Goldipucks and the Three Skaters: Anton Lundell, Sam Reinhart & Shea Theodore

Rick Roos

2022-08-10

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.

Goldipucks fans, you're in for a treat. Not only do you get your regular dose this week, but another next week as part of Bubble Keeper Week – so stay tuned. For this edition though, we focus on the regular higher profile or upside players, namely Anton Lundell, teammate Sam Reinhart, and Shea Theodore. You know the drill – this is where you ponder which of the three was too hot, who was too cold, and whose 2021-22 was just right, and only then do you venture onward to see if your instincts were spot on.

Anton Lundell (65 games, 18G, 26A, 125 SOG, 4 PPPts, 15:44 TOI, 0:41 PP, 12.8% PP%)

Drafted 12th overall in 2020, Lundell proceeded to post nearly a point per game for Liiga that same season. He then came stateside; and while the initial plan may have been for Lundell for get a nine-game trial so as not to burn a year of his ELC, the fact that he posted five points in his first five games and six in his first seven was enough to convince Florida to let Lundell stick with the big club. And when the dust settled on 2021-22, Lundell scored at a 56-point pace, validating the instincts to keep him in the NHL. But is 56 just the tip of the ice