Continuing the theme from last week and the previous week, it’s a third installment of our Goldipucks and the Three Skaters series examining playoff-bound skaters to determine what you should expect from them not only in the second season but also the 2018-19 campaign. This time the focus is on skaters (Ondrej Palat, Jeff Carter, Kyle Palmieri) who each missed chunks of time during 2017-18, so it’s even more important to look closely at their data to see what you should expect them to produce in the second season and beyond.
As a reminder, or for first time readers, the concept of this column is a play on Goldilocks and the Three Bears, except instead of bowls of porridge I’m covering skaters and declaring one too hot (i.e., doing unsustainably better than he should), another too cold (i.e., doing unsustainably worse), and a third “just right” (i.e., producing where he should). Each skater also receives a 1-10 rating, indicating, on a relative scale, how hot (rated 7-10, where 10 is the most unsustainably hot), cold (rated 1-3, where 1 is the most unsustainably cold), or just right (rated 4-6, where 5 is the most “just right”) he is.
Before you read any further, be sure to guess which of Palat, Carter, and Palmieri is too cold, which is too hot, and which is just right. It’s an enjoyable exercise, but also important in that it confirms whether your “spidey senses” are correct, and, if they aren’t, allows you to determine what might have led your instincts astray and re