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.
Another even disparity between offense and defense. Exactly nine out of the 18 teams in action scored 2 goals or less. However, of the teams that scored three goals or more, four teams scored over five goals making some fantasy owners very happy. Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:
THIRD STAR: Patric Hornqvist, Nashville Predators (0-0-1) – Hornqvist displayed his immense talent by scoring two goals, one on the powerplay and one even strength, and assisting on another tally giving him three points on the night. The 22-year-old stepped up for his team leading them to a impressive 6-3 victory over the Oilers. In addition to his three points the Sollentuna, Sweden native fired three shots on goal and and posted a plus two rating on the night.
SECOND STAR: Stephane Robidas, Dallas Stars (1-1-0) – Although his team eventually fell to the Thrashers in overtime, Robidas’ standout performance should not go unnoticed. The veteran defenseman scored an impressive two powerplay goals while assisting on an even strength tally. The 32-year-old also took a whopping seven shots on goal and posted a perfect plus one rating. No stranger to this list, Robidas continues his breakout performance as he is on pace to steamroll his previous career highs.
FIRST STAR: Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks (1-1-0) – There seems to be one thing for sure in San Jose: The line Thornton is on is the one who scores. Last night was no different, as JT scored two, one on the powerplay, and assisted on two more. The 30-year-old center finished a plus three while taking three shots on net. An impressive outing for big Joe and a good sign of things to come for him in the future. At this point he shows no signs of slowing down.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Patrick Marleau, Frans Nielsen, Ryan Callahan, Maxim Afinogenov, Jimmy Howard, Rich Peverley
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