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FHS Awards Show - Best Breakout Defenseman

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Dmitry Kulikov was one of our big breakout picks this season.  Oops.  We got the team right at least.
Dmitry Kulikov was one of our big breakout picks this season. Oops. We got the team right at least.

Welcome to the third annual FHS Awards Show where we deliver the hardware to those deserving players who helped you to fantasy glory. We polled the FHS writers to get a consensus opinion but we've also included a poll to give you a chance to tell us we're idiots.

Yesterday we gave out the award for the biggest breakout in assists.

Today we'll we'll present the award to the biggest overall breakout season from the blueline.

And the nominees are....

Zach Bogosian D Jets
Projected: 77 gms with 10+13=23 with 54 pims & 172 shots.
Actual: 65 gms with 5+25=30 with 71 pims & 150 shots.

Bogo has been an FHS favourite for awhile but he been it pretty tough to keep our fandom going after last year's tiny 17 point season. He had his best NHL season by a good margin and makes a great target at your draft next year.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson D Coyotes
Projected: 48 gms with 2+9=11 with 25 pims & 51 shots.
Actual: 82 gms with 13+19=32 with 32 pims & 147 shots.

The Yotes' 1st rounder from 2009 made big strides in his 2nd NHL season and hit the fantasy radar for the first time. Loads of potential here.

Jason Garrison D Panthers
Projected: 73 gms with 6+11=17 with 33 pims & 91 shots.
Actual: 77 gms with 16+17=33 with 32 pims & 168 shots.

A free agent pickup in almost all leagues, Garrison ended the season third in goals scored by a d-man. That's a pretty damn good ROI right there.

Jay Harrison D Hurricanes
Projected: 72 gms with 3+7=10 with 82 pims & 53 shots.
Actual: 72 gms with 9+14=23 with 60 pims & 128 shots.

Harrison became that guy you could plug into your lineup and he wouldn't kill you in any category. Not bad considering he had only 10 points last season.

Nick Leddy D Blackhawks
Projected: 75 gms with 7+14=21 with 21 pims & 85 shots.
Actual: 82 gms with 3+34=37 with 10 pims & 94 shots.

Leddy tripled his production from his 46 game rookie season last year to this season (0.15 vs 0.45 ppg). Impressive. We'd like him more if he could triple that weak shot total as well.

Jeff Petry D Oilers
Projected: 35 gms with 2+3=5 with 11 pims & 42 shots.
Actual: 73 gms with 2+23=25 with 26 pims & 111 shots.

We all know the Oilers blueline isn't very strong but Petry isn't part of the problem. He was a serviceable fantasy player this year and has some upside for next year as well.

And the winner is....

1st - Jason Garrison (12 points)
2nd - Oliver Ekman-Larsson (9 points)
3rd - Nick Leddy (6 points)
4th - Zach Bogosian (2 points)
5th - Jay Harrison (1 point)
6th - Jeff Petry (0 points)

(3 points for a 1st place vote, 2 for 2nd, 1 for 3rd)

Agree? Disagree? Have your say in the poll or comments.