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FHS Fantasy Breakout Awards Show: 2009-10

Welcome to the Second Annual FHS Fantasy Breakout Awards Show where we honour and pay tribute to those few select players who helped fantasy teams bring home the gold last season.

We're here today to acknowledge the fantasy breakouts of 2009-2010.  Those guys that were undervalued coming into the season and paid their owners back big time for that later round pick.  

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LADYBYNGOur first award is our Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.  Normally presented to the player who exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.  But since those attributes don't help out fantasy players we'll give it to the player who had the biggest breakout in assists.  Our nominees are:

Henrik Sedin: 2008-09 - 60 assists in 82 games, 2009-10 - 83 in 82
Brad Richards: 2008-09 - 32 assists in 56 games, 2009-10 - 67 in 80
Tomas Plekanec
: 2008-09 - 19 assists in 80 games, 2009-10 - 45 in 82

Plekanec had an amazing jump but he shouldn't win just because his 2008-09 was so brutal.  We can't pass up an assist/game season so the winner is....

HENRIK SEDIN 
Vancouver Canucks

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RICHARDOur second award is the Maurice Richard Memorial Trophy.  Goals are the sexiest fantasy stat our there and when it comes down to it, we want the guys that light the lamp.  So the Richard Trophy is is presented to the player with the biggest breakout in goals scored

Our nominees are:

Jussi Jokinen: 2008-09 - 7 goals in 71 games, 2009-10 - 30 in 81
Dustin Penner: 2008-09 - 17 goals in 78 games, 2009-10 - 32 in 82
Steven Stamkos: 2008-09 - 23 goals in 79 games, 2009-10 - 51 in 82

We really want to pick Stamkos but we can't pass by a guy who was a FA pickup in most league but ended up scoring 30 goals this season.  The winner is.......

JUSSI JOKINEN 
Carolina Hurricanes

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SELKEOur next award is our Frank J. Selke trophy.  It is awarded to the player who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.  Defensive aspects?  Well that's definitely not helping fantasy teams.  We'll instead say our Selke is for the biggest breakout in plus-minus.

Our nominees are:

Jeff Schultz: 2008-09  +13 in 64 games, 2009-10  +50 in 73
Drew Doughty: 2008-09  -17 in 81 games, 2009-10 +20 in 82
Christian Ehrhoff: 2008-09  -12 in 77 games, 2009-10  +36 in 80

Schultz came outta nowhere to lead the league but that was very Ovechkin-assisted.  Instead we'll go with the guy who had an incredible +48 turnaround.  That's insane.  And the winner is....

CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF 
Vancouver Canucks

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ADAMSLet's keep this ball rolling... our next award is the Jack Adams trophy.  Our Jack Adams award is given to the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to fantasy success.  Fantasy hockey is all about scoring so we're looking for a coach with both a high octane offense AND a terrible defense.

The nominees are:

Bruce Boudreau, Washington: 3.8 goals scored / game and 2.7 goals allowed / game
Dan Bylsma, Pittsburgh: 3.0 goals scored / game and 2.9 goals allowed / game
Randy Carlyle, Anaheim: 2.8 goals scored / game and 3.0 goals allowed / game

Even if the Caps didn't lead the league in scoring by more than half a goal a game (which they did) after the season they had a Capital has to win at least one award today.  And the winner is....

BRUCE BOUDREAU 
Washington Capitals

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VEZINAOur next award allows us to pay tribute to the most important fantasy position in many leagues.  The goalies. The Vezina Trophy is presented to the fantasy breakout goalie of the year

The nominees are:

Ilya Bryzgalov: 2008-09 - 26 wins, 2009-10 - 42 wins
Ryan Miller: 2008-09 - 34 wins, 2009-10 - 41 wins
Jimmy Howard: 2008-09 - 0 wins, 2009-10 - 37 wins

We would have loved to work guys like Jonny Quick, Tuukka Rask, Antti Niemi and Craig Anderson onto this list but it was the year of the breakout goalie so there wasn't any room.  You really can't go wrong with any of these choices but we'll take they guy that finished 2nd in both sv% and gaa.  The winner is...

RYAN MILLER
Buffalo Sabres


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CALDERThe Calder Trophy is presentened to the biggest breakout rookie of 2009-10.  Many rookies are hyped up at the beginning of the season but only a select few actually end up making a fantasy contribution. 

The three nominees are:

Matt Duchene: 2009-10 - 81 GM, 24 G, 31 A, +1, 16 PIM
Tyler Myers: 2009-10 - 82 GM, 11 G, 37 A, +13, 32 PIM
Jimmy Howard: 2009-10 - 63 GM, 37-15-10, 2.26 gaa, .924 sv%

You have no idea how long it took to come to a decision to leave Tuukka Rask off this list... he just didn't get the PT.  Thanks a lot, Tim Thomas!  Respect for Duchene and Myers but drafting a backup tender who eventually finished 8th in wins, 4th in sv% and 5th in gaa is gold.  The winner of the Calder Trophy is...

JIMMY HOWARD 
Detroit Red Wings

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Before we get to our next award we wanted to take a moment to remember the players that killed fantasy teams this season. 

Paul Kariya: 1.36 ppg (injury shortened) to 0.57
Todd White: 0.89 ppg to 0.4
Slava Kozlov: 0.92 ppg to 0.47
Derek Brassard: 0.81 ppg to 0.46
Pavel Datsyuk: 1.2 ppg to 0.88
Devin Setoguchi: 0.8 ppg to 0.51
Mike Richards: 1.01 ppg to 0.76
Patrik Berglund: 0.62 ppg to 0.37
Simon Gagne: 0.94 ppg to 0.69
David Krejci: 0.89 ppg to 0.66
Evgeni Malkin: 1.34 ppg to 1:14
Brendan Morrow: 0.83 ppg to 0.61
Martin Havlat: 0.95 ppg to 0.74
Alex Kovalev: 0.83 ppg to 0.64

Sheldon Souray: 0.65 ppg to 0.35
Cam Barker: 0.59 ppg to 0.3
Jaroslav Spacek: 0.56 ppg to 0.28
Dennis Wideman: 0.63 ppg to 0.39
Brian Rafalski: 0.76 ppg to 0.54

...and of course the goalie position, where a big chunk of the fantasy fatalities occurred:

Cam Ward (-21 wins)
Martin Biron (-20)
Chris Osgood (-19)
Tim Thomas (-19)
Nikolai Khabibulin (-18)
Steve Mason (-13)
Marty Turco (-11)
Niklas Backstrom (-11).

So sad.

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NORRISLet's keep the show rolling... the Norris Trophy is awarded to the defenseman who demonstrated the biggest breakout for the defensive position throughout the season.

The nominees are...

Drew Doughty: 2008-09 - 27 points in 81 games, 2009-10 - 59 in 82
Duncan Keith: 2008-09 - 44 points in 77 games, 2009-10 - 69 in 82
Kurtis Foster: 2008-09 - 6 points in 10 games, 2009-10 - 42 in 71

Love what Foster did in T-Bay (especially with how cheaply he came).  Same goes for Doughty's breakout season.  But 70-point d-men are hard to come by and when he had only 44 the season before you get great value.  The winner of the Norris Trophy is...

DUNCAN KEITH 
Chicago Blackhawks

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HARTIt's that time of the evening.  The award for the FHS Most Valuable Breakout Player... it's our Hart Trophy

Henrik Sedin: Sedin looked like he was settling in as a point a game player.  75, 81, 76 and 82 the last four seasons will do that.  Nobody saw his monster 112 point season coming.  When you add in the fact that Henrik put up the numbers he did even though Daniel missed 19 games things look even more impressive.

Chris Stewart: After a ho-hum 19 points in 53 games in his rookie season nobody was expecting much from Stewart this year (including us who projected him for only 31 points).   But it turns out he was one of the big reasons for the Avs surprising season as he picked up 28 goals and 64 points.  All this from a guy who was a FA pick up in pretty much every league.

Duncan Keith: He's won Olympic gold and he's won the Stanley Cup.  There's not much else we can tell you about him that you don't already know.  It may seem hard to believe now but most fantasy sites (including us) were looking forward to another 40-50 point season from Keith.  He picked up 31, 32 and 44 points the last three years so the 69 points he scored last year surprised many.

Jussi Jokinen: In 71 games in 2008-09 Jussi picked up seven goals and 21 points which took him off the radar of pretty much every fantasy owner out there.  But he ended up posting a massive 30 goals and 65 points.  A pretty nice find on your FA wire.

Steven Stamkos: After a terrible rookie season (well the 1st half of it anyway) Stamkos broke out big time in year two.  Leading the league with 51 goals and finishing the season 5th in points made (and will make) Stamkos a valuable commodity. 

Jimmy Howard: We gave him the nod as our Calder winner but that really doesn't show Howard's true value to fantasy teams.  Remember this was a guy who people were expecting to backup Chris Osgood... if the Wings didn't trade for a replacement first that is.  Instead he stole the job very early in the season and gave smart owners who drafted him a top 5 tender for a late round pick.

Congratulations to all the nominees.  It's a very talented group but unfortunately there can only be one winner.  Although guys like Jokinen, Howard and Stewart brought breakouts very cheap.  Duncan Keith and Daniel Sedin each gave 30+ points of unexpected production.  The winner of the Hart Trophy as FHS's biggest fantasy breakout is...

HENRIK SEDIN 
Vancouver Canucks

We know it's a bit boring to select the same player for the Hart trophy as the NHL did but when a player put together a superstar breakout like Sedin did this year it can't go unnoticed.

It was a memorable evening.  Thank you very much for coming and we hope you enjoyed the show.  You are welcome to join us for the after party where we guarentee Kris Versteeg will not be permitted to 'rap'.