The biggest and brightest from the past week in Fantasy Land.
3rd Star, from the Tampa Bay Lightning, numero 91, Steven Stamkos... sure, there were a few other players with as many or more points, but none will give you this type of well-rounded production: four goals (three on the PP), two assists, plus-2, four PIM, 15 SOG, eight hits and a 54.3 FO% for good measure. All in only three games.
2nd Star, from the Montreal Canadiens, numero 31, Carey Price... he won all three of his starts while posting a stingy 1.67 GAA and .941 SV%. Pretty much no one saw this type of start coming from Price and the Canadiens. The kid is on a six-game win streak, allowing only ten goals in that span, and he was the only goalie to post three wins this week.
1st Star, from the Buffalo Sabres, numero 26, Thomas Vanek... after taking a game off with an obviously minor UBI, Vanek stormed back this week with points in all four of his games, including that incredible five-pointer against the Bruins. He finished the week with five goals and five assists in four games, and while his peripherals weren't mind-blowing, he was a plus-6 if you're into that sort of thing.
Rookie Star of the Week: Cory Conacher. Yes, the honey badger is back, with three goals and two assists in only three games this week. We keep waiting for a drop-off,, but Conacher has other ideas. Ideas about honey, and being a badger. HM this week goes to Nail Yakupov for 3+1=4 in four games, and to Leo Komarov for 14 hits and four blocks in three games. Komarov is currently number three overall in hits with 33.
Breakout Star of the Week: Cody Hodgson. Hodgson already had a decent start to the year with three goals in six games, but this week he put together a couple of three-pointers for 2+4=6 on the week. He's been competing with Tyler Ennis for PP1 time, but is otherwise in an ideal situation playing with white-hot Vanek.
Breakdown of the Week: Ondrej Pavelec. A quick rewording of my pre-season Pavelec update will do nicely here: "Really shitty week for the big Czech. Three losses and some really, really shitty stats. How shitty? How does a 0-3 record and a shitty .808 SV% and 5.85 GAA sound? Super shitty is how it sounds. Super, super shitty". As a Pavelec owner myself, I can tell you it's almost impossible to manage a job, a family and Ondrej Pavelec all at the same time. Please, help.