Merry Christmas everyone! May each of you unwrap a 12-game points streak from your most disappointing player, an early return from your injured star, and a lights-out performance from your latest waiver pickup.
Beginning today will be our Decades series, with three feature articles today from Rick Roos, Cam Robinson and Mario Prata, melding into Boxing Day with pieces from Tom Collins and Ian Gooding. On New Year’s Day you’ll see Mike Clifford’s piece, culminating in the overall Top Players of the Decade for Fantasy Hockey penned by yours truly!
The 91 goals that were scored in the NHL on Monday. This was the most goals scored on a Monday in NHL history. This beat the record of 84 set on December 23, 2013. And 31 goals were scored in the first period of Monday’s games – the record for that in any one day is 39 (from 1981 and again in 2017).
In putting together the Top Fantasy Hockey Players of the Decade article, one thing I did was gather my Top 50 projections for each year of the decade. Pretty cool seeing some of the results there, even though much of it would closely mimic actual results (since I’m so great, right? JK). Nine players were in my projected Top 50 each and every year of the decade. And here they are:
Steven Stamkos, Phil Kessel, Patrick Kane, Anze Kopitar, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Taylor Hall, Nicklas Backstrom and John Tavares.
Two players hit on nine occasions: Claude Giroux and Ryan Getzlaf
With another five players getting into the Top 50 projected scorer’s list eight times: Jonathan Toews, Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, Blake Wheeler and Jakub Voracek
Erik Karlsson was the defenseman hitting the list the most, with seven
Retired (officially or unofficially) players hitting the list a lot included Henrik Zetterberg (five), Henrik Sedin (five), Jarome Iginla (four), Thomas Vanek (four – not officially retired yet), Pavel Datsyuk (four – still playing in the KHL) and Rick Nash (four).
Top 20 players in terms of BLKS/60 minutes of ice time: