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: Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens (0-0-1) – The impending RFA continues to prove his worth to the team following an off year. The 27-year-old and first line center scored two goals and assisted on six more totaling nine points over the week, three of which coming on the powerplay. A native of Kladno, Czechoslovakia, made famous as the birthplace of superstar Jaromir Jagr, Plekanec fired only six shots on goal while posting a plus three rating. Not known as a goalscorer he sits slightly over a point per game and projects to post 90 points when the season ends. Pretty impressive for a guy deemed expendable before the year began.
SECOND STAR: Alexander Steen, St. Louis Blues (0-1-0) – Coming into the season, several of the Blues young roster players sat higher on the depth chart than Steen. Somehow, this 25-year-old puts up points playing fourth line minutes with powerplay time. In the last week Steen scored three and assisted on three more, with three of his points coming with the man advantage. In addition, the second generation player fired 14 shots on goal, took a minor penalty and finished the week a nice plus two. If this young man can find himself on a scoring line he should produce at a higher pace than his 11 points indicate.
FIRST STAR: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks (1-0-0) – 20 cent helped the Blackhawks maintain their League leading pace by scoring five and assisting on three more, two of which coming on the powerplay. A team leader and former first overall pick comes as no surprise as a first star. The 21-year-old fired 22 shots on goal while posting a plus two, more than enough to make him our first star of the week.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Jonathan Toews, Tim Connolly, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Bill Guerin, Ian Laperriere, Mike Richards
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