NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers

NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers

This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.

This week's article includes a handful of players in new locations — a new top-line center for the Blue Jackets, a hot winger in Montreal and a first-pair blueliner in the Arch City — a possible future No. 1 netminder in L.A. and Zib in a major slump. 

First Liners (Risers) 

Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA – Barkov is a center who plays a 200-foot game, excelling defensively as well as offensively. The 2013 second overall pick, Barkov finally took that major step forward in 2018-19, scoring 96 points in 82 games. He took a mild step back before the pandemic hit, posting "only" 62 points in 66 games. (Of course, that's when I had him in my home league.) This year, on another team, Barkov already had four markers and seven apples in nine games, looking like an MVP-type candidate. A free agent after next season at 26-years old, Barkov should see close to eight-figures a year in his next deal.

Jack Roslovic, C, CLM – I profiled Roslovic after he was traded to Winnipeg, as the move was expected to afford him top-six minutes. Now off COVID protocol, Roslovic is making the most of that opportunity, reaching the scoresheet in five consecutive games (two goals, including the game-winner Monday, and five assists). Centering Patrik Laine, who came with him to the Blue Jackets, and Cam Atkinson, Roslovic is primed for a breakout campaign, if he can keep that gig.

Conor Garland, RW, AZ

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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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