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 big night for hockey. We saw 11 games and 22 teams in action, of which numerous players stood out. Some normally unheard of names make the list as we see some new players make become fantasyworthy. Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:
THIRD STAR: Michael Frolik, Florida Panthers (0-0-1) – Frolik led his Panthers to a 4-1 victory over the Flyers last night. A native of Kladno, Czechoslovakia, the same town as Jaromir Jagr, the 21-year-old scored a powerplay goal. In addition, Frolik posted two assists (1 PP, 1 ES), took two shots on goal, sat two minutes and finished a plus one. With 23 points now in 38 games, he now projects to post 50 points, a five point improvement from his last year totals.
SECOND STAR: Scottie Upshall, Phoenix Coyotes (0-1-0) – Upshall earned the first star in the actual game and our second star here. With two goals (1 – PP, 1 – ES) and two assists last night the 26-year-old now potted 20 points in 35 games putting him on pace for 47 points. The 26-year-old fired four shots on net while finishing the night a perfect plus three. This just may be his year as he finally sees consistent time on a decent playoff team.
FIRST STAR: Alexander Steen, St. Louis Blues (1-0-0) – Normally a part of a checking line in St. Louis, Steen showed his second team why his first team drafted him 24th overall. Scoring only five points previous to this game, the 25-year-old scored a powerplay goal and assisted on three (2 – PP, 1 – ES) more giving him nine points on the season. The Swede fired six shots on goal while sitting two minutes in the box and posting a perfect plus one. The first star in his own game and first star in the fantasy world puts Steen faintly on our radars.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Ryan Malone, Shane Doan, Mathew Lombardi, Tomas Plekanec, Patrik Elias
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