This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.
This week's article includes McCann can in Seattle, Ryan who? in Minnesota, a young blueliner blossoming, Darth Vladar in Calgary, the Czar down for a bit and what the heck happened to Petry this year?
First Liners (Risers)
Jared McCann, C, SEA – McCann continues to produce in the Emerald City. After missing five games due to COVID-19 protocols, McCann has posted seven goals and an assist in his last 12 games. Overall, McCann, taken 24th overall by Vancouver in 2014, has 15 points, 41 shots, 21 hits and a minus-5 rating in 20 appearances. With Seattle a long-shot to make the postseason, McCann, in the last year of the two-year, $5.88 million contract he signed with the Penguins in September 2020, will be a hot commodity at the trade deadline.
Anthony Cirelli, C, TB – Cirelli has stepped up, picking up some of the slack created by the loss of Brayden Point. Prior to being shut out Sunday, Cirelli was riding a modest three-game point streak. With eight goals and 16 points through 24 games, the 24-year-old Cirelli is on pace to top his career highs of 19 goals and 44 points, set in 2018-19 and 2019-20, respectively. A third-round pick in 2015, Cirelli averages more than 20 minutes of ice time, a jump of more than two minutes a game from last year, which should aid him in his quest to set career highs this season.
Joe Pavelski, LW, DAL – Pavelski has