Goldipucks and the Three Skaters: Ehlers, Rantanen, & Patty Kane

Rick Roos

2020-06-03

After a break to focus on goalies, this week it's back to Goldipucks and the Three Skaters, which, for new readers, is a play on words of the Goldilocks and the Three Bears story. Here though, instead of there being three bowls of porridge I cover three skaters and declare 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 be). I also assign each a rating of 1-10, indicating just how hot (rated 7-10, where 10 is the most unsustainably hot), or how cold (rated 1-4, where 1 is the most unsustainably cold), or how “just right” (rated 4-7, where 5.5 is the most “just right”) he is.

 

My last column about skaters covered three from the Eastern Conference, so this time I figured let's focus exclusively on the West, and specifically Nikolaj Ehlers, Mikko Rantanen, and Patrick Kane. Although hockey is less fresh in your minds than it normally would be, you should still try to guess which was too hot, who was too cold, and who was "just right" going into the break. Then read on and see if your choices turned out to be correct.

 

Nikolaj Ehlers

After Ehlers opened eyes as a sophomore with 64 points, many expected he was on the fast track to stardom. Instead, he shed a few points in 2017-18 and then his scoring cratered for 2018-19, down to a pace of 49 points. This season though, he was clicking at a 67 point clip, which would've marked a career-high. Can poolies count on 2019-20 as a