2010 NHL Fantasy 3 Stars: Week 20

Chris StewartThe twentieth week of NHL Fantasy 3 Stars has two members from Team Canada fresh off their Gold Medal performance, a talented young winger returning from injury and another talented young winger who’s name you should start to become familiar with because you’ll be hearing it a lot in the future.

This weeks honorable mention goes to (LW)-David Booth of the Florida Panthers. Booth was finally able to come back after being leveled by the Flyers’ Mike Richards, who ironically enough made the list as well this week, and didn’t seem to miss a beat. Last week David scored two goals and had 4 assists for 6 points with two of those points coming while on the power play. He also had 7 penalty minutes, a plus/minus rating of plus-2 and 11 shots on goal. As long as he doesn’t start to feel any lingering effects from his concussion Booth will remain a solid fantasy option and at 25-years of age is a solid long-term keeper option as well.

Lets take a look at the NHL Fantasy 3 Stars for Week 20.

3rd Star – Sidney Crosby (C), Pittsburgh Penguins

Just days after scoring one of the most important goals in Canadian hockey history Sidney Crosby went back to work for the Penguins. Last week Crosby potted two goals and added 4 assists for 6 points with one of those assists coming while on the power play. He also had 6 penalty minuts, a plus/minus rating of plus-5, 14 shots on goal, one game winning goal and won 44 faceoffs. With Sid The Kid riding the wave of scoring the “Golden Goal”, plus the acquisition of  Alexei Ponikarovsky, expect Crosby to challenge Alexander Ovechkin for the Art Ross Trophy.

2nd Star – Mike Richards (C), Philadelphia Flyers

Another member of Canada’s Gold Medal Winning Team, Mike Richards, also showed that the long run at the Olympics actually helped, rather than hindered, his game last week. Richards had two goals and 5 assists for 7 points with 4 of those points coming while on the power play. He also had 5 penalty minutes, a plus/minus rating of plus-1, 8 shots on goal and won 42 faceoffs. Mike has already established himself as a fantasy stud and at the age of 25 is a no-brainer keeper.

1st Star – Chris Stewart (RW), Colorado Avalanche

Chris Stewart is far from a household name, but if you’ve been following fantasy closely this year then you already know who this guy is. Last week Stewart had 5 goals and 4 helpers for 9 points with two of those nine coming while on the power play. He also collected 2 minutes in penalties, a plus/minus rating of plus-4 and 15 shots on goal. After posting just 19 points in 53 games for the Avs last year Chris has really started to solidify himself as an NHL player and show why Colorado took him 18th overall back in the 2006 draft by putting up 51 points in 60 games so far this season.

Remember to check back in next week to see who the NHL Fantasy 3 Stars will be for Week 21.

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