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Top 5 Right Wingers - Fantasy Hockey

Looking for players to help you win fantasy this season? Here are the top 5 choices for the right-wing position.

5. William Nylander

The spotlight surrounds Nylander as his contract is up at the end of this season. Coming off a big year last season, totaling 87 points with 40 goals with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Nylander has improved year after year in the offensive column. He has tremendous IQ, whether he is attacking in the offensive or defensive zone, Nylander will be in the right areas. Most people will agree that Nylander was the Maple Leaf’s most consistent player last season. He had 6 game-winning goals including 1 in the postseason. If Nylander is available late first or early second round, take him.

4. Mitch Marner

The leading scorer on the Toronto Maple Leafs, Mitch Marner has established himself as one of the best wingers in the NHL. He posted 99 points last season with 30 goals and 69 assists. A very skilled playmaker who never panics when it comes to making a pass. Playing on the first line alongside superstar center Auston Matthews will maximize his opportunity to score. This is a big year for Toronto, especially the amount of pressure this city has on their players. If Marner is available mid-first round, this is an easy choice to make.

3. Mikko Rantanen

Rantanen has proven that he doesn’t need strong players around him to produce high numbers. When Mackinnon went down with his injury in 2021-22, Rantanen put up 92 points in 75 games. He helped carry the Avalanche in the regular season to a 56-19-7 record that put them first in the Central. This eventually led them to a Stanley Cup Championship after overcoming the Lightning in 6 games. Racking up 55 games last season, which placed him 3rd in the entire NHL. If he is available in the top 10, he should be considered an option for your fantasy team.

2. Nikita Kucherov

Kucherov has been one of the most dominant players for the past 5 to 6 years. He received the Hart Trophy as the league's MVP back in the 2018-19 season. He has posted over a point per game season in each of the last 7 years in the NHL with 3 of them potting over 100 points. Playing on the top line alongside Steven Stamkos and Brayden Point which arguably could be one of the best lines in hockey. There will be early concerns with the Lightning as goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy will be out for approximately 10 weeks due to having back surgery. This shouldn’t affect Kucherov’s offensive ability to help put the puck in the back of the net. Kucherov should be an early selection in the first round so if you want him, pick him early.

1. David Pastrnak

Only 1 of 2 players reached the 60-goal plateau and one of them was David Pastrnak. He posted a career-high 113 points last season, putting him tied for 3rd alongside Nikita Kucherov. The Boston Bruins had a historical year last season, reaching 65 wins and 135 points. Losing Patrice Bergeron to retirement will take a hit on Pastrnak but shouldn’t see much of a dip in his numbers. Playing with Brad Marchand, the new captain of the Boston Bruins, he should be putting up comparable numbers to last season. Similar to Kucherov, if he is available early first round, he should be an option for your fantasy team.

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