3rd Star, from the Pittsburgh Penguins, numero 29, Marc-Andre Fleury...throw the poor guy a bone, right? Spending another summer as the Penguins' playoff antihero would suck, so we'll try and cheer a fella up a bit here. Two games, two wins, a shutout, 0.64 GAA and .979 SV%. That's better.
2nd Star, from the Winnipeg Jets, numero 9, Evander Kane...with Ovie listed officially as a RW now, Kane has a real opportunity to cement himself as the top multi-cat LW in fantasy hockey. Maybe he's already there. His 1+2=3 totals over three games may not impress on their own, but add nine PIM, 17 hits and seven blocks and you have, like, three players in one. Unreal.
1st Star, from the Washington Capitals, numero 8, Alex Ovechkin...come on, 24 shots in three games? Pile on three goals, two assists, three PPG and 10 hits, and you have yourself an easy call for 1st star of the week. The Caps' PP has started off lethal again this year, with Ovie (5 PPP), Grabovski (4 PPP), Green (4 PPP) and Backstrom (3 PPP) all at the top of the league leaderboard.
Rookie Star of the Week: Tomas Hertl. This was a really close call, as Jacob Trouba, Sean Monahan, Mark Scheifele and Torey Krug all had deserving weeks, but in the end I picked Hertl because A) he did his damage in only two games and B) he was my Calder pick in the FHS roundtable predictions, so I'll put my money where my mouth is. Hertl is in a great spot to succeed on a line with Joe Thornton and Brent Burns. Hertl saw over 16:00 TOI in each of his two games and his PP TOI was substantial (4:27 and 2:15).
Breakout Star of the Week: Jonathan Bernier. It's only week one, so let's not get too excited, but it's safe to say Bernier has already thrown the best punches in round one of his starting goalie battle with James Reimer. Bernier not only posted far better numbers than Reimer (2-0, 0.64, .979 vs. 1-0, 4.63, .879), but also provided an exclamation point in stopping all 15 shots (and both shootout attempts) in relief of a shell-shocked Reimer (4 goals on 21 shots), as the Leafs came back from a 4-2 deficit for a huge 5-4 win on Saturday. Advantage Bernier.
Breakdown of the Week: Devan Dubnyk. Yeah, you could probably give this one to the entire Oilers team, as they played some awful defense in front of Dubnyk. But stats are stats, and if, like me, you had the misfortune of starting Dubnyk in his two games this week, you ended up with two losses and 6.53/.831 peripherals. Small sample size though (as they all are right now), and with a career SV%of .912, expect things to get better for Dubnyk. They really can't get much worse.