2009 NHL Fantasy 3 Stars: Week 8

Joe ThorntonThe eighth week of NHL Fantasy 3 Stars has some names that may surprise you as they aren’t necessarily fantasy studs but more of the average or depth variety which isn’t a knock on them as they are good players and legit fantasy options. But, as you can see by the picture, there was one stud that managed to sneak into the top 3.

This weeks honorable mention goes to Chris Mason of the St.Louis Blues. Last week Mason collected two wins while posting a 1.50 GAA, .950 SAV%, zero shutouts and also made 57 saves. Last year Chris established himself as a legit fantasy goaltender and while he hasn’t had the great start to the season he is still a decent option in net with a young Blues team infront of him that’s due to start climbing up the standings soon.

Lets take a look at the NHL Fantasy 3 Stars for Week 8.

3rd Star – Carey Price (G), Montreal Canadiens

After coming back from his injury last year Carey Price didn’t seem like the same goaltender that won over the
hearts of Habs fans everywhere his first season in the league taking over from Cristobal Huet. Carey seems to be
regaining that rookie season form after collecting two wins while posting a 1.90 GAA, .940SAV%, zero shutouts and
making 94 saves. Even though he had a good start to the season Price ended up in the doghouse for a couple of games
which seems to have woken him up as he’s now played solid for the last two weeks. He isn’t out of the woods just
yet but appears headed in the right direction. If you’re looking for some goaltending help or depth, consider Price
as a low risk high reward option as you probably wont have to give up a lot to get him.

2nd Star – Kristian Huselius (LW), Columbus Blue Jackets

After two strong 60+ point seasons in Calgary Kristian Huselius struggled a bit in his first season in Columbus
totaling 56 points with just 14 power play points. However, he’s looking good so far this season as he scored two
goals and added 3 assists for 5 points with four of those points coming on the power play. Kristian also had zero
penalty minutes, a plus/minus rating of plus-1, 12 shots on goal and one game winning goal. Huselius isn’t a sexy
name that jumps out at you but he has been a solid fantasy option in the past and with 16 points in 17 games so far
this season seems to be on pace for another underrated solid season. If you’re struggling at the LW position
consider trying to trade for him to give you some nice depth.

1st Star – Joe Thornton (C), San Jose Sharks

Jumbo Joe Thornton has quietly gotten off to a great start so far this year as he’s really seemed to click with
his new linemate Dany Heatley. Last week Thornton potted two goals with 6 helpers for 8 points with 2 of those
points coming while on the power play. He also had two penalty minutes, a plus/minus rating of plus-3, 11 shots on
goal, one game winning goal and won 30 faceoffs. Althoug he had a sub-par year for his stanards last season, Joe
still averaged over a point a game and is well on pace for another 100+ point season this year. Just a pure fantasy
stud, plain and simple.

Remember to check back in next week to see who the NHL Fantasy 3 Stars will be for Week 9.

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