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

This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.

This week's article includes the No. 1 center on Broadway, a young winger in Buffalo, a veteran blueliner making the most of his chance in the Sunshine State, Vegas losing a key member of its defense and the chants in Home of Hockey might be boo and not Zucc.

First Liners (Risers)

Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR – Eight points in two games warrants bold treatment even if he is likely owned in all formats. Zibanejad has meshed ridiculously well with new addition Artemi Panarin and holdover Pavel Buchnevich — the AMP line, according to Larry Brooks — with that trio factoring into almost 11 goals New York tallied the first two games of the season. Zib notched career highs in goals (30) and assists (44) last season; each mark may be at risk of falling this year.

Victor Olofsson, LW, BUF – Olofsson spent most of 2018-19 in the AHL, compiling 30 goals and 63 points in 66 games. He didn't look out of place in a cup of coffee at the end of the season, notching two power-play goals and two assists in a six-game taste of NHL action. Olofsson parlayed a solid training camp into top line placement, both at even strength and on the power play, alongside Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart. So far so good as Olofsson has three goals on the man-advantage along with an assist in the first two games of the season.

Blake Coleman, LW, NJD – When you

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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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