This will be a much shorter than normal column this week but with Christmas rapidly approaching, it is appropriate that less is more. It is the time just to be thankful for what has been a very chaotic fantasy hockey season so far. While the injuries keep mounting, here at The Hockey Writers, we will try our best to help out with a gift or two right now.
Brian Elliott, G, St. Louis Blues — By far and away the biggest surprise in hockey has to be the play of Elliott for St. Louis. Jaroslav Halak was the incumbent in St. Louis and though he is sharing time, it is Elliott who has been the impact player for many fantasy owners. Please see video below of a guy who clearly has it together for your fantasy team.
The numbers are very clear here. Elliott is 14-3 with a 1.55 GAA and .943 save percentage. Did we mention he has four shutouts? Well now we did. While he does not have the wins and starts like some of the upper echelon goaltenders, Elliott does more with less. He has 17 starts and 18 games played which tells you all anyone needs to know. While it is likely that the Blues goalie could not handle #1 duties, he is the perfect platoon goalie at this juncture. Truly he has been a fantasy savior for his owners.
Honorable Mentions: Adam Henrique (NJ Devils), Michael Del Zotto (NY Rangers)
BIGGEST LUMP OF COAL:
Dustin Penner, LW, Los Angeles Kings — There were a ton of tough choices to be made in this decision but Penner, based on everything, was the most optimal choice. When a guy said he is in the best physical shape of his life, maybe it should just be a warning sign. This almost never fails. Seven points in 24 games later and you have a player that is just the venerable source of frustration for so many owners into this holiday season. Penner is a hulking 245 pound monster in front of the net or he should be. Yet he almost cowers away from the front of the net. There is no way a guy like him should have a measly two goals on 42 shots. Here is a little video.
Penner just has not shown the ability to do anything when it comes to those crucial situations. He was asked to provide first line scoring and really he has been like a fourth liner without the energy. There have been an infinite amount of options more viable than the Kings Forward this year.
Dishonorable Mentions: Scott Gomez (Montreal Canadiens), Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)
Again we would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and we come back around New Years with yet another Fantasy Chutes And Ladders. Thanks again and a Happy Holidays to you and your family.