Ramblings: Vrana’s new line, thoughts on Gustafsson, Kempny, Samsonov, Kahun and more (Nov 4)
The new line in Washington of Jakub Vrana – Evgeni Kuznetsov – Tom Wilson is really taking off. They’re not only giving the team a real potent second line, but right now they’re playing like a first or 1A line. The trio combined for seven points including Vrana’s hatty. Vrana is enjoying a five-game points streak and he has nine points in that span. Wilson has five points in two games.
By the way, Wilson is still at fewer PIM than games played this year (16 to 14).
Vrana was the fourth player under the age of 24 to score a hat trick this season. Name the other three.
Michal Kempny, who isn’t getting a lick of PP time, has racked up nine points in eight games this year simply playing alongside John Carlson at even strength. It might actually be slowing Carlson’s game down! Carlson was actually pointless in three of his last four games (including Sunday) after getting points in 11 of 12 to start. He’s just coming down to earth. Anyway, back to Kempny. He’s only owned in 14% of Yahoo leagues and 37% in Fantrax leagues (the superior pool tracker IMO).
Carlson could go the next seven games without a point – nine games in a row – and still be at a point-per-game. That’s how insane his start was. He’s averaging a career-high 25:34 of ice time this year.
For rookie Ilya Samsonov, Sunday’s win puts him at 5-1-0 on the year. Braden Holtby’s numbers are worse, but the Caps will continue to ease Samsonov along so that it’s a seamless transition to become their starter next season. Because that’s where this is going. Holtby will be a UFA and I doubt the Caps will sign him (or can afford to). Holtby is still winning games so I