This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.
This week's article the first overall pick from 2017 on a roll, Hertl the Turtle, a hot Price, Florida's top center back in action and the relatively invisible Ghost.
First Liners (Risers)
Nico Hischier, C, NJD – Hischier, who just turned 20, continued his fine play Saturday, notching a goal and an assist. The first overall pick in the 2017 draft has been locked in since the end of November, racking up nine goals and 18 points in his last 21 games. Hischier recorded 20 goals and 32 assists while playing in all 82 games as a rookie. His current hot streak has the Devils center at 14 goals and 20 assists in 44 games, putting him on pace to exceed his rookie totals.
Sean Kuraly, C, BOS – Kuraly's inclusion on this side of the column is one for deeper leagues. He skates as the Bruins' fourth-line center but has a knack for scoring, especially in key situations. Kuraly's goal Thursday was his fifth in 14 games. Since mid-December, Kuraly has notched eight points in 16 games, giving him 14 points overall — matching his total from 75 games last season as a rookie.
Jordan Eberle, RW, NYI – Eberle, an unrestricted free agent after the season, had a nice initial campaign on the Island last season after coming over from Edmonton, posting 59 points. He has just 23 points in 49 games this year but has been hot lately, racking up five goals and five