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FHS Awards Show - Biggest Surprise Five Tool Player

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Landeskog doing one of the many things he does to help fantasy teams.
Landeskog doing one of the many things he does to help fantasy teams.

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 by a defenseman.

Today we look at a new award. This award is given to the player that surprised us the most by contributing in several standard fantasy categories. Some of these guys took a big jump forward in their production and other just picked up a few more PIM's or hits than normal. It's the award for the biggest surprise five category player.

And the nominees are....

David Clarkson RW Devils
Projected: 82 gms with 17+12=29 with 144 pims & 179 shots.
Actual: 80 gms with 30+16=46 with 138 pims & 228 shots.

He's always had the PIM's and to a lesser extent the shots but this year he added points and PPP to his arsenal. If only he could have gotten that plus-minus up (minus-8)

Erik Cole RW Canadiens
Projected: 75 gms with 23+21=44 with 57 pims & 172 shots.
Actual: 82 gms with 35+26=61 with 48 pims & 241 shots.

Did you know Cole picked up a plus-11? Impressive on the team he played for. He also scored 11 PPG and had 186 hits making him a surprise five tool stud.

Gabriel Landeskog LW Avalanche
Projected: 79 gms with 19+18=37 with 58 pims & 158 shots.
Actual: 82 gms with 22+30=52 with 51 pims & 270 shots.

Plus-20, tons of shots, 51 PIM's and also a boatload of blocks and hits. Not too shabby for a rookie most weren't expecting to get over 40 points.

Joffrey Lupul RW Maple Leafs
Projected: 73 gms with 24+21=45 with 52 pims & 183 shots.
Actual: 66 gms with 25+42=67 with 48 pims & 191 shots.

If Lupul's monster breakout wasn't enough for owners he also helped them out in PIM's, PPP and shots. He didn't hurt much in the plus-minus department either (plus-1).

Michael Ryder RW Stars
Projected: 82 gms with 23+24=47 with 31 pims & 190 shots.
Actual: 82 gms with 35+27=62 with 46 pims & 211 shots.

The PIM's aren't as high as others on this list but with a plus-17, a nice shot total and 10 PPP he ended up being somebody you could depend on across the board.

Wayne Simmonds RW Flyers
Projected: 82 gms with 15+18=33 with 91 pims & 128 shots.
Actual: 82 gms with 28+21=49 with 114 pims & 197 shots.

He took a big leap forward this year in all categories except for plus-minus (minus-1). His points, PIM's, hits, blocks, shots and PPP all saw increases from last season.

Max Pacioretty LW Canadiens
Projected: 77 gms with 24+31=55 with 65 pims & 199 shots.
Actual: 79 gms with 33+32=65 with 56 pims & 286 shots.

He had the most shots of anybody on this list and although he didn't have monster numbers in any other category he did provide something in each.

And the winner is....

1st - Gabriel Landeskog (12 points)
2nd - Max Pacioretty (8 points)
3rd - David Clarkson (5 points)
4th - Wayne Simmonds (4 points)
5th - Erik Cole (1 point)
T6th - Joffery Lupul & Michael Ryder (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.