Similar to our Daily 3 Stars, this section will break down the top three fantasy hockey performers every week and cite why I chose them in particular. In addition, I will track the amount of times the players have received this honor and tally them at the end of the season. For the sake of clarity, I will be using Yahoo! standard categories (Forwards – G,A,+/-, PP, PIM, SOG; Goalies – W, GAA, SV%, SHO) and therefore omit salaries.
THIRD STAR: Stephen Weiss, Florida Panthers (0-0-1) – If you look at Weiss’s production over the last couple of weeks, it is hard find anyone who has been better. The 26-year-old put up points in 11 of his last 13 games and currently boasts a modest 6 game point streak. Over the past week Weiss scored six goals, two of which came on the powerplay, and assisted on another. The center even gave his fantasy owners two penalty minutes while taking a whopping 17 shots on goal. If he is still available in your league I would take a long hard look at him as the former 4th overall pick is only owned in 44% of Yahoo! formats.
SECOND STAR: Chris Stewart, Colorado Avalanche (0-1-0) – Earlier in the week we mentioned Stewart in our daily section where he won our first star selection. Surely fantasy relevant by now, the young right wing scored two goals and assisted on four more this week. Two of his six points came on the powerplay, ensuring he is playing valuable minutes for his team. Perhaps more impressive is the 19 penalty minutes he racked. In addition, the 22-year-old took 13 shots on goal and finished a plus one for a team split that their four games. If the former first round pick can continue his pace he will give the Avalanche a legitimate scoring power forward.
FIRST STAR: Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals (1-0-0) – To nobody’s surprise, Backstom makes first star for this week. The 22-year-old posted four goals and four assists, with four coming on the powerplay. Although he only put nine shots on goal the Swedish native added two penalty minutes and a plus four to his fantastic fantasy line. Not usually known for his scoring prowess the absence of Alexander Ovechkin has allowed Backstrom to pot a few more in the last week. This could be a situation worth monitoring as an increase in goals would push him into elite territory.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Alexander Semin, Andrew Brunette, Mike Green, Mikko Koivu
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