In this section, I break down the top three fantasy hockey performers for the month 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) which also excludes player salaries.
THIRD STAR: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks (0-0-1) – The 21-year-old right wing turned in an impressive and dominating month, finishing with 19 points, eight of which were goals. The Buffalo, New York native fired a whopping 57 shots on goal over the month, tied with Ovechkin, an equally impressive feat. His six powerplay points helped his owners as did a plus seven rating over that span. Not know for his physical play, 20 cent even contributed four penalty minutes. Throughout the year the former first overall stabilized his efforts becoming much more of a consistent scoring threat. He will try to continue his scoring prowess when he represents Team USA in the Olympics this February.
SECOND STAR: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (0-1-0) – The Great 8 makes the cut with an equally impressive outing this month. The Russian superstar also anticipates on carrying over momentum into the winter Olympics as he will represent Team Russia. The 24-year-old scored eight and assisted on 12 more, giving him one more point than Kane on the month. Six of his points came on the powerplay. In addition, the Moscow native fired 57 shots on net, sat six minutes in the box and posted a plus six rating. Interesting how similar both Kane and Ovy’s numbers truly were. Definitely something to note come draft day next year.
FIRST STAR: Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens (1-0-0) – Truly a shocker that Plekanec is the hottest player in hockey. Almost half (21) of his 46 points on the season came in the month of December as the 27-year-old firmly put his hold on the number one center job in Montreal. Ten of his 21 points came on the powerplay as Plekanec proves lethal with the man advantage. On top of that, the Kladno native fired 35 shots on goal, sat 12 minutes in the box and posted a respectable plus two rating. A first-time Olympian and first-time Fantasy 1st Star, we can now expect big things from this Montreal center.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Jonathan Toews, Daniel Sedin, Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin, Ilya Kovalchuk
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