Ramblings – What To Do With Malkin? Outlook For Six Notable Players On Hot Streaks, and more (Feb 15)

Dobber

2021-02-15

I discussed the hot streaks of JVR and Jordan Staal last week, and with the light schedule Sunday I figured it's a great time to look at some of the other notably hot and cold performances of late. To be clear, I don't count Connor McDavid's 28 points in 15 games as notable (!), nor Patrick Kane's 15 in eight. Those two are proven, reliable superstars who are going to do this from time to time.

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Alex DeBrincat – Despite dipping last season from 76 points down to 45, I still maintained that DeBrincat was a potential 90-point player (in the Guide I have his upside at 95, actually). Tremendous upside and definitely owns another gear. Looks like we're seeing it. Still only 23 years old, I wouldn't be at all surprised if he has a 60-point season right now (in 56 games). He's played over 71% of his ES shifts with Patrick Kane, whereas last year this number was below 40%. So that bold call is of course dependent upon this situation remaining mostly unchanged. When he's a little older I'll feel more comfortable with DeBrincat anchoring his own line and not being reliant on help to put up the big numbers – but he'll get there. He has 13 points in his last eight games.

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Jack Roslovic – Roslo has nine points in his last seven games and has really earned the trust of his new coach. His ice time has crept up to over 19 minutes per game in each of the last four games. He's being treated as a legitimate first-line center by Torts, other than the never-winning-faceoffs thing (and don't think Torts hasn't noticed that and is no-doubt moving to address it). The chemistry with Cam Atkinson and Patrik Laine is very real, and has