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Right Wing Outliers

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The rankings you will find in these pages are an average. We took the ranks of Michael Finewax, Brian Rosenbaum, Ryan Dadoun and Corey Abbott to formulate a composite score. Of course, there was no way we were all going to agree on every player. Some of us had unique feelings on certain guys, making them outliers. Here are the right winger rankings and explanations:


Right Winger Rankings


1 Nikita Kucherov Patrick Kane Patrick Kane Nikita Kucherov
2 Patrick Kane Nikita Kucherov Nikita Kucherov Patrick Kane
3 Vladimir Tarasenko Vladimir Tarasenko Vladimir Tarasenko Vladimir Tarasenko
4 David Pastrnak Phil Kessel David Pastrnak David Pastrnak
5 Phil Kessel Patrik Laine Leon Draisaitl Leon Draisaitl
6 Leon Draisaitl Leon Draisaitl Joe Pavelski Patrik Laine
7 Patrik Laine David Pastrnak Patrik Laine Phil Kessel
8 Corey Perry Joe Pavelski Blake Wheeler Cam Atkinson
9 Cam Atkinson Corey Perry Phil Kessel Wayne Simmonds
10 Wayne Simmonds Blake Wheeler Cam Atkinson Corey Perry
11 Viktor Arvidsson Wayne Simmonds Wayne Simmonds Viktor Arvidsson
12 T.J. Oshie Jordan Eberle Corey Perry Blake Wheeler
13 Blake Wheeler Jakub Voracek Viktor Arvidsson T.J. Oshie
14 Jonathan Drouin Mitch Marner Conor Sheary Jonathan Drouin
15 Conor Sheary T.J. Oshie William Nylander William Nylander
16 William Nylander William Nylander T.J. Oshie Conor Sheary
17 Mats Zuccarello Alexander Radulov Jonathan Drouin Mats Zuccarello
18 Alexander Radulov Mark Stone Mats Zuccarello Alexander Radulov
19 Jordan Eberle Jonathan Drouin Jakub Voracek Joe Pavelski
20 Joe Pavelski Conor Sheary Jordan Eberle Jordan Eberle
21 Jakub Voracek Charlie Coyle Alexander Radulov Mitch Marner
22 Ryan Strome Mats Zuccarello Nino Niederreiter Jakub Voracek
23 Mark Stone Viktor Arvidsson Mark Stone Mark Stone
24 Nino Niederreiter Cam Atkinson Ryan Strome Nino Niederreiter
25 Patric Hornqvist Nino Niederreiter Patric Hornqvist Ryan Strome
26 Jakob Silfverberg Nathan MacKinnon Jakob Silfverberg Jakob Silfverberg
27 Nick Foligno Andre Burakovsky Mitch Marner Nick Foligno
28 Mitch Marner Kyle Palmieri Charlie Coyle Charlie Coyle
29 Charlie Coyle Jakob Silfverberg Tyler Toffoli Patric Hornqvist
30 Michael Frolik Nick Foligno Nick Foligno Michael Frolik
31 Kyle Palmieri Ryan Strome Andre Burakovsky Kyle Palmieri
32 Justin Williams Patric Hornqvist Kyle Palmieri Justin Williams
33 Radim Vrbata Bobby Ryan Michael Frolik Radim Vrbata
34 Patrick Eaves Brayden Point Radim Vrbata Patrick Eaves
35 Tyler Toffoli Elias Lindholm Evgeny Dadonov Tyler Toffoli
36 Evgeny Dadonov Evgeny Dadonov Nathan MacKinnon Evgeny Dadonov
37 Nathan MacKinnon Sam Reinhart Sam Reinhart Nathan MacKinnon
38 Sam Reinhart Brendan Gallagher Justin Williams Sam Reinhart
39 Brendan Gallagher Marcus Johansson Brayden Point Brendan Gallagher
40 Brayden Point Alex DeBrincat Patrick Eaves Brayden Point


Brian Rosenbaum had Jordan Eberle at 12th. The average composite draft position was 17.75.
I know I'm higher on Jordan Eberle than my Rotoworld colleagues, but I just think he's going to return to his 2011 level of production (70-plus points) skating alongside a tremendously-motivated John Tavares, who will be playing for a contract. Eberle has all the skills to complement Tavares and he will be counted as one of the Islanders’ go-to-guys, something that he was not during his last few seasons with the Oilers. Look for him to rebound in a big way.

Brian Rosenbaum had Cam Atkinson at 24. The average composite draft position was 13.5.
After posting back-to-back 40 points seasons, Cam Atkinson, at the tender age of 27, improved his production to 53 points in 2015-16. Last year, Atkinson benefited from a huge offensive spike all Blue Jacket players' realized, and his totals improved yet again, to 62 points. I think that is the top end for him. I'm expecting the Blue Jackets to decline as a team and I'm not buying into the fact that at 29, Atkinson is going to get any better. That all adds up to a correction for me. I expect Atkinson will be fortunate to repeat his 53-point total of two seasons ago.