Ramblings: Yandle’s 965 Game Streak; Schmaltz Rising & Rodrigues Falling; How to Read into Secondary Stats (Jan 26)

Alexander MacLean

2022-01-26

The Iron-Man record has been broken. Last night Keith Yandle became the all-time leader for consecutive games played, notching his 965th in a row, having not missed a game in nearly 13 years. He is not the same player now that he once was, and he was an underrated top offensive defenceman of the early 2010s. I do wonder though how far away he is from being healthy scratched. It probably would have happened by now if he hadn't been chasing the record, and at the moment, the Flyers are missing too many guys on the back end to be scratching him now. It might not be far off though, so consider looking at replacements if he's on a deeper roster of yours for the power play upside. 

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After his three-point game last night, Nick Schmaltz is up above a 50-point pace on the season. He has been eerily consistent with his point paces over the last five seasons, sitting between 50-55 each year. With four points in his last two games, and seven in his last five, Schmaltz has been putting the puck in the net despite seeing less ice time than earlier in the season. In part, it's thanks to a hot streak by linemate Clayton Keller, who has six points in his last five games.

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Team Canada released their Men's Olympic Hockey roster yesterday, and it's a mix of young players, ex-North American players playing overseas, plus a few players looking to make NHL comebacks sprinkled in as well.

I'm most excited to see how the young guys fare on the big stage. Owen Power could (should) be one-and-done at Michigan, and may play some games for the Sabres at the end of the year once Michigan's season is over. Jack McBain is someone I was lower on in his draft year, but he has grown into his frame, and playing against older peers in both the OJHL and then the NCAA has forced him to up his game as well. Minnesota isn't a deep team up the middle, so he may not be too far from a full-time roster spot in the NHL either.

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The Salary Cap Skater Rankings were updated yesterday, and you can find them here. Goalie rankings should be up in time for your first coffee break at work today.

I know it may seem crazy to some that Jason Robertson and Adam Fox are ahead of Connor McDavid on the list, but the top producers that are still on rookie contracts are how you win a league. In one of my cap leagues, Jason Robertson and his six months remaining on his rookie deal were ju