Ramblings: Power Play Units to Watch; Milano; Schenn; Bjorkstrand & More (Dec 8)

Alexander MacLean

2021-12-08

The other editors here have done a solid job covering the shakeups in Vancouver and Philadelphia, but with having a game under our belt from both teams now, we can start to see a few trends emerge. I just wanted to jot down a couple of notes on those.

Power play units are always interesting to note with new coaches. For the Canucks, it appears Alex Chiasson's value isn't quite cooked yet, as he was running in the net-front spot on the top unit.

Overall, the two units look fairly balanced which means there isn't a stacked set of five players to own, and it does cap the upside of these players. That being said, Boudreau is known for bringing out some great offensive numbers in his top players, so don't focus too much on how these things may affect them. They'll find the scoresheet one way or another.

In Philadelphia, over two thirds of the available power play time in Monday night's game went to the top unit of Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier, Travis Konecny, Morgan Frost, and Keith Yandle. When Joel Farabee returns, we should expect him to take Frost's place on the top unit, leaving Cam Atkinson as the big name left out. Derick Brassard is also likely going to be missing Alain Vigneault, who got the best of him years ago in New York.

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I don't want to post a video, but Jujhar Khaira had his head down coming out of the zone as he tried to corral a pass, and Jacob Trouba lined him up and the head was the principal point of contact. He left on a stretcher and the only update I have seen is that he was conscious at the hospital.

You hate to see plays like that and players get hurt. Wishing all the best for Khaira.

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