Welcome back to your monthly installment of 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.
Like last month we have all Western Conference skaters on tap in David Perron, Bo Horvat, and Jonathan Marchessault. For added enjoyment, think of which one you believe is too hot, too cold, and just right, then read on to see if you were correct when making your guesses.
The former first round pick had a 50-point season at age 21 and seemed on the fast track to becoming an impact player. But it was downhill from there, as injuries and inconsistency led to him being gone from St. Louis within five seasons. Things looked up again after a 57-point 2014-15 season with Edmonton; but he fell even farther from grace after that, as him being selected by Vegas in the 2017 expansion draft marked the fifth time he changed teams in three