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.
Only two games last night, so the results may look a bit skewed.
THIRD STAR: Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks (1-1-0) – Perry continues his torrid pace in what looks to be a career year. Against the Sens the right wing scored a game-tying goal and assisted on another. The 24-year-old took four shots on goal and finished a plus three for the game. Fresh off a 19-game point streak Perry may be on the verge of another. Despite his team’s place in the standings, fantasy owners should not be upset they drafted this guy.
SECOND STAR: Joffrey Lupul, Anaheim Ducks (0-0-1) – Since returning from injury, Lupul now has three goals in his last two games. Last night the 26-year-old put in one, which helped his team make it to overtime. Strictly fantasy speaking his peripherals propelled him to this spot, as he sat four minutes in the penalty box, put five shots on goal and finished a plus two. The left wing is making his way back into fantasy relevance and may be surpassing Bobby Ryan on his team’s depth chart so keep a watchful eye.
FIRST STAR: Jason Spezza, Ottawa Senators (1-0-0) – Failing to live up to his lofty season expectations the 26-year-old made a turn in the right direction. Spezza scored a powerplay goal and assisted on a third period tally that looked like the game winner at the time. The center took four shots on goal while playing solid defense at even strength, giving him a plus one for his efforts. We hope for the sanity of his fantasy owner he will once again make this list. He seems to have some chemistry with Alexei Kovalev, so maybe both underachievers can get back on track.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Jimmy Howard, Ryan Getzlaf, Danny Cleary
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