2009 NHL Fantasy 3 Stars: Week 10

Nicklas BackstromThe tenth week of NHL Fantasy 3 Stars has a very familiar face return yet again, an American goaltender strutting his stuff, a young talented Swedish center showing off his skills and a youthful Colorado winger looking to make a name for himself.

This weeks honorable mention goes to Chris Stewart of the Colorado Avalanche. Last week Stewart scored two goals and added 4 assists for 6 points with two of those points coming while on the power play. He also had 19 penalty minutes, a plus/minus rating of plus-1, 13 shots on goal and one game winning goal. Chris started the season far from being a real noteworthy fantasy right winger but he’s young with 19 points on the season so far and can/should improve as the season goes on which could be big if you’re currently in a deep league.

Lets take a look at the NHL Fantasy 3 Stars for Week 10.

3rd Star – Ryan Miller (G), Buffalo Sabres

Like the Buffalo Sabres themselves, Ryan Miller has been a nice surprise so far this season which bodes well for not just the American Olympic team but your fantasy as well…if you own him of course. Last week Miller collected two wins while posting a 1.35 GAA, .957 SAV%, made 89 saves and had one shutout. Although the Sabres had a so-so year last season Ryan put up some nice stats winning 34 games with a 2.53 GAA, .918 SAV% and 5 shutouts. If it wasn’t obvious before it is now, Ryan Miller is a must have for fantasy.

2nd Star – Miikka Kiprusoff (G), Calgary Flames

If Miikka Kiprusoff keeps this up I’ll have to start calling it the “2009 NHL Fantasy 3 Stars: Week 10 of Kiprusoff”. Last week Kiprusoff had two wins while posting a 1.01 GAA, .966 SAV%, made 86 saves and had one shutout. I’ve honestly run out of things to say about this man so I’ll just leave you with a great save that he made Saturday night against the Sharks.

1st Star – Nicklas Backstrom (C), Washington Capitals

With one of the best, if not the best, player(s) in the NHL and linemate Alexander Ovechkin missing Nicklas Backstrom used it to showcase his own set of skills and let everyone know there’s more than just one talented player in Washington. Last week Backstrom scored 4 goals and had 5 assists for 9 points with 4 of those points coming while on the power play. He also had two penalty minutes, a plus/minus rating of plus-4, 9 shots on goal, one game winning goal and won 22 faceoffs. As Nicklas showed last week he is a talented center and as long as he’s paired up with either Ovechkin or Alexander Semin he should be able to put up 80+ points a season no problem.

Remember to check back in next week to see who the NHL Fantasy 3 Stars will be for Week 11.

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