It's no surprise that Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has had another season of top-notch category coverage for fantasy owners.
Bergeron is one of only five NHL players in 2012-13 with at least a plus-15 rating, 25-plus points and 85-plus shots on goal, putting him in the elite company of Sidney Crosby, Eric Staal, Alexander Semin and Jonathan Toews. Bergeron has posted a positive rating in 17 of his 31 games this season, tied for the second-most in the NHL behind only Pascal Dupuis (19).
Center - BOS
GOALS: 9 | ASST: 18 | PTS: 27
SOG: 85 | +/-: 21
It's not surprising -- based on recent and career production -- to see the 27-year-old produce at such a high rate in major offensive categories. What's shocking is that so many owners passed on his services in drafts this season.
Bergeron, selected on average with the 114th overall pick in Yahoo! leagues, has the highest combined rating (plus-77) of any forward in the League spanning the last three seasons. Monday was the latest example of his diverse fantasy game, as he tallied a goal, two PIMs and three shots on goal in a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Plain and simple, Bergeron is an elite two-way forward in his prime that hasn't seen a single-season pointless drought of more than three games since the 2010-11 campaign.
His injury history can't be used against his fantasy value anymore either, as Bergeron hasn't missed a game this season and was only sidelined for three games over the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons combined. Boston sported a top-5 goal differential in each of the past two seasons, meaning it wouldn't have been crazy to anticipate that Bergeron could post the plus-21 rating (T-3rd in NHL) that he has in 31 games to date in 2012-13.
At this point, fantasy owners are latched onto Bergeron for the stretch run and will be unlikely to deal him at such a crucial juncture of the season. But it's worth taking note of his well-established prowess for future fantasy consideration. Barring injury, he should never slip outside the top-100 overall in drafts moving forward.