After watching Afinogenov on Saturday night, I'm convinced my decision to roster the Russian winger late in every draft this season was the correct one. Yes, he has been limited to an average of just 53 games a season the past three years because of injury, and yes the word defense isn't in his lexicon, but can that guy ever dangle and skate. As a result of those offensive gifts, and a shot at a new lease on life after falling out of favor in Buffalo, Maxim has recorded six points in eight games this season including two goals and three assists in his last five outings. Keep an eye on the injury to his linemate
What, you thought the Coyotes were winning just because of the stellar work in net of
With everyone paying attention to
Signed to a big 4-year deal this offseason after scoring 22 times with 30 assists in 71 games last season, Clowe has been a miserable contributor this season other than his 27 penalty minutes considering that he has but two assists in 12 games. That's right, the potential power-forward hasn't lit the lamp once and has but a meager two helpers despite skating most of the early season with guys like
Through 11 games Kunitz still hasn't been able to slip a puck past a goaltender. Dating back to the regular season last year that's 16 games without a marker and just one tally in 21 games. Over the past four games this season Kunitz has but a single assist to give him five on the year. Kunitz is a big-time goal scorer by any means, though he does have three straight 20-goal efforts on his resume. Skating with the talent that the Penguins have up front makes his lack of production this season even more vexing.
Tabbed as a potential sleeper heading into the season, all LaRose has done is sleepwalk through his first 10 games having recorded but a single point, an assist, in the Canes terrible 2-5-3 start. When you add in the fact that he has spent a lot of time skating with guys like
Someone's certainly missing Mr.
A rookie with the Flyers, Riemsdyk has played terrifically in the early going, and the coaches have been raving about his play. It's not just a team trying to boost a guys confidence either, Riemsdyk has been really productive on the ice with a goal, six assists and a +3 in seven games on the year. However, perhaps the best news is that the club shuffled their lines and low and behold JVR ended up on a line with
A rookie who is one game from hitting the limit of 10 and being forced to remain the entire year in the NHL versus being sent back to the Western Hockey League, Wright has played very well on the early season. "He hasn't done anything for him not to be on the team," head coach
Some quick hitters about the men between the pipes:
If not for
Halak has made 3-straight starts for the Habs (with a fourth scheduled for Monday night), and the results have been wonderful as he has gone 3-0 while allowing just six goals. With
Has Huet finally righted the ship? In his last outing he threw a whitewashing at the Predators stopping all 27 shots. Three starts ago he permitted but a single goal in a victory over the same Predators squad. He did allow four goals in the game in-between to the Stars, but any club will take five goals allowed over three games would they not?
Flat-out studly. Miller leads the league with a .940 save percentage, and his 1.69 GAA is second best. In addition, the Sabres netminder has emerged victorious in each of his last six appearances, and in his seven starts he has allowed more than two goals just one (three goals on 39 shots against the Islanders in a win).
It seems like I was struck by Lighting overnight, as I seem to be listing a Bolts' player in every section. Still, Smith deserves mention here as he may have finally turned things around after a brutal start to the year. The numbers might be terrible (3.36 GAA, .890 SV%), but Smith has allowed just four goals in his last two starts as he made 62 saves. Considering how cheaply he could be had it might be worth investigating what it will take to bring Smith to you club if he isn't currently on your roster.
"It's no secret that I wanted to play fewer games, and I think it's working right now," said Turco, who got his wish as the Stars brought in