With the fantasy hockey season coming to a close, it's time to start taking a look at some of the most valuable players by position from this season. Over the coming weeks, we will break down some of the candidates for each position who have been the best over the year, before finally giving you our all MVP team.
Jonathan Quick has had a tremendous season for fantasy hockey teams
Today we start with the position that makes up almost half the scoring in a fantasy hockey league: Goaltender. Here are our candidates for fantasy hockey goaltending most valuable players....
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers - Lundqvist has been one of the best in the fantasy hockey world all season long, leading his team to the top of the eastern conference along the way. Lundqvist checked in this year with a 1.92 goals against average and a .932 save percentage. If you were a Lundqvist owner, you were likely loving life at the top of the standings this year.
Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings - Quick very quietly had a superb season, holding his team in the division and playoff hunt. From a fantasy perspective, Quick has also been one of the best in the game, collecting a league-leading 10 shutouts. Quick also had a 1.89 goals against average and a .933 save percentage, prompting some to include him in Hart Trophy discussion for the league's most valuable player.
Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators - Rinne had an incredible 71 starts this season for the Predators, and currently led the league in wins with 41 going in to play Tuesday. His fantasy owners have enjoyed him putting up additional solid numbers as well, with a 2.43 goals against average and a .922 save percentage. Those numbers make him a must add for any fantasy hockey MVP discussion.
Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins - Fleury has had an outstanding year for both his fantasy owners and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Going into play Tuesday, Fleury was second in the NHL in wins with 41 and put up solid stats with a 2.37 goals against average and a .913 save percentage. If you were a Fleury owner this season, he most likely kept you near the top of your fantasy hockey league in goalie statistics.
Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins - Amid all kinds of office and self-induced distractions, Thomas still managed to put together a great year for both the defending Stanley Cup champions and his fantasy hockey owners. Even though his play slipped a bit late in the year, he still managed to put up 34 wins with a 2.36 goals against average and a .921 save percentage while leading his team to the second seed in the eastern conference.
Make sure you check back later this week, when we once again hit the waiver wire to tell you who you need to know about as we are one week closer to fantasy hockey championships. Also, check back next week as we talk about who the candidates are for the most valuable fantasy hockey defenseman.
Fantasy hockey news and notes
The Montreal Canadiens got bad news Monday, when it was learned that goaltender Carey Price is the latest to suffer from a concussion. Although it has been a tough year for Price, he was still a starting option in many fantasy league formats. With this injury though, there is a very real chance the Canadiens will sit him down for the rest of the season. If you are still depending on him for your league, it's time to look elsewhere.
Chicago Blackhawks star center Jonathon Toews, who has missed the past twenty games with his own concussion issues, may finally be getting closer to returning to the ice for the Blackhawks. The plan is to reportedly practice over the next couple days, and if all goes well, get back into the lineup by the end of the week. If you are still fighting for your league championship, this could be a welcome addition to your roster. Monitor his status, and should he get the green light to return to the lineup, get him back into your fantasy lineup. There are, however, a lot of "ifs" going on here so continue to keep him benched until we know more.
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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