Paul Bissonnette scored a goal! This was fantastic news for Bissonnette’s mother, who was in the crowd watching her son play in the NHL in person for the very first time, but it was terrible news for his anti-fantasy owners, who were hoping he’d last an entire season without a single point.
The only players remaining without a single point are rookies Brayden Schenn and Nino Niederreiter, who have played in 4 and 3 games respectively, enforcers Jared Boll and Cam Janssen, backup goaltender Andrew Raycroft, and stay-at-home defencemen John Scott, Jason Strudwick, and Brian Lee. What’s that? Jason Strudwick retired? Well…that’s good news for a bunch of Bulies.
We have a new person in last place this week: madwag. He has the deadly trio of Anze Kopitar, Claude Giroux, and Thomas Vanek. Those three alone have given him a total of 19 points more than the second best players in their categories. Raj, who spent the first three weeks at the bottom of the standings, is now tied for 95th place with none other than myself.
For the fourth consecutive week, holidayblues holds top spot in the standings. He now has a 7-point lead on second-place Elexis. With this kind of run in first place, it’s worth looking at her team and what players are not getting things done for her.
1. Corey Perry – 13 points
Perry is the lowest scoring player in the “Art Ross Candidates” category. Sidenote – players in the top 10 in NHL scoring who weren’t on the ballot: Phil Kessel, Joffrey Lupul, Marian Hossa, Jason Pominville, and Kris Versteeg. Oops. In any case, Perry isn’t where holidayblues is getting her biggest advantage; Russian superstars Ovechkin and Malkin only have one point more than Perry.
2. Ryan Getzlaf – 11 points
Perry’s teammate, Getzlaf, is also the lowest scoring player in his category, “Automatic All-Stars.” Again, this isn’t a huge advantage: Pavel Datsyuk has only two points more than Getzlaf, but these small gains add up and are the difference between being in the top 20 and being number one.
3. Brad Richards – 13 points
The first stumble on her entry, Richards has been a modest success with the Rangers, though not alongside Marian Gaborik as was initially expected. Henrik Zetterberg is the lowest scorer in the category of “First Line Forwards,” with only 7 points in 18 games. His struggles are one of the big reasons Detroit is 10th in the Western Conference.
4. Eric Staal – 8 points
Here we have the first of several big losers for holidayblues, as Staal is the lowest scoring player in the “Top End Talent” category by 6 points. He has been painfully bad for the Hurricanes and it’s no surprise that they’re hanging out in the Eastern Conference basement with the New York Islanders as a result.
5. Dany Heatley – 12 points
Holidayblues picks up another 5 points in the “Powerplay Performers” category, as Heatley has scored 5 fewer than former teammate Joe Thornton, second worst in the category. This is also the category with Thomas Vanek, who is third in the NHL in scoring with 24 points, giving her a 12 point advantage on those who picked Vanek.
6. Ales Hemsky – 5 points
Hemsky is the lowest scorer in the “Injury Prone Players” category. He has been limited to just 8 games this season by none other than…injuries! Tim Connolly has likewise been limited to 8 games, but has one more point than Hemsky, while Matthew Lombardi has also scored just 6 points but has played in 11 more games. Yikes.
Grabner has been huge for holidayblues, putting up 6 fewer points than Logan Couture, his closest competitor in “Rising Stars.” This was supposed to be a year for the Islanders to start competing for a playoff spot, but they instead find themselves in last place in the East.
8. Brayden Schenn – 0 points
This was meant to be Schenn’s year to compete for the Calder. Instead, he started the year in the AHL and got injured four games after being called up the NHL. Meanwhile, his 18-year-old Flyers teammate, Sean Coutourier, is putting together a Calder trophy argument of his own. Schenn and Niederreiter have 8 fewer points than their closest compatriot in “Calder Candidates.”
9. Paul Bissonnette – 1 point
Alas, Bissonnette scored the gamewinner on Saturday against the Sabres! Boll and Janssen still have zero points in “Gritty Goons.”
10. Dustin Byfuglien – 14 points
Byfuglien struggled to start the year, but has 10 points in his last 8 games and is now the highest scoring player in the “Puck Movers” category. Lubomir Visnovsky, last season’s top-scoring defenceman, has only 4 points and is now injured. That’s a 10-point swing for holidayblues, which has to hurt. Embarassingly, none of the current top-six scoring defencemen in the NHL were on the ballot. I had limited space! It’s not my fault! How was I supposed to know Brian Campbell would revitalize his career with the Panthers?
11. Tobias Enstrom – 6 points
Enstrom has been fantastically bad for holidayblues and is now sidelined with a broken collarbone. He’s the lowest scoring player in “Norris Candidates” by 6 points and is, to say the least, a longshot for the Norris Trophy. Not like Aaron Rome.
12. Rostislav Klesla – 5 points
Everyone in the “Defensive D-Men” category has very few points, but Klesla is the highest scorer. Douglas Murray and Brooks Orpik both have only 3 points.
13. Jason Strudwick – 0 points
Has Strudwick officially announced his retirement or did he just not get a contract in the summer? Given the current state of the Oilers’ defence, they might want to give him a call. In any case, he has no points. Picking Aaron Rome in the “No Offence D-Men” category would have been trouble, as the 5 points he scored in his first four games may end up being more points than the rest of the players in this category score combined.
14. Ilya Bryzgalov – 10 points
The lowest scoring player in the “All-Star Goaltenders” category is, regrettably, Roberto Luongo, with just 7 points. He’s the only one without a shutout, worth 2 points, and given his proclivity for giving up snack goals, he might not get any this season. Bryzgalov is second best, making him an acceptable pick.
15. Brent Johnson – 1 point
Johnson is a solid pick, though Andrew Raycroft hasn’t picked up a single win while backing up Kari Lehtonen. Of the “Perennial Backups,” Jhonas Enroth is the worst pick, as he now has 7 wins (as many as Luongo), including one shutout. With Ryan Miller out indefinitely with a concussion, Enroth may get a lot more starts this season. Johnson, with his sub-.900 save percentage, won’t.
The Anti-Fantasy All-Star Team has a mere 83 points, but holidayblues’ 106 points is pretty good too.
|Name||Week 6 Total|
|41||Cha Cha Cha Charmin||138|
|42||F. N. Pig||138|
|61||Joy (aka alasmylove22)||143|