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Right of Way: 11 fantasy notes about the No. 11

by Matt Cubeta
Every Friday during the season, 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 is your fantasy right wing expert all season long.

Before we get into our weekly right wing update, we figured today deserved some sort of fantasy hockey reference to the number 11. After all, today is a day that only occurs once ever century. With that, here's a look at 11 fantasy hockey notes regarding the number 11:

1. Both Evgeni Malkin and Nicklas Backstrom's average draft position on draft day were exactly 11.0. Malkin is currently rated 102nd among all players in standard Yahoo! Leagues, while Backstrom is 14th overall.

2. The No. 11 overall player in Yahoo! Leagues coming into the 2011-12 fantasy season was Bobby Ryan -- he is currently rated 176th.

3.'s No. 11 overall player coming into the season was Ryan's teammate Ryan Getzlaf -- he is currently rated 292nd in Yahoo! Leagues.

4. The current 11th-rated overall fantasy player in Yahoo! Leagues is defenseman Sheldon Souray -- he came into the season at No. 190.

5. Three players are tied for the NHL-lead with a plus-11 rating: Souray, Tyler Seguin and Loui Eriksson.

6. Kari Lehtonen leads the NHL with 11 wins -- the next closest is eight by Marc-Andre Fleury and Pekka Rinne.

7. No player has exactly 11 goals, but Phil Kessel has 12 -- Thomas Vanek, Steven Stamkos and Milan Michalek each have 10.

8. Kessel is also one of four players with 11 assists this season. The others are Patrick Kane, Martin St. Louis and Kimmo Timonen.

9. Nine players have 11 penalty minutes this season (a feat accomplished only by having recorded a five-minute major penalty at some point). Of them, only PA Parenteau should be on anyone's fantasy radar -- he has 2 goals and 10 assists in 13 games for the Islanders.

10. Brian Campbell and Nicklas Backstrom each have 11 power-play points this season -- trailing only Daniel Sedin's 12.

11. There are currently 10 players that are owned in 11 percent of Yahoo! Leagues. Of them, a few should be owned in far more leagues: Danny Cleary, who skates on a line with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg; Michael Del Zotto, who has bounced back nicely while quarterbacking the Rangers' top power play unit; and Jason Arnott, who has found some new energy in St. Louis with 9 points so far.

There you have it, some wild and fun fantasy notes relating to the No. 11. Now let's get into our updated right wing rankings.



These modified re-rankings are based on expectations of the season going forward (including injuries). The plus or minus for each player is movement based on our most recent rankings from last week. (NR means not ranked in previous rankings). Note: Positions are dictated by how they're labeled in Yahoo! Fantasy Leagues.
*dual position eligibility in Yahoo! Leagues

Players that dropped out of previous rankings: Devin Setoguchi, Jordan Eberle, Rene Bourque

Players on IR: Jeff Carter
Loui Eriksson -- There is arguably no hotter player in the NHL than Eriksson. The Stars forward, who has eligibility at both left and right wing in Yahoo! Leagues, has 3 goals and 6 helpers during a current five-game point-scoring streak. The newly formed line of Eriksson, Jamie Benn and Michael Ryder has found immediate chemistry, and it's showing on the score sheet and in the standings for the Stars. Eriksson scored 36 goals in 2008-09 -- and then followed that up with 29 and 27 in the next two seasons -- and he appears to be headed for his best season yet if he and his teammates continue to play the way they are. Start him with confidence as a No. 1 right wing.

Kris Versteeg -- After putting together a huge night on Thursday (his first career hat trick as well as an assist), Versteeg may finally be making a name for himself in the fantasy world. In 15 games with his new team, Versteeg now has 8 goals, 9 assists, a plus-7, 8 penalty minutes, 8 power-play points and 44 shots on goal. It's pretty remarkable to have such a great plus/minus in addition to the quality power-play points, especially when you consider the fact that his line with Stephen Weiss and Tomas Fleischmann isn't exactly considered a League powerhouse. They have been unbelievable together, and we tend to think Versteeg is the most legit and valuable of the three -- it's time to believe in him.

Patric Hornqvist -- It's been a roller coaster of an NHL career for the Predators right wing. He broke into the League in 2008-09 and posted just 7 points in 28 games. He followed that season up with a 30-goal, 51-point campaign in 2009-10. Then he struggled and had just 48 points in 79 games last season. Well, it appears he may be back on track for a solid season this time around. He got off to a rough start with no points in his first seven games, but has since caught fire with 7 goals and 4 helpers during a current seven-game point-scoring streak. He won't continue at this rate, but a second 30-goal season could be in the works for Hornqvist.


Ilya Kovalchuk -- While Kovalchuk hasn't been placed on IR, he is expected to miss his third and fourth straight games tonight and tomorrow against the Capitals. Not only is Kovalchuk sidelined due to a leg injury, but he also hasn't been very productive when on the ice. The six-time 40-plus goal-scorer had just 2 goals and 7 assists in 11 games for the Devils, while also posting a minus-4 rating and 2 penalty minutes. Kovalchuk is as talented as they come, and he's sure to go on a goal-scoring streak at some point, but for now, he will remain on the outside of the top-10.

Shane Doan -- The Phoenix captain got off to that tremendous start (7 points in his first four games), but has been ice-cold recently with no points and a minus-1 rating in his last five contests. Doan originally started the season on a line with Ray Whitney and Daymond Langkow, but in his last game he skated with Lauri Korpikoski and Boyd Gordon -- which isn't exactly good for Doan's fantasy value. Doan still has 10 points in 14 games overall, making him a solid depth player, but don't expect more than 60 points in the long run from the veteran forward.

Devin Setoguchi -- Setoguchi was expected to start the season on a line with Dany Heatley and Mikko Koivu, but things just haven't gone well for the former Shark. In 15 games, Setoguch has just 4 goals and 4 assists, and has no points in his last three contests. He's currently skating on the team's second line with Matt Cullen and Pierre-Marc Bouchard and is receiving 3:13 of power-play ice time, but the production just isn't coming. You shouldn't give up on Setoguchi just yet, but you'd be wise to bench him until he shows signs of life.


Daniel Alfredsson and Ales Hemsky -- Alfredsson is expected to be activated tonight to play for the Senators against the Sabres. While Alfredsson's career may be on the decline, he's still a good player to have on your bench if you have room. He had 7 points in 10 games prior to his concussion and is owned in just 26 percent of Yahoo! Leagues -- grab him if you have the roster space.

Hemsky returned from a shoulder injury two games ago and posted 3 assists in those two contests -- he now has 4 assists in four games this season. Hemsky is a point-per-game caliber player, but he has continued to let down his fantasy owners because he's injured so often. Last season he had 42 points in 47 games, but again, he's only helping you for about half of a season. He should certainly be owned in more than the 28 percent of leagues he's currently owned in, but just remember, he will likely find himself on the sidelines again at some point this season.
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