Alexei Kovalev of the Montreal Canadiens has 11 goals and 32 points in 43 games this season. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
Everybody loves a good list – especially when it’s counted down from a nice round number, complete with celebrity sound bites and music with a beat.
Fantasy hockey owners are no different (although we could do without the celebrity filler and annoying tunes).
We are about a week past the mid-point of the season and I have compiled a list of 25 (see – nice and round!) skaters who have been absolute gold in rotisserie leagues that track a wide array of categories.
Besides points, I looked at plus/minus, penalty minutes, power play goals, shorthanded goals, game winners and shots on goal. Numbers are from the conclusion of Friday night's games.
25. Jarret Stoll, Los Angeles – His 21 points are a modest total and he narrowly beat out Boston’s Blake Wheeler to make this list. He makes the grade because pretty much all his numbers are “modest.” He has no real shortcoming in his stats, from power play goals (five) to plus/minus (plus-4) to shots (82).
24. Jonathan Toews, Chicago – Toews should finish the campaign with 70 points, 60 PIMs, 200 shots and a plus-15. He’ll also finish in the top 30 for game-winning goals.
23. Kris Versteeg, Chicago – A teammate of Toews, the surprising rookie is beating his highly touted fellow Blackhawk in points, plus/minus, PIMs, PPG, and SHG.
22. Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay – Vinny is only sitting at 39 points for the season and most of his stat categories are only, much like Stoll, modest. However, he has 160 shots, which is 10th in the league.
21. Shea Weber, Nashville – The 23-year-old defender is not only having a career year in terms of points, but his other numbers are solid as well. He sits in the top three amongst rearguards for shots on goal and will fall just short of 100 penalty minutes by the end of the campaign.
20. Eric Staal, Carolina – He has been hovering around fifth place in the league in shots on goal and he has eight power play markers. His other numbers are – and here is that word again – modest. His overall point production has been disappointing, however.
19. Mikko Koivu, Minnesota – The younger Koivu has slowed down lately, but he is still on pace to top 70 points, 70 PIMs and plus-15. He is also among the league’s shot leaders and has decent special teams numbers.
18. Alexander Semin, Washington – Had he stayed healthy, Semin would be taking a run at the top of this list. His 82-game pace would read like this: 114 points, 115 PIMs, plus-63, nine game-winners and 255 shots on goal.
17. Rene Bourque, Calgary – Arguably the biggest surprise on this list, Bourque has only got better as the season has gone on. Even if he slows down a little, he’ll still post 55 points and 120 PIMs, while maintaining a plus-25 rating.
16. Rick Nash, Columbus – Finally, his long-awaited breakout season. Nash is looking at the first 80-point season of his career if he isn’t out for too long and should approach a plus-20 rating to boot. He also has solid special teams numbers.
15. Scott Hartnell, Philadelphia – Fantasy owners have always felt Hartnell had the ability to produce 65 points, while spending more than 150 minutes in the sin bin. Now he is almost on pace to do just that. His plus-5 rating, 115 shots and three game-winners are also nice.
14. Shane Doan, Phoenix – A player who posts 80 points and 100 PIMs is a rarity. Not even Doan has done that before, but he could this season. He also has seven PP markers.
13. Alex Kovalev, Montreal – There has been much written about the rather large decline that we have seen in Kovalev’s point totals. However, he picks up the slack in other categories, including 40 PIMs, a plus-11 rating, 131 shots, three power play goals, one shorthanded goal and three game-winners.
Tuesday’s FPL: the Top 12 multi-category studs of the 2008-09 season so far.
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