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2013 NHL Fantasy Hockey Rankings Update, Week 10: “Malkin” Some Noise

Week Ten 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.

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Forwards:

Moving Up:

Max Pacioretty– Montreal Canadiens: (Last Week’s Ranking: 63, This Week: 52) The 6’2 power-forward has been a shooting machine since (and including) November 12th. The 25-year-old winger has recorded one game with eight shots and two games with ten shots during this ten game stretch. Thankfully for Montreal, the barrage of shots that the native of New Canaan, Connecticut has been firing on net, has translated into eight goals during this stretch. Pacioretty has ten goals on the season, along with three assists, good for thirteen points — ten of which have come in his past ten games — on the season. Pacioretty could be flying high off chemistry with new linemates Brendan Gallagher and David Desharnaisor it could be that the former first-round pick is finally healthy and having his breakout season.

Nick Bonino– Anaheim Ducks: (Last Week’s Ranking: N.R., This Week: 94) The 25-year-old center has been a power-play specialist for Bruce Boudreau‘s Ducks team. A native of Hartford, Connecticut, Bonino has played all year long on the number one power-play unit for the Ducks — skating 2:41 per-game on the power-play. The former sixth-round pick has eight power-play points on the year — which is substantially more than Ducks super-star Corey Perry has. Perry has just four power-play points on the year. Bonino has been skating only 11 minutes and 47 seconds per game during 5-on-5 play, so his upside is limited, but 19 points in 29 games — along with his eight power-play points — are definitely worth an add.

Other big movers: Evgeni Malkin– Pittsburgh Penguins (Last Week’s Ranking: 10, This Week: 3), James Neal– Pittsburgh Penguins (Last Week: 17, This Week: 10), Thomas Vanek– New York Islanders (Last Week: 72, This Week: 51) Jaromir Jagr– New Jersey Devils (Last Week: 65, This Week: 54), Jeff Carter– Los Angeles Kings (Last Week: 80, This Week: 55), Dustin Penner– Anaheim Ducks (Last Week: 97, This Week: 87), Ryan Johansen– Columbus Blue Jackets (Last Week: N.R., This Week: 90), Radim Vrbata– Phoenix Coyotes (Last Week: 99, This Week: 91) Sean Couturier– Philadelphia Flyers (This Week: N.R., This Week: 100)

Moving Down

Frans Nielsen– New York Islanders: (Last Week’s Ranking: 53, This Week: 65) Mostly in the month of November, it’s just been normal shot percentage regression for the 29-year-old center. Nielsen, a native of Herning, Denmark has scored ten goals this season but just three this month. This is largely due to regression from his 26.7 percent shot percentage he recorded in the month of October. While we acknowledge Nielsen is still good for a 65-70 point season, the month of November has brought about a great deal of concern with the Islanders as a team. The lack of success in the past month for the hockey team heading to Brooklyn – in the near future – is a big reason why Nielsen is now at a minus-5 after being a plus-3 in the first month of the season. That concern spawns our lowering of Nielsen.

Other big movers: Kyle Okposo– New York Islanders (Last Week: 52, This Week: 61), Tomas Hertl– San Jose Sharks (Last Week: 76, This Week: 95), Ryan Callahan– New York Rangers (Last Week: 87, This Week: Not Ranked), Cody Hodgson– Buffalo Sabres (Last Week: 91, This Week: Not Ranked) 

1. Sidney Crosby 26. Joe Thornton 51. Thomas Vanek 76. Mikhail Grabovski
2. Alex Ovechkin 27. Matt Duchene 52. Max Pacioretty 77. Jakub Voracek
3. Evgeni Malkin 28. Bobby Ryan 53. David Perron 78. Marcus Johansson
4. John Tavares 29. Alex Steen 54. Jaromir Jagr 79. Steve Downie
5. Corey Perry 30. David Backes 55. Jeff Carter 80. Vincent Lecavalier
6. Henrik Zetterberg 31. James van Riemsdyk 56. Milan Lucic 81. Justin Williams
7. Henrik Sedin 32. Mikko Koivu 57. Patrice Bergeron 82. Mike Ribeiro
8. Daniel Sedin 33. Ryan Kesler 58. Shane Doan 83. Wayne Simmonds
9. Ryan Getzlaf 34. Kyle Turris 59. Martin Hanzal 84. Teddy Purcell
10. Patrick Kane 35. Rick Nash 60. Paul Stastny 85. Ryan O’Reilly
11. James Neal 36. Marian Hossa 61. Kyle Okposo 86. Tomas Plekanec
12. Tyler Seguin 37. Andrew Ladd 62. Brad Richards 87. Dustin Penner
13. Logan Couture 38. Jason Pominville 63. Mason Raymond 88. Chris Kreider
14. Anze Kopitar 39. David Krejci 64. Joffrey Lupul 89. Jarome Iginla
15. Zach Parise 40. Jordan Eberle 65. Frans Nielsen 90. Ryan Johansen
16. Phil Kessel 41. Eric Staal 66. Gabriel Landeskog 91. Radim Vrbata
17. Jonathan Toews 42. Taylor Hall 67. Valtteri Filppula 92. Brandon Saad
18. Claude Giroux 43. Jason Spezza 68. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 93. David Legwand
19. Nicklas Backstrom 44. Bryan Little 69. Matt Moulson 94. Nick Bonino
20. Patrick Sharp 45. Nazem Kadri 70. Mike Cammalleri 95. Tomas Hertl
21. Martin St. Louis 46. Jiri Hudler 71. Mike Richards 96. Matt Read
22. Joe Pavelski 47. Brent Burns 72. Clarke MacArthur 97. Brendan Gallagher
23. Chris Kunitz 48. Evander Kane 73. T.J. Oshie 98. Lars Eller
24. Patrick Marleau 49. Derek Stepan 74. Loui Eriksson 99. Alex Galchenyuk
25. Pavel Datsyuk 50. Steven Stamkos 75. Alex Killorn 100. Sean Couturier

Defense

Moving Up

Torey Krug– Boston Bruins: (Last Week’s Ranking: 42, This Week: 35) The 22-year-old defenseman from Livonia, Michigan caught the league by storm in the playoffs last year with four goals. During the regular season he’s upped his point per game totals to impressive levels. The undrafted sophomore has 16 points in 27 games this season. The fly in his ointment is a lack of ice time. He currently is logging just over 17 and a half minutes per game.

Victor Hedman– Tampa Bay Lightning: (Last Week’s Ranking: N.R., This Week: 36) The former number two overall pick might finally be finding his game in the National Hockey League. In 2011-2012 Hedman averaged 0.38 points per game. In 2012-2013 Hedman averaged 0.45 points per game, and this year he’s upped it to 0.58 per game. The 22-year-old blue-liner has been much maligned in Tampa Bay, but it’s easy to forget just how young he is. He’s got a bright future.

Other big movers: Duncan Keith– Chicago Blackhawks: (Last Week: 12, This Week: 10), Andy Greene– New Jersey Devils (Last Week: 50, This Week: 44)

Moving Down: 

Mike Green– Washington Capitals: (Last Week: 17, This Week, 22) Mike Green’s saving grace has always been his ability to quarterback the leagues’ best power-play unit along with Nicklas BackstromSince John Carlson‘s onslaught on the league, Green has lost his playing time on the top unit. The demotion has had a profound effect on the 28-year-old defenseman from Alberta, Canada. Green still has zero goals this season, and he remains a far-cry away from his 23-year-old season during which he potted 31 goals and added 3.57 shots per game. The former first-round pick is only firing 2.58 shots on net per game this year.

Other big movers: Dion Phanuef- Toronto Maple Leafs (Last Week: 10, This Week: 12), Cody Franson– Toronto Maple Leafs (Last Week: 23, This Week: 26), Radko Gudas– Tampa Bay Lightning (Last Week: 41, This Week: 49) 

1. Erik Karlsson 26. Cody Franson
2. P.K. Subban 27. Cam Fowler
3. Dustin Byfuglien 28. Brent Seabrook
4. Ryan Suter 29. Niklas Hjalmarsson
5. Oliver Ekman-Larsson 30. Alexander Edler
6. Alex Pietrangelo 31. John Carlson
7. Drew Doughty 32. Kris Russell
8. Shea Weber 33. Marek Zidlicky
9. Kris Letang 34. Jason Garrison
10. Duncan Keith 35. Torey Krug
11. Niklas Kronwall 36. Victor Hedman
12. Dion Phaneuf 37. Travis Hamonic
13. Andrei Markov 38. Andrew MacDonald
14. Keith Yandle 39. Matt Niskanen
15. Dan Boyle 40. Christian Ehrhoff
16. Jay Bouwmeester 41. Dan Hamhuis
17. Ryan McDonagh 42. Marc-Edouard Vlasic
18. Kevin Bieksa 43. Derek Morris
19. Kevin Shattenkirk 44. Andy Greene
20. Brian Campbell 45. Seth Jones
21. Slava Voynov 46. Jan Hejda
22. Mike Green 47. Matt Carle
23. Zdeno Chara 48. Tom Gilbert
24. James Wisniewski 49. Radko Gudas
25. Jonas Brodin 50. Justin Braun
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