Week Twelve 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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Moving Up:

Jeff Carter- Los Angeles Kings (Last Week’s Ranking: 57, This Week: 41): The 28-year-old Carter has 17 points through 24 games — a 0.71 point-per-game rate. The pace at which the former first-round pick is producing is the best he has put forth since his age 24 through 26 seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers. The native of London, Ontario is skating on the first line with Anze Kopitar and Dwight King. The big 6’4 210 pound forward has five points (including two power-play points) in his past three games.

Jeff Skinner- Carolina Hurricanes (Last Week’s Ranking: 80, This Week: 44) The 21-year-old Skinner has now potted nine goals in his past nine games and has 21 points in 23 games. Skinner, a native of Markham, Ontario is skating with Eric Staal and Tuomo Ruutu on Carolina’s number one line. Perhaps the most impressive breakthrough for the youngster is the fact that he is planting seeds of a two-way game. Skinner has a plus-3 rating this year after a minus-21 the year prior.

Mike Ribeiro- Phoenix Coyotes (Last Week’s Ranking: 89, This Week: 61) The 33-year-old native of Montreal, Quebec has eight points in six games in the month of December. He is a plus-2 during the month. The former second-round pick now has 28 points in 32 games. The small concern is that in four of those six games, Ribeiro skated fewer than 18 minutes, including a game against the Edmonton Oilers during which he skated 13 minutes and 51 seconds.

Reilly Smith- Boston Bruins (Last Week’s Ranking: 86, This Week: 67) The 22-year-old Smith was the secondary player in the big trade that sent Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley to the Dallas Stars. The primary player coming back for Boston was Loui Eriksson. While Eriksson has been hurt much of the year, it’s arguable that Smith, when given the same role that Eriksson was in, has been better than the 28-year-old Swedish winger. Smith has six points in his past five games (including the game against Pittsburgh on December 7th, during which Eriksson was injured in the first period) thanks to skating alongside Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. 

Moving Down:

John Tavares- New York Islanders (Last Week’s Ranking: 7, This Week: 12) Tavares is still an elite player but his shots rate and goal pace have declined since the acquisition of Thomas Vanek. That fact and his declining plus-minus rating (due to the dearth of defensive talent on that team) is why Tavares has moved to the bottom end of the elite tier.

Andrew Ladd- Winnipeg Jets (Last Week’s Ranking: 42, This Week: 51) Ladd, the captain of the Jets has just six points in his last 12 games. The 28-year-old from Maple Ridge, British Columbia set a career high with 0.96 points-per-game last season, but he has regressed this year to what he has been for most of his career. Ladd has sat around 0.60 points per game for his career — a number he is hovering around right now, with a 0.65 point-per-game mark this year.

Jiri Hudler- Calgary Flames (Last Week’s Ranking: 45, This Week: 63) The 29-year-old Czechoslovakian is skating a career high 19:10 per game, which is in accordance with his 0.91 point-per-game pace (also a career best). Hudler is still not shooting enough to be a trusted Top-50 fantasy option, but he’s got substantially more upside than any other players in his ranking range (mid 60’s).

1.(1) Sidney Crosby 51.(42) Andrew Ladd
2.(2) Alex Ovechkin 52.(48) Jaromir Jagr
3.(3) Evgeni Malkin 53.(49) David Krejci
4.(4) Corey Perry 54.(54) Milan Lucic
5.(5) Ryan Getzlaf 55.(51) Clarke MacArthur
6.(6) Patrick Kane 56.(52) Thomas Vanek
7.(10) Patrick Sharp 57.(62) Mason Raymond
8.(11) Phil Kessel 58.(55) Derek Stepan
9.(9) Zach Parise 59.(56) Brent Burns
10.(15) Patrick Marleau 60.(61) Tomas Plekanec
11.(12) Logan Couture 61.(89) Mike Ribeiro
12.(7) John Tavares 62.(70) Ryan Johansen
13.(14) Tyler Seguin 63.(45) Jiri Hudler
14.(13) Daniel Sedin 64.(63) Radim Vrbata
15.(16) Jonathan Toews 65.(64) Gabriel Landeskog
16.(17) Anze Kopitar 66.(60) Martin Hanzal
17.(25) Pavel Datsyuk 67.(86) Reilly Smith
18.(20) James Neal 68.(76) Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
19.(19) Chris Kunitz 69.(72) Chris Kreider
20.(18) James van Riemsdyk 70.(58) Patrice Bergeron
21.(21) Martin St. Louis 71.(79) Dustin Penner
22.(22) Henrik Sedin 72.(73) Valtteri Filppula
23.(23) Joe Pavelski 73.(82) Mike Richards
24.(24) Alex Steen 74.(81) T.J. Oshie
25.(8) Henrik Zetterberg 75.(87) Mikhail Grabovski
26.(26) Claude Giroux 76.(68) Kyle Okposo
27.(27) Nicklas Backstrom 77.(83) Nick Bonino
28.(28) David Backes 78.(67) Brad Richards
29.(29) Marian Hossa 79.(93) Johan Franzen
30.(33) Ryan Kesler 80.(NR) Gustav Nyquist
31.(30) Joe Thornton 81.(90) Brandon Saad
32.(36) Jamie Benn 82.(88) Steve Downie
33.(31) Bobby Ryan 83.(95) Brandon Dubinsky
34.(34) Mikko Koivu 84.(71) Shane Doan
35.(35) Matt Duchene 85.(85) Wayne Simmonds
36.(37) Rick Nash 86.(84) Jakub Voracek
37.(39) Eric Staal 87.(77) Mike Cammalleri
38.(38) Jason Spezza 88.(92) Mats Zuccarello
39.(40) Nazem Kadri 89.(91) Jarome Iginla
40.(41) Jason Pominville 90.(94) Andrew Shaw
41.(57) Jeff Carter 91.(59) Evander Kane
42.(44) Taylor Hall 92.(NR) Mike Santorelli
43.(45) Bryan Little 93.(NR) Valeri Nichushkin
44.(80) Jeff Skinner 94.(NR) Nick Foligno
45.(43) Jordan Eberle 95.(NR) Tyler Toffoli
46.(32) Kyle Turris 96.(NR) Cam Atkinson
47.(53) Max Pacioretty 97.(65) Paul Stastny
48.(47) David Perron 98.(78) Frans Nielsen
49.(75) Joffrey Lupul 99.(NR) Blake Wheeler
50.(50) Steven Stamkos 100.(NR) Antoine Vermette


Moving Up:

Dan Boyle- San Jose Sharks (Last Week’s Ranking: 15, This Week: 9) The veteran defenseman has been jumping into the rush a lot lately. It has led to five points in his last three games.

1.(1) P.K. Subban 26.(24) Slava Voynov
2.(2) Erik Karlsson 27.(27) Torey Krug
3.(4) Duncan Keith 28.(50) Mark Giordano
4.(3) Dustin Byfuglien 29.(28) Zdeno Chara
5.(5) Oliver Ekman-Larsson 30.(30) Cody Franson
6.(6) Niklas Kronwall 31.(29) Kris Russell
7.(8) Drew Doughty 32.(35) Matt Niskanen
8.(7) Alex Pietrangelo 33.(31) Niklas Hjalmarsson
9.(15) Dan Boyle 34.(39) Eric Gelinas
10.(9) Andrei Markov 35.(32) Marek Zidlicky
11.(10) Ryan Suter 36.(45) Andrej Sekera
12.(11) Ryan McDonagh 37.(34) Jonas Brodin
13.(12) Shea Weber 38.(38) Andy Greene
14.(19) Kevin Shattenkirk 39.(33) James Wisniewski *inj
15.(15) Jay Bouwmeester 40.(36) Victor Hedman *inj
16.(20) Cam Fowler 41.(41) Dan Hamhuis
17.(23) Jason Garrison 42.(42) Nick Leddy
18.(16) Keith Yandle 43.(47) Brenden Dillon
19.(14) Dion Phaneuf 44.(44) Justin Braun
20.(22) John Carlson 45.(NR) Jake Gardiner
21.(17) Kevin Bieksa 46.(37) Andrew MacDonald
22.(21) Brian Campbell 47.(46) Radko Gudas
23.(26) Brent Seabrook 48.(NR) Dylan Olsen
24.(18) Kris Letang 49.(48) Erik Johnson
25.(25) Mike Green 50.(NR) Justin Faulk
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