Northwest Division Left Wing Rankings

Joseph Gunther@@JosephEGuntherContributor IAugust 21, 2009

LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 15:  Pierre-Marc Bouchard #96 of the Minnesota Wild shoots the puck against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on December 15, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The Northwest Division is known for it strong goaltending and defensive play, but there are some good forwards.

The center position is stronger, but the division has some very good left wings.

Here are the candidates to be the best left wing in the division.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard set the Minnesota Wild record for assists a few seasons back, but the last few years the production has slowed. Despite the statistic drop, Bouchard still posted numbers as good as any left wing in the division in a defense first system.

Rene Bourque had a breakout season in his first year with the Calgary Flames. He is an emerging star. His production will drop with the implementation of the defensive system.

Pavol Demitra bounced back with the Vancouver Canucks last season. He got back to the 20-goal plateau after his production dropped the previous season in Minnesota.

Patrick O'Sullivan was once traded from the Wild to the Los Angeles Kings for Demitra. He now is becoming the best forward on the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers acquired O'Sullivan at the trade deadline last season. He is quietly becoming a star in the NHL.

Daniel Sedin is one-half of one of the most dynamic duos in hockey for the Canucks. Together they are stars, but as individuals, we do not and may never know. He is a very good offensive player that led all Northwest Division left wings in goals and points last season.

Wojtek Wolski, at 23-years-old, has a lot experience for his age with 240 NHL games played. He burst on the scene on as a rookie, but the production has gone down with the Colorado Avalanche.

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