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) and thus exclude player’s salaries.
Somewhat weird night. Although only four games were played every winning team scored at least four goals. However it was a losing team, the Colorado Avalanche, and essentially one line that swept the honors.
THIRD STAR: Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche (0-0-1) – Last June’s 3rd overall pick is showing why he was so heavily touted. The 18-year-old potted two goals, one coming on the powerplay, and an assist in the Avs 6-5 loss to the Panthers in a skills competition. The Ontario native added seven shots on goal and finished the evening a team-high plus three. Duchene now has seven points in his last four games and is becoming a player that makes other players on his line better.
SECOND STAR: Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche (0-1-0) – The second generation star continues to prove himself as an elite playmaker. Coming off an injury plagued season, Stastny remained healthy and now has 30 points in 29 games. The 24-year-old scored a goal and assisted on three more, including Duchene’s powerplay tally. He posted a respectable plus two while putting four shots on goal and even sitting two minutes in the box. Contributions across all six standard categories gives the center our second star of the evening.
FIRST STAR: Chris Stewart, Colorado Avalanche (1-0-0) -Tonight marks a career high for the former first rounder. Stewart scored a goal and assisted on two more, again one being Duchene’s powerplay goal, giving him his first three point game. In addition, the 22-year-old earned an instigator in a fight with Bryan Allen giving him a healthy 19 PIM. Add all that to four shots and and plus one and you get a very impressive fantasy line. Not sure if his continued playing time with Stastny, Duchene or even T.J. Galiardi will continue once Milan Hejduk returns from injury but the kid certainly showed something tonight.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Nathan Horton, Guillaume Latendresse, Steve Sullivan, Jason Arnott, Alexander Edler, Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron
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