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2021 NHL Fantasy Rankings: Wingers

Updated: Dec 31, 2020

The days leading up to this ever unique season are proving to be very fluid, as we learned since releasing our center rankings Monday that Jonathan Toews is out indefinitely for the Chicago Blackhawks with an undisclosed illness. News like this on a player of this caliber not only affects the Blackhawks, but also every other team in the Central Division significantly since they meet each team eight times this season. Therefore, rankings on every player will feel the impact in a domino effect.


So, as we turn to the wingers, all eyes shift to the big names up in the air. Perhaps none bigger than the two perennial top 10 fantasy wingers in Boston, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. Offseason surgery has fantasy owners questioning when to pull the trigger in the draft on these guys, although Marchand's timetable to return is around the start of the new season. Pastrnak, however, could be another month into the season, so we adjust accordingly.


We also have new places for familiar faces, bigger opportunity for budding stars, and ageless wonders perhaps finally falling victim to the aging curve. So, without further ado, let's take a look at the top fantasy wingers in hockey:


1. Steven Stamkos, TBL


The last time we saw Stamkos, he became an instant playoff hero by scoring a goal in his only period of play in the playoffs. Now the captain should be back healthy, and likely to get a lot of time on Brayden Point's wing with Nikita Kucherov on long term injured reserve. He may be a bit of a surprise in our top spot, but there's no arguing with Stamkos' shooting talent, which should rake in not only top-of-the-league like goal totals, but also shot totals.


2. Taylor Hall, BUF


The truth is, too many projections are based heavily off of the year prior. Instead at PuckLuck.com, we like to look forward in our projections. That's what leads us to Hall in this spot. On his own merit, Hall has produced elite fantasy numbers in the past without ever truly being paired with an elite center. Now, with Jack Eichel projected to be his pivotman, we are all-in on Hall. It's important to note that he also only signed a one-year deal, so this is his chance to earn a big contract in next season's free agent market.


3. Brad Marchand, BOS


With Marchand expected to be available towards the beginning of the season, he'll again be a must-grab in the first round of season-long drafts. He not only plays in every situation, but does so at an elite level. The Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak line won't be around for too much longer, so take advantage of it while you can.


4. Mark Stone, VGK


The Vegas Golden Knights continue to impress in their formidable years in the NHL, and Stone is a big reason why. With the Knights drawing some of the league's weakest opponents in the West Division, expect Stone to put up some big-time numbers this season.


5. Mitch Marner, TOR


Marner is a unique case where, if he needed to, he could drive his own line from the wing. However, since he's likely playing with Auston Matthews - who projects as our top fantasy player this season - Marner is in an elite situation. Consider the weak North Division as well, and the depth among the Toronto forward group. You cannot go wrong with Marner this season.


6. Jake Guentzel, PIT


Once known as the surprise producer on Sidney Crosby's wing, Guentzel has proven himself as a consistent fantasy scorer. He plays on an elite powerplay as well, which just pads his floor as a top winger in the draft.


7. Max Pacioretty, VGK


In what was a BIG rebound season for Pacioretty, fantasy owners should expect much of the same this season. At times, Pacioretty was Vegas' best scorer, flashing us some of the same production he had for a few years in Montreal. He again projects to play on a line with Stone, and so for reasons similar make it a point to target him in the draft.


8. Alex Ovechkin, WSH


You may have been wondering where Ovechkin's name was in spots one through seven, but the Great Eight lands at number eight in our rankings. Is it age? Will his production drop? Well, not really. We still expect Ovechkin to be Ovechkin - firing off league-leaders shots on goal numbers with a good percentage of them going in. He is, however, in the league's toughest division, and his team as a whole is aging. Not being able to feast on the weakest teams in the NHL for a strong percentage of the shortened season clearly vaults some other all-star talent ahead of him.


9. Artemi Panarin, NYR


Speaking of all-star talent, Panarin impressively played at an MVP level last season. That might intrigue you to take him in the first round of your drafts this season, but we implore you to hold off. While Panarin is undoubtedly talented, he has a few factors working against him. He plays in the aforementioned gauntlet of the East Divison, his centerman, Ryan Strome, had an unprecedentedly strong 2019-2020 season (likely driven by Panarin), and his defensemen, particularly on his side of the ice, struggle in moving the puck. That all being said, talent can trump all, which is why he comes in at number nine here in our rankings.


10. Jonathan Huberdeau, FLA


While he's never a flashy name to select in your draft, Huberdeau owners are forever grateful for the consistency he shows. Without much in the way of him remaining on Florida's top line, Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov will be leaned on heavily to carry the offensive production for the Panthers.


11. Mikko Rantanen, COL


Rantanen is a guy who's hot on fantasy owners' love lists. And, to be honest, what's not to like? Colorado projects near the top of league standings, Rantanen will continue to play on Nathan MacKinnon's wing, and there could be some absolute blowouts against some West Divison foes. Sounds like a recipe for success to me.


12. Patrick Kane, CHI


Things in Chicago just got a little more interesting with the Toews news, which means Kane will be leaned on even more to produce at even-strength. With Kirby Dach also out, it's unclear what type of talent Kane will have as linemates (we currently have Carl Soderberg as his centerman), so if he starts off a little slow out of the gate it wouldn't be a shock. He still can dominate in the offensive zone and has spent the last few seasons making something out of nothing, so this is no new territory for the shifty winger.


13. Evander Kane, SJS


The "other" Kane, with Evander you know exactly what to expect. He is a high-volume shooter for one of league's weaker teams, so expect him to get plenty of opportunity in all facets of the game. If San Jose is playing from behind a lot as expected, we forecast a little extra boost in Kane's shot numbers.


14. Blake Wheeler, WPG


Winnipeg is an interesting team to forecast this season. They're only a couple of seasons removed from being considered one of the NHL's elite, and now find themselves in the unimpressive North Division. The Jets' captain, Wheeler, is slotted with Kyle Connor and Mark Scheifele on the top line, top powerplay unit, and will even mix in some time on the penalty kill, leaving plenty of opportunity for the 34 year-old winger to continue to play at a high level before the impending drop-off hits.


15. Brendan Gallagher, MTL


Gallagher has become the fulcrum of the Canadiens offense by constantly getting into high-danger areas. Due to that, it's hard to see any decline in offensive production anytime soon, despite the threat of two new right wingers added in the offseason - Tyler Toffoli and Josh Anderson. Gallagher's net-front presence on the powerplay too lands him in the top 15 wingers in our rankings.


16. Brady Tkachuk, OTT

17. Anthony Mantha, DET

18. Patric Hornqvist, FLA

19. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, EDM

20. Oliver Bjorkstrand, CBJ

21. Andrei Svechnikov, CAR

22. Travis Konecny, PHI

23. Jonathan Marchessault, VGK

24. Gabriel Landeskog, COL

25. William Nylander, TOR

26. Johnny Gaudreau, CGY

27. Filip Forsberg, NAS

28. Brock Boeser, VAN

29. Teuvo Teravainen, CAR

30. Claude Giroux, PHI

31. Matthew Tkachuk, CGY

32. David Pastrnak, BOS

33. J.T. Miller, VAN

34. Kyle Connor, WPG

35. Timo Meier, SJS

36. Cam Atkinson, CBJ

37. Tomas Tatar, MTL

38. Kevin Fiala, MIN

39. Alex Debrincat, CHI

40. Elias Lindholm, CGY

41. Patrik Laine, WPG

42. Jamie Benn, DAL

43. Alex Radulov, DAL

44. Kyle Palmieri, NJD

45. Mike Hoffman, STL

46. Evgeny Dadonov, OTT

47. Reilly Smith, VGK

48. Anders Lee, NYI

49. Zach Parise, MIN

50. David Perron, STL

51. Jakub Voracek, PHI

52. Nikita Gusev, NJD

53. Jake Debrusk, BOS

54. Sam Reinhart, BUF

55. Jakob Silfverberg, ANA

56. Alex Killorn, TBL

57. Jordan Eberle, NYI

58. Chris Kreider, NYR

59. Dominik Kubalik, CHI

60. Kirill Kaprizov, MIN

61. Phil Kessel, ARI

62. T.J. Oshie, WSH

63. Nikolaj Ehlers, WPG

64. Alexis Lafreniere, NYR

65. Anthony Duclair, FLA

66. Rickard Rakell, ANA

67. Tyler Johnson, TBL

68. Mats Zucarello, MIN

69. Craig Smith, BOS

70. Viktor Arvidsson, NAS

71. Jakub Vrana, WSH

72. Tyler Bertuzzi, DET

73. Clayton Keller, ARI

74. Ilya Mikheyev, TOR

75. Conor Garland, ARI

76. Tyler Toffoli, MTL

77. Gustav Nyquist, CBJ

78. Jason Zucker, PIT

79. Jaden Schwartz, STL

80. James Neal, EDM

81. Ondrej Kase, BOS

82. Ondrej Palat, TBL

83. Dustin Brown, LAK

84. Mikael Granlund, NAS

85. Jeff Skinner, BUF

86. Bryan Rust, PIT

87. James van Riemsdyk, PHI

88. Anthony Beauvillier, NYI

89. Jonathan Drouin, MTL

90. Pavel Buchnevich, NYR

91. Roope Hintz, DAL

92. Zach Hyman, TOR

93. Josh Bailey, NYI

94. Kevin Labanc, SJS

95. Jesper Bratt, NJD

96. Joel Armia, MTL

97. Blake Coleman, TBL

98. Nino Niederreiter, CAR

99. Alex Tuch, VGK

100. Oskar Lindblom, PHI


 

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