Each week we will look at a top ten fantasy forward list. The list will be based on fantasy impact over the past few days and weeks. Most elite stars are consistent scorers, but there are several players who are very streaky so keep an eye on their stats so that you can dress them while they are on a hot streak.
#10 – Nik Antropov (Winnipeg Jets) is pointless in the last 10 games. Antropov is on pace for just 37 points, which would be his lowest in five seasons. Antropov is on pace for only 11 goals, which would be his lowest in nine seasons. These are disappointing numbers for a guy who once scored 20+ goals in four straight seasons and 40+ points in five straight seasons.
#9 – Jiri Tlusty (Carolina Hurricanes) is on a little hot streak right now with seven points and a plus-seven rating in seven straight games. Tlusty is on pace to play his first full season in the NHL and finish with 19 goals and 34 points. As he becomes more consistent he could develop into a 25-goal and 60-point player.
#8 – Sam Gagner (Edmonton Oilers) scored four goals and eight points in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks back on February 2, 2012. In the seven games following that outburst Gagner has two goals and seven points. That eight-point game was an abnormality that will never happen again; hopefully you traded him immediately after that game.
#7 – Blake Wheeler (Winnipeg Jets) is a big, power forward winger who has all the tools to be a solid fantasy player but needs to play with more consistency. Wheeler has scored a goal and six assists in the last two games to go along with 10 points in last five games. Wheeler has already scored a career high with 46 points this season and is on pace for 61.
#6 – Michael Ryder (Dallas Stars) has found the net with some consistency with six goals in the last 11 games and has points in the last six games. After going pointless six straight games in January, Ryder has scored 10 points in the last 11 contests. No surprise here, Ryder is an inconsistent goal scoring winger who is on pace for career high 31 goals.
#5 – Max Pacioretty (Montreal Canadiens) is leading the Canadiens in goals and points this season at just 23-years-old. He is showing no ill effect from the fractured vertebrae he suffered last season and all the hard off-season work is paying off. It’s no wonder he has already set career highs in goals this season as he has registered over 200 shots. Pacioretty is on pace for 34 goals and 63 points, count on those numbers going up next season.
#4 – Eric Staal (Carolina Hurricanes) has put that slow start behind him and has points in five straight games. Staal is on pace for his lowest goal and point totals since his rookie season with just 22 goals and 63 points. Lately Staal has shown his old scoring ways, since December 29, 2011, Staal has scored nine goals and 26 points in 21 games, that’s 102 point pace over a full season.
#3 – Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks) looks to be a second half goal scorer again. Last season, post All-Star, Perry scored 25 goals in the final 30 games to win the Richard Trophy. This season, post All-Star, Perry has scored seven goals in the last 11 games. Perry has scored six goals and seven points while on a five game points streak.
#2 – Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning) is the first player to reach the 40 goal mark this season and is on pace for his second 50+ goal season. Stamkos is on pace to be the only player to score 50 goals this season and to win the Richard Trophy by 11 goals. Stamkos is on heading towards his third straight 90+ point season
#1 – Jason Spezza (Ottawa Senators) has points in six straight games, which includes five straight games with two or more points. Nobody in the NHL has more points over the last 14 days then Spezza. Spezza is back scoring at over a point-a-game and is on pace for 86 points, which puts him back into the top 10 for scoring overall.
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