The biggest and brightest from the past week in Fantasy Land, as voted by FHS writers.
Three Stars of the Week:
3rd Star, from the San Jose Sharks, numero 22, Dan Boyle... Boyle actually finished in a three-way tie in star voting this week (with Jay Harrison and John Tavares), but we'll give it to him based on seniority. In four games, Boyle threw down 1+4=5, plus-5, and15 SOG. Here's an amazing stat: Boyle has hit 50+ points in six of the last seven seasons. In the one year he missed it, he played only 37 games, but at a 55 point pace. There is money...and then there is Dan Boyle. FHS Votes: 3 thirds.
2nd Star, from the Pittsburgh Penguins, numero 71, Evgeni Malkin... 5+2=7, 2 GWG, plus-3, 20 SOG, 2PPP, and 4 PIM. Geno left it to the last minute this week, but his game on Sunday, which featured five points and a natural hat trick, was one for the ages. In that single game, he passed eight players in the overall scoring race. If you missed the highlights, Puckdaddy has a nice recap here. FHS Votes: 3 seconds.
1st Star, from the Ottawa Senators, numero 41, Craig Anderson... an honourable mention last week, Anderson one-upped himself with a scorching 3 games, 3 wins, .970 SV%, 0.98 GAA, and 1 shutout. All on the road, too. Guy is 8-0-1 in his last nine. Prior to that you could have probably traded Scott Gomez for him. Now his owners think he is untouchable. The Senators team everyone picked to finish bottom three is currently seeded 5th in the East, with a seven point cushion on 9th place. No, this is not a dream. FHS Votes: 3 firsts, 2 thirds.
Honourable mention: Jay Harrison (4 GP, 2+1=3, plus-3, 7 PIM, 10 SOG, 2 GWG), John Tavares (3 GP, 2+4=6, plus-8!!!), Jack Johnson (4 GP, 2+3=5, 10 SOG, 3 PPP), Anze Kopitar (3 GP, 3+3=6, 4 PIM, 4 PPP), Matt Moulson (3 GP, 3+3=6)Rookie Star of the Week: Sean Couturier, PHI - 3+1=4, plus-4, 2 GWG in just 3 games while averaging less than 13 minutes per game. Impressive.
HM: None! Unanimous vote on Couts.
Breakout Star of the Week: Viktor Stalberg, CHI - in four games, Stalberg posted 5+1=6, plus-3, and 18 SOG. All this came after a six game pointless skid, so who knew? With a bottom line like that, Stalberg really should have been considered for top three this week, but some votes were submitted before Chicago played yesterday.
Breakdown of the Week: Phil Kessel, TOR - in three games this week, Kessel, managed to put up zero points, no PIM, only seven shots and a shit-tastic minus-4. This after an eight game point streak though, s it's tough for his owners to really complain.
DHM: Henrik Zetterberg (0 points, minus-4), Marion Gaborik (0 points)
Free Agent Star of the Week (less than 50% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Dave Bolland, CHI (6% owned) with 4+2=6, plus-3, 2 PPP, and 2 PIM in four games. He took advantage of his opportunities by scoring on four of his six shots. With eight points in his last seven games overall, Bolland could make a nice short-term add if you need the help.
HM: Viktor Stalberg (13% owned), Jay Harrison (7% owned)
Check out our past Fantasy Stars of the Week here.