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Left Wing Rankings: Banger Leagues

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Here are the top left wingers ranked in descending order based on their value in 10 or 12 team "Banger Leagues". A typical banger league consists of goals, assists, plus/minus, penalty minutes, power-play points, shots on goal, hits and blocked shots for skaters.

Ovechkin and Benn are the clear cut top-two left wingers, but it's very wide open afterward. Pacioretty's ability to be among the league leaders in goals, shots and hits at his position gives him the edge. The maturity of Alex Galchenyuk could lead to a 40-goal season for Pacioretty if they wind up on the same line.

Lucic has played with many good centers in his career, but none as skilled as Connor McDavid. If he can stick on a line with the young phenom, you can bet he will surpass his career high of 30 goals.

Rank Player Team
13 James Neal NAS
14 Boone Jenner CLB
15 Rick Nash NYR
16 Chris Kunitz PIT
17 Justin Abdelkader DET
18 Zach Parise MIN
19 Tomas Hertl SJ
20 Johnny Gaudreau CGY
21 Alexander Steen STL
22 Daniel Sedin VAN
23 Evander Kane BUF
24 Scott Hartnell CLB

It's best to let someone else draft Gaudreau in your league. He will need to be taken far too high for a player who is completely irrelevant in most secondary categories.

Kane's injury history and off-ice troubles make him a risky pick. However, if he's healthy and can stick on a line with C Jack Eichel, he could score 30 goals and record 200 hits, providing immense value.

Rank Player Team
25 Mike Hoffman OTT
26 J.T. Miller NYR
27 Ryan O'Reilly BUF
28 Chris Kreider NYR
29 Brandon Saad CHI
30 Jaden Schwartz STL
31 Jonathan Huberdeau FLA
32 Robby Fabbri STL
33 Matt Beleskey BOS
34 Max Domi ARI
35 Jonathan Drouin TB
36 Jamie McGinn ARI
37 Patrick Sharp DAL
38 Jakub Voracek PHI
39 Nick Foligno CLB
40 David Perron STL
41 Loui Eriksson VAN
42 Gustav Nyquist DET
43 Michael Cammalleri NJ
44 Henrik Zetterberg DET
45 Matt Martin TOR

If Eriksson can stick on a line with the Sedins, you can bet he will rack up 30-plus goals. If not, he could be a fantasy dud.

Martin can be taken in the last round of the draft if some physicality is needed. He led the NHL with 365 hits last season and will help your team win the category every week in head-to-head formats.

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