Ramblings: Reviewing the Seasons of Chabot and Heiskanen; Rangers Advance to Conference Final – May 31

Michael Clifford

2022-05-31

The story of Game 7 between Carolina and New York was as it had been for much of the Rangers' season: the power play and Igor Shesterkin. There were four power plays in the first period, two for each team, but the Rangers went 2/2 where the Hurricanes went 0/2, and Igor shut the door everywhere else.

Carolina suffered a couple key injuries, too. Seth Jarvis took this hit from Jacob Trouba and left the game:

In the second period, goalie Antti Raanta stretched for an awkward saved and was injured as well. He also left the game, not to return, and turning the net over to Pyotr Kochetkov. In the same frame, Ryan Strome tallied to extend the lead to 3-0, a lead that would hold for the rest of the game. ending in a 6-2 final. New York has advanced to the Conference Final for a matchup with Tampa Bay.

When we get further updates on the injured players, we will relay that information.

The series with the Lightning should be interesting, if not the least for the goaltending matchup between Shesterkin and Andrei Vasilevskiy. We will have our Dobber Panel with our picks on the site shortly, too.

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My favourite topic to research and write about in fantasy hockey is, without a doubt, defencemen. Just the way the position has evolved since I started writing about the NHL a decade ago has been fascinating to watch. Not to put it all on one player, but I wonder how many under-25 defencemen we have in the NHL now that grew up marvelling at what Erik Karlsson did with the puck. It would be an interesting study/survey, but I digress.

Nonetheless, talking defencemen is what we're going to do here today. We're going to review the season of a couple blue liners and what it could tell us for 2022-23. Let's start with one of the top young defencemen in the game who gets less ink than some of his contemporaries. (Data from Natural Stat Trick and our own Frozen Tools, unless otherwise noted.)

Miro Heiskanen

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