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.
Prior to this season, Patrick Kane
was selected on average in the second round of fantasy drafts, with the 21st overall pick. In Yahoo! Leagues, he was rated as the 14th-best fantasy player. The super-skilled forward got off to a fast start with 6 points in his first four games and finished October with 11 points in 11 games (4 goals, 7 assists). He was playing on a line with the equally talented Jonathan Toews
and featured on the top power-play unit with Toews, Marian Hossa
, Patrick Sharp
and Duncan Keith
. Everything pointed to Kane having the best season of his career -- even better than when he posted a career-high 88 points in 2009-10.
November treated Kane OK -- he had 3 goals and 13 points in 14 games. December got off to a fast start, with him carrying over a modest five-game point-scoring streak in which he notched 8 points. But since that streak ended Dec. 11, things seemed to change for Kane.
Kane immediately followed that mini-hot streak by being held pointless in three straight games. In 18 games since Dec. 11, Kane has just 2 goals and 6 points -- not exactly what his fantasy owners have come to expect. He hasn't had a multi-point performance in 19 games; he has recorded a plus rating just four times during this extended cold streak; he has just 1 power-play point in those 18 games despite seeing his usual power-play ice time (he averages 3:36 of ice time per game on the man-advantage).
So what is happening to Patrick Kane