-by-side on the same day. Maybe we could have even just combined them into one big top-40 list. But for those in fantasy leagues that distinguish between right and left, it behooves us to do likewise. Just double-check with the specific website you’re drafting on where the wingers you select qualify.

One thing we have noticed is that the NHL seems to be top-heavy in left wingers with, according to our predictions, about twice the number of skaters likely to challenge or pass the 70-point mark, as well as having two of the league’s three 100-point producers in Alex Ovechkin and Daniel Sedin. Once again, the rankings are in order of points. Green arrows up project a plus-10 or better, or 70+ penalty minutes. Red arrows down denote a probable minus ranking.

LEFT WINGERS

(Projections for the 2011/2012)

G A PTS

Alex Ovechkin WAS 46,56,102

In multi-category formats, no one is close. Among hits leaders, too.

Daniel Sedin VAN 39,57,96

Money in the bank, averaging 1.3 points a game the past two years.

Zach Parise NJ 39, 41, 80

November knee surgery was a fantasy-killer. Should bounce back.

Henrik Zetterberg DET 28, 49, 77

Has reached his ceiling, but it’s still pretty darned high.

Bobby Ryan ANA 37, 38, 75

A consistent skill-power combo on arguably NHL’s best line.

Ilya Kovalchuk NJ 40, 35, 75

Lotsa talent, but a voice keeps saying to let someone else draft him.

Patrick Marleau SJ 35, 38, 73

Restored his fantasy value with a blistering finish and post-season

Rick Nash CLB 36, 37, 73

Bouts of streakiness continue to frustrate fantasy owners.

Thomas Vanek BUF 33, 37, 70

Phil Kessel’s gain (Tim Connolly) could be Vanek’s loss.

Joe Pavelski SJ 24, 45, 69

Switches wings on top line

Alexander Semin WAS 33, 35, 68

Disappeared, along with 100-point dreams, in November.

Jamie Benn DAL 29, 39, 68

Could wind up centring the second line.

Dany Heatley MIN 34, 34, 68

Koivu’s playmaking skills should ease move from prolific Sharks.

Loui Eriksson DAL 25, 41, 66

Without Richards, goal totals could drop for fourth straight season.

Jeff Skinner CAR 30, 31, 61

Should come close to duplicating Calder-winning campaign

Alex Tanguay CGY 21, 41, 62

In absence of a front-line centre, he’s become Iginla’s setup guy.

Ryane Clowe SJ 24, 37, 61

Big body combines a bellicose attitude with playmaking skill.

Taylor Hall EDM 30, 30, 60

Still probably a year away from point-a-game status.

Milan Lucic BOS 25, 34, 59

Has developed into the prototypical power forward.

Mike Cammalleri MON 26, 32, 58

Goals have dropped from 39 to 26 to 19 thanks to injuries.

JUST THE POINTS

  • Andy McDonald STL (58)
  • Matt Moulson NYI (57)
  • Clarke MacArthur TOR (56)
  • Andrew Ladd WPG (55)
  • Ray Whitney PHX (55)
  • Ville Leino BUF (55)
  • Tyler Ennis BUF (54)
  • Martin Erat NSH (54)
  • Simon Gagne LA (53)
  • Sergei Kostitsyn NSH (53)
  • Jussi Jokinen CAR (53)
  • Andrew Brunette CHI (52)
  • Steve Sullivan NSH (51)
  • Valtteri Filppula DET (50)

* — Minus-rating advisory

NEED PLUS-MINUS?

(Points in parentheses)

  • James van Riemsdyk PHL (52)
  • Troy Brouwer WAS (52)
  • T.J. Oshie STL (51)
  • Brad Marchand BOS (48)

NEED PENALTY MINUTES?

  • Evander Kane WPG (57)
  • Brenden Morrow DAL (53)
  • Scott Hartnell PHIL (52)
  • Joffrey Lupul TOR (51)

END GAME SLEEPERS

  • David Booth FLA
  • Mattias Tedenby NJ
  • Gabriel Landeskog COL
  • Magnus Paajarvi EDM
  • Mason Raymond VAN
  • Wojtek Wolski NYR

RIGHT WINGERS

(Projections for the 2011/2012)

G A PTS +/- PIM

Corey Perry ANA 43, 51, 94

NHL goals leader scored 19 in his final 16 games.

Martin St. Louis TB 31, 62, 93

Set career bests for assists the past two years with Stamkos.

Jarome Iginla CGY 37, 44, 81

Flames stud is still lacking that elite centreman.

Patrick Kane CHI 29, 51, 80

Flash he showed in 2010 Cup run went AWOL last year.

Patrick Sharp CHI 32, 37, 69

Should repeat career-best stats if he’s with Toews or Kane.

Martin Havlat SJ 27, 40, 67

May shoulder surgery will delay debut on Sharks’ top line.

Phil Kessel TOR 36, 30, 66

A lot will depend on how he meshes with Connolly.

Marian Hossa CHI 30, 34, 64

These predictions are only if he can stay of the injured list.

Marian Gaborik NYR 29, 34, 63

If Brad Richards can’t bring out the best in him, who can?

Shane Doan PHX 24, 39, 63

Talents are wasted with second-line linemates.

Chris Stewart STL 31, 29, 60

Had 15 goals in 26 games after trade from Avs.

Nathan Horton BOS 29, 30, 59

Six consecutive 20-goal seasons. A nice fit with Krejci.

Ales Hemsky EDM 20, 39, 59

Too injury-prone to count on for the whole year.

Dustin Brown LA 26, 32, 58

Solid, but always seems to leave you expecting more.

Alexandre Burrows VAN 30, 28, 58

An effective fit riding shotgun for the Sedins.

Nikolai Kulemin TOR 29, 29, 58

Seems to make whoever he’s playing with Leafs’ top line

Teemu Selanne ANA 26, 31,  57

Netted 34 of his 80 points on power-play. Not bad for 41.

James Neal PIT 28, 28, 56

Power winger should benefit nicely once Sid returns

Jason Pominville BUF 24, 32, 56

Slow start, strong finish last season.

Jaromir Jagr PHL 21,34 56

Projections are all over the map after three years in KHL.

JUST THE POINTS

  • R.J. Umberger CLB (55)
  • Daniel Alfredsson OTT (55)
  • Ryan Callahan NYR (55)
  • Justin Williams LA (54)
  • Devin Setoguchi MIN (54)
  • Teddy Purcell TB (53)
  • Milan Hejduk COL (53)*
  • Vaclav Prospal CLB (53)
  • Jordan Eberle EDM (52)*
  • Rene Bourque CGY (52)
  • Jakub Voracek PHIL (50)
  • Brian Gionta MON (50)

* — Minus-rating advisory

NEED PLUS-MINUS?

(Points in parentheses)

Patric Hornqvist NSH (55)

Drew Stafford BUF (54)

Michael Grabner NYI (51)

Johan Franzen DET (52)

Mike Knuble WAS (49)

Mikael Samuelsson VAN (49)

NEED PENALTY MINUTES?

  • Steve Downie TB (45)
  • Wayne Simmonds PHIL (40)
  • David Jones COL (40)
  • Matt Cooke PIT (30)
  • David Clarkson NJ (30)*
  • Chris Neil OTT (20)*
  • Brandon Prust NYR (20)

END GAME SLEEPERS

  • Tyler Seguin BOS
  • Matt D’Agostini STL
  • Nino Niederreiter NYI
  • Michael Frolik CHI
  • Tyler Kennedy PIT
  • Nikita Filatov OTT



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