Eastern Conference Mid-Season All-Stars

Dobber Sports

2009-01-15

Sid Gino

 

With this being right around the halfway mark for most NHL teams, I thought it would be appropriate to try and come up with a list of Eastern Conference All-Stars. Of course, my list will have a healthy twist. I’ll give you the actual All-Stars, my All-Stars, the All-Sucks and All-Steals:

 

Apple – A fan favorite voted to the Eastern Conference All-Star starting roster.

Mandarin Orange – Easy to peel, easy to eat. Sweet and simply satisfies poolies appetite for statistics. These are my choices for Fantasy All-Stars.

Lemon – Likely given you a bitter taste in your mouth, mostly because you’ve been sucking on this player since the draft.

Lime – Looks real good right now, especially with you well on your way to your victory Corona(s) at the end of the season.

Center

Apple – Sidney Crosby sits second in NHL scoring and is the apple of the NHL’s marketing eye.

Orange – Marc Savard has numbers that rival Crosby, but the thing that makes Savard a better fantasy player at this point in the season is his gaudy plus-29, which was the best in the NHL.

Lemon – Rod Brind’Amour is on pace for less than 50 points and has an NHL worst minus-27, which will make him all but untouchable if your pool values plus/minus numbers.

Lime – David Krejci has been a revelation so far this season. He’s on pace for over 90 points and has an unbelievable plus-26 rating. Todd White deserves at least an honorable mention here with 41 points in 43 games. Most pundits didn’t think White would finish the SEASON with 41 points, let alone after 43 games.

Top Banana not mentioned in the fruit basket above – Jeff Carter led the NHL in goals with 29 and was second in shots on goal.
 

Left Wing

Apple – Evgeni Malkin. No arguments here. Sits atop the NHL scoring race, has a juicy plus-15 and 23 power play points.

Orange – Evgeni Malkin. It’s hard to dispute Malkin’s dominant numbers from a fantasy perspective. I’d like to see Ovechkin here, but when their stats are compared, Malkin is better everywhere except in goals and shots on goal.

Lemon – I fully expected Chris Higgins to score between 55-60 points this season. Sure he’s been injured for half the season so far, but his nine points in 21 games is no consolation for his owners. Marco Sturm gets a mention here because his expectations were pretty much the same as Higgins. Sturm was off to a very good start with 13 points in 19 games, but is now out for the year following knee surgery. That just sucks.

Lime – Patrik Elias was likely not taken in most drafts until early in the middle rounds. Many thought he was done as a big point producer. He has teamed with Zach Parise for exactly one hundred points, split evenly between them. Alexander Semin would be here if not for his injuries.

Top Banana not mentioned in the fruit basket above – It would be easy to mention Milan Lucic here, but unless your pool counts plus/minus, Slava Kozlov has had the more valuable fantasy season to date. Kozlov had 40 points in 43 games and 21 power play points. The only negative was his minus-11.

Right Wing

Apple – Alexei Kovalev was the fans choice. Why in the world would Montreal fans WANT to see this guy at an All-Star game, don’t they see enough of this u