Big Red’s 2017-18 Fantasy Rankings: Left Wingers

When ranking the forwards in terms of fantasy, it’s a little annoying because guys change their positions quite often. If you’re in a league where there’s positional limits you’ll have to bear with me here, but i’ll do my best. For instance, this year Patrik Laine looks like he’ll be playing left wing on a line with Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler but these rankings wont reflect that.

A couple quick notes:

Jamie Benn won the Art Ross a couple years ago (albeit with 87 points) when the Stars burst on the scene as an offensive juggernaut. A down year for the team last year saw Benn’s total drop to 69 points. This year with the addition of Radulov, Hanzal and a solid stay at home defenseman like Marc Methot to help Ben Bishop on the back end, the Stars are on the upswing again. And a guy like Jamie Benn will likely be the one leading that charge. A theme that you’ll notice in my rankings is I’m very high on all the big guns on their offense.

Let’s look at a guy like Jake Guentzel. A 3rd round pick in 2013 who was unable to crack the lineup until last year, the kid burst on the scene with 33 points in 40 games, mostly on a line with Sidney Crosby. In the playoffs, he brought his game to another level with 21 points in 25 games (good for 4th on team behind Malkin 28 pts – Crosby 27pts – Kessel 23 pts) With a full season with #87, Guentzel should be in line for a big point total for the 2017-18 campaign.

Wayne Simmonds is the guy on this list with the highest floor. 50-60 points is a lock with him if he stays healthy. With unreal hand-eye in front of the net on the power play and  the added bonus of being one of the tougher guys in the league, he’s a great fantasy winger. Especially in leagues with hits and PIM’s. Late 3rd, early 4th round is where he will likely go in most drafts. He is my favorite Flyer because of this:

 

And here’s some Jamie Benn highlights from last year.

 

Now onto the Top 50 Left Wingers for the 2017-18 season

  1. Jamie Benn DAL
  2. Alex Ovechkin WSH
  3. Brad Marchand BOS
  4. Artemi Panarin CBJ
  5. Johnny Gaudreau CGY
  6. Max Pacioretty MTL
  7. Wayne Simmonds PHI
  8. Filip Forsberg NSH
  9. Nikolaj Ehlers WPG
  10. Taylor Hall NJ
  11. Jonathan Huberdeau FLA
  12. William Nylander TOR
  13. Jake Guentzel PIT
  14. Brandon Saad CHI
  15. Sebastian Aho CAR
  16. Jeff Skinner CAR
  17. James Van Riemsdyk TOR
  18. Mike Hoffman OTT
  19. Max Domi ARI
  20. Jaden Schwartz STL
  21. Matthew Tkachuck CGY
  22. Rickard Rakell ANA
  23. Nino Niedereiter MIN
  24. Alex Steen STL
  25. Zach Parise MIN
  26. Milan Lucic EDM
  27. Evander Kane
  28. Gustav Nyquist DET
  29. Chris Kreider NYR
  30. Ondrej Palat TB
  31. Tanner Pearson LA
  32. Tomas Tatar DET
  33. Jonathan Marchessault VGK
  34. Daniel Sedin VAN
  35. Gabriel Landeskog COL
  36. Robby Fabbri STL
  37. Clayton Keller ARI
  38. Nick Foligno CBJ
  39. Anders Lee NYI
  40. Boone Jenner CBJ
  41. Tomas Hertl SJS
  42. Andrew Ladd NYI
  43. Jimmy Vesey NYR
  44. Patrick Maroon EDM
  45. Patrick Marleau TOR
  46. Andreas Athanasiou DET
  47. Travis Konecny PHI
  48. Henrik Haapala FLA
  49. Patrick Sharp CHI
  50. Kyle Conner WPG

Sleepers: 

Jakub Vrana WSH – 6’0″ 180 lb

A first round pick in 2014, Vrana is expected to play a top 9 role for the Caps this season. The 21 year old has all the tools to be an elite NHLer. The kid has good wheels and unreal hands with a knack for putting the puck in the net. He’s been close to a point per game player for AHL Hershey for the past two seasons and a 40 point season for his first full NHL campaign isn’t out of the question. He’ll probably go undrafted in most leagues, but keep an eye on him if he gets some power play time with the 2nd unit. He could be a nice waiver pickup once he gets some consistent playing time.

Charles Hudon MTL – 5’10” 195 lb

The first pick in the 5th round in 2012, Hudon is by far the most talented offensive prospect in the Canadiens system. He’s been the leading scorer for AHL St. Johns for the past two seasons with 53 and 49 points respectively. With 4 points in 6 games at the NHL level, he looks like he’s cemented a spot on the 2nd power play and could see 14 to 15 minutes a night. He does play with a bit of an edge so he could pick up a decent amount of PIMs this season. For the time being it looks like he’ll be playing on a line with Tomas Plekanec. If there’s an injury in the Hab’s top 6 he could get into the 50 point range this season. So far this preseason he has 2 goals in 2 games, and getting about 17 minutes per game. He’s a deep sleeper but definitely someone to keep an eye on for your virtual squad.

Scouting report for Hudon was courtesy of Ryan Bourgeois, who’s my Habs insider.

Thanks for checking out my rankings for Left Wingers, next up my Top 50 Centers for the 2017-18 season.

 

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