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.
Really big night for hockey, as there were 10 games and 20 teams playing. A ton of great efforts as you will see from our extensive honorable mention section. Here are our standout fantasy stars for January 7, 2009:
THIRD STAR: Matt Carle, Philadelphia Flyers (0-0-1) – Carle stood out in Philadelphia, posting three of the Flyers seven points. The 25-year-old scored a powerplay goal and assisted on both a powerplay goal and even strength goal. Now with his third team, the 2006 Hobey Baker Award winner seems to be settling down once again. He also managed a plus three rating and two shots on goal in over 23 minutes of ice time.
SECOND STAR: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (0-2-1) – The Great 8 is no stranger to this list. Ovechkin scored one and assisted on two more even strength tallies giving him three points on the evening. In over 20 minutes of ice time the left wing fired a healthy 10 shots on goal while finishing a more than perfect plus four. The two minute tripping minor added the icing to the cake as the Caps disposed of the Senators 5-2.
FIRST STAR: Patric Hornqvist, Nashville Predators (1-0-1) – Hornqvist took the ball and ran with it last night, scoring two powerplay goals and assisting on another. The former last overall pick fired a healthy seven shots on goal, while taking six penalty minutes and finishing a perfect plus one. With the terrible injury to Steve Sullivan, the 23-year-old Swede should get an extended role in the teams top six.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Nicklas Backstrom, Roberto Luongo, Jaroslav Halak, Duncan Keith, Blake Wheeler, Scott Gomez, Chris Pronger, JP Dumont, Steve Sullivan, RJ Umberger, Kristian Huselius, Alex Burrows, Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin