It's Monday morning, which means it's time to vote for the SB Nation New York Player of the Week. Last week, Iman Shumpert was the winner. This week, as the New York Islanders' season came to an end and the New Jersey Nets play out the string, the New York Rangers clinched first place in the Eastern Conference, the New Jersey Devils claimed sixth place and baseball was added to the mix, with the New York Yankees going 0-3, while the New York Mets went 3-0. And we can't forget about the New York Knicks, who went 2-1. Here are the new nominees. Vote now!â†µ
Johan Santana: When does pitching five measly innings qualify one for Player of the Week honors? When it's Santana, who missed all of last season and the Mets' universe is hanging on his every pitch. On opening day, he threw five shutout innings, only allowing two hits, struck out five and walked two.â†µ
David Wright: The Met third baseman is off to a sizzling start, batting .667 (6-for-9), with a home run, three RBIs, three walks, a sacrifice fly and a .692 OBP. Throw in an impressive clutch catch near the stands in the ninth inning on Saturday, and you couldn't ask for a better beginning to a season.â†µ
Frank Francisco: The new closer for the Mets has done what no man before him has accomplished: Earn a save in the first three games of a Met season. Francisco threw three scoreless innings, struck out four, walked none and only gave up two hits in his three saves.â†µ
Nick Swisher: It's hard to find a Yankee worthy of representation, but we'll go with Swisher, who had a home run, four RBIs, a .273 average, .428 OBP, a double, three walks and two runs in the opening series.â†µ
Carmelo Anthony: Though Tyson Chandler, Shumpert and others had big weeks for the Knicks, Anthony was the biggest star of them all, dazzling on Sunday with 43 points and the game-tying three-pointer in regulation and the winning points in overtime (along with grabbing seven rebounds). In the other two games this week, he poured in 39 points with 10 rebounds in the loss to the Pacers and had 19 points and eight boards in the win over the Magic.â†µ
Brian Boyle: In the final three games of the season, Boyle scored a couple of goals and added two assists, as his offense is flourishing at just the right time. He had five goals in the last nine games of the season.â†µ
Martin Brodeur: The Devils' goalie tuned up for the playoffs by setting yet another record: When he recorded his 30th win of the season on Tuesday (2-1 over the Red Wings), it was his 14th season with 30 or more wins, breaking the mark held by Patrick Roy. Brodeur picked up one more win, in the last game of the year on Saturday, when he only let in a pair of goals in the 4-2 victory over the Senators, while making 31 saves.