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

12/21/2009
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.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/14/2009

12/15/2009
Rangers-Panthers

In this section, I break down the top three fantasy hockey performers every night 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 thus exclude player’s salaries.

Last night certainly was one for the offense.  Out of the 16 teams in action 10 scored three goals or more.  Most owners were able to smile at the end of the night, unless you own Steve Mason or Dwayne Roloson. Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Steve Sullivan, Nashville Predators (0-0-1) –  Sully came through in a big way last night scoring a hat trick on the aforementioned Mason.  In addition, the veteran winger posted a perfect plus three while taking a healthy four shots on goal and sitting two minutes in the box for high sticking. At the ripe age of 35, Sullivan shows no signs of slowing down following multiple back surgeries.

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NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

12/08/2009
Boston Bruins v Phoenix Coyotes

Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.

Here are today’s picks:

RW: Chris Stewart, Colorado Avalanche – Over the past week we have discussed Stewart at length.  A player this young usually would be on our Keeper Watch, but his stats over the last week are simply too good to not play in all formats.  Playing regularly on their top PP and with Paul Stastny will keep him this hot or at least relevant.

Prognosis: I’ve said enough, get this guy on your team.

C: Stephen Weiss, Florida Panthers – An NHLHS star of the week, Weiss has been incredibly hot over the last few weeks.  In the previous seasons we have seen spurts of production similar to this so it is not a surprise.  Also in previous seasons we have seen his production drop off the map completely.  Still with a healthy Nathan Horton and David Booth expected back around Christmas things look good for the 26-year-old.

Prognosis: If you need a depth center, stream Weiss until he fizzles.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/02/2009

12/02/2009
Chicago Blackhawks v Colorado Avalanche

In this section, I break down the top three fantasy hockey performers every night 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 thus exclude player’s salaries.

Somewhat weird night.  Although only four games were played every winning team scored at least four goals.  However it was a losing team, the Colorado Avalanche, and essentially one line that swept the honors.

THIRD STAR: Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche (0-0-1) – Last June’s 3rd overall pick is showing why he was so heavily touted.  The 18-year-old potted two goals, one coming on the powerplay, and an assist in the Avs 6-5 loss to the Panthers in a skills competition.  The Ontario native added seven shots on goal and finished the evening a team-high plus three.  Duchene now has seven points in his last four games and is becoming a player that makes other players on his line better.

SECOND STAR: Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche (0-1-0) – The second generation star continues to prove himself as an elite playmaker.  Coming off an injury plagued season, Stastny remained healthy and now has 30 points in 29 games.  The 24-year-old scored a goal and assisted on three more, including Duchene’s powerplay tally.  He posted a respectable plus two while putting four shots on goal and even sitting two minutes in the box.  Contributions across all six standard categories gives the center our second star of the evening.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 11/23/2009

11/24/2009
Columbus Blue Jackets v New York Islanders

In this section, I break down the top three fantasy hockey performers every night 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)

THIRD STAR: Jeff Deslauriers, Edmonton Oilers (0-0-1) –  The main beneficiary of the injury of Nikolai Khabibulin, the 25-year-old turned away all 36 shots to shutout the Coyotes.  This start comes after giving up nine goals in his last two games so maybe the kid is turning things around.  Monitor the status of the wounded Russian since history indicates Deslauriers should get some more time in net.

SECOND STAR:  Daniel Briere, Philadelphia Flyers (0-1-0) – The veteran turned in an excellent effort last night potting two goals and chipping in two assists, one of which coming on the powerplay.  The Quebec native added four shots and two penalty minutes to his line giving him respectable stats across five offensive categories.  Briere now has 16 points in 17 games a respectable tally for any teams #2 right wing.

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