Coming into the 2010-11 NHL season, NHL.com ranked Daniel Sedin No. 12 overall, Corey Perry No. 21 and Tim Thomas didn't even crack our top 150 because we were all expecting Tuukka Rask to run with the starting job based on last year's performances. Well, six months later, Sedin, Perry and Thomas rank as the top three overall fantasy players in standard Yahoo! Fantasy Leagues at season's end.
Every season we see tons of surprise players and breakout performances, and even some disappointments, but this season may have seen more than the usual. Who could have predicted Thomas to resurrect his career with one of the most outstanding goaltending performances ever; or that Alex Ovechkin would finish with just 32 goals -- the lowest total of his six-year career (14 fewer than his previous low of 46 goals back in 2006-07); or that Dustin Byfuglien would finish as the top-ranked fantasy defenseman in just his first season as a full-time blueliner; or that Perry and Ryan Kesler would be two of the five 40-plus goal-scorers along with Steven Stamkos, Daniel Sedin and Jarome Iginla.