Top 10 Underrated Hot Streaks

Tom Collins

2019-12-02

 

Last week, using Dobber’s hot/cold list, we looked at 10 players who were running cold.

This week, we’re flipping the script and looking at some of the hottest players. However, we’re looking at some of the players whose streaks may not be getting the attention they deserve.

After all, you don’t need the list to know that Connor McDavid, Nathan MacKinnon or Nikita Kucherov are running hot. They’re elite players, and it’s only newsworthy when they’re not getting points. The players on this list may still be available in some of your leagues, so they could be worth grabbing until they finally cool off.

 

10. Blake Coleman

Coleman is already highly sought after in most banger leagues (his 515 hits since the start of the 2017-18 season is 11th highest among all players), but recently he’s stepped up his offensive game as well. He has 10 points in his last nine games, buoyed by a four-point night against Montreal last Thursday night. This streak, however, is more of a blip than a sign of things to come. His ice time is down 1:30 per game from last year, his shot rate is almost a full shot less per game than last year and he’s not seeing any power-play time.

 

9. Anthony Cirelli

Usually, you can start to see a hot streak develop when a player gets more ice time, better linemates or a promotion to the power play. None of that can be traced back to the start of Cirelli’s hot streak, so this has come slightly out of the blue. The 22-year-old Lightning forward has 10 points in his last eight games. Overall, he’s shooting the puck slightly more than last year, and his ice time is more than three minutes a night higher than it was last season. He was finally rewarded for his streak on Saturday, seeing a small sliver of power-play time and lining up with Steven Stamkos at even strength.

 

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