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 – Shane Doan (Phoenix Coyotes) has gone pointless over the last six games after scoring ten points in the first nine games. Doan is on pace for just 53 points this season, which would be his lowest total in eight seasons.
#9 – Phil Kessel (Toronto Maple Leafs) is still finding a way to get on the score sheet despite the Leafs being outscored 19-5 (not counting the shoot-out winner) over the last four games. Kessel’s production has definitely slowed down but he is still leading the league in scoring and on pace for first 50+ goal season.
#8 – Derek Stepan (New York Rangers) is making me look foolish. I dropped Stepan after he started the season with a single assist in the first eight games. Since dropping him, Stepan has scored three goals and nine points in seven games. Stepan has shown great chemistry with Artem Anisimov and Marian Gaborik, the three have combined for 14 points over the last three games.
#7 – Brad Marchand (Boston Bruins) is on a five game point scoring streak where he has three goals and eight points. Marchand is a feisty winger who can score and has been compared to Alexandre Burrows. Marchand is on pace for a ‘Burrows’ type season with 30 goals, 60+ points and 120+ penalty minutes.
#6 – Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars) is coming off back-to-back 22 goal seasons and saw a point increase in his sophomore year. This season Benn is leading the Stars in scoring with 19 points. Benn is on pace for another 20+ goal season but more impressive is that he is on pace for 96 points in his third NHL season.
#5 – Derek Roy (Buffalo Sabres) is putting a slow start behind him after scoring two goals and three points against the Winnipeg Jets and followed that up with a goal and three points against the Ottawa Senators. Roy has eight points over the last five games and seems to have his season back on track.
#4 – Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks) was named by NHL.com the Third Star of the Week after scoring four goals and six points in the last three games. Toews finished the week with a plus six rating, 11 shots and scored the game winner against the Edmonton Oilers. Toews is on pace for career high 41 goals and for his usual 68-75 points.
#3 – Johan Franzen (Detroit Red Wings) is finding the back of the net over the last seven days, scoring a hat trick against the Colorado Avalanche and has five goals over the last four games. Franzen is on his second four game point streak of the season, this time with ten points. Franzen is on pace for career high 49 goals.
#2 – Ryan Smyth (Edmonton Oilers) is back playing hockey where he belongs, in Edmonton. Smyth is making the most of his return and is on pace for career highs in goals (48) and points (81). With all the youth in Edmonton it is the 35 year old who is leading the Oilers in scoring. Smyth has only gone pointless in five games this season. Over the last eight games Smyth has scored eight goals and 12 points.
#1 – Tyler Seguin (Boston Bruins) is on this list for the second straight week and deserves this top spot. Seguin is on fire scoring points in six straight games and has 11 points over that time frame. Seguin is also on a four game goal streak with seven goals. In 15 games Seguin has only gone pointless in three games. All of those poolies who didn’t win the Taylor Hall sweepstakes are reaping some big time points as Seguin is on pace for 109 points.
Aaron Brouwer is the co-creator of fantasyhockeycoach.com. FHC is a free fantasy hockey service that developed a ranking system combining post-lockout statistics, current factors and our own hockey knowledge. Brouwer writes a weekly fantasy hockey column for The Star Phoenix, Fantrax, Inside Hockey and Bleacher Report. Email Coach Brouwer at [email protected] or check us out on twitter at twitter.com/fanhockeycoach.