Continuing from last week’s list of the best 25 multi-category studs in the NHL, here are the top 12.
Besides points, I looked at plus-minus, penalty minutes, power play goals, shorthanded goals, game-winners and shots on goal. A serious shortcoming in any of the above categories (except shorthanded goals) eliminated the player from consideration.
12. Dan Boyle, San Jose – The league’s top-scoring rearguard also sits with a plus-11 rating and is currently fourth among blueliners with 124 shots. He is also on pace to garner 60 penalty minutes, which would tie the second-highest total in his career.
11. Corey Perry, Anaheim – Getting suspended for four games will not stop Perry from topping 70 points for the first time in his career. Seventy-plus points and 100-plus PIMs is an exclusive club indeed. He will be a member by the end of March. He also ranks 15th in the league in shots on goal and has five power play markers.
10. Mike Richards, Philadelphia – His four shorthanded goals tie him for first in the league with teammates Jeff Carter (see below) and Simon Gagne. On top of that, Richards is a point-per-game player who will flirt with 70 PIMs and take well over 200 shots this season. He also has a plus-14 rating.
9. Marian Hossa, Detroit – He may not have received an invite to the All-Star Game, but Hossa definitely makes the Fantasy All-Star roster. He’s always been a points machine, but in Detroit his plus-minus has shot up (plus-14). His 193 shots put him third in the league in that department and he also has four game-winning goals.
8. Zdeno Chara, Boston – He hasn’t missed reaching 100 PIMs in his past seven campaigns, but it will be a close call this season. Still, he’ll flirt with 50 points and his plus-22 is sixth in the NHL. He has taken 120 shots and has six power play goals.
7. Rob Blake, San Jose – The top multi-category defenseman in the NHL (prior to injuring his jaw), Blake is having a career resurgence. If he doesn’t miss too much time, the 37-year-old will flirt with 55 points, 140 penalty minutes, a plus-24 rating, seven power play goals and 230 shots. Not bad for a player who was likely drafted late in most rotisserie leagues this past summer.
6. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh – The last time a player reached the 100/100 club (100 points, 100 PIMs) was in 2005-06 when Crosby accomplished the feat (and Marc Savard came extremely close). Sid is on his way to becoming a two-time member. The only stats holding him down on this list are his plus-minus (a modest plus-4) and game winners (only one to date).
5. Jeff Carter, Philadelphia – The breakout player of the year has justified my steadfast faith in him being a superior fantasy hockey player to teammate and fellow 2003 first-rounder Richards. I withstood a lot of laughter and many emails sent questioning my judgment there. Carter will have 50 goals – 15 on the power play – on 350 shots before this season is over. He is also a solid plus-10 and is on pace for a career high in PIMs.
4. Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh – Not only is he the NHL’s leading scorer, but he is on pace for 87 penalty minutes. That’s just a misconduct or two away from joining the 100/100 club. He has also posted a plus-14 on the campaign and his PPG and SHG stats are solid.
3. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim – Let’s see…fourth in points, 16th in shots on goal, 21st in penalty minutes and he’s a plus-7. Yep, sounds like fantasy gold to me!
2. Marc Savard, Boston – Savard is tracking to fall short of the 100/100 club, as he is on pace for 98 points and 87 minutes in the sin bin, but fantasy owners will take it. Especially when those numbers come alongside a league-leading plus-30. If the opposition doesn’t start scoring when this guy is on the ice soon, he’ll leave plus-50 in his dust.
1. Alex Ovechkin, Washington – All hail Alexander the GR8. One hundred points, 100 penalty minutes and well over 500 shots on goal? We could see it this year – and for many years to come. When we’re talking about strictly points, we can have a mean debate going about Ovechkin, Crosby and Malkin. When we’re talking multiple categories, it’s not even close.
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