This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.
This week's article includes a hot winger in Columbus, Chandler who? in Las Vegas, McAvoy on a roll, the youngest of the three Staal brothers lighting the lamp and a former stud defenseman scuffling.
First Liners (Risers)
Brayden Schenn, C, STL – Schenn benefits somewhat from the attention drawn by Ryan O'Reilly, but Schenn has been excellent since coming to the Blues from the Flyers after the 2016-17 season. After tallying a goal and an assist Friday, the 29-year-old is up to seven goals, six assists, a plus-6 rating and 46 shots on net through 16 appearances this year. Schenn produced 54-59 points four of the last five years, with his 70-point output in 2017-18 the outlier. Look for him to finish somewhere within this range, despite just a 56-game schedule.
Mitch Marner, C, TOR – Marner lands on this list as a center, though he likely qualifies as a right wing in many leagues. Irrespective of his position, Marner is having a huge campaign, tallying seven goals and 16 assists in 16 games. Skating on the top line and power play unit, Marner might not reach the 94 points he did two years ago, but would somewhere in the 70-point range be an aberration based on his play early this season? Look for him to remain productive despite and because of all the talent around him in Toronto.
Cam Atkinson, LW, CLM – Atkinson continued his ascension, scoring 41 goals with 28 assists two years