Ramblings: Carolina’s Home Dominance Continues; Minnesota’s Future in Addison and Rossi; Buffalo’s Goaltending – May 27

Michael Clifford

2022-05-27

The Carolina Hurricanes had the run of play in Game 5 and skated out with a 3-1 win over the New York Rangers to take a 3-2 series lead. Igor Shesterkin had a very solid game but the skaters struggled to generate much, if any, sustained pressure outside of power plays. That has been the case for a lot of teams visiting Carolina these playoffs, though.

Seth Jarvis had a very slick assist on Teuvo Teravainen's game-winning power-play goal in the second period, and then had to leave after taking a Ryan Strome stick to the face (on a follow through). A tough game for the kid, but he just keeps impressing as the playoffs get deeper.

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It has been a couple weeks since they were eliminated but the Minnesota Wild not advancing to the second round kind of stung for me. I thought they had the depth all over the roster to challenge all the top teams in the Western Conference, Colorado included. They were unceremoniously dumped in six games by St. Louis, and now they have a lot of tough cap decisions to make, namely Kevin Fiala. He is due for a big raise and because of their cap crunch – involving the bought-out contracts of Ryan Suter and Zach Parise – they will need to rely on a lot of cheap contracts. Those involve not only guys already on the roster like Matt Boldy and Ryan Hartman, but guys that should push for a spot in training camp like Calen Addison and Marco Rossi.

To that end, it's probably worth looking at the seasons that Addison and Rossi just had, and what they each might be able to bring to the fantasy game in 2022-23. Let's start with the blue liner.

Sometimes, it seems there are guys who thrive in the AHL that seem like they should be in the NHL contributing, but their team doesn't see it the same way. The name that comes to mind immediately for me is Ville Heinola in Winnipeg. I thought there would be a chance he would have been on the roster for the shortened 2021 season, and that was two regular seasons ago. He has a grand total of 25 NHL games and hasn't made an impact in the top league. We could say the same about Addison.

The 22-year-old blue liner has been very good in the minors, posting 58 points in 77 games across three seasons. His last couple years have seen his shots per game hovering around 2.5, a good sign of his involvement in the offence. Deeper stats aren't as widely available for the minors, but he finished second in points/game among defencemen two seasons ago (min. 30 games played) and fourth in 2021-22 (min. 40 games played) so it's clear he's at the t