No Matt, No Problem for Enstrom

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Tobias Enstrom’s overall numbers are a little deceiving. Fully half of his 22 points have come over the 14 games since Mat Schneider was dealt.  Enstrom has logged 25 minutes or more ice time in ten of the last 14 games, including four efforts over 27 minutes.

In the 57 games prior to the Schneider deal, Enstrom played 25 minutes or more only eight times. Of Enstrom’s eight power play points, half of them have come in the last 14 games.

Last year, as a rookie, Enstrom led the entire league in power play ice time. Of course that was with a different coach.  It looks like the new coach has turned the sophomore loose on the power play now that Schneider is no longer in the mix.

Enstrom leads the team in short-handed time on ice and is one of only four regulars that are a plus player on a team that is minus-24 overall.

What we’re seeing from this small but smart 24-year-old Swedish sophomore isn’t a mirage. He has the skill set to be an excellent power play quarterback. Great skater, check. Excellent passing ability, check. Heavy shot, check.

The remaining games are a preview of what Enstrom should be like next season. He’ll finish strong and 45-50 points looks like a lock next season.

Todd White has points in 14 of his last 15 games.

Kyle Okposo has a six game, seven point streak currently on the go. On the season, Okposo’s average ice time is 17:34, but during his last ten games, he has averaged over 21 minutes a night. The big winger doesn’t even turn 20 until next month. No Weight, no Comrie, no Guerin, no Hunter, no problem.

One of Okposo’s team mates has also been lighting it up of late. Blake Comeau has ten points in his last eight games, while being blanked in only one of those contests. Now I’ve never been a believer in Comeau’s offensive upside, mainly because he hasn’t shown off the chart offensive numbers at the major junior or AHL level.

In his last season of junior hockey, Comeau scored 74 points in 60 WHL games. In 92 career AHL games, Comeau has 62 points. He does appear to have the ability to step it up in the playoffs, although that clearly isn’t going to be a factor with the Islanders. In his last two junior playoff seasons, he recorded a combined 31 points in 36 games.

Say what you want about deadline deals not making much of a difference, but Pittsburgh has points in ten straight games since they acquired Chris Kunitz, going 8-0-2 in that span. Kunitz has b