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.
Last night was full of action, with 16 teams in action and eight games. Similar to yesterday, half of the teams scored two goals or less, making it an even split between offense and defense. Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:
THIRD STAR: Saku Koivu, Anaheim Ducks (0-0-1) – Koivu transitioned to his new linemate incredibly well. Since rookie Dan Sexton found himself playing with the veteran and last year’s Calder Trophy candidate Bobby Ryan the line has produced for the Ducks. Last night was no different as Koivu scored a goal assisted by Sexton and then assisted on the rookie’s tally later in the period. In addition, the 35-year-old posted a plus two rating, sat two minutes in the box and fired a shot on goal giving him a perfect shooting percentage. Firmly seated as the number two center in Anaheim, look for him to continue posting consistent secondary scoring in Anaheim.
SECOND STAR: Gilbert Brule, Edmonton Oilers (0-1-0) – The Oilers won their fifth straight road game last night and their first line was right in the middle of it. Brule made the team after a strong camp and has not looked back posting 21 points in 29 games on the season. Against the Blues the center turned right wing scored two goals and assisted on one more giving him three points on the evening. The 22-year-old finished the game an impressive plus four while firing a hefty five shots on net. Once labeled a first round bust, the Edmonton native’s talent is simply too good not to succeed.
FIRST STAR: Dustin Penner, Edmonton Oilers (1-0-0) – Continuing his monster campaign, the 27-year-old Penner scored a goal and assisted on three more last night. The left wing power forward sits one point shy of his last year totals and seems poised to break his single season highs. In addition to his marks on the scorecard the former University of Maine product also posted an impressive plus four while putting two shots on net. Penner finds himself among the fantasy elite playing top minutes in Edmonton. Owners can only hope this trend continues.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Michael Frolik, Stephen Weiss, Alexander Semin, Dan Sexton, T. J. Oshie, Martin Havlat, Dany Heatley
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