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.
Not a big night in hockey with only 5 games and 10 teams in action. Actually it was more like 4 games and 8 teams when considering the postponed game between the Devils and Tampa Bay. Here are our standout fantasy stars for January 8, 2010:
THIRD STAR: Raffi Torres, Columbus Blue Jackets (0-0-1) – Torres scored a goal and assisted on another leading his team to a much needed 3-2 victory over the Flames. The 28-year-old seems poised to come near his career high of 27 goals, set with the Oilers in 2005-2006. In under 15 minutes of ice time, he managed a plus three to go along with two shots on goal making him our third star of the game.
SECOND STAR: Antoine Vermette, Columbus Blue Jackets (0-1-0) – Vermette played just a hair better than Torres last night with a goal and two assists. The former Ottawa Senator logged over 19 minutes of ice time while taking two shots on goal and finishing a plus two, good enough for second star of the evening.
FIRST STAR: Tyler Myers, Buffalo Sabres (1-0-0) – This talented youngster really shines last night, getting his mark on all three Sabres tallies. The towering defenseman scored two powerplay tallies and assisted on another powerplay goal. In addition, he added four shots on goal making him easily our first star of the night.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Josh Bailey, Loui Eriksson, Brad Richards, Tim Connolly