RIGHT WING

This is a preview of the content available in the 2016-17 Fantasy Projections spreadsheet, which you can purchase here for a reasonably small sum. By content, I mean the projections themselves. The spreadsheet contains no words or analysis about any specific player. If analysis is what you are interested in, you can tweet me a player’s name with #domplshelp and I will send you an appropriate response composed entirely of emojis.

Here are the projected top 10 right wingers for next season, sorted by points scored (read: not fantasy rankings as those depend on your scoring settings, something you can change yourself in the fancy spreadsheet).

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The reigning Art Ross champion comes in at the top of these point projections. Patrick Kane has hovered around a point-per-game pace for most of his career, but last year he exploded with a career year. It’ll be difficult to repeat that, but breaking 90 points again is definitely a possibility.

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Vladimir Tarasenko has quickly turned into one of the best right wingers in hockey thanks to being so dynamic and offence and his lethal shot. He’s perhaps the best goal-scorer in the league in the non-Ovechkin category (he is in fact projected for a second place finish in goals).

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After Kane there’s a big gap until number two Tarasenko, and after him is another big gap until we get to this man, Nikita Kucherov. He’s still young with some room to grow, but his rise has been meteoric. On a team with so many great players like Tampa Bay, it’s amazing that Kucherov may already be the best guy there.

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Maybe a surprise to some considering his down season, but Voracek actually played at a 62 point pace – while shooting a too-bad-to-be-true 5.2 percent. That won’t continue meaning he likely reverts to somewhere between last year’s 62 point pace, and the near point-per-game numbers he did the year before. He puts up huge shot volume and is primed for a bounce back. He’ll be a steal at the draft.

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Mark Stone will probably be very underrated come draft time which is strange for someone who has potential to be a 70 point guy. Ottawa’s not a great team, but their top-end talent is still pretty good, led by all-world Erik Karlsson and this man right here.

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Three years ago Joe Pavelski looked like a flash-in-the-pan, hitting a career high at age 29. Boy were we wrong. Three straight 70+ point seasons later and he’s become one of the most productive players in hockey. He’s 32 now, so expect a small dip down from his lofty heights.

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Winnipeg’s best player had a coming-out party last season, a career year at age 29 with 78 points after years of getting 60-70. Sound familiar? It should, it happened to the guy directly above him. The projection model expects him to go back to his usual self next season, but don’t be surprised if he maintains his production, Pavelski-style.

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The big question after free-agency is whether Kyle Okposo can still produce without John Tavares, and while there’s some merit to that it’s ignoring the fact that he’ll get to play with burgeoning phenom Jack Eichel. Okposo is actually quite the play-maker and with Eichel’s shoot happy style it could be a perfect fit.

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Corey Perry’s point pace over the last three years: 83, 67, 62. Anyone else concerned by this? He’s 31 now and has played a rough-heavy brand of hockey during his NHL career. Can he maintain his 60 point form or is further decline in the cards for the Ducks star?

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No more Patrick Roy behind the bench means this could be the last year we consider MacKinnon a 60-point forward. MacKinnon’s going into his fourth season now and is primed for a breakout campaign. This could be the year he finally shows that offensive dominance he’s teased during his first three seasons.

 

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