NHL Barometer: Tavares Showing Why He Went First
NHL Barometer: Tavares Showing Why He Went First

This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.

This week's article includes last year's top pick showing why he was taken first, a Calgary winger – not named Iginla – on a roll, Colorado's top scorer sidelined and not so Super Joe.

First Liners (Risers)

John Tavares, C, NYI – Tavares remained hot Thursday, notching two markers in the Islanders' 6-3 loss to the Bruins. Tavares has recorded at least one point in six of his last seven contests, a span over which he has posted 11 points. After a mini-slump in December, Tavares has picked up his game and now has 23 goals and 49 points, albeit with an unsightly minus-22 rating. He is just seven points away from tying the 54 points he scored as a rookie last season and is doing his best to prove to the Islanders faithful that he was worthy of being the top pick in the 2009 draft.

Patrik Berglund, C, STL – Berglund scored in his third straight game Monday night when he deposited a power play goal in the second period of St. Louis

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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.
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