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 certainly was one for the offense. Out of the 16 teams in action 10 scored three goals or more. Most owners were able to smile at the end of the night, unless you own Steve Mason or Dwayne Roloson. Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:
THIRD STAR: Steve Sullivan, Nashville Predators (0-0-1) – Sully came through in a big way last night scoring a hat trick on the aforementioned Mason. In addition, the veteran winger posted a perfect plus three while taking a healthy four shots on goal and sitting two minutes in the box for high sticking. At the ripe age of 35, Sullivan shows no signs of slowing down following multiple back surgeries.
SECOND STAR: Andrei Kostitsyn, Montreal Canadiens (0-1-0) – The controversial Russian showed why he was such a highly touted prospect only a few years ago. The 24-year-old potted two powerplay goals and added an assist playing a part in every goal scored against Ryan Miller. Firing four shots on goal and finishing a plus one makes Kostitsyn a solid contributor across five standard fantasy categories.
FIRST STAR: Nathan Horton, Florida Panthers (1-0-0) – Horton played a huge role in the Panthers 7-1 rout of the Islanders. Victimizing both Roloson and Martin Biron, the 24-year-old scored three (one shorthanded, one on the powerplay and another even strength) and assisted on another. A leader of a young Panther core, Horton finished a plus two while taking five shots on goal.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Stephen Weiss, Michal Repik, Kimmo Timmonen, Jason Blake, Ryan Kesler, Mason Raymond
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