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.
THIRD STAR: Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks (0-0-1) – Although his team eventually lost to the Kings 4-3, Getzlaf continues his fantasy dominance despite his team in the the bottom of the standings. Actually all three stars come from the same game which is a rarity but we did only have four games last night. The 24-year-old assisted on two goals, one of which coming on the powerplay. The center added two shots and finished the evening a plus one. Not his most impressive fantasy outing but a star nevertheless.
SECOND STAR: Jack Johnson, Los Angeles Kings (0-1-0) – This 22-year-old defenseman is not known for his offense, yet. JJ broke out last night, adding two assists, taking two shots on net, sitting four minutes in the box and posting a plus two rating. Johnson now has eight points on the season, putting him in line to shatter his career high of 11 points. Will this year be his breakout year? Probably not, but the offense is definitely coming around.
FIRST STAR: Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks (1-0-0) – Perry deserves recognition after his 19 game point streak. The 24-year-old continued his torrid pace with a goal and a powerplay assist against the Kings. The right wing took six shots on net and finished a plus one making him a contributor across five offensive categories and our first star of the evening.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Joey MacDonald, Jonas Gustavsson, Antoine Vermette, Kris Russel, Randy Jones
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