NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers

NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers

This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.

This week's article includes a hot Devil in New Jersey, a King reigning next to Kopitar, a Flame D-man on fire, Edmonton's No. 1 netminder filling in nicely, Mac down for the Avalanche and an Islander slumping mightily.

First Liners (Risers)

Dawson Mercer, C, NJ – Mercer, drafted 18th overall in 2020, earned a spot with the parent club with a strong training camp and has not slowed since. He tallied a goal and assist Saturday and helper Sunday and now has a point in four consecutive games. Mercer has an impressive five goals and 11 points through his first 14 NHL games as he continues to fill in for the injured Jack Hughes (center). Mercer has the smarts and skills to be a top-six winger, but his versatility could keep him in the middle of the rink, as it has now — or into a two-way role that includes the PK thanks to his high motor. 

Dylan Larkin, C, DET – Larkin had 63 and 73 points in 2017-18 and 2018-19, respectively, but fell to 53 the following season and cratered to just nine goals and 23 points in 44 games last season. The Red Wings are one of the more pleasant stories early this season, led by Larkin, who notched his seventh goal and an assist Monday and now has 13 points in 13 games. Signed for this season and next at a cap hit of $6.1 million AAV, Larkin might be setting himself up

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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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