The Five Most Dominant (Fantasy) Top Sixes in the Western Conference
A few weeks ago for my Wild West debut column we took the four most fantasy relevant defensemen from each team in the Western Conference, combined their totals, and ranked them according to points, power play points, plus/minus, and shots on goal. In the end there was little surprise that the Edmonton Oilers foursome finished last in all four categories while the talented fantasy blue lines in Chicago and St. Louis battled it out for top spot in the conference. A slight surprise was seeing Nashville's top four ranking out in third spot.
For this week's edition of the Wild West, we are going to apply the same formula, but focus on the top six most fantasy relevant forwards from each team in the West. Again we will combine the numbers and rank each top six according to points, power play points, plus/minus, and shots on goal. So, enough stalling already, let's take a look at the top five most dominant top sixes in the West.
#5 – Anaheim Ducks (Getzlaf, Perry, Bonino, Cogliano, Perreault, Palmieri)
With the dynamic duo of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry leading the way, it shouldn't be a huge surprise to see Anaheim's top six on the list. In fact, considering that Getzlaf is third overall in league scoring (73 points) this year, while Perry is seventh overall (67 points) we probably expected the Ducks fantasy top six to be even higher. But take away the contributions of their terrific tandem, and the talent thins out in Anaheim with Bonino being the next best weapon (44 points) followed by Cogliano (34 points). It may be a surprise to some, but legend Teemu Selanne is not even a top six fantasy forward for the Ducks this season. One surprising note in Anaheim – Bonino leads the team in power play points with 19.
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