The seventeenth week of NHL Fantasy 3 Stars sees a Flame being reignited, a surprising whyle Coyote giving his team more than just leadership, a center showing off his Swede hands and a goaltender making the most of his chance to shine between the pipes.
This weeks honorable mention goes to Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames. Last week Iginla scored 3 goals and had 4 assists for 7 points with two of those points coming while on the power play. He also had 5 penalty minutes, a plus/minus rating of plus-4 and 13 shots on goal. Jarome was going through some rough times prior to last week, but seems to be getting things back on track which is good news for the Flames and your fantasy team.
Lets take a look at the NHL Fantasy 3 Stars for Week 17.
3rd Star – Shane Doan (RW), Phoenix Coyotes
Shane Doan was supposed to act as the typcal veteran leader for the younger players on the Coyotes and be able to pitch in offensive once and a while, but so far this season he has been pitching a lot more than expected. Doan had 3 goals and 6 assists for 9 points with two of those points coming while on the power play. He also had two minutes in penalties, a plus/minus rating of plus-5, 14 shots on goal and one game winning goal. Although because of his age he isn’t getting as many penalty minutes as you’d expect, Shane is still a solid fantasy option as long as he’s putting up points and with 43 points already it looks like he could get close to 70 this season.
2nd Star – Nicklas Backstrom (C), Washington Capitals
As one of the top playmakers in the league Nicklas Backstrom showed off his great passing abilities yet again last week to help the Capitals extend their winning streak to 10 games. Last week Backstrom netted two goals while adding 5 assists for 7 points with 4 of those points coming on the power play. He also had two penalty minutes, a plus/minus rating of plus-6, 18 shots on goal and won 36 faceoffs. With 63 points already Nicklas is poised for a second consecutive 80+ point season. Expect this to be a common trend with Backstrom as he plays with the two most talented Alexander’s in the league with Ovechkin and Semin.
1st Star – Brian Elliott (G), Ottawa Senators
It seemed like everything was doom and gloom in Ottawa when Pascal Leclaire went down with yet another injury. Seems like those thoughts were a little premature. Last week Elliott collected 3 wins while posting a 0.98 GAA, .964 SAV%, made 81 saves and had one shutout. Brian isn’t a big name nor is he a flashy goaltender but he’s consistent and gets the job done. Consider holding onto Elliott even when Leclaire comes back as the Sens will most likely want to go with the hot hand and give Brian a chance to become the team’s clear cut #1.
Remember to check back in next week to see who the NHL Fantasy 3 Stars will be for Week 18.