I'm going to look at some players in the West that have seen elevated roles in recent weeks or have been added to the lineups and been allowed to shine with less than eight games to play in the regular season. Some of these players have shown well, while others have struggled.
Michael Amadio – Vegas
The 25-year-old Amadio was taken on waivers from Toronto in late October 2021. With Vegas needing to do salary cap gymnastics and having so many injuries, it's opened a spot for Amadio to grab a regular role. In April he has two goals and an assist in seven games while averaging 14:02 per game while mostly playing with William Karlsson and Evgenii Dadonov.
Sheldon Dries – Vancouver
With Bo Horvat going down for the regular season with an injury in the Canucks win over Arizona, Dries slotted in on the first PP unit and was skating with Connor Garland and Elias Pettersson at even strength. He had a goal on four SOG while playing 14:55 in his last game. The 27-year-old led the Abbotsford Canucks in scoring in the AHL with 35 goals and 27 assists in 54 games. I can see the role Horvat played on the power play going to Dries or Podkolzin down the stretch.
Vasili Podkolzin – Vancouver
In April, Podkolzin has three goals and three assists in six games, while playing 15:46 per game skating with J.T. Miller and Alex Chiasson and seeing some time on the second unit of the PP. The 20-year-old had averaged 12:30 for the season.
Alex Chiasson – Vancouver
Chiasson has not always been a regular in the lineup and has skated on the fourth line at other times averaging 11:15 per game. In April he has five goals and four assists in six games on 20 SOG while averaging 15:48 per night. The 31-year-old is riding a hot streak right now while skating with Miller and Podkolzin and playing on the first unit of the PP with Brock Boeser out injured.
Nick Leddy – St. Louis
The Blues gave up a lot to get Leddy when they sent Jake Walman and a 2nd round pick in