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: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins (0-1-1) – In another strong effort, Sid the Kid led his team to a 4-1 victory over Colorado. Crosby scored two goals and assisted on a powerplay tally by Bill Guerin giving him three points on the evening. Adding two shots on net and posting a plus two rating makes him a strong contributor across five categories. Our second repeat offender on this list, we expect several more of these honors given to Crosby throughout the season.
SECOND STAR: Alexander Semin, Washington Capitals (0-1-0) – Semin showed no signs of rust in his return to the team. Out since November 13th, the skilled Russian scored two goals and assisted on two more giving him four points on the evening, three of which coming on the powerplay. The 25-year-old added five shots on net and finished a plus one. When healthy, Semin has proven to be an elite player in all fantasy categories. His numbers will only improve when Alexander Ovechkin returns from injury.
FIRST STAR: Brendan Morrison, Washington Capitals (1-0-0) – Morrison surprisingly was the most impressive Capital of the evening (at least to fantasy addicts) the 34-year-old scored a goal and assisted on two more. His peripheral stats were even better, one shot on goal, a plus one rating and two penalty minutes. Two of his three points came on the powerplay making the center a contributor across all six standard categories. Once again fantasy relevant, Morrison now has 22 points in as many games.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Willie Mitchell, Matt Moulson, Phil Kessel
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