A year ago you'd never heard of him
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.
Yesterday we gave out the award for the biggest breakout in goals scored.
Today we acknowledge the players that most of us hadn't even heard of entering the season but ended up helping fantasy teams in a big way. It's the award for the biggest outta nowhere breakout season.
And the nominees are....
Jake Gardiner D Leafs
Actual: 75 gms with 7+23=30 with 18 pims & 79 shots.
Can you imagine if the Leafs didn't make the trade that netted them both Lupul and Gardiner? Burke should get another year just for that deal. Only 43 d-men picked up more than 30 points this past season and Gardiner did it as a 21-year-old rookie.
Carl Hagelin LW Rangers
Actual: 64 gms with 14+24=38 with 24 pims & 131 shots.
Hagelin gets lost in the shuffle when it comes to ROY talk since he wasn't called up until the end of November. Prorate his numbers and you get a tidy 48 point pace. The plus-21 through only 64 games is maybe the most impressive stat.
Adam Henrique C Devils
Actual: 74 gms with 16+35=51 with 7 pims & 130 shots.
Henrique was fourth of even fifth on the Devils depth chart to start the season but injuries to Travis Zajac and Jacob Josefson opened the door and Henrique took full advantage. He did fade down the stretch a bit as he had 34 points through his first 39 games and then just 17 points through his final 35 games.
Corey Potter D Oilers
Actual: 62 gms with 4+17=21 with 24 pims & 98 shots.
He faded as the season went on and also missed some time with three separate injuries, but he played at a 28 point pace. Not bad for a guy who was basically thrown to the scrap heap by the Penguins and Rangers.
Matt Read C Flyers
Actual: 79 gms with 24+23=47 with 12 pims & 155 shots.
In training camp nobody knew who Read was. By the time the season started he was getting lots of hype and was even tabbed at the ROY by Bob McKenzie. We doubt he'll pick up the ROY but at least he's in the conversation.
Craig Smith C Predators
Actual: 72 gms with 14+22=36 with 30 pims & 172 shots.
Smith scored 25 points in the seasons first three months but only 10 in the last three. Since he wasn't expected to see any NHL action this year we'll still call it a win of a rookie season for Smith.
And the 'winner' is....
1st - Adam Henrique (12 points)
2nd - Matt Read (10 points)
3rd - Carl Hagelin (5 points)
4th - Criag Smith (2 points)
5th - Jake Gardiner (1 point)
6th - Corey Potter (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 was the biggest outta nowhere break,out?
Jake Gardiner (2 votes)
Carl Hagelin (5 votes)
Adam Henrique (36 votes)
Corey Potter (0 votes)
Matt Read (13 votes)
Craig Smith (1 vote)
Other (leave in comments) (1 vote)
58 total votes