It's Monday morning, which means it's time to vote for the SB Nation New York Player of the Week. Last week, Santonio Holmes was the winner, despite the New York Jets losing to the Patriots. This week, Gang Green lost again, this time succumbing to the magic of Tim Tebow, the New York Giants blew their game against the Eagles, the New York Rangers went 1-1, the New Jersey Devils 2-1 and the New York Islanders 1-2. Though there's slim pickin's once again, here are the new nominees. Vote now!â†µ
David Clarkson: The Devils have been on a roll lately, and Clarkson has been giving them some unexpected but welcome offense. After only scoring 12 goals and tallying 18 points last season, he’s already scored seven this year and has nine points. He continued his season of redemption in the three games this week, with three goals and an assist (along with eight hits), highlighted by his falling down backhander on Saturday night.
Brad Richards: The Rangers played one good game this week and one bad game, and none of the players were good in the bad game so we’ll stick to the good game. Richards was brought to New York to dish the puck and score some clutch goals, and he did just that in Tuesday’s win over the Islanders, when he capitalized on a Josh Bailey turnover and rifled the game-winning goal past Evgeni Nabokov. Richards was a plus-3 in the game, and he now has six goals, which is right around the pace he scored at last season, when he notched a career-high 28.â†µ
Matt Moulson: On a team that is in dire need of scoring, Moulson is the one player who’s been consistently producing lately. After a slow start, the left wing has scored four goals in the last six games, including two this week, one in the win over Montreal and one in the loss to the Rangers.â†µ
Joe McKnight: With no LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene leaving with an injury, it was up to McKnight to shoulder the load, and he did all he could to help his team. He rushed for 59 yards on 16 carries, breaking tackles and finding holes when there weren't any, and he also led the Jets with six receptions, for 62 yards. Though he fumbled a kickoff return, it ended up not hurting his team.â†µ
Victor Cruz: The Giants' offense was brutal on Sunday night, with no rushing game and a woeful performance by the offensive line leading to one punt after another, but Cruz did his part, accounting for a huge chunk of the offensive production. He scored the team's only touchdown, caught six passes and gained 128 yards. It looked like his 47-yard third-down reception in the waning minutes of the game would be the key play in another comeback, but . . . it wasn't.â†µ