This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.
This week's article includes Kopi turning back the clock, Hall thriving in a new locale, a hot winger after shifting places in the Sunshine State, Kevin who? in Chicago, Pasta is back and Pittsburgh's 1b pivot slumping.
First Liners (Risers)
Anze Kopitar, C, LA – Kopitar posted a surprising 92 points in 2017-18, then fell back to earth with a thud with 60 points the following season. He rebounded somewhat last year, staying in the 60-point range despite the games lost to the shutdown. Coming into the season, with L.A. expected to continue to incorporate several youngsters into the lineup and a pipeline of pivotmen, the burden was on Kopi to show he can remain the top-line center. He is doing that a more, posting one goal and 11 assists, and it should only be a matter of time before he lights the lamp consistently.
Jonathan Drouin, C, MTL – Drouin's placement here depends on two factors: first, what position he is listed at your league, since he moved from center to left wing, skating on the second line. Second, do you believe he keeps his spot on one of the two power play units? If the answer to the first question is center and yes to the second, then by all means grab Drouin, who came to the Habs from the Lightning for Mikhail Sergachev in a somewhat one-sided deal. If he continues to produce as he has, maybe some of the consternation over that trade