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

This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.

This week's article includes the other center in Tampa, Andreas who, Yandle with a handle from the point and a scoring winger struggling in Minnesota.

First Liners (Risers)

Tyler Johnson, C, TB – With all the other big names in Tampa, Johnson gets lost in the shuffle, but he does have a place on most fantasy squads. His goal and assist Saturday gave Johnson five points in his last six games and 22 in 31 this season. Johnson will likely never score 72 like he did in 2014-15, but 50-plus seems well within reason.

Phil Kessel, RW, PIT – Kessel isn't lighting up the scoreboard with several multi-point efforts as he did last season when he scored 92 points, but he may end up even more productive at the end of the capaign. Saturday was Kessel's first multi-point effort since Nov. 17, but he's done a good job returning value in the meantime with points in six of the nine games in between. With 33 points through 29 contests, Kessel is (relatively) quietly on pace to exceed his point production of a year ago and could challenge triple digits with a few real hot stretches of play.

Andreas Johnsson, RW, TOR – Johnsson has 13 points in 25 points, but most of that output has occurred in the last two weeks. He has five goals and the same number of assists in his last six games playing alongside Auston Matthews and Kasperi Kapanen. If Johnsson remains

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Jan Levine
Levine covers baseball and hockey for RotoWire. He is responsible for the weekly NL FAAB column for baseball and the Barometer for hockey. In addition to his column writing, he is master of the NHL cheat sheets. In his spare time, he roots for the Mets and Rangers.
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