The man, the myth, the legend.
Welcome to the third annual FHS Awards Show where we deliver the hardware to those deserving players who helped you to fantasy glory. We polled the FHS writers to get a consensus opinion but we've also included a poll to give you a chance to tell us we're idiots.
Today we look at the six players who broke out as a power forward. Of course in fantasy hockey we're talking about guys who took a big step forward in points and PIM's.
And the nominees are....
David Clarkson RW NJ
Projected: 82 gms with 17+12=29 with 144 pims & 179 shots.
Actual: 80 gms with 30+16=46 with 138 pims & 228 shots.
Entering the season his career high was just 32 points and he had just 18 last year. 46 points is very servicable in most leagues but when you add in his 138 PIM's Clarkson starts looking really good. Only six players in the league scored more than 45 points and 100 PIM's like Clarkson did.
James Neal LW PIT
Projected: 79 gms with 27+27=54 with 62 pims & 219 shots.
Actual: 80 gms with 40+41=81 with 87 pims & 329 shots.
The points nearly doubled (45 to 81) and the PIM's went up by about 20. He might not have been going under the radar this year as many were hoping he would click with Malkin or Crosby but he still deserves our attention.
Scott Hartnell LW PHI
Projected: 82 gms with 24+27=51 with 148 pims & 188 shots.
Actual: 82 gms with 37+30=67 with 136 pims & 232 shots.
He's had a season similar to this one (60 pts and 143 PIM's) a few seasons ago but he took things to a whole new level this year. He was the only player in the Top 30 in scoring to top 90 PIM's.
Brad Marchand RW BOS
Projected: 77 gms with 25+26=51 with 57 pims & 145 shots.
Actual: 76 gms with 28+27=55 with 87 pims & 167 shots.
At the All-Star break he was in the lead for this award but a weak 2nd half killed him. Still, he increased his PIM's by 36 and his points by 14 over last year's totals. Not bad.
P.A. Parenteau RW NYI
Projected: 81 gms with 17+27=44 with 40 pims & 157 shots.
Actual: 80 gms with 18+49=67 with 89 pims & 167 shots.
This one caught me by surprise. He had a few big time PIM totals in the AHL but he had only 46 PIMs in his rookie season last year. He's obviously feeling more comfortable in the NHL as he nearly doubled that total.
Wayne Simmonds RW PHI
Projected: 82 gms with 15+18=33 with 91 pims & 128 shots.
Actual: 82 gms with 28+21=49 with 114 pims & 197 shots.
He topped his career high in points (which was 40) and almost hit the magical 50 point number for the first time. Last year he had 'only' 75 PIM's so it's good to see him get back up over the century mark.
And the winner is....
1st - Scott Hartnell (13 points)
2nd - James Neal (8 points)
3rd - David Clarkson (6 points)
4th - P.A. Parenteau (2 points)
5th - Wayne Simmonds (1 points)
6th - Brad Marchand (0 points)
(3 points for a 1st place vote, 2 for 2nd, 1 for 3rd)
Agree? Disagree? Have your say in the poll or comments.
Who do you think deserves the award for best breakout power forward?
David Clarkson (7 votes)
James Neal (31 votes)
Scott Hartnell (18 votes)
Brad Marchand (3 votes)
P.A. Parenteau (4 votes)
Wayne Simmonds (3 votes)
66 total votes