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 Pittsburgh Penguins, numero 18, James Neal... although held off the score sheet for games three and four of his week, Neal still managed to finish with 3+5=8, plus-5, four PIM and 19 shots. He also broke through the 300-shot plateau this week and is now on pace to finish the year with 38+45=83, plus-13, 85 PIM, 330 SOG and 29 PPP. Holy crap. Not bad for a dude whose average draft position on Yahoo! was 129. FHS Votes: 1 first, 1 second, 2 thirds
2nd Star, from the Pittsburgh Penguins,, numero 71, Evgeni Malkin...5+4=9, eight PIM, plus-3, and 21 shots in four games, and Malkin now holds a ten point lead in the scoring race, despite having played six fewer games than number two Steven Stamkos. Looks like Malkin is a lock for his first career Hart Trophy and his second Art Ross in four years. FHS Votes: 2 firsts, 2 seconds, 1 third
1st Star, from the Buffalo Sabres, numero 30, Ryan Miller... despite Malkin and Neal's amazing week, nothing could top the resurgent Ryan Miller, who went 4-0 this week with a 1.25 GAA and .9.56 SV%. The guy has almost single-handedly dragged the Sabres back into playoff contention - since January 1st he has 20 wins in 34 games with five shutouts and 2.14/.928 peripherals. Now that's more like it. FHS Votes: 2 firsts, 3 seconds
Rookie Star of the Week: Marcus Foligno - 3+2=5 and a plus-3 in four games this week, and Foligno is really clicking on that Ennis line with Stafford. Foilgno has 6+4=10 in his first nine NHL games. No one saw this coming from a guy drafted 104th overall in 2009, so ride the wave while it lasts and if your keeper league has a farm system and you have some space available, you may as well grab him to see what happens. (My keeper leagues have a 25 NHL GP limit for farm adds).
Breakout Star of the Week: we had four different nominees this week, all worthy, so let's include all of them: Matt Cooke (4 GP, 3+3=6, plus-5, 4 PIM), Cody Hodgson (4 GP, 3+3=6, 19 SOG, 3 PPP), Devan Dubnyk (3-0, 2.27 GAA, .932 SV%), Drew Stafford (4 GP, 3+3=6, plus-4, 16 SOG)
Breakdown of the Week: Again, four different nominees, and condolences to you if you had any of these guys dressed in your H2H playoffs last week: Pekka Rinne (still managed 2 wins but the 3.00 GAA and .875 SV% were very un-Rinne like), Daniel Sedin (didn't even finish four periods of hockey before going on vacussion), Jarome Iginla (no points in three games, minus-1), and John-Michael Liles (4 GP, no points, minus-4)
Free Agent Star of the Week (less than 50% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Brian Rolston (8% owned) with 2+6=8 in four games. Talk about major production out of a guy from the scrap heap, but how can he possibly keep this up?
HM: Matt Cooke (18% owned, 4 GP, 3+3=6, plus-5, 4 PIM), Tyler Ennis (45% owned, 4 GP, 1+4=5, plus-4, 4 PIM)
View our past Stars of the Week here