Geek of the Week: Players Trending Upward in Mid-December

Scott Royce

2021-12-12

We are less than two weeks away from Christmas holidays and there's no shortage of interesting hockey news to talk about. Unfortunately, it seems as though Ben Bishop's career has come to an end after a tumultuous rehab start in the AHL this week. Thanks to a degenerative knee injury, it seems as though Bishop has played his last NHL game, which is a real shame. I guess that means Braden Holtby's stock just went up a bunch, so if you need a goalie, go see if he still happens to be available on your waiver wire!

Aside from the news on Ben Bishop, Gary Bettman also reiterated this week that the NHL was going to allow players to decide for themselves if they want to participate in the Beijing Olympics that are coming up in less than three months’ time. Between COVID concerns and the growing number of countries implementing diplomatic boycotts of the games, it should be really interesting to see how much participation we get from the NHL players. Personally, I've been itching for a true best-on-best tournament for years now, but I could see some real obstacles getting in the way of that. February is still a way away, so we will have to wait and see what develops. In the meantime, though, let's take a look at some players that have been trending upward recently!

Sonny Milano

So this is an awkward one for me. Some of you may recall about a month ago I did my column and named some players that it might be time to cut bait on for this season. Among the players on the list was Trevor Zegras, who at the time had just five assists. Since I posted that writeup, Zegras has netted 17 points in his last 13 contests. The real exclamation point of all of this was the incredible goal Milano scored earlier this week. 

For those of you who live under a rock and may not have seen it, Zegras lifted the puck with his stick from behind the opposition's net. It looked like he was going to attempt a "Michigan" lacrosse-style goal, but then tossed the puck over the net to teammate Milano who then batted the puck out of mid-air and into the net all while keeping his stick below the crossbar! It was a bonkers goal, and one that has gotten a ton of eyes on both Zegras and Milano this week.