Ramblings: Resurgent Sharks – Karlsson, Meier; Hot Holtby and Hyman (Oct 23)

Ian Gooding

2021-10-23

Sidney Crosby might have to wait a while longer to make his season debut. He will not be ready for Saturday's game and there is still no set return date.  With Jeff Carter still in COVID protocol and also out for Saturday, Evan Rodrigues is now the first-line center for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Rodrigues skated between Jake Guentzel and Kasperi Kapanen during Friday's practice. Rodrigues appears to be a cheap fill-in option for Saturday's busy schedule if you need one. Interesting times.

Also with the Penguins, Tristan Jarry practiced following a false positive COVID test. Check Goalie Post to find out whether he or Casey DeSmith starts on Saturday against the Leafs. Did you know that you can receive email notifications from Goalie Post if you don't want to keep checking the site throughout the day?

The Alex Barre-Boulet era for the Kraken has ended after just two games. In need of a skilled forward now that Nikita Kucherov will be out for a while, the Lightning have reclaimed Barre-Boulet. This time I would imagine that he receives more of a run than the 15 games he saw last season. At a minimum he should receive third-line and second-unit power-play minutes, with the possibility for more. Those in deep leagues could consider a speculative add, although there are no guarantees that ABB will be an impact player this season in spite of the need for skilled and depth forwards in Tampa Bay.

We all know that Erik Karlsson is no longer the elite defenseman that he was during his days in Ottawa. Injuries and now even age have resulted in a decline from a point-per-game back in 2015-16 to not even a half point per game in 2020-21. Yet with six points in his first four games, is Karlsson a potential bounce-