In Pittsburgh, the flowers usually do not bloom until the spring time. For many fantasy hockey owners, The Flower is blooming early and that flower is Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.
After another rough performance in the 2013 playoffs, many fans of the Penguins were asking for Fleury’s head, or at least for him to be traded to another team. Going into this season, there were many questions surrounding the Penguins’ goalie. Many fans and fantasy owners were wondering could Fleury bounce back.
So far, the player that is called The Flower has answered the call and in a big way. In this young season, Fleury has only let up one goal in two games. He should have had two shutouts, but Thomas Vanek prevented this late in the third period of the Penguins’ second game of the season by redirecting a puck behind Fleury.
If you drafted Fleury in your fantasy draft or are a Pens fan, you have to be loving this. Fleury has looked sharp. He has not been giving up those juicy rebounds that hurt him in the past. Fleury also was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week.
Is Fleury’s good play due to a more focused team defensive philosophy? Is it due to the sports’ psychologist that Fleury saw over the offseason? Is it the return of defenseman Rob Scuderi? Or is it just a new type of shower gel that Fluery has been trying out? WHO CARES!!!
For all of the people who have been questioning Fleury, I understand why you have been doing so, but I think you can finally drop last season and focus on the present. Marc-Andre Fleury is here and here to stay in the fantasy hockey world and the NHL. Get used to seeing the fantasy managers that drafted him winning games because of the solid play of The Flower.