NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers

NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers

This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.

This week's article includes Columbus' No. 1 center on a role, resurgence by Duchene in Music City, the Ghost back from the dead, a future changing of the guard in net in the Sunshine State, Laine out long-term and Eklund returned to Sweden. 

First Liners (Risers)

Boone Jenner, C, CLB – Filling the role of Cy Young early this season is Jenner. He notched his first assist Saturday to go with six goals through the first 10 games of the season. Jenner's shooting percentage will fall, as he is way above 20 percent, but if he can stick in a top-six role, the drop in goals should be offset by a rise in helpers. His production had declined substantially the last few seasons, so take his hot start with a grain of salt, but his line placement and talent next to him should allow him to post a fair number of counting stats. 

Nikolaj Ehlers, LW, WPG – Following a slow start, Ehlers has been red-hot lately. His goal and assist Friday gave the Danish winger all eight of his points this season in the last six games after he was held off the scoresheet in four games to open the year. The 25-year-old benefited from the trades of Jack Roslovic and Patrik Laine to match his career high with 13 power-play points and tally 21 goals and 46 points in just 47 games last season. He is just scratching the surface of how good he can

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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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