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NHL Barometer: Ready for Takeoff

Jan Levine

Jan Levine

Levine covers baseball, basketball and hockey for RotoWire. In addition to his column writing, he's the master of the MLB and NHL cheatsheets. In his spare time, he roots for the Mets.

This is the first column of the season, and given the year has just started with only a handful of games, this will be a somewhat truncated article. Leave any suggestions, criticisms, etc., in the comments or email

This week's article includes a new No. 1 center in Florida, Supa-Trouba in Winnipeg, the top-two centers sidelined by injuries in Edmonton and the third overall pick somewhat surprisingly sent back to juniors.

First Liners (Risers)

Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA -
Barkov began the season on the Panthers' top line between Jonathan Huberdeau and Brad Boyes. The second overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry ...

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