NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers

NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers

This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.

This week's article includes old is new and new is old, Columbus-Winnipeg swapping problem children, COVID absences coming fast and furious, Jump Joe down a month and Vancouver's probable future No. 1 netminder scuffling.

First Liners (Risers) 

Jeff Carter, C, LA – Carter was brilliant after coming to L.A., stepping in as the team's second-line center, aiding the Kings winning a pair of Cups. Unfortunately, the good times ran out quickly, as Carter, after getting injured during the 2017-18 campaign, saw his production crater the following two seasons. Carter has found the fountain of youth this season, posting a one goal, four helpers and 20 shots on net in only six games. Keep in mind that Gabriel Vilardi looms as the third-line center and Alex Turcotte is in the pipeline, so be prepared to jump at the first sign of trouble.   

Oliver Bjorkstrand, RW, CLM – Bjorkstrand, who tallied 40 points in 2017-18 and 36 in 2018-19, missed 21 games during the abbreviated 2019-20 regular season due to rib and ankle injuries, but as we noted in our preseason outlook, he was pretty productive when healthy, racking up 21 goals, 15 assists, six power-play points and 162 shots while averaging 17:56 of ice time in 49 games. Early in the 2020-21 season, Bjorkstrand looks like he might exceed the 40 points he scored three years ago, already notching a pair of goals and three assists in six games. Keep an eye, though, on how the

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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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