Ramblings: The Top 10 Net-Front Men (Dec 22)

steve laidlaw

2016-12-22

Ranking the top 10 net-front men, Burakovsky returns with a vengeance, Letestu hot and more.

After sitting out the last three games as a healthy scratch Andre Burakovsky came back with a vengeance, scoring a goal, an assist and firing five SOG. He skated just 12:32 on the third line but you have to like the aggressiveness in shooting the puck. He opened the season being more aggressive in shooting but that trailed off before getting benched.

Obviously, Burakovsky won’t have much fantasy relevance skating on the third line but he is capable of scoring in bunches. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem there is enough room for both Justin Williams and Burakovsky to be fantasy relevant and recently it has been Williams skating the bigger minutes.

There were some questions about John Carlson’s availability due to illness but he played and notched an assist. He has seven points in the last nine games as his season is turning the corner. He is now on pace for 40 points, but could easily push for 50 once again.

Evgeny Kuznetsov has been held off the board in back-to-back games but this shouldn’t be a sign that he’s falling off again. Rather, it’s another opportunity to make a pitch in a trade.

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This is a great topic. Wayne Simmonds is easily the premiere net-front man in the league. Here are my rankings:

1. Wayne Simmonds

2. Joe Pavelski

These two are tied for second in power-play goals with 50 since 2013-14 behind only Alexander Ovechkin. Simmonds’ is just a pure eclipse in front but also has great hands, meanwhile Pavelski is a ludicrous tipper of pucks. Read what