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: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning (0-0-1) – One of the hottest players in hockey deserves mention here with his contributions across all six standard offensive categories. The former 1st overall pick added a goal and an assist on the powerplay to his lofty totals. In addition the 19-year-old put two shots on goal, sat two minutes in the box and finished the evening a plus one as his Lightning easily beat the Rangers 5-1.
SECOND STAR: Alexei Ponikarovsky, Toronto Maple Leafs (0-1-0) – Tough decision here between the 29-year-old left wing and Stamkos. Poni shined in the Leaf’s 6-4 win against Florida, scoring a goal and assisting on three more. The former 4th round draft pick broke a three game scoreless steak in fashion by putting up two points on the powerplay, posting a plus three rating and adding a shot on goal.
FIRST STAR: Tim Connolly, Buffalo Sabres (1-0-0) – Connolly broke out of a relative (2 points in 6 games) cold streak in style against the Flyers. The 28-year-old scored two and assisted on two more with one assist coming on the powerplay. The former 5th overall pick finished the game a plus two rating with four shots on net making him our number one star of the evening.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Olli Jokinen, Drew Stafford, Chuck Kobasew, Jean-Sebastien Giguere,
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