Ramblings: Top Scoring Centermen, Power Play Trends, and more (Feb 2)

steve laidlaw

2018-02-02

 

Rumours are swirling about the availability of Erik Karlsson in a trade. Guys this good simply do not come available so you could almost say that no price is too hefty to pay. However, the biggest rumour out there is Karlsson for Brayden Point + other assets, which I don’t think the Lightning should even think about for a second.

This has nothing to do with the future Hall-of-Famer, but rather everything to do with how good Point is. There’s no better asset in the league than a productive player on an entry-level deal, especially when that asset is a forward scoring like a legitimate #1 centerman. Not buying it? I was skeptical of Point’s early production too, especially considering he only skates secondary PP time, but check out where he ranks among the top per-minute centermen scorers at 5-on-5 this season:

 

 

Points/60

Nathan MacKinnon

3.38

Mathew Barzal

2.99

Ryan Getzlaf

2.8

Brayden Point

2.78

Auston Matthews

2.78

Connor McDavid

2.73

Sean Monahan

2.73

William Karlsson