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Shuffle Up and Deal: Washing the Wings

Scott Pianowski
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I've spent my Friday ranking, profiling, polishing and cutting up 112 wingers because I care about you, your fantasy production, and your make-believe glory. Standard Yahoo! specs apply, which means penalty minutes are part of the mix here. This list is how I would attack the position in a new draft that begins right now. Offer your respectful and intelligent disagreement in the comments and we'll smooth the bumps out together. Game on.

1. Alex Ovechkin(notes)
2. Dany Heatley(notes)
3. Patrick Marleau(notes)
4. Ilya Kovalchuk(notes)
5. Marian Gaborik(notes)
6. Zach Parise(notes)
7. Daniel Sedin(notes)
8. Jarome Iginla(notes)
9. Patrick Kane(notes)
10. Corey Perry(notes)
11. Alexander Semin(notes)
12. Marian Hossa(notes)
13. Rick Nash(notes)
14. Alex Burrows(notes)
15. Bobby Ryan(notes)
16. Martin St. Louis(notes)
17. Daniel Alfredsson(notes)
18. Michael Cammalleri(notes)
19. Shane Doan(notes)
20. Loui Eriksson(notes)

Comments: Washington's offense is just crushing people these days and obviously that goes past the contributions of Ovechkin and Mike Green(notes). Semin might be the most underrated winger in the game right now. … Burrows looks fantastic on the Sedin line, the perfect fit as a power forward. … Hossa has an 8-6-14 line this month with 45 shots. He's starting to get his sea legs.

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21. Alex Kovalev(notes)
22. Danny Briere(notes)
23. Joe Pavelski(notes)
24. Rene Bourque(notes)
25. Phil Kessel(notes)
26. Ryan Malone(notes)
27. Mason Raymond(notes)
28. Patric Hornqvist(notes)
29. Alexei Ponikarovsky(notes)
30. James Neal(notes)
31. Patrick Sharp(notes)
32. Jamie Langenbrunner(notes)
33. Dustin Penner(notes)
34. Ryan Smyth(notes)
35. Martin Havlat(notes)
36. Scott Hartnell(notes)
37. Kristian Huselius(notes)
38. Chris Stewart(notes)
39. Matt Moulson(notes)
40. Mikael Samuelsson(notes)
41. Wayne Simmonds(notes)
42. Maxim Afinogenov(notes)
43. Ray Whitney(notes)
44. Dustin Byfuglien(notes)
45. Dustin Brown(notes)

Comments: How low should we go on Penner at this point? His scoring has dried up and obviously the Oilers have little to feel good about right now. … Simmonds has stepped up nicely with the Kings, a physical flank who can do a little bit of everything. … I'd like to call Moulson a post-hype guy but honestly, I'm not sure there was ever any real buzz tied to him. That said, every time I see a game on the Island, he gets my attention.

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46. Simon Gagne(notes)
47. Milan Michalek(notes)
48. Mike Knuble(notes)
49. Wojtek Wolski(notes)
50. Jussi Jokinen(notes)
51. Kris Versteeg(notes)
52. Tomas Fleischmann(notes)
53. Steve Downie(notes)
54. Jason Pominville(notes)
55. Thomas Vanek(notes)
56. Alexander Frolov(notes)
57. Niklas Hagman(notes)
58. Andy McDonald(notes)
59. Nik Antropov(notes)
60. Guillaume Latendresse(notes)
61. Brooks Laich(notes)
62. Troy Brouwer(notes)
63. Brad Boyes(notes)
64. David Backes(notes)
65. Ryane Clowe(notes)
66. Ryan Callahan(notes)
67. Devin Setoguchi(notes)
68. Sean Avery(notes)
69. Jochen Hecht(notes)
70. Danny Cleary(notes)

Comments: It's your move on Gagne, I've run out of theories. He's been invisible of late and I'm losing patience. … The Red Wings aren't afraid to shuffle lines and Tomas Holmstrom(notes) figures to be back pretty soon, but for the moment Cleary is sitting in the catbird seat, skating with Henrik Zetterberg(notes) and Pavel Datsyuk(notes). … Boyes' shooting percentage has dropped 50 percent from last year; from my eye, that's more due to the quality of his chances than merely random bad luck. With that in mind, he's stuck in no-man's land - too good to cut, too frustrating to trust in the fantasy lineup. … Setoguchi has woken up after a long slumber, but he still has that Jonathan Cheechoo(notes) 2.0 look to him doesn't he?

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71. Brian Rolston(notes)
72. Andrew Brunette(notes)
73. Patrik Elias(notes)
74. Blake Wheeler(notes)
75. Bill Guerin(notes)
76. Radim Vrbata(notes)
77. Kyle Okposo(notes)
78. Patrick O'Sullivan(notes)
79. Paul Kariya(notes)
80. Daniel Carcillo(notes)
81. Alex Tanguay(notes)
82. Tomas Holmstrom
83. Brenden Morrow(notes)
84. Niclas Bergfors(notes)
85. David Perron(notes)
86. Brian Gionta(notes)
87. Matt Carkner(notes)
88. Brandon Yip(notes)
89. Scottie Upshall(notes)
90. Todd Bertuzzi(notes)

Comments: Carkner is obviously more valuable to us on defense, where he can collect all those penalty minutes and his lack of scoring doesn't hurt so much. … Yip was never seen as a major prospect but Joe Sacco seems to like him; perhaps it's because they both matriculated at Boston University. … Two things have me intrigued with Wheeler: his pedigree (No. 5 pick back in 2004) and his play in January (5-5-10, with 8 PIMs thrown in). … Bertuzzi was a lot more fun on the first unit; skating with Valtteri Filppula(notes) isn't nearly as interesting. At least Bert can offer us dual-position eligibility, consistent shots and a handful of trips to the penalty box.

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91. Michael Frolik(notes)
92. Drew Stafford(notes)
93. J.P. Dumont(notes)
94. Owen Nolan(notes)
95. Steve Sullivan(notes)
96. Benoit Pouliot(notes)
97. Jason Blake(notes)
98. James van Riemsdyk(notes)
99. Tuomo Ruutu(notes)
100. Keith Tkachuk(notes)
101. Nathan Horton(notes)
102. Milan Hejduk(notes)
103. Teemu Selanne(notes)
104. Chris Neil(notes)
105. Andrew Ladd(notes)
106. Milan Lucic(notes)
107. Vinny Prospal(notes)
108. Ben Eager(notes)
109. Johan Franzen(notes)
110. Eric Fehr(notes)
111. Joffrey Lupul(notes)
112. David Clarkson(notes)

Let's not get into any crazy debates on the injured guys, it's hard to rank these guys and it's no coincidence you see so many of them tossed into the bottom file here. Now it's time for your clipboard, show us your work and share your observations.

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