Some food for thought after another week of fantasy hockey ...
That's John Marino's draft position in the 2015 entry draft, selected in the sixth round by Peter Chiarelli in his first draft with the Oilers. The Massachusetts native spent three years at Hahvahhhd before spurning the Oilers to sign with the Penguins, and with injuries to Kris Letang (since returned) and Justin Schultz, has moved seamlessly into a top-four role. It's a pretty impressive jump. Although always known to be a strong skater, Marino drew little fanfare as a competent but unexciting two-way D and scored just 42 career points with the Crimson — six less than what teammate Adam Fox scored in his junior season — but now has seven points in 10 games in November, the same as Erik Karlsson, and ranks fourth among Oilers defensemen in ice time per game (20:48). Some franchises just seem blessed; a team that was dumb enough to give $16 million to Jack Johnson and trade for Erik Gudbranson got a potential top-four defenseman for pennies on the dollar.
That's Brady Tkachuk's shot total this season, eighth most in the league this season, after finishing 57th last season. Although Brady and Matthew Tkachuk's production through the first season and a half of their careers have been similar (roughly 60 points through their first 100 games), Brady's the far more prolific shooter, and at this pace would finish with 313 shots this season. Only seven