As we have two more positions in our Fantasy Hockey power rankings, it's time to take it up a notch. More stats, more hot takes which in return makes it more fun. Once again thank you for all the support you guys give these and all of my blogs and lastly, don't forget to follow the blog at DST_Tweets. Let's get into it.
5.Nikita Kucherov - Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL 2015-16 Stats: GP: 77, G: 30, A: 36 +/-: 9 , PIM: 30
Projected 2016-17 Stats: GP: 79, G: 34, A: 40, +/-: 17 , PIM: 34
Kucherov had an amazing year last year for the Tampa Bay Lighting, and I agree with ESPN (for once) that his goals and assists will going up. One factor why is that I feel now that Jonathan Drouin is back to his old self that it will help Kuch's numbers. The reason he isn't higher is that he was a no-show at training camp which could be an issue for the start of the season, he will have a great year, but I can't put him any better due to that matter.
4. Blake Wheeler - Winnipeg Jets
NHL 2015-16 Stats: GP: 82, G: 26, A: 52 +/-: 8 , PIM: 49
Projected 2016-17 Stats: GP: 81, G: 30, A: 43, +/-: 10 , PIM: 61
Blake Wheeler is coming off an incredible year with the Jets as he had 78 points. Even though ESPN think his numbers will go down, I disagree as I see his two projected line mates (Ehlers and Scheifele having great years which will spur him to get to the 30 goal mark. This shows how good the RW group is if this guy is only four.
3. Joe Pavelski - San Jose Sharks
NHL 2015-16 Stats: GP: 82, G: 38, A: 40 +/-: 25, PIM: 30
Projected 2016-17 Stats: GP: 81, G: 36, A: 38, +/-: 23 , PIM: 30
Pavelski is going into this year with momentum after a fantastic season and a great Stanley Cup Playoffs. Besides the fact he scores and assists, NHL.com has put him at a C/RW which means he is one of these versatile players that can play two positions which is always great to have. Pavelski deserves to be higher but sadly, the top two are THAT fucking good.
2. Vladimir Tarasenko - St. Louis Blues
NHL 2015-16 Stats: GP: 80, G: 40, A: 34 +/-: 7, PIM: 37
Projected 2016-17 Stats: GP: 80, G: 42, A: 39, +/-: 14 , PIM: 40
Vladimir Tarasenko is coming off another great season and is about to have an even better one this year. Now with Fabbri, Tarasenko will have another goal scorer on his line to get his assists and all-around points up. Also, he had 24 power play points last season, and I see this getting to the high 20 mark this season especially with them keeping Shattenkirk.
1. Patrick Kane - Chicago Blackhawks
NHL 2015-16 Stats: GP: 82, G: 46, A: 60 +/-: 17, PIM: 30
Projected 2016-17 Stats: GP: 78, G: 43, A: 48, +/-: 15 , PIM: 30
Patrick Kane is coming off a season where he won the Hart Memorial Trophy (NHL's Version of MVP), and I think he can recreate that magic this season. Kane will most likely be playing with his new bestie Artemi Panarin. The best thing about Kane isn't his points or the team he's surrounded by, but it's his PP points. He had an incredible 37 last year which lead the NHL. I can see him being the best fantasy player of the season.
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