Eastern Edge: Bounce Backs from Pastrnak, Skinner, Sharangovich, and More – Part 1

Brennan Des


In this week's Eastern Edge, we'll look at skaters who have bounced back from an underwhelming first half and put together a strong second half. For the purposes of this article, I took each player's total appearances so far and split those appearances in half. So, if someone played 56 games up until this point, then their 'first-half' production includes their first 28 appearances, and their 'second-half' production includes their next 28 appearances.

This will be the first of two parts as we'll cover skaters from Boston to New Jersey this week, and New York to Washington next week. I avoided players who have already been discussed in detail during recent installments of Eastern Edge (i.e., Tage Thompson and the Canadiens).

David Pastrnak – The Czech sniper had a modest start to the year with 21 points (eight goals) in his first 28 outings. He's taken his game to a new level since then, tallying 36 points (23 goals) in his last 29 outings. Surprisingly, most of Pastrnak's recent success hasn't come beside his usual 'Perfection' linemates Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron – who have been skating with Jake DeBrusk lately. Rather, Pasta's production has taken off since joining forces with two new linemates, who happen to be the next entries on our list.

Taylor HallAfter starting the campaign with an underwhelming 16 points in his first 28 appearances, Hall has found his game with 25 points in his last 29 outings. His production has improved since joining forces with Pastrnak, as the two players have shown strong chemistry in their time together. While Hall and Pastrnak are rostered in most fantasy leagues, there's a third member of this Bruins' line who may be sitting on your waiver wire…

Erik HaulaIn his first 27 appearances of the season, Haula managed just six points. The Finnish forward has bounced back in a big way with 19 points in his last 27 outings. Rostered in just 10% of Yahoo Leagues, Haula provides sneaky value