2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Top 10 Wingers

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Sven here back with another rankings article, covering the top 10 wingers this time. If you missed my wingers 11-20, you can get caught up HERE. There shouldn't be too many surprises here, as most of these players will absolutely be targets for your first 3-4 rounds of the draft. Feel free to let me know if there's anyone in 11-20 that should be on this list!

1. Artemi Panarin

This is the year that the Bread Man takes that next step and people stop questioning his salary. He has been awfully streaky in his first two seasons with the Blue Shirts, however some more consistency from the players around him will only make him that much more of a threat. Young studs Alexis Lafreniere and Kaapo Kakko are a year older and both very excited for the chance to play with a world-class passer. If the Rangers are in the playoff picture this season, expect Panarin to be a finalist for individual awards.

2. Nikita Kucherov

I’ll put it this way: Kucherov missed the entirety of last regular season and still was able to light up the Stanley Cup Playoffs. I haven’t seen any news that he will miss time next season, so expect Kuch to be right back at the top of the scoring race playing alongside Brayden Point.

3. Mikko Rantanen

Rantanen is a top ten pick this season after his juicy uptick in shots. Playing with one of the best players in the world at C sure helps! I expect more of the same out of the former tenth overall pick.

4. David Pastrnak

I have seen Pasta ranked higher, and I am personally a huge fan, but he has to stay healthy in order to take that next step. He exploded onto the scene in 2020-21 coming off injury, and finished with a reasonable 48 in 48. His S% was a few points below his career average and his shots per game dipped slightly, but if he plays a full 82 games for just the second time in his career these stats will bounce back. He is a no brainer second round pick, I’m just not sure where I see him slating in my top 100 overall just yet.

5. Patrick Kane

Patty Kane appears to have found the fountain of youth in Chicago, tallying 50+ assists in back to back shortened seasons. It was a tough decision leaving his likely line mate Alex DeBrincat out of this Top 20, however I can see the two players hooking up for many more goals this season. I’m expecting a decent regression in shots and goals, but who would have thought Kane would be a second-rounder a couple years back?

6. Alex Ovechkin

The only reason the Great Eight is this low is because we finally saw him start to show some rust. Sure, 24 goals in 45 games is impressive, however he did miss a noteworthy amount of time with nagging injuries. There is no doubt in my mind he will be worth every penny of his five-year, $9.5M extension, however we will naturally see some regression. In a league where shots matter more I would consider taking him over Patty Kane, but no higher.

7. Brad Marchand

Marchand has been one of the more underrated fantasy players in the past few seasons, solely because he is one of the more hated players in the NHL. Despite this, he has found himself near the top of the scoring race in each of the past three seasons. At 33 years old, it’s safe to say his S% won’t be above 20% again this season, but him being on one of the best lines in hockey makes him a no-brainer in the second round of your draft. You may even get lucky and be able to pair him and Pasta!

8. Max Pacioretty

If you tuned into any FP pre-season content last year, you knew we were all over Patches and he certainly did not disappoint. He won’t be a fourth-to-fifth round steal this season, but expect about the same offensive output over 82 games and very good shot numbers.

9. Mitchell Marner

His 2020-21 playoff performance definitely hurt his draft stock this season given the recency bias, but I am okay with this ranking potentially being the most wrong I’ve ever been on a player. Two seasons removed from a breakout 94 points, Marner has been very solid in each of the past two abbreviated seasons. The S% saw a decent uptick playing against the North Division, and the assists will keep pouring in as long as he’s playing with Pablo in all situations. I will not be shocked if Marner finishes a lot higher than the ninth best winger, but I simply like the eight players above him more.

10. Jonathan Huberdeau

Huberdeau proved this past season that he doesn’t need to play with world-class C Aleksander Barkov, and that he can drive his own line. His high assist production is a guarantee, but the shot volume scares me a little bit. Huberdeau has always been in the double digits for S%, but to score 20 goals on only 120 shots is a bit of a stretch. I don’t think he’ll be back in the 90-point range without playing with Barkov, but we may see a nice point boost with newcomer Sam Reinhart potentially on his line.

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