With the NHL All-Star Game upon us, there is no better time to talk about who would make up the fantasy hockey all-star team. Who has been the best of the best in fantasy hockey world this season?
Jimmy Howard has dominated, leads the league with 30 wins
Steven Stamkos, C, Tampa Bay Lightning
The leading goal scorer in the National Hockey League to this point, Stamkos has lived up to all of the expectations that come with being such a high fantasy draft pick. Stamkos has been an offensive force, with 32 goals and 20 assists.
Evgeni Malkin, C, Pittsburgh Penguins
Malkin has come to life over the past month, with 11 goals and four assists over the past 10 games. Malkin is the leader in total points (58) in the National Hockey League and has been keeping his fantasy hockey owners near the top of their leagues.
Phil Kessel, RW, Toronto Maple Leafs
Kessel's hot start caught more than a few off guard, but he is not receiving any complaints from his fantasy hockey owners. Kessel has checked in with 26 goals and 25 assists this year. While others have put up numbers that could compete with Kessel in this spot, Kessel's overall balance gives him the nod here.
Jason Garrison, D, Florida Panthers
No one would have predicted Garrison would have been in this spot prior to the season beginning. Fantasy hockey owners that were able claim him early in the season are thrilled with offensive output Garrison has provided. Garrison has had a great first half of the fantasy hockey season, leading all defenseman in goals with 13 and is a plus-four.
Erik Karlsson, D, Ottawa Senators
In his third NHL season, Karlsson set career highs in both assists and points this season with 40 assists and 47 points. It is rare to get big time offensive production in fantasy hockey, but Karlsson has provided that to his fantasy owners in the early part of the season.
Jimmy Howard, G, Detroit Red Wings
While there are plenty of worthy options in goal, Jimmy Howard gets the nod here. He leads the league in wins with 30, and currently is sporting a 2.03 goals against average, and a .924 save percentage. Howard is a big reason the Red Wings are near the top of the Western Conference this year.
Obviously, putting together an all-star team can bring plenty of debate, and it is even more trying to put an all-star team together based on fantasy hockey stats. In my view, these guys have been at the top of their game this season. Did I miss out on anyone that deserved a spot? Let us know in the comments section below.
News and Notes
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin was suspended three games for "launching" himself into Pittsburgh Penguins forward Zbynek Michalek. It has been a tough year for Ovechkin offensively, but he had four points in his last three games. Obviously, Ovechkin has to stay on your bench until he is eligible to return.
Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathon Toews missed the Blackhawks final game before all-star break after suffering what the team is calling an upper body injury late last week. Obviously, Toews is another player you have to keep on your roster, but keep an eye on this coming out of the all-star break.
Calgary Flames forward Alex Tanguay was scheduled to return to the lineup after missing nearly a month due to injury. Tanguay owners can feel confident getting him back into their lineups when play resumes next week.
About Mike Corcoran
Mike Corcoran joined KFFL in 2011 as their senior fantasy hockey writer. The Tarrytown, New York, native hosts a hockey radio show on ESPN Radio in Tampa, and covers the Tampa Bay Lightning professionally.
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