In this section, I break down the top three fantasy hockey performers for the month 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) which also excludes player salaries.
THIRD STAR: Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils (0-0-1) – Perhaps the main attraction of Team USA, Parise’s consistent effort puts him on this list. The 25-year-old scored nine goals and seven assists with five points coming on the powerplay. Moreover, the left wing added 50 shots on goal and a plus 15. Although his zero PIM could use a boost, his stellar stats among the other five categories render him a legitimate first rounder
SECOND STAR: Maxim Afinogenov, Atlanta Thrashers (0-1-0) –After last season’s hapless effort, Max seemed poised to flee to the KHL. Instead he stayed in North America, signing for 800K with Atlanta and becoming one of the most cost-efficient players in hockey. The 30-year-old scored eight goals and had ten assists in the month of November, five of which coming on the powerplay. He posted nearly a 25 percent chance of scoring, taking 21 shots on goal and finished the month a healthy plus 12. Afinogenov deserves some mention after the monstrous month he put up and his return to relevance.
FIRST STAR: Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames (1-0-0) – Already honored earlier today as the NHL Play of the Month, Iggy graces our lists as well. The Flames captain scored a whopping 13 goals and seven assists with seven coming on the powerplay. The 32-year-old took 47 shots on goal, added ten penalty minutes and a plus four rating. With 29 points in 26 games, the right wing should make his way back to the 90 point plateau once again.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Miikka Kiprusoff, Marian Gaborik, Ilya Kovalchuk, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry
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