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 yesterday, with one being the Winter Classic obviously. Due to the low scoring of that game nobody from the Classic made the list despite a great, hardworking game. Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:
THIRD STAR: Adam Mair, Buffalo Sabres (0-0-1) – Mair makes the list with a solid two assist effort as the Sabres defeated the Thrashers 4-3. One of three Sabres to make this list the 30-year-old tripled his offensive production for the season going from one point in 26 games to three in 27. A native of Hamilton, Ontario and overall gritty forward added a shot on goal, a plus two and even two penalty minutes making him a strong contributor across four fantasy categories.
SECOND STAR: Tim Connolly, Buffalo Sabres (0-2-1) – Connolly continues his excellent pace with a two point effort last night. The 28-year-old scored one and assisted on another stretching his scoring streak to five games. In addition, the Syracuse native fired three shots on goal, sat two minutes in the box and posted a respectable plus two rating. A strong contributor across five categories, Connolly deserves our second star honors with his strong efforts.
FIRST STAR: Jochen Hecht, Buffalo Sabres (1-0-0) – The most impressive effort came off the blade of this veteran German. Hecht scored two goals and added an assist playing a crucial role for his team. On a night where Ryan Miller looked human the 32-year-old stepped up in a big way. In addition to his three points, the left wing added a plus two rating, two penalty minutes and two shots on goal making him our first star.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Michael Leighton, Marco Sturm, Tim Thomas
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