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: Eric Fehr, Washington Capitals (0-0-1) – Semin out, Ovechkin out? No problem, says Fehr. The 24-year-old now has six points in his last four games. Last night he added a goal and an assist as his Capitals defeated the Hurricanes 3-2. The right wing put two shots on net, posted four penalty minutes and finished the evening a plus one making him a solid contributor across five offensive categories. He should be on your radar now, keep him there, this kid has legitimate power forward potential and could be a huge post-hype sleeper.
SECOND STAR: Curtis Glencross, Calgary Flames (0-1-0) – After being held scoreless in his last two games, the 26-year-old broke out in a big way. The left wing scored a goal and assisted in two more as the Flames routed the Predators 5-0. In addition, his goal came shorthanded and one of his assists came on the powerplay making him a special teams force. The former Oiler added three shots on goal and a plus one to his line giving him solid contributions across five categories. Glencross now has 13 points in 23 games, putting him in line to post career highs for the second year in a row.
FIRST STAR: Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals (1-0-0) – Showing off his goal scoring ability, the 22-year-old scored two of his teams three goals last night while assisting on the third. On top of his three points, Backstrom posted a plus two, two penalty minutes and four shots on goal. Now with 27 points in as many games the Swedish native is finding ways to put up points without having star wingers. His playmaking skills are elite making him a great source of assists in any fantasy format.
HONORABLE MENTION(S):R.J. Umberger, Antoine Vermette, Sidney Crosby, Jarome Iginla, Ryan Miller, Miikka Kiprusoff, Craig Anderson
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