Ovechkin easily wins top fantasy left winger

Alexander Ovechkin took almost 200 more shots than any other left winger.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Washington's Alexander Ovechkin did everything he was supposed to do as a No.1 overall draft choice. He led his position in goals (56), assists (54), power play points (46) and took almost 200 more shots than any other left winger.

But for fantasy owners, the best value at left wing came in the form of a ninth-round draft choice - New Jersey Devil's left winger Zach Parise. Parise won the TSN Best Bargain Fantasy Award for Left Wingers in 2009 with an across the board display worthy of a first-round pick. He finished second at his position in goals (45), fourth in assists (49) and second in shots on goal (364).

Meanwhile, Dany Heatley was a top-five pick on Draft Day, who didn't perform up to those levels. His statistics weren't bad...for a fourth-round pick, but you paid a pretty steep price if you picked in because you could have gotten the same stats from Simon Gagne or Shane Doan or a number of other guys and improved yourself at different position

2008-09 Left Winger Rankings

RankPlayerTeamGA+/-PIMPPPSOG
1)Alexander OvechkinWAS565487246528
2)Zach PariseNJ4549302430364
3)Alexander SeminWAS3445257730223
4)Daniel SedinVAN3151243624285
5)Ilya KovalchukATL4348-125036275
6)Patrik EliasNJ3147183231247
7)Henrik ZetterbergDET3142133630309
8)Scott HartnellPHI30301414313210
9)Rick NashCLB4039115219263
10)Michael CammalleriCGY3943-24434255
11)Shane DoanPHX314257225230
12)Simon GagnePHI3440214225221
13)Dany HeatleyOTT3933-118826258
14)Ray WhitneyCAR245323230219
15)Patrick MarleauSJ3833161818251
16)Alex BurrowsVAN2823231500175
17)Slava KozlovATL2650-144443165
18)Thomas VanekBUF4024-14426211
19)Jason BlakeTOR2538-24018302
20)David BoothFLA3129103816246


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