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: Troy Brouwer, Chicago Blackhawks (0-0-1) -We mentioned Brouwer in our most recent Keeper Watch so showing up here is not a big surprise. One game removed from a four game point streak, the 24-year-old scored a goal and added an assist. The former 7th round pick took one shot, added two penalty minutes and finished the game a plus three. Brouwer continues to improve on a strong Blackhawks team that looks like the real deal.
SECOND STAR: Wayne Simmonds, Los Angeles Kings (0-1-0) – The 21-year-old also continues to improve for the young Kings. Simmonds posted a goal and an assist, leading his team to a 3-1 victory over the Oilers. The former 2nd round pick added four penalty minutes, five shots on goal and a plus one to his line for the night giving him our second star.
FIRST STAR: Brent Seabrook, Chicago Blackhawks (1-0-0) – It was the return of Marian Hossa but the superstar right wing was not the most productive Blackhawk, at least not fantasy wise. Not the first Hawk d-man to earn this honor, the 24-year-old scored a goal and added an assist. However, it was his peripherals stood out amongst his peers. The former first rounder took five shots, finished with a plus two while adding two penalty minutes. That gives Seabrook strong production across five categories with two of them above average.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Semyon Varlamov, Jamie Langenbrunner, Ondrej Pavelec, David Backes, Daymond Langkow, Teemu Selanne, Patrick Sharp
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