Fantasy Stars of the Week

Vincent Pugliese

The biggest and brightest from the past week in Fantasy Hockey.

3rd Star, from the Dallas Stars, numero 14, Jamie Benn....this week, Benn narrowly edges out Patrick Kane for 3rd star honours. They each had six points in three games, with Kane having a 5-4 edge in goals, but Benn came out on top in assists (2-1), +/- (plus-4 vs. plus-3), shots (11-10) hits (2-0) and blocks (1-0). Benn's two GWGs helped power the Stars to three straight wins this week, and make no mistake, this team will be built around Benn for years to come.

2nd Star, from the New Jersey Devils, numero 30, Martin Brodeur... not a lot remains to be said about Brodeur's career. His records will likely never be touched. He ranks first in games played (1200), wins (662), shots against (30,152), and saves (27,528). Plenty of time to pad those numbers too, as he's under contract until almost his 42nd birthday and shows few signs of slowing down. This week he won all three of his starts with a 1.33 GAA and .942 SV%, allowing only four goals on 69 shots.

1st Star, from the New Jersey Devils, numero 23, David Clarkson... there were quite a few nice offensive performances this week, but Clarkson's stands out from the rest when you take his peripheral stats into account. Four goals, two assists, plus-4, eight PIM, 15 shots, eight hits, two PPG, one GWG, and he even found the time to block a shot. Clarkson has been an underdog his entire NHL career, known primarily as a fighter, so it's great to see him getting the chance to be an impact scorer with the Devils.

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Rookie Star of the Week: Zach Redmond. With Dustin Byfuglien down and out, the Jets called up Zach Redmond to fill the void. After going pointless his first two games, he put together a couple of nice games this week to finish with 1+2=3, five shots and a couple of PIM. His goal was scored short-handed too. Redmond has been in the Thrashers/Jets organization since being drafted 184th overall in 2008, but it's tough to see him staying with the big club this year once Buff and Zach Bogosian return.

Breakout Star of the Week: Viktor Fasth. Three starts, three wins, a shutout, and even after allowing five goals vs. St. Louis on Saturday, he still finished the week with 1.88 / .930 peripherals. At 30 years old, the Swedish Elite League veteran appears poised to take a run at Jonas Hiller for top dog in Anaheim.

Breakdown of the Week: Brian Elliott. With Ken Hitchcock running the show in St. Louis,, this type of meltdown seemed almost unimaginable, but the carnage speaks for itself. Elliott allowed 14 goals on only 63 shots and finished with no wins, a 5.45 GAA and .778 SV%. It's safe to expect that no matter who is in net, weeks like this won't happen very often for the Blues , but Jaroslav Halak owners have to be pleased that he may be a bit further along in claiming more of a true starting role.

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