NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers

NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers

This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.

This week's article includes the second year being the charm in Winnipeg, a hot rookie winger in Hockeytown, it's Reimer or it's wrong for the Sharks, Florida without its top center and a Cup winning goalie struggling a bit lately.

First Liners (Risers)

Pierre-Luc Dubois, C, WPG – Dubois got the trade he wanted out of Columbus last season, but life wasn't greener in Winnipeg, as the pivot put up just eight goals and 20 points in 41 games for the Jets. Likely taken later than he normally would go in fantasy drafts due to last year's poor campaign, Dubois is making those who have him rostered look brilliant for that selection. The 23-year-old center notched his 10th of the season Friday, exceeding the nine he scored in 46 outings last year. He's at 10 tallies, six assists, 54 shots on net, 18 PIM and a plus-7 rating through 18 games, centering the second line while skating on the top power-play unit. 

Mikael Granlund, C, NAS – Like Matt Duchene, Granlund didn't inspire excitement in most leagues as his point total had dropped for four consecutive seasons. But like Duchene, he has been Lazarus, resurrecting his career this season. Granlund notched a goal Sunday on the heels of a pair of helpers Saturday and four apples Thursday to give the ninth overall pick from the 2010 draft 15 assists with four goals in 18 games. The scoring pace will slow, but Granlund is likely worth a

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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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