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: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks (0-0-1) – Little Joe makes his debut on this list with a valiant two assist effort. His Sharks defeated the Canucks easily, carrying a three goal lead late into the third finishing them 4-2. On the defensive end of the puck, Pavelski was not on the ice for a goal against rendering him a plus two on the evening. In addition, he also took five shots on net. An above average contributor in three offensive categories, the 25-year-old now has 12 points in 13 games.
SECOND STAR: Jim Vandermeer, Phoenix Coyotes (0-1-0) – A surprise hero in tonight’s game Vandermeer scored the game-winner in overtime. On top of putting one past the streaking Jean-Sebastien Giguere the journeyman defenseman finished the evening a plus two with four shots on net. Now with four goals on the year, he has doubled his goal totals from the past two seasons.
FIRST STAR: Kyle Wellwood, Vancouver Canucks (1-0-0) – After starting the season with one point in his first 17 games, Wellwood now has five points in five games. Although the center only put one shot on goal, he put up a goal and an assist with a plus two rating. Since there were only two games, the competition was somewhat limited handing the 26-year-old the first star of the evening.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Robert Lang, Dan Boyle, Joe Thornton
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