Finally I'm on the board! - USA TODAY Sports
A fantasized look at Thursday's NHL games.
After a four point performance last night (1+3=4, 2 PIM, plus-2), jumping Joe Thornton has the world at his fingertips. He's leading the NHL with a blistering 9 points in just three games. If you've owned him before, you know his points come in bunches so enjoy this while it lasts.
Eric Staal with the hattie last night and he easily gets the fantasy line of the night with 3+0=3, 2 PIM, 7 shots, and plus-3. Forget about the fact that he was shooting on the Sabres' backup for the first two goals and the last one was an empty netter. We'll take a hat trick any day.
Steve Sullivan followed up his hat trick performance with 1+1=2, 4 PIM, and 3 shots as he looks to put a little run together.
You can't get much uglier than his previous outing but nice bounce back performance by Devan Dubnyk as he made 30 saves allowing just one goal for the win.
Patrick Sharp with a sexy night if you're into powerplay points. His goal and two assists all came during the special teams advantage. There aren't many better point producers in the NHL.
I should probably mention Corey Crawford after his 3-2 win in overtime last night. He's won all three of his starts allowing only two goals in each. For where you drafted him, I'm sure you're happy as a kid in a candy shop with his results so far.
Matt Duchene wants you to know that last season was just a sophomore slump as he went 2+1=3, 4 shots, plus-3.
It was a 33 save shutout for Semyon Varlamov and he's off to a nice start going 2-1-0 and allowing just 5 total goals along the way. This kid has the pedigree to be a number one goalie if the Avs give him a little bit of help
My favorite rookie, Justin Schultz, put up two apples last night and had 6 shots. Most importantly, he led the team in TOI with over 26 minutes. The kid is here to stay and they already love him in Oil Country.
Well, Andrei Markov is up to his masterful powerplay ways again as he put up a goal and an assist, both with the man advantage. I thought he was a good bounce back candidate last season but I backed off on him this season. My mistake.
Is Max Pacioretty trying to become a playmaker this season? After his two assists last night he's got four on the season (in three games) but hasn't scored a goal. He must be itching to put the puck in the net.
Brad Boyes was a deep league sleeper entering this season mainly because he had a decent shot at lining up with John Taveras but also because he's is a former 40 goal scorer. Well he was held scoreless in the Islanders' first two games and he wasn't playing with JT last night, but he did put up a damn nice line with 2+1=3 and plus-2.
Michael Grabner also had 2 goals and an assist for the Isles and don't look now but the former standout rookie has points in all three games this season. I do like this kid. He skates like the wind and gets plenty of scoring chances.
A goal and an assist for Nazem Kadri to go along with 2 PIM and 6 shots. He's had points in all four of the Maple Leafs' games this season. Hopefully the kid is starting to realize his potential.