NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers

NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers

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

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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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