Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
Washington Capitals first-year coach Adam Oates talked about moving Alex Ovechkin to right wing as early as his interview for the job.
Ovechkin had played left wing his entire career, and didn't get off to a good start at his new position. He had 10 goals and 12 assists after 27 games.
After two seasons of waning production, it looked as though we would never see Alexander the Great, the guy who scored 269 goals and had 529 points over the first five seasons of his career, again. But suddenly, the conqueror returned.
He went on a run in the final 21 games that made him not only the top right winger in fantasy hockey, but the top player overall at any position.
To see what he did in that span, check out our 2012-13 end-of-season top-10 right winger rankings below:
1. Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals - Ovechkin carried the Caps to a division title with a 16-3-2 record over their final 21 games, and likely carried many fantasy teams to titles with his all-world production -- 22 goals, 12 assists a plus-11 and 109 shots on goal (SOG) -- during that stretch. He finished with an NHL-leading 32 goals and 220 SOG, tied for the league lead in power-play points (PPP) with teammate Mike Ribeiro with 27 and tied for third in points with 56.
2. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks - Kane had a career year in terms of points per game (ppg) average in his sixth season in the NHL. He had 55 points in 47 games, just 11 fewer than he recorded over 82 games in 2011-12. He matched his goal total from 2011-12 with 23 and had 32 assists. Kane added a plus-11, 17 PPP and 138 SOG.
3. Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs - Kessel also topped a career-high in ppg with 52 in 48 this season. With Joffrey Lupul out and James Van Riemsdyk replacing him for most of the season, Kessel took on more of a distributing role and finished with 32 assists and a career-best 0.67 assists per game. He still took 161 SOG, scored 21 goals and had 21 PPP, with 71.4 percent of them coming via assists.
4. Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning - St. Louis won the Art Ross trophy with 60 points, but dominating one category can only get you so far in fantasy. St. Louis accumulated 43 assists - best in the NHL - but his 17 goals, even plus/minus differential, 14 penalty minutes (PIM) and 112 SOG keeps him out of the top three at his position.
5. Alexander Semin, Carolina Hurricanes - For years, Semin was an enigma with the Washington Capitals, and he could only secure a one-year deal with Carolina last summer. But he earned a long-term extension by providing center Eric Staal with the offensive partner he needed to produce one of the best seasons of his career. Semin scored 13 goals, handed out 31 helpers, was a plus-14, took 150 SOG and spent 46 minutes in the penalty box.
6. Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks - Perry hasn't been able to maintain his scoring after putting up 98 in his Hart Trophy-winning 2010-11 season. He had 60 in 80 games last season, and in 2012-13 he posted 36 in 44. His SOG also were down from last season. But we aren't ranking him based on how far off his numbers were from recent seasons, we are ranking him based on how his production stacks up with everyone else at this position, and with 15 goals, 36 points, a plus-10, 72 PIM, 10 PPP and 128 SOG, he was still one of the best.
7. Pascal Dupuis, Pittsburgh Penguins - Like teammate Chris Kunitz, Dupuis benefits from playing on a line with the best player in the world, Sidney Crosby. But we must note that Dupuis had three goals and 12 points in April, when Crosby was on the sidelines with a broken jaw. Overall, he had 20 goals, 38 points, 26 PIM and 140 SOG in 48 games, and his NHL-leading plus-31 made up for his three PPP.
8. Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers - Jaromir Jagr's departure and Scott Hartnell's injury gave Voracek the opening he needed to put up the best numbers of his career. Three of the team's four most-used 5-on-5 lines and four of its top five power-play lines included Voracek, according to leftwinglock.com. He responded with a career-high 22 goals in 48 games. Voracek had put up 0.61 ppg over the previous three seasons, but he had 0.96 ppg this season. The 23-year- old chipped in with 129 SOG, a career-high 17 PPP and 35 PIM. His only flaw was a minus-7.
9. Tyler Seguin, Boston Bruins - Seguin is listed as a center, but Boston's most-used line included Seguin on the right wing and Patrice Bergeron in the middle. The 21-year-old was an all-around contributor with 16 goals, 16 assists, a plus-23 and 161 SOG. Boston had the fewest power-play goals in the NHL with 18, so fantasy owners have to feel fortunate that they even got six PPP out of the young forward.
10. Johan Franzen, Detroit Red Wings - Franzen wasn't spectacular in any category, but he beat out New Jersey Devils forward David Clarkson for the final spot in our rankings because he was a more well-rounded contributor. Clarkson bettered Franzen in goals with 15, PIM with 78 and SOG with 180, but was a minus-6 and only had nine assists. Franzen, meanwhile, had 14 goals, 17 assists, a plus-13, 41 PIM, 12 PPP and 116 SOG.
Biggest Bargain: Dupuis - The 34-year-old Dupuis had 25 goals, 59 points, a plus-18, 34 PIM and 214 SOG last season, so it's unclear why he was only drafted in 49 percent of Yahoo! leagues and taken at an ADP of 166. The veteran brought back third-round value.
Biggest Bust: Loui Eriksson, Dallas Stars - Coming off three straight 40- assist, 70-point seasons, Eriksson was selected at an ADP of 70 in Yahoo! leagues. However, with 12 goals, 17 assists, a minus-9 and 104 SOG in 48 games, he finished as the 175th overall player. Perhaps we shouldn't be too hard on Eriksson. Jamie Benn missed the start of the season because of a contract dispute, Ray Whitney missed 16 games due to injury and by midseason the Stars had traded every other relevant forward on the team, including Jagr, Michael Ryder, Brenden Morrow and Derek Roy.