Top 20 Eastern Conference Fantasy Right Wingers - Part 2 of 2
Last week, we covered the lower half of the top 20 fantasy Right Wingers in the Eastern Conference. This week, we'll complete the list. As before, Yahoo will be used for positional eligibility. A player can only appear at one position on these lists, ideally where he is most valuable.
We're not looking at keeper value here, only what kind of return to expect for the coming season, which looks like another 48 game campaign. Without any further ado, here is the top 10 Eastern Conference fantasy Right Wingers as ranked by the Eastern Edge:
10) Jakub Voracek - Philadelphia Flyers
If there ever was a player set for a break out, it's Jakub Voracek. With the departures of James van Riemsdyk and Jaromir Jagr, Voracek has been gifted a spot on the top line and there will be less competition for first unit power play time. The path is cleared for the 23-year-old Czech to score at a career high pace in what will be his fifth NHL campaign.
9) Ryan Callahan - New York Rangers
New York state native and Rangers Team Captain Ryan Callahan set new career highs last season, recording 29 goals and 54 points, to go along with 235 shots on goal and 271 hits. He averaged the eleventh most time on the ice amongst NHL forwards, more than even Evgeni Malkin. If only John Tortorella could clone Callahan.
8) Jason Pominville - Buffalo Sabres
Pominville has played all 82 games in five of his last six seasons. His 73 points last year were not an anomaly; he has averaged 26 goals, 67 points, 21 power play points and 231 shots on goals over each of the last six campaigns. Look for the 30-year-old to play a major role in the Sabres resurgence this season.
7) Martin St. Louis - Tampa Bay Lightning
Couldn't leave the venerable old timer off this short (pun intended) list. I still believe he has a little (pun intended) something left in the tank. He will benefit from a shortened (pun intended) season, although back to back games in a compressed schedule could hurt some older players, St. Louis' conditioning is above reproach. He'll easily post point-per-game numbers.
6) Jeff Skinner - Carolina Hurricanes
A relative sleeper in this list of top ten Right Wingers, Skinner recorded 44 points in 64 games in his sophomore season. In his rookie campaign, he sniped 30 goals and 63 points, but to give you an idea of what his potential is, look no further than his final major junior season where Skinner scored 50 goals and 90 points in only 64 games. This 20-year-old has some serious upside. Adding the offensively gifted Semin to the mix will only improve Skinner's outlook for this season.
5) Marian Gaborik - New York Rangers
Last year, Gaborik tallied 41 goals (for the third time) and 76 points, but also had off-season shoulder surgery. All reports indicate that he has fully recovered from the surgery. As an Executive member of the Dobberhockey Band-Aid Boys, Gaborik should be used to playing shortened seasons! The last time he played a 48 game season was with Minnesota in 2006-07, where he recorded 30 goals and 59 points. He is capable of repeating that, but will always be a health risk.
4) Tyler Seguin - Boston Bruins
Improved upon a 22 point rookie campaign with a 29 goal, 67 point sophomore season. In his final year of major junior, Seguin scored a ridiculous 48 goals and 106 points in only 63 games. Unfortunately, with the wickedly awesome forward depth that the Bruins sport, Seguin's ice time and expectations for higher point totals should be tempered until the team's offensive depth thins out a little.
3) Phil Kessel - Toronto Maple Leafs
Ha ha, eat that Seguin! The Thrill has a streak of four consecutive 30 goals seasons, matched only by six other NHL'ers during that period; Alexander Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Jarome Iginla, Bobby Ryan, Patrick Marleau and Rick Nash. Kessel has averaged an awesome 305 shots on goal and an even awesomer 12 hits (all on Martin St. Louis) over each of the last three campaigns! Still only 25-years-old, Kessel provided career highs in goals (37) and points (82). Imagine what he could do with a "real" center?
2) Claude Giroux - Philadelphia Flyers
Primarily a center, but C/RW eligible in Yahoo!, Claude Giroux has gone from 27 points, to 47, then 76 and finally 93 points last season. Yes, he really is that good. Only 24-years-old, there is no question that he can continue to score at that pace in the coming season. The guy whose name Bobby (call me Bob) Clarke had trouble pronouncing on draft day has blossomed into a dominant force in the NHL.
1) Evgeni Malkin - Pittsburgh Penguins
Every time I see a picture of Malkin, I am reminded of Jaws from the Bond flick The Spy Who Loved Me. He's damn near as unstoppable as Jaws, just ask NHL defensemen. This guy (Malkin) would be number one whether you use him at Right Wing or his natural position at Center, but as the Center position has the most depth, Malkin becomes the undisputed number one on the right side on my team - thank you Yahoo! for making him C/RW eligible! Malkin has won the Hart, Ted Lindsay, Conn Smythe, Calder and the Art Ross twice. Only 26 years old, he has averaged 101 points for every 82 NHL games he plays. What more do you want?
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