This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.
This week's article includes a lesser-known center in Tampa Bay, Bjorkstrand heating up, the 2015 Calder Trophy winner on a roll, a stud winger as a possible buy-low candidate in Calgary, Detroit's top goal-scorer sidelined and the Ghost in the press box.
First Liners (Risers)
Blake Coleman, C, NJ – Coleman continued his recent stretch of hot play, tallying twice Saturday. The Plano, Texas, native has points in five of six games, including four goals and two helpers. Coleman notched 22 goals last season, but his line placement this year, despite his hot streak, and lack of power play time, might make it tough to hit that mark. But if he slots up a unit and/or sees time on the man-advantage, especially due to his recent fine play, grab him, as New Jersey is desperate for offense.
Anthony Cirelli, C, TB – I originally debated making Cirelli a buy-low candidate, but his overall numbers made doing so seem pointless. Granted his totals are impacted by his recent hot streak, yet if you look at his overall production last season, he likely was worth a look in most formats. Now up to 15 points in 20 games, Cirelli has eight of those points in his five-game point streak that started with his move to the second line. While he isn't seeing power play time, Cirelli is averaging almost three more minutes of ice time this season, which augurs well for future success.
Oliver Bjorkstrand, RW, CLM – Bjorkstrand