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.
Quiet night on the offensive front. Out of our 10 games and 20 teams in action, four goaltenders registered shutouts. In addition 60 percent of the teams in action (12/20) registered two goals or less. Regardless our diligence enables us to find a few standout players on the offensive side.
THIRD STAR: Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings (0-0-1) – Most Kings fans screamed “FINALLY!” when their captain helped lead the team to victory. In fact, Helene Elliot of the LA Times found it necessary to write a similar sentiment. Prior to last night, Brown produced 22 points in his first 31 games putting him on pace for 58 points. Last night the 25-year-old scored a goal and assisted on another, leading his team to a 5-4 victory over the San Jose Sharks. The Ithaca, New York native registered four shots on goal while sitting two minutes in the box and finishing a solid plus one. Excellent effort for the power forward who is now on pace for 62 points. What a difference a day makes!
SECOND STAR: Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings (0-1-0) – The second King to make this list, Doughty played a strong game as well. On pace for 20 goals, the recently turned 20-year-old scored a goal and assisted on a powerplay tally of teammate Anze Kopitar. The former 2nd overall pick added three shots and a plus two rating to his fantasy line making him a strong contributor across five standard offensive categories.
FIRST STAR: Zack Stortini, Edmonton Oilers (1-0-0) – This rugged right wing played a solid overall game. Known for his pugilistic ways the 24-year-old did not let his owners down, registering two fighting majors and adding a roughing minor giving him 12 PIM on the evening. More impressive to me however was his goal and assist in a whopping 6:22 of playing time. The Elliot Lake, Ontario native managed a plus two rating to go along with a perfect shooting percentage (1-1). In deeper leagues this kid will give you a boost in PIM. His production to date screams a poor man’s Dan Carcillo.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Andy Greene, Nathan Gerbe, Niklas Backstrom, Ryan Miller, Steve Mason, Ty Conklin
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