Goldipucks and the Three Skaters: Kirill Kaprizov, Kris Letang & Roope Hintz

Rick Roos


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.

This is a crucial time of the season, when you're trying to make gains in certain categories or looking to shore up your roster for your league's H2H playoffs. Either way, it's important to know the players whose season-long totals do or – for better or worse – do not represent what they're likely to produce between now and game 82. Fortunately this column is here to tell you what to expect from the three players – Kirill Kaprizov, Kris Letang, and Roope Hintz – who are being covered this week. Go ahead and try to sniff out which one of the three is too hot, which is too cold, and who's just right, then check the write-ups for each to find out if your spidey senses were correct on all three. Stats are current for games played through March 5th.

Kirill Kaprizov (52 games, 26G, 42A, 186 SOG, 17 PPPts, 19:08 TOI, 3:12 PP, 63.9% PP%)

The 2020-21 campaign marked the eagerly awaited NHL debut of Kaprizov, who had been regarded by many to be the best forward not currently in the NHL. And Kaprizov didn't disappoint, tallying 51 points in 55 games, with 16 of those points coming in just his last 13 games. Although many figured he'd parlay that into even bigger success