Goldipucks and the Three Skaters: William Nylander, Miro Heiskanen & Andrei Svechnikov

Rick Roos

2021-12-15

Welcome back to Goldipucks and the Three Skaters, a play on words of the Goldilocks and the Three Bears story. Instead of there being three bowls of porridge though, I cover three skaters and declare one too hot (i.e., doing unsustainably better than he should), another too cold (i.e., doing unsustainably worse), and a third “just right” (i.e., producing where he should be). In addition, I also assign each a rating of 1-10, indicating how hot (rated 7-10, where 10 is the most unsustainably hot), cold (rated 1-4, where 1 is the most unsustainably cold), or “just right” (rated 4-7, where 5.5 is the most “just right”) he is.

Although many fast and slow starters have already met in the middle, players are definitely still over or underachieving. Can you tell which of William Nylander, Miro Heiskanen, and Andrei Svechnikov fall into each category? Test your fantasy hockey IQ by trying to predict who is too hot, too cold, and just right, then see if you went three for three. Data for each is current through Friday December 10th games played.

William Nylander (28 games, 12G, 15A, 103 SOG, 12 PPPts, 18:57 TOI, 2:59 PP, 68.3 PP%)

In his first two full seasons Nylander scored at a 60+ point rate, before a 2018-19 where he never hit his stride. Then he upped his scoring to a 68-to 71-point rate. Still, some wondered whether it'd be possible for him to truly shine amidst so many top tier Leaf forwards. So far for 2021-22 he's doing even better than his prior two seasons. Can it last though? Not only is the answer yes, but he looks to be on the verge of becoming a true star.

One huge key for Nylander is for the first time he's seeing the majority of hi