Weekly Fantasy 3 Stars – Week Ending 12/20/2009

New York Rangers v Toronto Maple Leafs

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: Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers (0-0-1) –  Now sitting second to Joe Thornton in the scoring race, Gaborik posted an impressive week.  The 27-year-old scored two goals and two assists over three games, all of which coming on the powerplay. In addition, he took a massive 17 shots on goal while sitting four minutes in the penalty box.  As the scoring in New York continues to improve, the native of Trencin, Czechoslovakia simply needs to stay healthy in order to reap the benefits.

SECOND STAR: Patric Hornqvist, Nashville Predators (0-1-0) – The native of Sollentuna, Sweden, scored a whopping seven points (4 goals, 3 assists, one on the PP) to help his Predators maintain their red hot status.  Hornqvist, who was drafted last overall in 2005, fired 12 shots on goal, sat two minutes and posted a favorable and impressive plus five. The 22-year-old provides a solid secondary scoring option as he now has 10 goals and 18 points on the season.

FIRST STAR: Ryan Callahan, New York Rangers (1-0-0) –  Someone had to start scoring in New York and who better than their alternate captain.  Callahan scored three goals and assisted on four more giving him seven points on the week and arguably making him the hottest player in hockey.  The 24-year-old added 14 shots to his stat line while also posting a plus one.  Considering five of his seven points came on the powerplay the plus one indicates solid defensive play to complement his impressive offensive output.

HONORABLE MENTION(S): Todd Bertuzzi, Sidney Crosby, Nathan Horton, Vincent Lecavalier

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