The biggest and brightest from the past week in Fantasy Land, as voted by FHS writers.
Three Stars of the Week:
3rd Star, from the Philadelphia Flyers, numero 44, Kimmo Timonen... 0+7=7 and a +8. Great week for a defensemen who was probably dropped in many leagues last week. Timo should continue to make hay while Chris Pronger is out. FHS Votes: 1 second, 3 thirds.
2nd Star, from the Montreal Canadiens, numero 31, Carey Price... 3GP, 3 Wins, 1.33 GAA, .950 SV%. Anxious Price owners are resting a little easier after this performance, although you had to know it was only a matter of time before he turned it around. Price also served up the best quote of the week, "I just Bill Bucknered it." FHS Votes: 2 seconds, 2 thirds.
1st Star, from the Philadelphia Flyers, numero 19, Scott Hartnell... in my last Random Notes column, I lamented The Orange One's lack of quality ice time during the first couple of weeks of the season. Queue the Jagr-Giroux-Hartnell express. In four games last week, Hartnell netted 4+5=9, with a +5 and 4 PIM for good measure. He also saw some PP time and averaged 17+ minutes TOI, after failing to crack the13 minute mark in his first six outings. Great news all around for Hartnell owners. FHS Votes: 5 firsts.
Honorable mention: Marc-Andre Fleury (2GP, 2 Wins, 0.96 GAA, .962 SV%, 1 Shutout), Alexander Edler (3GP, 2+2=4, +2, 1 PPG,16 SOG), Claude Giroux (4GP, 2+5=7, +4), Jaromir Jagr (4GP, 5+2=7, +4, 17 SOG).
Rookie Star of the Week: Craig Smith, NSH - 3 points in 3 games. Still on the #1 line and #1 PP unit. He's on a 60+ point pace.
HM: Jaromir Jagr and Scott Hartnell (as mentioned above), Max Pacioretty (4 GP, 2+2=4).
Breakdown of the Week: There were a handful of (un)worthy nominations this week: Ryan Whitney, EDM (Really? Made of glass.), Eric Staal, CAR (Only 1A and -3 for the week. He now sits at-13 for the year), Zach Parise, NJD (1G, 0A and -3), Ilya Kovalchuk, NJD (zero points and a minus-3 just aren't good enough for a 2nd round pick).
Free Agent Star of the Week (less than 50% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Radim Vrbata (10% owned) with 2+3=5. For an expert analysis on Vrbata and many others, be sure to check out Diomedes' Free Agents and Trade Targets column, posted every Sunday here at FHS.
Check out our past Fantasy Stars of the Week here.