2009 NHL Fantasy 3 Stars: Week 4
Total Pro Sports – The fourth week of the NHL Fantasy 3 Stars sees a familiar face make his first appearance of the season, a young centre who will become a regular, a solid veteran off to another great start and an Oiler showcasing his playmaking ability.
This week’s honorable mention goes to Ales Hemsky of the Edmonton Oilers. Last week Hemsky scored 1 goal while adding 6 assists for 7 points with 4 of those points coming while on the power play. He also had two penalty minutes, a plus/minus rating of plus-2 and 16 shots on goal. Ales isn’t in the elite category among wingers but is a solid fantasy option as he has great playmaking ability and is good for 60+ points.
Lets take a look at the NHL Fantasy 3 Stars for Week 4.
3rd Star – Patrick Marleau (C/LW), San Jose Sharks
Patrick Marleau had a great 2008-09 fantasy season and so far he’s had another great 2009-10 season. Last week Marleau scored 3 goals and had 6 assists for 9 points with 4 of those points coming while on the power play. He also had a plus/minus rating of plus-2, zero penalty minutes, 14 shots on goal, one game winning goal and 27 faceoffs won. Patrick often gets lost in the shuffle behind Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley, Devin Setoguchi and Dan Boyle but is a great fantasy option.
2nd Star – Roberto Luongo (G), Vancouver Canucks
Not a big surprise here as Roberto Luongo is probably the best fantasy goaltender in the league. Last week Luongo collected 3 wins while posting a 1.26 GAA, .955 SAV%, 107 saves and one shutout. Roberto remains one of the best goaltenders in the league and as long as he stays healthy and plays around 65+ games is a threat to win 40 games each season.
1st Star – Anze Kopitar (C), Los Angeles Kings
Anze Kopitar is a young skilled centre who was expected to help carry the Kings offence but so far he’s been exceeding expectations. Last week Kopitar scored 6 goals while adding 3 helpers for 9 points with 4 of those points coming on the power play. He also had two penalty minutes, a plus/minus rating of plus-3, 15 shots on goal and won 31 faceoffs. Normally I would say sell high on a player in this situation but the Kings are a decent young team and Anze just has too much talent, if you have him, keep him unless you get a great offer.
Remember to check back in next week to see who the NHL Fantasy 3 Stars will be for Week 5.