Bryan Rust: The Penguins picked up some wins and so did Rust in terms of fantasy value. Rust plays a very similar style game to Patric Hornqvist, realistically when Hornqvist age starts to show they will not need to worry about replacing him. Rust had himself a big week collecting 4 goals and 2 assists (two game winning goals) in four games this week. Rust has now tallied 8 goals in the last seven games. On the year he has 9 goals and 9 assists. This is a player you will won’t to monitor all year.
Brad Marchand: Marchand is probably happy to have Patrice Bergeron back, the first game back with Bergeron Marchand collected 1 goal and 2 assists, on the week Marchand had 2 goals and 6 assists. Marchand now has 12 goals and 29 assists on the year.
Cam Atkinson: The Blue Jackets only 20 goal scorer and top forward is doing what he does best. Atkinson scored 4 goals this week in four games, two coming vs Philadelphia. Atkinson now has 23 goals and 15 assists on the year. It seems like a 40-goal year for Atkinson.
Morgan Reilly: What a week for Reilly, he sure is making his case for the Norris heard this year. Reilly had 3 goals and 6 assists in four games this week, picking up 4 assists vs Florida and a point or more in every game this week. Reilly has tallied a point in every game for the last 12 games besides one. Reilly now has 13 goals and 31 assists on the year.
Andrea Johnsson: With Zach Hyman hitting the injured reserve (IR) Johnsson was playing with John Tavares and Mitch Marner, picking up more minutes and a bigger role. On the week Johnsson had one goal and 3 assists in four games this week. Johnsson had all four points come in the last two games of the week. He now has 8 goals and 9 assists on the year.
Jordan Eberle: To snap a six-game drought, Eberle collect a goal and an assist vs Colorado (Dec. 17th), on the week Eberle had one goal and three assists. Eberle went pointless in the Islanders Sunday game vs Dallas but he picked up a point or more in every game from Dec. 17th to December 20th. Eberle now has 7 goals and 10 assists on the year.
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Johnny Gaudreau: It seems this kid is involved in every Calgary scoring play. The Flames five-game win streak that just ended Sunday night was in large part due to Johnny Hockey’s production. In the four games the Flames played this week Gaudreau had 2 goals and 6 assists. Gaudreau has been a big reason why the Flames are first in the West right now. On the year Gaudreau has 12 goals and 27 assists.
Elias Pettersson: Same as Gaudreau, every scoring play the Canucks have Pettersson is involved in. On the week Pettersson 2 goals and 6 assists. His big game coming vs St. Louis where he tallied 5 points, but every game this week Pettersson had a point. On the year this makes it now 15 goals and 15 assists for the rookie and clear Calder favorite.
Steven Stamkos: This is the first time Stammer gets on the list but Stamkos and the Lightning have had themselves a nice last two weeks. On a current six-game win streak, over the last week though Stammer managed 4 goals and 3 assists, picking up four points in the Lightning’s 7-1 win over Colorado. Stamkos has 12 goals and 18 assists on the year.
Jake Gardiner: If I am not mistaking this is the first defenseman to make the list. Gardiner is a very underrated offensive defenseman, his 2 goals do not speak for his offensive ability but Gardiner is a big part of this Leafs offensive success. Gardiner on the week had a point in every game, 1 goal and 5 assists, despite the Leafs two loses of their three games Gardiner managed to be productive for your fantasy team. On the year Gardiner now has 2 goals and 15 assists.
Gustav Nyquist: A name you probably have not heard in some time probably but Nyquist is a big part of the Red Wings offense, without his production and veteran leadership the Red Wings would not be as competitive. On the week Nyquist managed a point in every game managing 3 goals and 3 assists in three games this week. Nyquist now has 7 goals and 20 assists on the year.
Johnathan Huberdeau: The Panthers are not playing all that well this year but Hubby had himself a week. Huberdeau led the Panthers to two wins this week in four games. Huberdeau managed to record 2 goals and 7 assists on the week, recording two assists in three of the four games. Huberdeau now has 6 goals and 22 assists on the year.
Mark Scheifele: The Jets best forward through and through, Scheif had himself a great week. Scoring the game-winning goal vs the Devils Saturday night and the game winning shootout goal vs the Rangers Sunday night. On the week Scheifele had 5 goals, 3 assists and now has an even 16 goals and 16 assists. Scheif is 11th in the league in scoring and is just getting going.
Nicolas Backstrom: With a banged up Evgeny Kuznestov for a few games this week Backstrom stepped up big time and continues to be the Capitals most integral player up and down the ice. Backstrom is more known for his unbelievable play making ability and defensive play but this week Backstrom managed to score 4 goals with 4 assists also. On the year Backstrom has 10 goals and 23 assists, making him 10th in the league in assists.
Pontus Aberg: Due to Aberg’s two goals Sunday vs Washington the Ducks were able to manage a huge 4-1 comeback and win 6-5. Aberg also record a goal vs the Hurricanes in the Ducks 2-1 win, along with two assists vs Tampa Bay in the Ducks first win of the week. Aberg is trending upwards now after a big week on the year he has 9 goals and 5 assists.
Pierre-Luc Dubois: The Blue Jackets two wins this week were in large part thanks to players like Dubois. On the week the young up and coming forward had 3 goals and 3 assists. In the Jackets two wins he had 2 goals, 1 assist vs Detroit and 2 assists vs Minnesota. On the year Dubois now has 13 goals and 12 assists, watch out for this kid (he is owned in 82% of leagues also..)
Patrik Laine: Well, how are ya Patrik Laine. Laine had 11 goals in the last week, which the Jets played 4 games, he scored in every game and was known for his 5 goal performance vs St. Louis recently. Laine now has 19 goals on the year and, the greatest thing about this weeks number one fantasy player of the week, Laine had zero assists this week.
Nikita Kucherov: I believe this may have been Kucherov’s first time on the list, sure we have been doing it for three weeks now but Kucherov comes in at #2 due to his 2 goals and 7 assists on the week. In four games Kuch had a point in every game and three of them were multi-assist games. Kucherov now has 9 goals and 23 assists on the year.
Johnny Gaudreau: This may be Jonny Hockey’s first time on the list too but Gaudreau had 2 goals and 5 assists in four games this week for Calgary, helping the Flames to three of four wins this week. Gaudreau had a point in every Flames win this week and the one game they lost he was kept off the score sheet. Gaudreau now has 8 goals and 19 assists on the year.
Jack Eichel: Have to throw on the Sabres star and captain on this list as the Sabres run through the NHL on a 9-game streak and in first in the NHL. Eichel had 1 goal and 5 assists in the Sabres four games last week, the only game he scored in was the Penguins game November 19th which was an overtime winner. Eichel leads the team in points with 5 goals and 23 assists.
Max Pacioretty: About time the former 30-goal scorer gets going. Patches had 5 goals this week in the Vegas four games. The Golden Knights three game streak Patches has four goals, one assist in that span. On the year Pacioretty now has 8 goals and 3 assists on the year. For Vegas to stay hot and make a run it will come from players like this guy producing more.
Cam Atkinson: Well, welcome Cam. It seems as if when this guy went down he disappeared, but this is a huge week for Cam and the Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets have stormed into first place in the Metropolitan division with five wins in their last six games. And a lot of that came off the stick of Cam Atkinson and his 8 points this week. Atkinson scored a hattrick in Columbus’s last win over Carolina and has scored in the last four games. On the week he scored 5 goals with 3 assists and 2 power play points. Here he comes.
Chris Kreider: A player that is available in 40% of leagues by the way. Kreider and the Rangers have been off to a surprising start. Kreider scored 3 goals with 3 assists this week in the Rangers two of three wins this week. Kreider now has 11 goals and 7 assists on the year. For you information he plays four times this week…
Matt Dumba: The defenseman getting involved, Dumba had 3 goals on the week with 2 assists and 19 shots on goal. Dumba is a sure over looked defenseman that does not get enough credit for what he does. Tallying 5 points this week and 23+ minutes a game Dumba is quickly becoming one of the top d-men in the league. He now has 8 goals and 5 assists on the year.
Mitch Marner: On the Leafs West Coast sweep and with Auston Matthews out, Marner stepped up big time this week. In the Leafs three wins this he had a point in every game. Marner totaled 1 goal and 5 assists on the week bringing his total to already 20 assists on the year and 6 goals. Marner is on pace for 80+ assists.
Joe Pavelski: The guy is back and in the hunt for the Rocket Richard now. Pavelski does not do a ton of helping on goals, but he does his fair share of burying the biscuit. Pavelski has 13 goals on the year and 3 assists. The Sharks two wins this week Pavelski had a 2 goals in both of them and in their one loss he scored also. Pavelski had 5 goals and 1 assist on the week. The Sharks can see another 35+ goal year form Pavelski for the first time in 2.5 years.
David Pastrnak: Pasta and the Bruins won 3 of their 4 games this week and Pasta was a big contributor to the Bruins success. He added 5 goals and 2 assists during this week span, scoring a hattrick in the 5-1 win over Toronto, 1 goal Sunday night vs Vegas and one vs Dallas earlier in the week. On the year he now has 16 goals and 7 assists, 4th in the league in points and first in goals.
Tomas Tartar: What a year so far for Tartar after being sent to Vegas and being scratched or irrelevant half the time Tartar has seen a surge in production to start the 2018-19 season. During this week Tartar tallied four goals, one game winning goal. Tartar scored in three of the Canadiens four games this week, the game-winning goal came vs Vegas Saturday night. Tartar now has 7 goals and 8 assists on the year. He is playing line one minutes and power play one, a must add while he is hot right now.
Mikael Granlund: The Wild have been an offensive powerhouse this season as they have 54 goals for this season (8 away from the league lead), Granlund contributed to the Wild’s success this week in their 3 of 4 wins, winning their last three games in a row. Granlund scored in every Wild game this week except one. He scored four goals with one assist one the week, he now has 10 goals and 8 assists this season.
Torey Krug: Since coming back from his injury Krug has a big offensive component to the Bruins power play and five on five play. Krug registered 5 assists, 4 power play points and 17 shots on goal this week. On the year in the six games Krug has played he has registered an assist in five of them. Krug is a power play weapon and a big part of the Bruins offense when they are clicking. On the year Krug has 6 assists and five power play points.
Mike Hoffman: Hoffman has registered a point in the Panthers first 12 games, he has 7 goals and 7 assists on the year. During this week in the Panthers three wins Hoffman tallied 4 assists and one goal. The Panthers surely robbed the Senators adding this offensive powerhouse to their roster. Hoffman has been playing both sides of the puck real well this season and the baffling thing is he is still 77% owned in yahoo fantasy leagues. I don’t know what the 23 percent of leagues are doing but if this guy is available, add him.
Loui Eriksson: That’s probably a name no one expected to hear on this list. But Eriksson had himself a week, probably one of his best in three years. The Canucks lost 2 of 3 games this week but Eriksson was apart of their big 8-5 win with 2 goals and 1 assist, he also tallied a goal and an assist vs Buffalo and an assist vs Detroit November 6th. Eriksson is playing first line minutes with Brock Boeser out, he may be a must add player at the moment until Boeser returns. He has 4 goals and 7 assists on the year and plays four times this week.
Edition #2 of fantasy players of the week, as always all this is based off the teams performance, players performance and of course who contributed the most to their team.
- Elias Pettersson: In just three games this week Pettersson tallied 4 goals and 3 assists, with one game consisting of 5 points(2G, 3A). Plus the Canucks three games this week resulted in three wins. Pettersson has been the clear favorite for the Calder trophy thus far and an impact player to the Canucks roster. The Canucks are 9-6-0 with 18 points one point behind Calgary for the Pacific lead. The Canucks started out this way last year but it is clear Pettersson has really helped add another elite scoring forward to already Brock Boeser and put them where they are right now.
- Sean Monahan: The Pacific leading Flames have enjoyed their last week of play, in four games this week they won all four and moved a top the Pacific leading Vancouver by one point. The Flames success came off players like Monahan who tallied 4 goals and 4 assists, his big game coming Saturday vs Chicago where he scored 2 goals. Monahan now has 18 points(8G, 10A) on the year.
- Brayden Point: The RFA forward is clearly making his case for a nice contract this offseason. Point and the Lightning played in four games this week winning three of them, in those four games Point had 7 points, two goals and five assists. On the year Point has now 8 goals and 9 assists. With the contract of Yanni Gourde, this could mean Point is the odd-man out in Tampa coming the 2019 offseason.
- Elias Lindholm: Another Flames player on the list. Lindholm came onto Calgary from a trade in the offseason. Since the trade it seems Lindholm has enjoyed his tenure in Calgary, as this week he racked up 5 assists, 3 powerplay points and two goals. Lindholm’s big game came vs Chicago where he had 3 assists, on the year he now has 8 goals and 9 assists.
- Thomas Greiss: The Islanders have started off on the right side of things this year, after their win vs New Jersey Saturday they now sit on top of the Metropolitan division 8-4-1 with 17 points leading Pittsburgh. Greiss played in all three of the Islanders games this week, being brought in for relief in the Penguins game Tuesday making 12 of 13 saves, but his real two starts came later in the week. This week Greiss definitely earned himself star recognition with two wins a 1.24 goals against, .962 save percentage.
- Antti Raanta: The Coyotes are off to their best start since 2006, winning their last five games for the first time in nearly 10 years. Raanta has played a big part in the Coyotes success but this week he stepped up and during his two starts earned two wins. In two games this week Raanta allowed four goals on 77 shots. On the year Raanta has 5 wins a 2.10 GAA and .929 save percentage.