Ramblings: Lindholm Has Found a Home, Tuch Extended, Kuznetsov, Parise, & The Sabres’ Farm (Oct. 20)

Cam Robinson

2018-10-19

 

Elias Lindholm sure looks like he's found his forever home. The talented Swedish forward has toyed with fantasy owners for years. He had the lofty draft slot, the silky skills and the promise of more production to come. However, over the course of his five NHL seasons, he'd never broke the 50-point barrier. That mark is certainly in danger this season. 

 

A goal and an assist in Calgary's 5-3 loss Nashville on Friday brings him up to five goals eight points in seven games. That's all well and good, but what I like to see is the insanely juicy deployment. Lindholm is locked onto to Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monohan at even-strength and on the top power-play unit. He's skating over 19 minutes a night with 4:41 coming on the man-advantage. You can't ask for much better than that. 

 

The shooting percent is ridiculous (35%) and due for a fistful of a market correction, but this a player who has always appeared to have 60-plus point upside and he's trending nicely towards that this season. 

 

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Things haven't been as rosy for the other major forward addition in Calgary. James Neal went pointless again tonight and has just two points in seven contests.  With the Flames putting the 3M line back together, Neal is struggling to find much offense next to Sam Bennett and Mark Jankowski. The second unit power-play deployment isn't helping much either.

To make matters worse, he has just 11 shots in seven games, five of which came in game two of the season. It's time to cut ties if you haven't already. 

 

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Signs of life from Kevin Fiala. A sexy preseason pick to break out this season, he had gone pointless in his first six games. A goal and an assist tonight will go a long way to ease owners who are anxiously hovering over the 'drop' button. 

 

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Roope Hintz got a turn on the Benn and Seguin line tonight. Not a bad spot for the 21-year-old rookie. Hintz ended the evening with two shots on goal in 17:26 of ice. It was an especially quiet night for the Stars’ top line and resulted