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Perry an easy choice for top fantasy right wing

2011-12 Fantasy Hockey Right Wing Rankings

Wednesday, 08.31.2011 / 3:00 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

By Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

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Perry an easy choice for top fantasy right wing
NHL.com's Matt Cubeta ranks the top right wings for the 2011-12 fantasy hockey season.
NHL.com started their fantasy hockey rankings with centers on Monday, Aug. 29 and will release rankings for each position by day, finishing with goalie rankings on Friday, Sept. 2. We will release the top-175 overall fantasy hockey rankings on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Positions are based on where we project these players to start the season -- they may change when the season begins. Regardless of what kind of league you're in, NHL.com has you covered for fantasy hockey all year long.

Coming into last season our right wing ranks looked completely different at the top -- we projected Patrick Kane, Marian Gaborik and Alexander Semin as our top three. This year you'll notice Anaheim's Corey Perry and Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis in the top two spots, with Kane coming in at No. 3.

Perry was named NHL.com's Fantasy Hockey MVP last year after putting together the most well-rounded stat line by any player. His ability to record points, a solid plus/minus and tons of PIMs make him the easy choice at No. 1. He did pretty well in real life as well, winning the Hart Trophy as the regular-season MVP.

Gaborik, Marian Hossa and Semin are all found within the top 10, but all three stars carry questions around their health year after year. While they all possess great skill, they need to stay on the ice to help your fantasy team. Gaborik could have his best season yet with playmaker Brad Richards setting him up -- he could move up in the ranks quickly when the season gets going.

One of the biggest question marks in all of fantasy hockey this season is Jaromir Jagr, who returns to the NHL after spending 3 years in the KHL. While we don't expect him to produce like he did in 2006-07 (96 points for the Rangers), the 39-year-old should be able to produce somewhere around 60 points this season, which puts him in the middle of the pack among our right wings.

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Top 175 | Top 50 Breakdown | Centers | Left Wings | Defensemen | Goalies

1. Corey Perry
2. Martin St. Louis
3. Patrick Kane
4. Jarome Iginla
5. Rick Nash
6. Marian Gaborik
7. Chris Stewart
8. Marian Hossa
9. Alexander Semin
10. Martin Havlat
11. Loui Eriksson
12. Phil Kessel
13. Alexandre Burrows
14. Teemu Selanne*
15. Joe Pavelski
16. Nathan Horton
17. Dustin Brown
18. Jaromir Jagr
19. Patrik Elias
20. Ryan Callahan
21. Ales Hemsky
22. Daniel Alfredsson
23. Michael Grabner
24. Shane Doan
25. Justin Williams
26. Devin Setoguchi
27. Tyler Seguin
28. Jason Pominville
29. Kyle Okposo
30. Drew Stafford

Just Missed: Mikael Samuelsson, Erik Cole, Jakub Voracek, Milan Hejduk, Danny Cleary, Jordan Eberle, Brad Boyes, Brian Gionta, Tuomo Ruutu, Martin Erat

*currently unsigned

Contact Matt Cubeta at MCubeta@nhl.com

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