This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.
This week's article includes Brock Nelson, Ryan O'Reilly, The Nuge, Forsberg on a roll, a major absence in Toronto and a center slumping in Anaheim.
First Liners (Risers)
Brock Nelson, C, NYI - Nelson, who will be a free agent after the season, started slow with one goal in the Islanders' first six games. However, he has notched four goals the last three contests, as he tries to help replace some of the production lost by John Tavares' departure. Nelson, Anders Lee and Josh Bailey put up eight points (three goals, five helpers) Saturday, and that trio should remain together with Mathew Barzal centering Anthony Beauvillier and Jordan Eberle.
Ryan O'Reilly, C, STL - The move from Buffalo to St. Louis has done little to hurt ROR's production. Centering the second line, O'Reilly has notched three goals and 11 assists in 10 games, riding a four-game point streak. In his last six full seasons, O'Reilly has notched between 55 and 64 points, a number he should be able to reach with the Blues thanks to the offensive support around him.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, LW, EDM - Nugent-Hopkins' production took a positive turn when he was moved from his role as a center on the second or third line to the left of Connor McDavid on the top unit. He closed the season strong and has carried that fine performance into the current season. Nugent-Hopkins had three goals and nine assists in nine goals while seeing 24:25 of