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Draft Utopia 2014 Fantasy Hockey Left Winger Rankings

Posted By: Bob Raymond On 11/6/2014

  1. Jamie Benn: LW, Dallas Stars Benn has the versatility to play left wing, center, or right wing. He played all 82 games and posted 79 points as the team captain in 2013-2014. Benn also played all 82 games in his rookie season after being a fifth-round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Benn 11 points in 2014-2015.

  2. Patrick Sharp: LW, Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Sharp led the Blackhawks with 78 points in 82 games played last year. Some believe he is the fourth best left winger behind Chris Kunitz. Sharp has multiple seasons where he played 82 games along with multiple Stanley Cup. Kunitz has one Stanley Cup. Numbers never lie.

    Previous Ranking: 3rd Overall

  3. Taylor Hall: LW, Edmonton Oilers Taylor Hall finally blossomed with 80 points. Hall may not duplicate that production. Last season was Hall’s first season where he played at least 70 games. Some will argue that he deserves to go ahead of Benn. I have him right behind Benn.

    Previous Ranking: 2nd Overall

  4. Gabriel Landeskog: LW, Colorado Avalanche Landeskog played in 81 games. He posted 26 goals, 39 assists, and 65 points in those 81 contests. Landeskog won the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year following the 2011 NHL Draft. Three years later, he is a top five left winger in the NHL. The Colorado Avalanche named Landeskog team captain in 2014-2015 which is why he got a slight edge over Chris Kunitz.

    Previous Ranking: 5th Overall

  5. Chris Kunitz: LW, Pittsburgh Penguins Kunitz has numerous opportunities to deliver considering he plays next to SIdney Crosby. Posted 68 points in 2013-2014. Was a 30/30 player with at least 35 goals and 33 assists. As of November, Kunitz is tied for second in the NHL with 8 goals in 2014-2015.

    Previous Ranking: 4th Overall

  6. Henrik Zetterberg: LW, Detroit Red Wings Age is not a variable that caused him to fall this far. While he was injured, there were two others factors that influenced Zetterberg to fall here. The first is the consistency of other left wingers like Jamie Benn, Patrick Sharp, and Chris Kunitz. The other is the emergence of youngsters like Taylor Hall and Gabriel Landeskog.

    Previous Ranking: 8th Overall

  7. Daniel Sedin: LW, Vancouver Canucks Daniel Sedin’s numbers dropped in 2013-2014, but he is still a line 1 left winger considering the lack of quality left wingers in this league. Him and Henrik Sedin both look a lot better as leaders of the Canucks in 2014-2015.

    Previous Ranking: 9th Overall

  8. Zach Parise: LW, Minnesota Wild Zach Parise had 29 goals, 27 assists, and 56 points in 67 games. Parise needs to stay healthy if he wants to regain his status as a top 5 left winger.

    Previous Ranking: 6th Overall

  9. Max Pacioretty: LW, Montreal Canadiens Pacioretty posted 60 points in 73 games. The 2007 first-round pick has had potential. After years of hard work, Pacioretty will finally get to be the line 1 left winger in Montreal.

    Previous Ranking: 7th Overall

  10. Mike Cammallari: LW, New Jersey Devils Cammallari is the line 1 left winger on the Devils. He posted 45 points last season and has the versatility to play center as a two way forward. New Jersey got off to a hot start one of the reasons why was due to the play of Mike Cammallari on the wing.

    Previous Ranking: 22nd Overall

  11. Thomas Vanek: LW, Minnesota Wild Thomas Vanek had better numbers than Zach Parise as a line 1 left winger. Vanek may play on the third line for the Minnesota Wild. Another thing to consider is that Zach Parise is one of the top 5 left wingers with an overall rating of 90 or higher in NHL 15. Either way, Vanek is a top 10 left winger.

    Previous Ranking: 10th Overall

  12. Alexander Steen: LW, St. Louis Blues Alexander Steen led this Blues top line with 62 points despite only playing 68 games due to injuries. That just goes to show how valuable Steen is.

  13. Patrick Marleau: LW, San Jose Sharks Patrick Marleau has the statistical production of a top 5 left winger. He may get demoted from line 1 to line 2 at some point this season which is why I his numbers dropped.

  14. James Van Riemsdyk: LW, Toronto Maple Leafs James Van Riemsyk is a 30/30 player with 30 goals, 30 assists, and 60 points. Unlike Chris Kunitz he can make things happen without a top line center after going from Philadelphia with Claude Giroux to Toronto without him.

  15. Milan Lucic: LW, Boston Bruins Milan Lucic is a big skater at 6-5 239 lbs. Lucic played all 82 games last season while posting 59 points.

  16. Alex Galchenyuk: LW, Montreal Canadiens Alex Galchenyuk the third overall pick from the 2012 NHL Draft played center on the Sarnia Sting and right wing during his rookie season with the Canadiens before moving to left wing in 2013-204. Galchenyuk may be a breakout player in a few years.

    Previous Ranking: 23rd Overall

  17. Jiri Tlusty: LW, Carolina Hurricanes Tlusty will get more minutes with Jeff Skinner out with an injury. I have a feeling that Tlusty will become the face of the Hurricanes later this season if Carolina trades a big name player like Jeff Skinner, Eric Staal, or Jordan Staal. Someone on Carolina will get dealt at the trade deadline.

    Previous Ranking: 29th Overall

  18. Matt Belesky: LW, Anaheim Ducks Matt Belesky has surprised this season with 6 goals in 14 games.

    Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

  19. Jonathan Drouin: LW, Tampa Bay Lightning Jonathan Drouin looks like a future blue chip line 1 left winger next to Steven Stamkos. Chris ranked him at 11th which is ranked too high. Drouin has too much talent not to be a top 20 left winger, and one could argue he is a top 15 left winger in dynasty leagues.

    Previous Ranking: 11th Overall

  20. Nick Foligno: LW, Columbus Blue Jackets Nick Foligno can play left wing or right wing. On Saturday, the Blue Jackets moved him to center. Foligno has 13 points and reminds me of Jamie Benn on the Dallas Stars. Tuesday he scored on goalie Cam Ward.

    Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

  21. Jeff Skinner: LW, Carolina Hurricanes Jeff Skinner posted 54 points in 71 games. After Eric Staal, Skinner is the most productive player on the Hurricanes.

    Previous Ranking: 18th Overall

  22. Craig Smith: LW, Nashville Predators Outside of Shea Weber, I think Craig Smith is the most qualified to be captain of the Nashville Predators. Nashville is off to a strong start in 2014-2015.

    Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

  23. Curtis Glenncross: LW, Calgary Flames Glenncross looks like a decent line 1 left winger next to center Sean Monahan and right winger Jiri Hudler.

    Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

  24. Antoine Roussel: LW, Dallas Stars The 24-year-old Roussel already has 6 points in 12 games. He looks like a solid line 2 left winger in Dallas.

    Previous Ranking: 28th Overall

  25. Brayden Schenn: LW, Philadelphia Flyers Claude Giroux is always the line 1 center. Sometimes the Flyers mix it up because Wayne Simmons can play right wing in addition to left wing. When that happens Brayden Schenn moves over from center to left wing on the top line. Last season Schenn was the line 2 center, but he has seen some ice time as a left winger on the Flyers top line. Steno has also seen action across from Sean Couturier on the second line at left wing in addition to playing center.

    Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

  26. Justin Abdelkader: LW, Detroit Red Wings At 6-2 218 lbs, Justin Abdelkader has 5 goals, 5 assists, and 10 points in 13 games in 2014-2015. Adbelkader may see line 1 action for good if injuries continue to affect Henrik Zetterberg.

    Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

  27. Carl Soderberg: LW, Boston Bruins When Brad Marchand plays center, Soderberg is the line 2 left winger. When Marchand plays the wing, Soderbergh usually plays sniper on the back 6 on a Bruins squad that is stacked with depth.

    Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

  28. Mason Raymond: LW, Calgary Flames There have been games where Mason Raymond has been on the top line instead of Glenncross. That tells you that he is pretty good.

    Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

  29. Lee Stempniak: LW, New York Rangers Lee Stempniak is the line 1 left winger on the Rangers. Despite his struggles right now with only 5 points in 2014-2015, he will get better as the season progresses.

    Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

  30. Jussi Jokinen: LW, Florida Panthers Florida signed former two-way forward Jussi Jokinen of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jokinen will adapt from a line 3 center to a line 2 lef winger. Jokinen will be going through quite an adjustment after leading the Pittsburgh Penguins with 6 playoff goals from the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Jussi Jokinen leads an abysmal Florida Panthers offense with 6 points.