This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.
This week's article includes the new No. 2 pivotman in Boston, the Duke racking up goals, ADA succeeding with the Canes, Sid the Kid back, a much-hyped rookie sent to the minors and a veteran center turning back the clock.
First Liners (Risers)
Charlie Coyle, C, BOS – The departure of David Krejci left a major hole at second-line center for the Bruins. Stepping in — at least initially — to try and fill the breach is Coyle. The early returns have been relatively solid, as Coyle has five points and 15 shots on goal in his first seven games, though the points have come in just three contests. If Coyle does not prove up to the task, Boston might explore the trade market or try either Erik Haula or Jack Studnicka in that spot. But for now, the position is Coyle's.
Isac Lundestrom, C, ANA – Isaac who? Lundestrom appeared in only 15 games for the Ducks last year, registering four assists, doubling his output from the prior year. Drafted 23rd overall in the 2018 NHL Draft, Lundestrom is exceeding all expectations early this season, stepping into the third-lone pivot role. Lundestrom's point streak is at four games (one goal, three assists) after his helper Sunday. The Swede has eight points, 11 shots on net and a plus-5 rating in 10 games while averaging more than 15 minutes of ice time.
Anthony Duclair, LW, FLA – Duclair has Cy Young like stats early this season, notching