Saturday's Other Top Forwards

(2/26/12) Another Saturday means another plethora of fantasy hockey points to be handed out to forwards across the NHL.  Aside from Evgeni Malkin's hat trick, there were many more notable performances.

Dustin Brown recorded the natural hat trick in a 4-0 blanking of the Chicago Blackhawks.  With trade talks swirling around LA's current captain, Brown sent a clear message regarding his value to everyone.  His hatty included 2PPGs, 1SHG and the game winner.  There is definite debate around the NHL regarding why the Flyers new-look Kings would trade away their roto-stud, but regardless it appears that Brown is motivated to prove his worth whether the Kings want him or not.  Fantasy GMs can expect to reap the benefits.  Of note, Jaret Stoll recorded 3A on the night.

In Nashville, regardless that the Sharks lost, Patrick Marleau scored his 26th, Joe Pavelski got his 23rd, while Joe Thornton collected his 42nd assist.  The Sharks may not be the best in the West, but they are comfortably within the playoff standings and their top players (aside from the oft injured Havlat) continue to perform.  Of note, Martin Erat recorded 1G and 1A and now has 4 points in his last 3 games.

In Calgary, the Flames blew an early 3-0 lead as Scott Hartnell (2G) got his 30th of the year and the Flyers came all the way back to win 5-4 in the shootout.  Alex Tanguay and Claude Giroux each had 2 points and a shootout goal.

In Carolina, the Panthers defeated the 'Canes 3-2 in the shootout, with Wojtek Wolski scoring his first goal of the year.  Wolski has missed the majority of the season with a groin injury and the Panthers picked him up from the Rangers in a trade this weekend.  We advise a wait-and-see approach with Wolski, the former first rounder, and 50-point man in 2006-07, may experience a renaissance in Florida, or else his career may be just about over.  Of note: Fleischmann scored his 20th goal of the season, with Versteeg assisting on the play.  It was Versteeg's first point in 5 games; he's dropped all the way down to 38th in NHL scoring.

Other top forward performances on Saturday include Daniel Alfredsson (2G), Patrice Bergeron (2G, 1A), Drew Stafford (2G), rookie Carl Hagelin (1G, 1A), and Marian Gaborik - who notched his 29th of the year.