Frozen Fantasy: Benchmarking Young Studs
Frozen Fantasy: Benchmarking Young Studs

This article is part of our Frozen Fantasy series.

It's a big weekend for hockey fans and fantasy players alike. Auston Matthews tests his talents against two of the NHL's best – Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid.

May the best man win.

All three can put their team on their backs and carry them to a win. But they're very different players.

Sid plays a heavy game and protects the puck using phenomenal edge work and brute lower-body strength, especially below the hash marks and along the boards. He plays like a gritty fourth liner with elite skill.

Connor is all speed with lightning quick hands. He's remarkably patient with the puck and he uses dekes and jukes to leave opponents flat-footed and jockless. Where Sid is aggressive, Connor is cerebral.

Auston is pure power and speed. He can shred off the rush or play a heavy, cycle game. He also has elite skills, size and creativity, and is a force in tight quarters. And then there's that shot. That insane shot.

Head-to-head action will be a blast. I can't wait.

Now, Matthews won't get to skate against Crosby or McDavid every shift. That's what Nazem Kadri and his coarse grit sandpaper is there to do.

But you and I will be blessed by the rivalry, the caliber of hockey and the pure fun of it all. And it will be interesting to see which man rises the most.

Now let's take a look at who caught my eye this week.

Sam Bennett, LW/C, Calgary (7 percent

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Janet Eagleson
Janet Eagleson is a seven-time Finalist and four-time winner of the Hockey Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. She is a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan, loved the OHL London Knights when they were bad and cheers loudly for the Blackhawks, too. But her top passion? The World Junior Hockey Championships each and every year.
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