Fantasy Stars of the Week

Marianne Helm

The biggest and brightest from the past week in fantasy hockey.

Brad Richards (4+3=7) and Andrew Ladd (2+6=8) had nice weeks offensively, and a bunch of goalies played well, but let's celebrate the three best multi-cat lines of the week.

3rd Star, from the Philadelphia Flyers, numero 17, Wayne Simmonds. Three goals, three assists, plus-6, eight PIM, 13 shots and six hits. He's been averaging slightly less ice time this year then last, but remains a fixture on PP1, where he's scored more than half of his 31 points. If you're wondering what could have been, his 82-game pace looks like 30+32=62, 160 PIM, 32 PPP and 134 hits.

2nd Star, from the New York Rangers, numero 24, Ryan Callahan. Three goals, three assists, plus-2, two PIM, ten shots, 11 hits, five blocks and three PPP. On pace for 28+24=52, 254 shots, 288 hits and 121 blocks over 82 games. What a player. That is all.

1st Star, from the Winnipeg Jets, numero 26, Blake Wheeler. Two goals, five assists, plus-5, two PIM, nine shots, two PPA, two PIM, 14(!!) hits and two blocks. Not sure if home advantage had much to do with Wheeler's hit count this week, but really, who cares? 82-game pace: 31+40=72, 47 PIM, 213 SOG and 146 hits. Headed for a monster 2013-14 season.


Rookie Star of the Week: Matt Irwin. It always seems difficult to put too much faith in an undrafted player, but Irwin continues to hold his own. The 25-year-old recently signed for two more years in San Jose, where he's averaged 19:10 TOI/G and 1:51 TOI-PP this year. Despite being rested for one of the Sharks' four games this week, he ended up with a very agreeable 1+2=3, plus-3, four PIM, 12 shots, two PPP, three hits and five blocks.

Breakout Star of the Week: Zach Bogosian. He had an 11-game pointless streak going before a couple of assists vs. Florida on April 11th. This week he kept the magic rolling, with points against the Lightning (2A), Hurricanes (1G, 1A) and Islanders (1G). He also chipped in nine shots, two PPA, nine hits and five blocks, but sadly, his week ended with a concussion.

Breakdown of the Week: Carey Price. Two weeks in a row for Mr. Price, and hopefully he's just resting up for the playoffs. He'll be fine, but let's chide him once again for his incredibly shitty H2H playoff timing. We chide you, Carey Price. This week he allowed 16 goals on 108 shots for a horrific .852 SV% and 4.63 GAA. His season peripherals on April 7 were 2.26 and .916. Decent. They are now 2.59 and .905. Not decent.

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