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Left Wing Outliers

Thursday, August 31, 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:


Left Winger Rankings


1 Brad Marchand Jamie Benn Brad Marchand Alex Ovechkin
2 Alex Ovechkin Brad Marchand Jamie Benn Brad Marchand
3 Jamie Benn Artemi Panarin Artemi Panarin Jamie Benn
4 Artemi Panarin Alex Ovechkin Johnny Gaudreau Artemi Panarin
5 Johnny Gaudreau Johnny Gaudreau Alex Ovechkin Johnny Gaudreau
6 Mikael Granlund Mikael Granlund Mikael Granlund Max Pacioretty
7 Mike Hoffman Max Paciorretty Max Pacioretty Filip Forsberg
8 Max Pacioretty Mike Hoffman Mike Hoffman Mikael Granlund
9 Jonathan Huberdeau Brandon Saad Jake Guentzel Mike Hoffman
10 Brandon Saad Filip Forsberg Brandon Saad Jonathan Huberdeau
11 Jake Guentzel Zach Parise Jonathan Huberdeau Jake Guentzel
12 Ondrej Palat Jonathan Huberdeau Ondrej Palat Brandon Saad
13 Chris Kreider Jake Guentzel Chris Kreider Taylor Hall
14 Zach Parise Ondrej Palat Jeff Skinner Jeff Skinner
15 Milan Lucic Chris Kreider Filip Forsberg Zach Parise
16 Jeff Skinner Jeff Skinner Milan Lucic Milan Lucic
17 Filip Forsberg Matthew Tkachuk Zach Parise Chris Kreider
18 Anders Lee Taylor Hall Anders Lee Anders Lee
19 Taylor Hall Alexander Steen Taylor Hall Nikolaj Ehlers
20 Nikolaj Ehlers Andrew Ladd Nikolaj Ehlers Ondrej Palat
21 Matthew Tkachuk Jaden Schwartz James van Riemsdyk Matthew Tkachuk
22 Evander Kane James van Riemsdyk Evander Kane Evander Kane
23 James van Riemsdyk Evander Kane Matthew Tkachuk James van Riemsdyk
24 Jaden Schwartz Patrick Sharp Jaden Schwartz Jaden Schwartz
25 Rickard Rakell Daniel Sedin Rickard Rakell Rickard Rakell
26 Jason Zucker Max Domi Jason Zucker Sebastian Aho
27 Sebastian Aho Boone Jenner Sebastian Aho Alexander Steen
28 Alexander Steen Nikolaj Ehlers Alexander Steen Patrick Sharp
29 Patrick Sharp Anders Lee Patrick Maroon Patrick Maroon
30 Patrick Maroon Patrick Marleau Tanner Pearson Tanner Pearson
31 Tanner Pearson Robby Fabbri Max Domi Patrick Marleau
32 Alex Killorn Sebastian Aho Alex Killorn Anthony Mantha
33 Boone Jenner Rickard Rakell Patrick Sharp Max Domi
34 Andrew Shaw Milan Lucic Boone Jenner Boone Jenner
35 Patrick Marleau Patrick Maroon Andrew Shaw Mike Cammalleri
36 Anton Slepyshev Gabriel Landeskog Patrick Marleau Jason Zucker
37 Mike Cammalleri Alex Killorn Scott Hartnell Alex Killorn
38 Mathieu Perreault Jason Zucker Mike Cammalleri Anton Slepyshev
39 Max Domi Anthony Mantha Mathieu Perreault Mathieu Perreault
40 Anthony Mantha Tanner Pearson Anthony Mantha Andrew Shaw


Ryan Dadoun had Scott Hartnell at 37. No one else had him in the top 40 and his average composite draft position was 47.


While Scott Hartnell isn’t nearly as good of a fantasy option as he once was, I still believe he has some value because he contributes in a number of different ways. The 2016-17 campaign was a particularly unproductive season for him where he was given just 12:04 minutes per game, but even under those conditions he had 13 goals, 37 points, a plus-14 rating and 63 penalty minutes.  Any one of those numbers isn’t special on its own, but combined, they’re noteworthy. Now that he’s with Nashville, I’m looking for him to play a moderately bigger role that includes a fair amount of power-play time, which I think will bring him back into the 40-50 point range. It’s also not unreasonable to believe that he’ll pile on more PIM given that 63 is fairly low by his standards.


Corey Abbott had Filip Forsberg at 7. The average composite draft position was 13.25.


Filip Forsberg got off to a slow start in 2016-17, but he still managed to hit the 30-goal plateau for a second straight season. Only 28 players registered at least 30 goals during the 2015-16 campaign and 26 players reached that mark last year. He also led the Predators with nine markers and 16 points in 22 playoff contests. Forsberg should be back around 60-70 points after he fell just short of that range last season because his power-play numbers were much lower than usual. That probably won’t happen again this season. Forsberg has been dependable producer over the last three years, while ranking 13th overall with 90 goals and 27th with 185 points.