Fantasy HockeyJosh Kay

2013-2014 NHL Fantasy Hockey Rankings- Week 4 Update

Week Four of the NHL season is upon us and so it’s time to once again update our Fantasy Hockey rankings. These rankings reflect a standard ESPN.com league that uses “Goals, Assists, Plus/Minus, Average Time on Ice, Penalty Minutes, Power-play points, Shots on Goal, Wins, Save Percentage, and Goals Against Average.

Forwards:

Moving Up:

Patrick Marleau & Joe PavelskiSan Jose Sharks– Both Marleau and Pavelski have led the Sharks en-route to a rip-roaring 7-0-1 start to the season. The Sharks +23 goal differential and 39 goals scored pace the league after the first three weeks of the season and each of these two forwards has played their part. Coming into the week, Pavelski and Marleau were bunched up together in the rankings with fellow Shark Joe Thornton around #50. All three of them have usurped the point per game plateau so far this season, with Marleau having the most goals scored with seven. Marleau and Pavelski join fellow Shark Logan Couture in the upper regions of our rankings as they come in at 32 and 33 respectively in our updated forward rankings.

Henrik Zetterberg & Pavel Datsyuk- Detroit Red Wings- Zetterberg and Datsyuk are nestled among the four aforementioned Sharks in the Top-10 of the points scored rankings. Both Datsyuk and Zetterberg have eleven points and a +6 rating through the Red Wings nine games played. They deserve this bump in the rankings even independent of Philadelphia Flyers super-star Claude Giroux scuffling out of the gate. Zetterberg climbs to number eight in our rankings, whilst Datsyuk settles in at number 11.

Other major movers: David Perron (EDM, new to rankings), Lars Eller (MTL, up 11 spots), Jiri Hudler (CGY, up 15 spots), Alex Steen (STL, up 14 spots), Jeff Skinner (CAR, up 17 spots), Mason Raymond (TOR, new to rankings #88), Martin Hanzal (PHX, new to rankings #93), Kyle Okposo (NYI, new to rankings #89)

Moving Down:

Claude Giroux- Philadelphia Flyers- As we briefly mentioned in the previous paragraph, Giroux and the Flyers have been atrocious to start the season. Despite being third amongst all forwards in the league in average time-on-ice per game, Giroux has yet to pot a goal in 2013-2014. In addition to not scoring as much, he isn’t shooting much either.  He’s registering just over two shots per game thus far (for a total of 18) and only has three assists to go along with a minus-5 plus/minus rating. The Flyers are 1-7  on the season, with just 11 goals scored.

Brad Marchand- Boston Bruins- Marchand continues his precipitous drop, falling another 10 spots this week after the same fall last week. The 25-year-old native of Halifax had a promising playoff effort in 2012-2013, racking up 13 points in 22 games. That effort seemingly built off his strong 2012-2013 regular season, during which he increased his points per game total to 0.80 (the best of his career). Coming into the season it was conceivable that Marchand could tally nearly 63 points to go along with his usual 80 PIM. That idea seems like a pipe dream at this point as he only has two points in seven games as well as just 12 shots on goal.

Other major movers: Johan Franzen (DET, down 10 spots), Derek Stepan (NYR, down 7 spots), Radim Vrbata (PHX, down 6 spots), Vincent Lecavalier (PHI, down 12 spots w/injury), Max Pacioretty (MTL, down 29 spots w/injury), Taylor Hall (EDM, down 13 spots w/injury), Rick Nash (NYR, down 21 spots w/injury), Scott Hartnell (PHI, fell from 81 to off the list),

Just Missed:

Lee Stempniak- Calgary Flames- Stempniak has six points in just seven games for the surprisingly not bad Calgary Flames. Stempniak is also receiving 18 minutes and 46 seconds of time-on-ice per game thus far, in addition to his respectable minus-1 rating given the crappy team he plays for.

1. Sidney Crosby 26. Patrick Sharp 51. Jakub Voracek 76. Brad Marchand
2. Steven Stamkos 27. Evander Kane 52. Wayne Simmonds 77. Vincent Lecavalier
3. Alex Ovechkin 28. Ryan Getzlaf 53. Derek Stepan 78. Brad Richards
4. Evgeni Malkin 29. Patrice Bergeron 54. Brent Burns 79. Radim Vrbata
5. John Tavares 30. Mikko Koivu 55. Teddy Purcell 80. Jiri Hudler
6. Corey Perry 31. Joffrey Lupul 56. Milan Lucic 81. P.A. Parenteau
7. Patrick Kane 32. Patrick Marleau 57. Jason Pominville 82. Pascal Dupuis
8. Henrik Zetterberg 33. Joe Pavelski 58. Mike Ribeiro 83. Brandon Saad
9. Henrik Sedin 34. Andrew Ladd 59. Mikhail Grabovski 84. Valtteri Filppula
10. Daniel Sedin 35. Jordan Eberle 60. Ryan O’Reilly 85. Max Pacioretty
11. Pavel Datsyuk 36. Matt Moulson 61. Loui Eriksson 86. Frans Nielsen
12. Eric Staal 37. Marian Hossa 62. Nathan MacKinnon 87. Cody Hodgson
13. Martin St. Louis 38. Bobby Ryan 63. Nail Yakupov 88. Mason Raymond
14. Chris Kunitz 39. David Backes 64. Lars Eller 89. Kyle Okposo
15. Phil Kessel 40. Marian Gaborik 65. Brendan Gallagher 90. Alex Chiasson
16. Tyler Seguin 41. Taylor Hall 66. Alex Steen 91. Mark Arcobello
17. Nicklas Backstrom 42. James van Riemsdyk 67. Steve Downie 92.Michael Grabner
18. Jason Spezza 43. Nazem Kadri 68. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 93. Martin Hanzal
19. Anze Kopitar 44. Joe Thornton 69. Ryan Kesler 94. Gabriel Landeskog
20. Jonathan Toews 45. David Krejci 70. Blake Wheeler 95. Ryan Callahan
21.Claude Giroux 46. Rick Nash 71. Tomas Hertl 96. David Perron
22. Logan Couture 47. Jeff Carter 72. Jeff Skinner 97. Kyle Turris
23. Jamie Benn
48. Thomas Vanek 73. Alex Galchenyuk 98. Jussi Jokinen
24. Zach Parise 49. James Neal 74. Dustin Brown 99. Jarome Iginla
25. Matt Duchene 50. Alexander Semin 75. Johan Franzen 100. Patrik Elias

*Authors Note*- The normal “other categories piece that usually follows our forward rankings will be made into an article called “Alternate League Stat Coverage”, which will run on Thursday Mornings.

Defense:

Moving Up:

Jason Garrison- Vancouver Canucks- Garrison has really enjoyed success in new Head Coach John Tortorella’s system. Garrison is second only to Montreal’s P.K. Subban in points for defenseman. The 28-year-old defenseman has nine points in ten games as well as 31 shots. He is on pace to blow the cover off his 2 shots per game pace from 2012-2013. If Garrison plays a full 82 game season (which he has yet to do in his career), he will tally 254.2 shots which is an absolutely absurd total for a defenseman. Since 2000-2001, it has been only done 11 times. The list is full of impressive names: Erik Karlsson (2011-2012), Shea Weber (2010-2011), Dustin Byfuglien (2010-2011), Zdeno Chara (2010-2011), Sheldon Souray (2008-2009), Dion Phanuef (2008-2009 and 2007-2008), Rob Blake (2005-2006, 2002-2003), Al MacInnis (2002-2003), Nicklas Lidstrom (2000-2001). The full list can be seen here. Garrison moved up eight spots in our rankings update this week to number 18.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic- San Jose Sharks- What Vlasic lacks in convenient spelling of middle names, he makes up for in skill. The 26-year-old blue-liner has seven points and a plus-10 plus/minus on the young season. Vlasic obviously won’t maintain this pace, but given his age, a breakout is not out of the realm of possibility (especially with the Sharks firing on all cylinders).  He moves up 11 spots to number 38 in our rankings.

Other major movers: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (PHX, up six spots to #11), Cody Franson (TOR, up seven spots to #23), Dennis Wideman (CGY, up nine spots to #35), Mark Giordano (CGY, up seven spots to #36), Jonas Brodin (MIN, up 6 spots to #17), Jared Spurgeon (MIN, up 12 spots to #48), Kevin Bieksa (VAN, up 20 spots to #39), Sami Salo (up 17 spots to #52), Matt Irwin (SJ, up 15 spots to #69)

Moving Down:

Cam Fowler- Anaheim Ducks- Fowler has really struggled despite playing increased minutes this season. The 21-year-old blue-liner has three points in eight games, although he hasn’t looked particularly good at moments during his average 23:49 time-on-ice. His saving grace is his age and the fact that he’s actually shooting more this year (up to 2 shots per game).

Mark Streit- Philadelphia Flyers- What Streit gives you in offense, he makes up for with horrendous defense. He is already minus-4 on the young season and playing the fewest minutes (20:04 ATOI) of his career since 2006-2007. He’s a Top-10 defenseman in leagues that count “Neutral Zone Turnovers” as a good thing.

Other major movers: Dan Boyle (SJ, down 15 spots w/injury to #25), Alex Goligoski (DAL, down 30 spots to #69), Sergei Gonchar (DAL, down 15 spots to #55), Jacob Trouba (WPG, down from #57 to off the list w/injury)

Just Made It:

Ben Lovejoy- Pittsburgh Penguins- Normally this is supposed to be “Just Missed”, but defenseman right now painfully bad. We included Lovejoy since he is playing on the Penguins (an excellent team), is receiving 20+ minutes per game, and has 21 shots already. The 29-year-old native of Concord, New Hampshire is unlikely to stay in our Top-75 throughout the season.

Here are our updated defense rankings:

Erik Karlsson 26 Alex Edler 51 Dennis Seidenberg
P.K. Subban 27 Kimmo Timonen 52 Sami Salo
Dustin Byfuglien 28 Brian Campbell 53 Marc Staal
Ryan Suter 29 Justin Schultz 54 Matt Niskanen
Drew Doughty 30 Mark Streit 55 Sergei Gonchar
Shea Weber 31 Paul Martin 56 Victor Hedman
Tobias Enstrom 32 Matt Carle 57 Niklas Hjalmarsson
Alex Pietrangelo 33 Justin Faulk 58 James Wisniewski
Dion Phaneuf 34 Ryan McDonagh 59 Matt Irwin
10 Mike Green 35 Dennis Wideman 60 Jonathan Ericsson
11 Oliver Ekman-Larsson 36 Mark Giordano 61 Derek Morris
12 Duncan Keith 37 Jay Bouwmeester 62 Michael Del Zotto
13 Andrei Markov 38 Marc-Edouard Vlasic 63 Seth Jones
14 Kevin Shattenkirk 39 Kevin Bieksa 64 Torey Krug
15 Keith Yandle 40 Zach Bogosian 65 Roman Josi
16 Niklas Kronwall 41 Fedor Tyutin 66 Marek Zidlicky
17 Jonas Brodin 42 Brent Seabrook 67 Marc Methot
18 Jason Garrison 43 Cam Fowler 68 Andrej Sekera
19 Christian Ehrhoff 44 Travis Hamonic 69 Alex Goligoski
20 Jack Johnson 45 Patrick Wiercioch 70 Jake Gardiner
21 Slava Voynov 46 Jared Spurgeon 71 John Carlson
22 Lubomir Visnovsky 47 Francois Beauchemin 72 Radko Gudas
23 Cody Franson 48 Kris Letang 73 Andrew MacDonald
24 Zdeno Chara 49 Dan Girardi 74 Justin Braun
25 Dan Boyle 50 Dan Hamhuis 75 Ben Lovejoy

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