Part II: Right Wingers
Lets just say for arguments sake the owners and players quit their whining and come up with a new CBA agreement around December, therefore giving us at least half a season. Although this may or may not be the case, lets just make pretend for a moment.
Besides the excitement of going to games, wearing your favorite players jersey, and screaming your heads off, we all look forward to something else come NHL season. Something that is a little more in our control yet can drive a man mad (or girl).
Yes. I’m talking about Fantasy Hockey.
Whether you’re in a paid league, unpaid league, Yahoo Fantasy, CBS Fantasy, or you’re just in it for the money or love and statistical side of the game, the bottom line is, if you’re a hockey fan, odds are, you’re a Fantasy Hockey fan too.
Unfortunately for us, without a hockey season, there will be no Fantasy Hockey, which means no gaining or losing money, no pulling out your hair when you find out your best player is ruled-out with a concussion, and no draft parties. Total buzz kill.
But just in case the NHL and NHLPA decide to grow up and come to an agreement, here is my list of the top 25 best and OBVIOUS players by position IF and WHEN there is a 2012-2013 season. Yesterday I posted an article giving you my top five best Centers in fantasy. Today I will give you my top five best Right Wingers.
Top 5 Best Right Wingers
1. Marian Hossa– (Currently Injured) As most of you know, Hossa is recovering from a concussion caused by Raffi Torres in the first round of the playoffs. If Hossa recovers and is able to play come the start of the season (whenever that is), I believe that he will be the best player for this position. Not only is Hossa dominant with the puck, he is also one of the best two-way players in the game. With a little help from his line mates Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane, last season was Hossa’s best year since joining the Chicago Blackhawks with 77 points and an outstanding plus/minus rating of +18.
2. Marian Gaborik- (Currently Injured) With Rick Nash joining the New York Rangers line-up, there is no telling how deadly Marian Gaborik and the Blue Shirts could be. Luckily for Gaborik, he can do it with our without the help of five time All-Star Rick Nash. Last season Gaborik appeared in all 82 games, and tallied 76 points, a plus 15 rating and 34 PIMs. (I had Marian Gaborik on my fantasy league last season and he earned me the 2nd most points overall…Just saying.)
3. Corey Perry- Choosing Corey Perry in my top 5 right-wingers wasn’t at all a tough decision based on the season he had two years ago, (50g-48a-98p) which landed him the Hart Memorial Trophy. You may think that his season last year was a little rocky, but 60 points is far from rough when your team had the 5th worst ranking. What some of you may not know about Corey Perry is that in his last five seasons, he has been in the triple digits for PIMs. And if you know fantasy hockey, you know that penalty minutes are highly encouraged.
4. Claude Giroux- Giroux had a break out season last year earning him 28 goals, 65 assists, 93 points, and respect amongst the league. My reasoning for putting him 4th on my list opposed to 1st isn’t because of my absolute hatred for the Flyers, but because I am not completely sold on his talent, yet. I know the young winger can impress from time to time, but I don’t know if he can repeat the year he had last year without the legendary Jaromir Jagr on his side.
5. Phil Kessel- Poor Phil Kessel is stuck yet again with a plummeting Toronto Maple Leas squad. While Kessel is an absolute beauty with the puck and quick on his feet, unfortunately, he has never really had a solid supporting cast on his line. Luckily for fantasy users, Phill Kessel always finds a way to make due with what he has. For instance, last season Kessel played in all 82 games and tallied a whopping 82 points, but watched his team finish 26th in the league. Fortunately, Kessel should get a little assistance this upcoming season with the help of new addition, James Van Riemsdyk.
If you enjoyed this article, please check back TOMORROW for Part 3: Left Wingers.
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