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Breaking Down The Top Free Agent Right Wingers

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
With free agency starting on July 1 and the Panthers with money to spend, Panthers broadcasters Randy Moller, Steve Goldstein and Bill Lindsay will break down the free agent class with their top five lists (top 10 for defensemen). will unveil the lists over the next two weeks. The Panthers free agents were not included in their lists.

Following the release of the top centers on June 20th, left wings were unveiled on June 22nd, right wings were unveiled on June 24th, defensemen on June 27th and finally goaltenders on June 29th.

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Right Wings

Michael Ryder
Scottie Upshall
Joel Ward

Randy Moller's Top 5 Right Wingers

1. Michael Ryder: Boston’s enigma. All the offensive talent but suspect commitment. Some team will take a chance that he can post the 25-plus goals he's done four times before in his career.
2. Scottie Upshall: Just 27-years old, he has huge upside. With right linemates is a very solid 2nd line winger.
3. Antii Miettinen: Drove Minnesota coaches mad with his hot/cold play. Highly talented, he  could score 30-plus on the right club.
4. Joel Ward: Posted 35, 34 and 29 points in first three years in league during regular season but 31-year old really shined in this past season's post-season. Recorded 13 points (seven goals) in 12 games. Very gritty.
5. Chad LaRose: At 29-years old, is good third line winger. Consistent effort day in and day out.

Steve Goldstein's Top 5 Right Wingers

1. Teemu Selanne: The old vet is still going strong giving hope to all of us over 40! Will he stay in Anaheim? As good a guy off the ice as he is on.
2. Michael Ryder: Has had his offensive ups and downs but still a 20 goal guy with decent wheels. 
3. Joel Ward: Many people didn't know who he was until April. Enough said! Huge goals in playoffs.
4. Scottie Upshall: 20-goal player and hard nosed scrappy guy. Upshall is an effort player who fits into any dressing room.
5. Chad LaRose: Always liked the undersized spark plug from Carolina. Always plays with heart and has some scoring touch.

Bill Lindsay's Top Five Right Wingers

1. Scottie Upshall: Can skate and can score. Can't seem to find a home and not sure why but would be a nice fit. Top two line winger.
2. Joel Ward: Perfect depth forward guy who can get 15 and play at the end of games. Anyone who plays three years of Canadian college hockey after junior hockey and makes the NHL must have a ton of determination. Took the long road to the league and plays like every shift could be his last.
3. Patrick Eaves: Former 1st rounder of Ottawa has had an up and down career so far. Scored 20 goals in 58 games as a rookie in Ottawa and hasn't scored more than 14 since but still only 27 and is coming off two solid years in Detroit as a role player. A player who might be revived after a couple of years in Detroit. Potential to get back to the 20 goal mark.
4. Michael Ryder: Much maligned in Montreal and Boston but he can score. Great shot who had a great playoffs. Kind of a poor man's Luc Robitaille. Not a great skater but can get his shot off from anywhere and it's deadly accurate. He is a goal scorer.
5. Teemu Selanne: Still going strong at the age of 40, posting 1340 points in 1259 games. Revitalized this past year recording 80 points (31 goals) in 73 games. The Finnish Flash still has the wheels.
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