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.
Twelve games and 24 teams in action last night, certainly a good night to be a hockey fan. Ten out of the 24 finished with two goals or less, giving offenses a win for once. Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:
THIRD STAR: Mason Raymond, Vancouver Canucks (0-0-1) – Raymond has three points in his last two games following a five game pointless streak. The 24-year-old scored a goal and added an assist, both on the powerplay to give him two points on the evening. In addition, the Calgary native fired two shots on net and sat four minutes in the box. One of our original NHLHS Endorsed Pickups, Raymond is once again stepping up his game in a big way.
SECOND STAR: Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs (0-1-0) – There are some nights where Kessel rises to an elite level. For fantasy purposes I would say he already is an elite player, certainly a keeper in all formats. Remember even bad teams can have one strong line. Last night, the 22-year-old scored a powerplay goal and assisted on two more. The native of Madison, Wisconsin fired three shots on net while finishing a plus two on the evening. If you need help on the right side, I would try to make some moves to acquire Kessel before his ranks show his actual value.
FIRST STAR: Martin Havlat, Minnesota Wild (1-0-0) – Havlat finally got his mojo back. The 28-year-old right wing potted a goal and assisted on two more giving him three points on the evening. In addition, he fired three shots on goal, sat two minutes in the box and finished a plus three overall. A strong contributor over five offensive categories make him an easy choice for last night’s first star.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Ilya Kovalchuk, Matt Stajan, Evgeni Malkin, Alexander Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom
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