In honor of the upcoming NHL All-Star game, I have put together my version of the Western Conference All-Fantasy Team. This team will actually consist of three separate lineups, each with their own twist. Let the debate begin!
As a new feature, be sure to check out the HockeyDB.com link for each player's current and career stats.
1st Lineup: The Stars- Your fantasy superstars.
C- Joe Thornton– Many would argue for the well-rounded statistics of Getzlaf, but I give Thornton credit for doing so much with so little help.
Runners-Up: Getzlaf, Datsyuk
LW- Henrik Zetterberg– Here is an easy choice. With all the other elite left wingers in the East, no one comes close to Zetts in the West… despite his missing five games. He is already approaching his totals in 63 games last year.
Runners-Up: Nash, Huselius
RW- Jarome Iginla– In another very easy call, Iginla takes the right wing with his conference leading 63 points and 32 goals. He is possibly the best player in fantasy right now.
Runners-Up: Perry, Gaborik
D- Nicklas Lidstrom– Is there any question? Same old, same old here. He is the best.
D- Dion Phaneuf– In the tightest of races, Phaneuf steals the 2nd spot on the defense. He has played fewer games than Pronger, but without shots on goal, Chris takes it.
Runners-Up: Pronger, Rafalski
G- Roberto Luongo– After a bit of a slow start, Luongo quickly climbed back to where he belongs. His GAA is the best it’s ever been. Nabokov was close with his impressive win total.
Runners-Up: Nabokov, Giguere
2nd Lineup: The Steals- The best bargains in fantasy this year.
C- Mike Ribeiro– Is he for real? I think a 90-point pace in mid-January proves it for me. He has come a long way since his fake flailing days in Montreal.
Runners-Up: Horcoff, Lang
LW- Dustin Brown– Having nearly reached his career high in points already, Brown is on his way to stardom on one of fantasy’s best teams for the future.
Runners-Up: Morrow, Naslund