Ramblings – Evaluating the Sustainability of Surprise Producers, the Devils’ Duo and more (Nov 29)



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Aliaksei Protas (or Alexei Protas) is making a splash as a pro. The 6-6 center for Washington has the benefit of being in a minor-league system that is about as shallow as it gets, so he'll get plenty of opportunity. His size certainly helps. But since being called up by the Caps he is really making an impression. He scored his first NHL goal Sunday and now has four points in 11 games. Probably not fantasy worth this season, except in the deepest leagues. But he makes for an intriguing option down the road. Not a potential first-liner, and seems likely to be a third-line guy in the mold of a Brian Boyle. But there is a bit of upside to be a second-liner in four or five years. His DobberProspects profile is here. Because of his size, the Caps are using him on the power play – at the expense of Connor McMichael.

If you were asked – who has more points right now, Tony DeAngelo or Andrei Svechnikov, what would you say? The answer is: they are tied with 20 points each in 20 games. But while Svechnikov has just two points in his last six games, DeAngelo has nine in his last eight. The controversy over the Canes signing TDA is but a distant, faded memory, eh?

What is concerning for Svechnikov owners is the fact that he was getting his points with Vincent Trocheck and Martin Necas, or to a lesser extent w