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NHL & Fantasy Hockey Week 2 Consensus Rankings Update

Week Two of the NHL season is upon us and that means it’s time to 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.

*Note Goalies will be ranked on Friday’s, in our “Five-Hole Friday Column”

Forwards:

Josh Kay’s take:

Moving Up:

Martin St. LouisTampa Bay Lightning: The 5’8 veteran speedster was named the Lightning’s ninth captain in team history after the departure of Vincent Lecavalier during the off-season. Whether that honor improves the 38-year-old winger’s play is unknown; what is known, is that he has improved his shooting percentage for five consecutive seasons. St. Louis’s value will come in the form of incredible point per game numbers as well as 21+ minutes of ice time. If he can contribute in plus/minus as well, St. Louis is a bona-fide Top-10 forward.

Steve Downie- Colorado Avalanche: Downie is coming off injury shortened seasons each of the past two years and three of the past four. In his best season at age 22, Downie posted 46 points in 79 games along with 208 penalty minutes with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Downie is capable of a repeat of those numbers in this, his age 26 season. Downie is currently skating on the first line with Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly.

Moving Down:

Taylor Hall- Edmonton Oilers: The 21-year-old former number one overall pick, affectionately known as “Hallsy”, by the Edmonton faithful, is in line for a career season in terms of points and ice-time. He started the season at center which was not a good fit. Filling in for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Hall was decent on face-off’s, going 9-for18 (50%) in the first game and 10-for-16 (63%) in the second game (including a 8-for-12 effort against Ryan Kesler and Henrik Sedin), however he struggled mightily with the defensive responsibilities of the position. Hall has a minus-five rating through two games so far and looks like he will be an absolute black hole for that stat this season. If he can turn that back around, he’ll move back up.

James Neal- Pittsburgh Penguins: Neal, a bona-fide super-star, will be out for quite some time as he is listed as “week-to-week” without a timetable for his return. He is nursing an upper-body injury.

Just Missed the Cut:

Cory ConacherOttawa Senators: Conacher was excellent for the Lightning last season before being traded to the Senators. Conacher struggled originally with his new team but clicked in the play-offs, notching three goals in eight games. Conacher has already gotten off to a hot start this year, scoring a goal already. The issue for Conacher is that while he is seeing power-play time, he isn’t seeing enough ice-time to be worth starting in a standard sized roster 10-team league. Conacher is averaging just 14:01 per game, which is more than he did with the Lightning, but still needs to be improved.

Jeff Hicks’ take

Moving Up:

Nathan MacKinnon- Colorado Avalanche: The first overall pick of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft made his presence felt during the first week. MacKinnon has earned the trust of veterans such as P.A. Parenteau and Ryan O’Reilly, as witnessed by some fancy passes for assists. He has yet to face any adversity and it will be interesting to see how he adjusts. Fans and owners have to love the early return on the rookie.

Brendan Gallagher- Montreal Canadiens: The sophomore did not make my initial ‘Top 100,’ which is on me. There are a lot of mouths to feed in Montreal on offense, so enjoy watching the forwards fight to get on the score sheet. Gallagher and fellow second-year forward Alex Galchenyuk have great chemistry playing together.

Moving Down:

Jonathan Huberdeau- Florida Panthers: The goose egg the Panthers put up against St. Louis may be an extreme on the loss spectrum, but a handful of losses by four or five goals will kill the plus/minus of talented players like Huberdeau. He is also facing the top lines of other opponents regularly. Huberdeau’s value takes a hit until Florida gets some sort of offensive identity.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins- Edmonton Oilers: RNH will be returning as early as this week, but I expect to see some rust for a few games. Toss in the potential for a Jekyll and Hyde plus/minus, and Nugent-Hopkins looks a little less appealing.

Just Missed the Cut:

Marcus Johansson- Washington Capitals: Three of Johansson’s four assists came in a 5-4 shootout win over a bad Calgary Flames team. Playing on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom should help Johansson’s stat line, but I want to see more before he makes the list.

Here are our consensus rankings:

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

 

Alternate Stats for Forwards

Not all leagues use these categories for judging players, therefore, in order to provide you with the most comprehensive analysis possible, we will be tracking other offensive category leaders and some possible sleepers for those categories.

 

First number listed is the rank of that player for the particular category, second number (in parenthesis is the number accumulated for that stat).

 

Hits:

(1). Justin Abdelkader (15)- Detroit- 3.6% ownership

(4). Tommy Wingels (11)- San Jose- 0.3% ownership

(5). Tanner Glass (10)- Pittsburgh- 0.1% ownership

(6). Martin Hanzal (10)- Phoenix- 1.4% ownership

(7). Lauri Korpikoski (10)- Phoenix- 1.6% ownership

 

Blocked Shots:

(1) Boyd Gordon (7)- Edmonton- 0.0% ownership

(2) Tommy Wingels (7)- San Jose

(3) Curtis Glencross (6)- Calgary- 6.3% ownership

(4) Tyler Bozak (6)- Toronto- 13.9% ownership

(5) Marcus Kruger (5)- Chicago- 0.3% ownership

 

Face-off Percentage: (must have > 17% of tm face-offs taken)

(1) Paul Gaustad (28-for-36, 77.8%)- Nashville- 0.0% ownership

(2) Kyle Brodziak (21-for-30, 70%)- Minnesota- 0.1% ownership

(3) Casey Cizikas (19-for-28, 67.8%)- NYI- 0.1% ownership

(5) Eric Fehr (21-for-32, 65.6%)- Washington- 6.0% ownership

(6) Antoine Vermette (31-for-48, 64.6%)- Phoenix- 0.4% ownership

 

Short Handed Points:

(1) Tyler Bozak (1)- Toronto

(3) Chris Kelly (1)- Boston- 1.8% ownership

(4) Vernon Fiddler (1)- Dallas- 10.1% ownership

(5) Brad Richardson (1)- Vancouver- 0.1% ownership

(6) Antoine Roussel (1)- Dallas- 0.0% ownership

 

Defense:

Moving Up:

Lubomir Visnovsky- New York Islanders: Mark Streit is now a Flyer, so the puck-moving defenseman role is Visnovky’s. The top power play unit on Long Island is absolutely loaded, and 20 points on the man advantage are a lock.

 

Jason Garrison- Vancouver Canucks: I will happily buy in to the goal-scoring side of Garrison. New coach John Tortorella likes to incorporate his defensemen into the offense, and Garrison is the early benefactor.

 

Moving Down:

Justin Schultz- Edmonton Oilers: Bad first impression for the young rear-guard. It appears as if Schultz may be the top challenger to Florida Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell for best offensive defenseman with a horrible plus/minus.

 

Dmitry Kulikov- Florida Panthers: Hockey purgatory claims another victim. Owners of Kulikov should be happy that the 7-0 drubbing at the hands of the Blues did not cause more damage to his plus/minus. It is tough to own a Panther blue-liner that is not named Brian Campbell. He is a game-to-game play going forward.

Just Missed the Cut:

Connor Carrick- Washington Capitals: Carrick surprised by making the big club one year after being drafted in the fifth round. The Illinois-native had a shaking -2 plus/minus against the Chicago Blackhawks in his first game, but has played even hockey since in two contests. His average ice time is a major reason why he is on the outside looking in.

Our consensus rankings:

 

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

 

Alternate Stats for Defenseman:

Not all leagues use these categories for judging players, therefore, in order to provide you with the most comprehensive analysis possible, we will be tracking other offensive category leaders and some possible sleepers for those categories.

 

First number listed is the rank of that player for the particular category, second number (in parenthesis is the number accumulated for that stat).

 

Hits:

(1) Ladislav Smid (12)- Edmonton- 0.1% owned

(2) Mike Weber (11)- Buffalo- 0.0% owned

(4) Nicklas Grossman (10)- Philadelphia – 0.1% owned

(5) Radko Gudas (9)- Tampa Bay- 0.4% owned

(6) Luke Schenn (9)- Philadelphia- 0.9% owned

 

Blocked Shots:

(1) Chris Butler (11)- Calgary- 0.0% owned

(3) Nicklas Grossman (10)- Philadelphia

(4) Carl Gunnarsson- (10)- Toronto- 0.2% owned

(5) Andrew MacDonald (10) NYI- 0.8% owned

(6) Roman Polak (9)- STL- 0.1% owned

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