This week I am going to try and focus on something fun and exciting, rather than all the negative things that have occurred in the hockey world over the past couple of weeks. I am going to do some fantasy rankings and discuss which players in my opinion will guide your fantasy team to success. To get this rolling, I will discuss my top 5 fantasy forwards.
(Ovechkin is our top Fantasy Pick. Photo: NHLSnipers.com)
My number one pick heading into this season is Alex Ovechkin. Ovi will certainly be right toward the top of every offensive statistic in most fantasy leagues. A consistent 50-goal scorer and 100+ point performer, Ovechkin is my number one fantasy player for the 2011-2012 season.
My second pick would be Anaheim’s Corey Perry. Perry is coming off a 50 goal and 98-point season. Not only a guy that will put up goals and points, Perry uses his big frame and grit to usually rack up 100+ penalty minutes a season.
Right behind Perry is Lightning forward Steven Stamkos. Stamkos is a sniper and should be close to a 50-goal campaign and 100 point season. Skating alongside St. Louis, Stamkos will be given every opportunity to put up points.
I am going to pair the Sedin twins together for my 4th and 5th pick because not only can I not tell them apart, I cant decide which one I would rather have on my fantasy team. Last season, Daniel had the upper hand over his brother Henrik, but both are a constant threat to score and produce. Daniel was the only player last season to put up over 100 points, while his brother Henrik led the NHL two seasons ago with 112 points.
Just a side-note: If I knew Sidney Crosby was going to be 100% healthy and not miss an extended amount of action, I would put Crosby at the very top of my list. I think Crosby is all in all the best player in the league and would expect nothing less than 100+ points out of the Penguin superstar. I hope he is back on the ice this season, because he makes the NHL that much better.
What are your thoughts? Who is the top pick in your fantasy draft?