Fantasy Hockey: Underrated MVP Candidates

By Adam McGill
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As it stands right now, Pittsburgh Penguins C Sidney Crosby is the obvious frontrunner for the fantasy hockey MVP. He is leading the NHL with 78 points and has once again established himself as the best in the business. Just because Crosby is pulling away from the competition, though, doesn’t mean that we can’t look at some of the underrated performances this season. Here are a couple players that are posting MVP type numbers, but have seen their performance pushed under the rug due to Sid The Kid and some of the other top scorers in the league.

C Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks – Thornton has been on fire this fantasy season. He may have score just eight goals, but his 48 assists are currently second in the league. The super veteran has enjoyed another All-Star campaign and is on the verge of posting his third 100-point season of his career.

RW Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks – Kane may not be an underrated fantasy option, but his performance this year is worth mentioning in the mVP discussion. Kane has scored 27 goals with 36 assists this season. He is currently fifth in the league with 63 points and is averaging an impressive 1.07 points per game.

RW Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs – Kessel has carried Toronto’s offense at times and the veteran is currently fourth in the league with 65 points. He has added 31 goals with 34 assists and has shown up in the box score tie after time. Even more impressive, Kessel has now racked up 27 points in the last 15 games. Talk about a hot streak!

Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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