Welcome to this week's 'Lining Up'. Since last time we've seen Carolina beat both of last years' Cup finalists, St. Louis start up the Blues steamroller, and the New York Rangers continue to stumble through the season like a defenseman who got punched in the face…
It was also a good week for a few of the players that we highlighted last time. Carter Verhaeghe (still only 18 percent owned) put up four more points (3G,1A) in four games, Jordan Kyrou added three goals and an assist in his three games. Denis Gurianov racked up another goal and four assists over four games. And Lastly, Miles Wood knocked in two goals and had two assists in his four games.
Let's turn to this week's crop of possibilities. Just a reminder about the ground rules here. The players below have relatively low ownership in Yahoo leagues (below 40 percent). They are also skating with quality teammates on top lines for their teams. With that in mind, let's get our shifts together:
LU First Line – You know that situation that happens where you put on a pair of pants or a coat that you haven't worn since last season, and you find some money inside the pocket? That's who these guys are, found money from an old pocket:
- Vincent Trocheck CAR – C (34 percent owned) – Trocheck has had a very good start to the season, though it has been a bit disjointed with the Canes missing four postponed Covid games early on. He is three years removed from his 31-goal, 75-point season with the Panthers, and it has been a struggle in the points department for him since then. Perhaps his new home in Carolina is just what he needed as he is drawing rave reviews from coach Rod Brind'Amour, who said "He's been great… (you) can't say enough about it" after Trocheck scored two goals Saturday night. So far this year Vincent has six points (4G,2A) in six games, with three PPP. He also has three games with five SOG, and is averaging three per game. He is currently playing on the Canes' second line, as well as the first power play unit.