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.
A completely even disparity between offense and defense as exactly eight teams finished with two goals or less. Of course 16 teams were in action. Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:
THIRD STAR: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks (0-0-1) – Kane really acted like an MVP last night for the Hawks. The former first overall pick assisted on all three of his teams goals, including a powerplay tally from Brian Campbell, to lead his team to a 3-0 victory. A native of Buffalo, New York the 21-year-old also fired two shots on goal, sat two minutes in the box and finished the evening a plus two. Certainly an easy selection for third star of the evening.
SECOND STAR: Martin Hanzal, Phoenix Coyotes (0-1-0) – Definitely not a household name, Hanzal worked hard to help his team to an impressive 6-3 win over the Leafs. The promising 22-year-old added three assists, one coming on the powerplay, continuing his solid second season. Hanzal took three shots on net, sat four minutes in the box and finished the evening a plus one for his best fantasy effort on the season. A nice combination of skill and size, expect good things to continue for Hanzal in the future.
FIRST STAR: Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes (1-0-0) – The oldest Staal brother showed the dominance that led his team to the Cup just three years ago. In his team’s 5-3 rout over the Dallas Stars, the Thunder Bay, Ontario native scored a a powerplay goal, assisted on another on the powerplay and put an even-strength assist on his scorecard. In addition, the 25-year-old posted a plus two rating and fired four shots on goal giving him our first star of the night honors.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Brenden Morrow, Brian Elliot, Stephen Weiss, Cristobal Huet
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