Every Friday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey expert Matt Cubeta will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy right wings in our weekly segment: "Right of Way." From updated right wing rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Cubeta will be your fantasy right wing expert all season long.
While we'll still provide you with updated right-wing rankings, today we'll start by taking a look at the value of penalty minutes in fantasy leagues.
People always question why getting penalty minutes are a good thing in fantasy hockey, and the only answer that can be given is that it allows every NHL player to potentially have value in fantasy hockey -- the enforcers are able to contribute to a fantasy team, just as they do in real life.
In reality, it may hurt to put your team shorthanded with a penalty, but those same sin-bin minutes help you in standard fantasy leagues.
Going into fantasy drafts, people always seem to keep an eye on guys that can record points and penalty minutes -- Corey Perry, Milan Lucic, David Backes and many others. It's extremely difficult to find a player that can score goals and have a knack for taking minor penalties or dropping the gloves, so we tend to value those that can achieve that a bit more -- the fact that Perry dominated in every category made him invaluable last season.