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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 the other “other” center in Toronto, a hot veteran winger in Tampa, a blueliner on a roll, a backup netminder playing like a No. 1 and a veteran center slumping in Big D.

First Liners (Risers)

Nazem Kadri, C, TOR – With all the focus on the sophomore centers and wingers in Toronto, the veterans sometimes get lost in the shuffle. That may have happened with Kadri this season. After tallying a career-high 32 goals and adding 29 assists last season, Kadri may have slid in drafts, as he isn’t Auston Mathews or Mitch Marner or even Patrick Marleau. But his current hot streak has Kadri up to 26 goals and 21 assists in 67 games.

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