Fantasy Hockey Week Nine Top Performers

Greg Fiume

This week’s top 10 performers features more goaltenders then we’re used to and one superstar that has experienced a bit of resurgence after a slow first half of the season. Here’s the list:

1. Alex Ovechkin - Washington Capitals (LW, RW)

5 goals, 3 assists and a plus-3 rating in four games this week easily gives Ovie the top spot in week nine. Three of his markers were on the powerplay and he's on a five game point streak overall. It looks like he's getting how at the right time for fantasy owners.

2. Niklas Backstrom - Minnesota Wild (G)

Won all three of his starts this week and posted his first shutout of the season, a 33 save performance against the San Jose Sharks. His goals against average of 1.00 was phenomenal and the Wild are one of the hottest teams in the league right now. Fantasy owners should ride him while he's on fire no doubt.

3. Corey Schneider - Vancouver Canucks (G)

Won all four of his starts giving up only four goals total, including his second shutout of the season. A lot of his fantasy value depends on whether he or teammate Roberto Luongo get the start in goal and as we've seen this season, that's tough to predict in advance. If you know he's starting, you've got to roll with him.

4. Braden Holtby - Washington Capitals (G)

Won three of his four starts this week and posted his fourth shutout of the season against the Jets. He and Ovie are the two biggest reasons for the team's hot play of late, as they've put themselves back in contention for the postseason. Holtby is someone to watch as the season winds down, start him if you got him.

5. Ryan Getzlaf - Anaheim Ducks (C)

2 goals, 3 assists and a plus-1 rating in four games usually doesn't get you in the top five, but the 21 minutes Getzky spent in the penalty box certainly gave him a boost in the eyes of fantasy owners.

6. Nazem Kadri - Toronto Maple Leafs (C)

3 goals, 4 assists and a plus-4 rating in three games this week. He's got points in four straight games and it seems the return of Joffrey Lupul from injury will keep the Leafs' leading scorer on the scoreboard down the stretch, especially in the assist category.

7. Nicklas Backstrom - Washington Capitals (C)

Seven points this week (5 goals, 2 assists) to go with a plus-5 rating. His career-high in goals is 28, set way back in his sophomore season, and he's got 14 already this year in just 28 games. He offers a rare combination of scoring touch and toughness, and on a Blues team that looks like a contender, should have a healthy plus/minus rating the rest of the season.

8. Jakob Markstrom - Florida Panthers (G)

Only won two of three starts this week, but stopped an impressive 108 of 111 shots, which lends itself to a sparkling save percentage. He's on a non-playoff team and he'll continue to face the heat every night. If you really want to dominate in save percentage, he'll be a difference maker. Other than that, it's unlikely he'll be on this list regularly. That said, he'll be a consistent fantasy force in future years being the top prospect he is.

9. Jaromir Jagr - Dallas Stars (RW)

3 goals, 3 assists and a plus-4 rating in four games this week. He's found the twine in three straight contests. His first goal of the week was a game winner over the Avalanche.

10. Sidney Crosby - Pittsburgh Penguins (C)

1 goal, four assists and a plus-2 rating in three games this week. He's on a four game point streak overall and although he's slowed down a bit lately, there's really nobody that compares to him. 53 points in 33 games this season gives him the lead in the scoring race by a country mile.

If you'd like fantasy advice or would like to follow more of the content I post for SB Nation, feel free to follow me on Twitter @jackchoros.

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