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.

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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!

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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).

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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).

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Top 20 players in terms of BLKS/60 minutes of ice time:

Name

Pos

Team

GP

TOI

BkS/60

SHTOI

%SH

BkS

 IAN COLE

D

COL

32

17:45

7.9

2:32

49.7

75

CALVIN DE HAAN

D

CHI

29

19:55

7.6

2:41

50.9

73

ALEXANDER EDLER

D

VAN

28

23:30

7.5

3:06

53.9

82

OSCAR KLEFBOM

D

EDM

40

25:48

7.4

2:49

55.9

127

 MARK BOROWIECKI

D

OTT

38

18:02

7.4

2:34

44.4

84

KORBINIAN HOLZER

D

ANA

31

16:55

7.3

2:05

38.5

64

RYAN GRAVES

D

COL

36

17:30

7.2

2:51

56.3

76

KRIS RUSSELL

D

EDM

39

17:33

7.1

2:33

50.3

81

ANDY GREENE

D

N.J

32

19:52

7.1

3:32

67

75

 CHRISTOPHER TANEV

D

VAN

38

19:51

7

3:37

65.8

88

CONNOR MURPHY

D

CHI

26

21:10

6.8

2:51

56.8

62

ALEC MARTINEZ

D

L.A

24

21:00

6.7

1:58

37.9

56

 ROBERT HAGG

D

PHI

21

15:01

6.7

1:08

21.9

35

JOHNNY BOYCHUK

D

NYI

34

17:54

6.5

2:08

44.1

66

MICHAEL STONE

D

CGY

20

15:12

6.5

1:04

24.7

33

ADAM PELECH

D

NYI

35

21:06

6.3

2:43

54.9

78

TRAVIS HAMONIC

D

CGY

33

21:01

6.3

3:24

61.5

73

BRENT SEABROOK

D

CHI

32

18:09

6.3

1:32

30.5

61

 NOEL ACCIARI

C

FLA

33

15:06

6.3

2:28

62.2

52

 MARK GIORDANO

D

CGY

39

24:27

6.2

2:56

55.9

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This is for minimum of 20 games played. Of interest – Acciari is the only forward on the list. Seabrook is at least good for something.

(Get that Report yourself right here)

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Top 30 Players in SOG per 60 minutes of ice time:

Name

Pos

Team

GP

PTS

SOG

SOG/60

 BRENDAN GALLAGHER

R

MTL

37

30

145

13.9

ALEX OVECHKIN

L

WSH

38

36

182

13.8

 MAX PACIORETTY

L

VGK

40

37

161

13.6

 NATHAN MACKINNON

C

COL

37

55

168

13

BRADY TKACHUK

L

OTT

38

24

142

12.3

JAKUB VRANA

L

WSH

38

31

110

11.9

 JONATHAN MARCHESSAULT

C

VGK

40

27

138

11.8

 OLIVER BJORKSTRAND

R

CBJ

36

23

122

11.8

 JEFF SKINNER

L

BUF

38

19

127

11.7

 DAVID PASTRNAK

R

BOS

38

54

143

11.6

 PATRICE BERGERON

C

BOS

29

32

110

11.6

 FILIP FORSBERG

L

NSH

30

25

104

11.5

 CRAIG SMITH

R

NSH

36

14

92

11.4

JEFF CARTER

C

L.A

39

17

125

11.3

 TAYLOR HALL

L

ARI

34

28

121

11.2

JOEL ARMIA

R

MTL

35

21

110

11.1

 TYLER SEGUIN

C

DAL

38

30

132

11

 BRYAN RUST

R

PIT

22

25

77

11

 EVGENI MALKIN

C

PIT

23

31

80

10.9

 ANTHONY DUCLAIR

L

OTT

38

30

114

10.9

 CLAYTON KELLER

R

ARI

39

29

120

10.9

 AUSTIN WAGNER

L

L.A

35

7

74

10.9

 AUSTON MATTHEWS

C

TOR

38

43

136

10.8

CAM ATKINSON

R

CBJ

35

21

113

10.8

 CONOR GARLAND

R

ARI

38

17

88

10.7

 ANTHONY MANTHA

R

DET

29

24

95

10.6

DENIS GURIANOV

R

DAL

33

13

74

10.6

STEVEN STAMKOS

C

T.B

32

32

103

10.5

 NIKOLAJ EHLERS

L

WPG

37

28

109

10.4

 PATRICK KANE

R

CHI

38

46

137

10.2

 

I made this list bigger because I think it helps find some gems and identify sustainable trends. First you need to look at the player and ask whether or not his ice time will increase. In the case of Wagner, I would suggest that it won’t. But if it does, pay attention to what happens. If there is any sign of maintaining what he does, then take a flier on him. In the case of Gallagher, I think his ice time is what it is. I don’t expect a big jump there. But players such as Vrana, Bjorkstrand, Armia (the latter two are injured, unfortunately), Garland and Gurianov we are seeing promising signs. And Duclair taking a lot of shots with the ice time given is quite promising.

Rarely does a player who ranks in the Top 50 SOG overall, not put up a decent amount of points.

(You can get this Report yourself right here)

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Anyway, there are tons of reports in Frozen Tools like these, and if you are still waiting at the door for your family to get ready, why not go in there and play around? It’s a rabbit hole – the cool results are endless!

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Treat yourself to a Christmas present right now and pre-order the Midseason Fantasy Guide right here! It’s out on January 10th in the afternoon.

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Top 10 Player Comebacks of the Decade:

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See you Monday – enjoy your Christmas with the fam!