This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.
This week's article includes the Rangers' No. 2 center, a Toronto winger putting last year's rough campaign behind him, Chicago's offseason addition in net rolling, Sid the Kid close to returning, Korpisalo out weeks and a young blueliner scuffling in Music City.
First Liners (Risers)
Ryan Strome, C, NYR – Strome, after a brief lull, is red-hot again. He had a pair of goals and two assists Saturday, giving the RFA four goals and eight assists his last 12 games. Strome, selected fifth overall in 2011, is up to eight goals and 23 assists in 37 games, putting him on pace to exceed the 50 points he tallied as a sophomore in 2014-15. Strome has moved between center and wing but is back centering the second line alongside Artemi Panarin, boding well for future success.
Steven Stamkos, C, TB – With myriad scoring options in Tampa Bay, sometimes — as odd as this may sound — Stamkos gets overlooked. His goal and assist Saturday increased the 2008 first overall pick to 800 career points in just 779 games. After tallying 98 points last season, Stamkos is on a point-per-game pace with 35 points in 34 games; a figure that could rise if his shooting percentage — now at 13.3 percent — approaches the 16.8 percent of a year ago.
Tomas Tatar, RW, MTL – Tatar potted a goal and an assist Sunday, increasing his output to seven goals and four assists in his last 10 games.