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.
Only two games so the selections were somewhat difficult. Only a handful of players really helped their fantasy team as we saw a 3-1 game and a 3-0 game. Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:
THIRD STAR: Kris Versteeg, Chicago Blackhawks (0-0-1) – A constant beneficiary of playing minutes with Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith amongst others, Versteeg helped his team defeat a injured Red Wings team 3-0. The left wing assisted on Keith’s powerplay tally, while taking a shot on goal, sitting two minutes and posting a plus one rating. A contribution across five of the six standard categories puts the 23-year-old in our third star seat.
SECOND STAR: David Backes, St. Louis Blues (0-1-0) – This Team USA candidate contributed in a big way against the Canucks. Backes gave his team two goals, which proved all they needed when they defeated Vancouver 3-1. One of his tallies came on the powerplay, while the 25-year-old took three shots on net and finished a perfect plus one. We mentioned him in the past as an Endorsed Pickup, grab him today if you still have the chance. His perennial 20 + goals plus over 100 PIM is something that will not grow on trees.
FIRST STAR: Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks (2-0-0) – Making the first star for the second time this year, Keith as legitimate a fantasy defender as they came. With a powerplay goal and assisting on another Keith now has 28 points in 34 games. The 26-year-old posted a perfect plus one while firing two shots on net.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Cristobal Huet, Andrew Ladd
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