In this section, I break down the top three fantasy hockey performers every night and cite why I chose them in particular. In addition, I will track the amount of times the players have received this honor and tally them at the end of the season. For the sake of clarity, I will be using Yahoo! standard categories (Forwards – G,A,+/-, PP, PIM, SOG; Goalies – W, GAA, SV%, SHO)
THIRD STAR: Slava Kozlov (0-0-1), Atlanta Thrashers -The veteran winger contributed in a big way for his team Sunday afternoon. Scoring a goal and an assist his breakout kept the Thrashers in the game. He added 3 shots and finished the evening a plus two. Tough call between Kozlov and teammate Tobias Enstrom, but the Russian edged him out by one shot and an extra plus. Coming off a 76-point season he only has 10 points in his first 20 games, making him an ideal buy-low candidate.
SECOND STAR: Kurtis Foster, Tampa Bay Lightning (0-1-0) -Who would have thought I would mention Foster twice in one week! Playing primarily with Vincent Lecavalier, the journeyman defenseman made the brief switch to forward and it paid dividends. He finished the game with a goal and an assist, contributing a powerplay point, four shots on goal and a plus one. Congratulations Kurtis, you’re a NHLHS celebrity.
FIRST STAR: Antti Niemi, Chicago Blackhawks (1-0-0) – Now half of Niemi’s wins came by shutout. The talented Finnish goalie is now 4-1-1 with a 1.85 GAA and a .921 SV% in his limited work of 6 games. Earlier in the year 26-year-old gave Christobal Huet a run for his job, and maybe he can do that again down the road. A shutout is a gift for any fantasy owner. A thirty save effort is a welcome addition to the shutout making Niemi our first star of the evening.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Tobias Enstrom, Steven Stamkos, Roberto Luongo
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