Monday, March 03, 2008

Assist Leader

The current leader in assists in the NHL is Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins. He currently has 59 assists in 63 games (a two assist lead over Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks). Savard should be perceived as a bigger star than he is. He is coming off of 97 and 96 point seasons where he was among the top ten scorers in the NHL both seasons. He is the NHL's assist leader and a proven top ten scorer. Nevertheless, he is not seen as a superstar by most fans.

Perhaps the most amazing thing about Savard's assist production this year is that he lacks any bonafide sniper teammates. The leading goal scorer in Boston, Marco Sturm has only 22 goals. Think about how many assists Savard would have this season if he was paired with one of the top snipers in the game. Marc Savard should be seen as a bigger star than he is. Amazingly, The Hockey News omitted him from their top 50 players list last summer.

Savard may be underrated by the general pundit populace, but those familiar with fantasy hockey are not underrating him by any stretch.

As mentioned, he leads the league in assists, and is on pace for well over 20 goals. However, he also puts up a decent PIM average (60 PIM right now) and a whole lot of faceoffs (he has won almost 700).

Statistically he is equivalent to or better than Joe Thornton and plays on an arguably inferior offensive team.

In short, Marc Savard is a fantasy hockey stud.
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