NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers
NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers

This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.

This week's article includes a rookie center on Broadway, two young wingers on fire, a veteran working his way back in the State of Hockey, a rookie center in concussion protocol and a Golden Knight looking a bit tarnished.

First Liners (Risers)

Brett Howden, C, NYR – Howden, acquired along with Libor Hajek from Tampa Bay for Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller at last year's trading deadline, was a longshot to make the Rangers out of training camp. But his play continued to improve as camp wore on, earning him a spot over Lias Andersson. Howden was expected to play on the fourth line, but his better-than-anticipated offense, proficiency in the faceoff dot and defensive abilities have earned him additional ice time through the first five games of the season.

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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.
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