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NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers

Jan Levine

Levine covers baseball, basketball and hockey for RotoWire. In addition to his column writing, he's the master of the MLB and NHL cheatsheets. In his spare time, he roots for the Mets.

This week’s article includes a no-name center producing in Carolina, a superstar pest in Beantown that’s hot again and a big-name bearded blueliner on a roll.

First Liners (Risers)

Derek Ryan, C, CAR – Ryan burst on the scene last year with 11 goals and 18 assists in 67 games. It took the third-line center until he was 29 to get a full-time role in the NHL. Ryan is making the most of the chances, building off last season’s success. His goal and assist Friday. as well as the assist on Carolina’s game-winning goal Saturday give Ryan six goals and 12 assists on the year. That one-year, $1.42 million contract he signed in June of 2017 sure looks like a bargain.

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