2009 NHL Fantasy 3 Stars: Week 5

Tomas Kaberle Celebrates

Total Pro Sports – The fifth week of NHL Fantasy 3 Stars has a defensive feel to it with all 3 Stars either on the blue line or between the pipes. We did show some love for the forwards with this week’s honorable mention but don’t expect to see him back for a little while as he’s gone on the IR.

This week’s honorable mention goes to Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. Last week Alexander The Great scored 5 goals while adding one assist for 6 points with 3 of those points coming while on the power play. He also had 4 penalty minutes, a plus/minus rating of plus-2 and 19 shots on goal. Despite his early season success things will be getting quiet from the Ovechkin camp in the next 1-3 weeks as Alex is week-to-week with an upper-body injury.

Lets take a look at the NHL Fantasy 3 Stars for Week 5.

3rd Star – Evgeni Nabokov (G), San Jose Sharks

Evgeni Nabokov has pretty much been a fantasy stud since coming into the league, with just a few small lulls, and with the Sharks being one of the most talented teams in the league it appears that wont be changing anytime soon. Last week Nabokov collected 3 wins while posting a 0.97 GAA, .963 SAV% and made 77 saves. Despite Evgeni getting up there in age he’s still a work horse that’ll be able to get you 30+ wins, a low GAA, a high SAV% and 6+ shutouts.

2nd Star – Pekka Rinne (G), Nashville Predators

Pekka Rinne burst onto the scene with the Predators last year and turned out to be one of the top mid season waiver pickups, this year he was a little more on the radar and rightfully so. Last week Rinne had 3 wins while posting a 0.76 GAA, .968 SAV%, 61 saves and one shutout. While Pekka did get off to a bit of a slow start he’s managed to pick it up lately and is a solid option to add depth to your fantasy goaltending position.

1st Star – Tomas Kaberle (D), Toronto Maple Leafs

Like the Leafs, Tomas Kaberle got off to a rough start to the season but had a monster week last week that now sees him at the top of the defenceman scoring leaders ahead of guys like Dan Boyle and Mike Green. Last week Tomas scored 2 goals and had 10 assists for 12 points with 8 of those points coming while on the power play. He also had 4 penalty minutes, a plus/minus rating of plus-2 and 9 shots on goal. After combining for 178 points from 2005-2008 Kaberle had a disappointing season last year collecting just 31 points. He seems to be rebounding from that however, but if you’re deep on defence I’d recommend on selling high with Tomas as he obviously wont be able to keep up with his current pace.

Remember to check back in next week to see who the NHL Fantasy 3 Stars will be for Week 6.

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