Eastern Edge: Around the Metro this season

Brennan Des

2019-10-16

 

This week, we’ll take a look at the biggest fantasy hockey news out of the Metropolitan Division so far in this young season. Follow me on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza to get this kind of information throughout the 2019-2020 campaign!

 

Carolina Hurricanes

Just as everyone expected, six games into the season Carolina’s leading scorer is… Dougie Hamilton. The 26-year-old tallied eight points through his first six games of the campaign and also put up 19 shots – an impressive total for a defenseman as only Brent Burns (22) and Kris Letang have more (21). Hamilton averages about three minutes of power-play time per game, which is considerably more than Jake Gardiner who plays with the man advantage for about two minutes a night. Can Hamilton sustain this insane pace for the rest of the season? Probably not. He’s currently scoring on 21% of his shots when his shooting percentage has been around 6-7% throughout his career. With that being said, don’t be surprised to see Hamilton break the 60-point barrier for the first time. When he first arrived in Carolina at the beginning of last season, he put up just 14 points in his first 41 games. After that brief adjustment period, he went on to tally 25 points in the final 41 games of the campaign. He’s carried that same momentum into the 2019-2020 season.

I also have to mention Erik Haula’s sizzling start to the season as he’s scored five goals in just six games. He’s playing more minutes in Carolina (both at even strength and on the power-play) than he’s ever played before. While he won’t be able to score on nearly 30% of his shots for the whole season, a 30-goal showing isn’t out of the question.

The sample size is still small, but James Reimer has a better save percentage (.933) than Petr Mrazek (.919).

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