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The biggest and brightest from the past week in Fantasy Hockey
3rd Star, from the St. Louis Blues, numero 25, Chris Stewart... I took part in four drafts this season. Stewart went unpicked in two leagues, and in the other two was selected 229 and 210 overall. Hell, I picked STEVE DOWNIE ahead of Stewart in that last league. Anyway, all hail your genius if you have Stewart rostered now. Three multipoint games this week and he finished with 5+2=7, plus-5, (only) eight shots, and two GWGs. A couple of hits and blocks too, if such things tickle your fancy.
2nd Star, from the Los Angeles Kings, numero 23, Dustin Brown... if you read this feature every week, you'll know that multi-cat love is our kind of love. Brown had a big week offensively with five goals and a helper, but it's the 15 shots, 15 hits and three PPG that put him on the FHS podium. Do we have a podium? Of course not. It's the fucking internet, and Dustin Brown doesn't care what we think anyway.
1st Star, from the St. Louis Blues, numero 34, Jake Allen... I'd like to encourage Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott owners to reach out to us for counselling in these dark times. Ken Hitchcock is a kingmaker when it comes to goalies, but nobody thought Jake Allen would be the guy this year. The kid started and won all three Blues games this week, allowing only three goals on 97 shots and shutting out the Coyotes along the way. In nine starts this year he is 8-1 with 2.18 / .920 peripherals. All that being said, Halak is still the man in St. Louis (maybe), and he should regain the starting role any day now (probably).
Rookie Star of the Week: Matt Irwin. For an undrafted D-man who was on pretty much nobody's radar, Irwin has made a nice splash since his latest call-up to the Sharks. He had a point in all three games this week, tallying an assist, two powerplay goals, and an impressive ten shots. Sprinkle in two PIM, two hits and five blocks, and I'm really glad I had this guy on my roster this week, said no one at all.
Breakout Star of the Week: Brent Burns. Much has been made of his "mountain man" appearance, but let me give you some advice: when googling "burns mountain man" in an effort to find a picture of Burns' unkempt appearance, make sure you end op here, and not here. Until this week, Burns' season was a total shit sandwich. Injuries had kept him out of all but six games, In those games, he was pointless, and by all accounts, his defensive play was awful too. So awful that he was moved to a forward line, playing with relative unknowns Joe Thornton and Logan Couture. The results were instant: 2+3=5, plus-2, two PIM, nine shots and seven hits for Burns this week, and the fact he can produce as a forward from a D slot on your roster is, in a word, nifty.
Breakdown of the Week: Rick Nash. After posting 6+5=11 in his previous six games, Nash went stone cold this week with no points and minus-3 in three games. Yes, he fired 14 shots, but I lost the goal, assist and plus/minus categories in my FHS Beta League match this week, and this is the best venue I can find to shame and humiliate Nash for his part in my downfall. Do you hear me, Rick Nash? DO YOU??? The Rangers dealing their guts for Nash last summer was kind of like blowing all your cash on flowers for the pretty girl and then realizing you don't have enough gas money to pick her up. Right guys? Uh...guys?