Ramblings: Norris Injured, Pursue Pinto? Hart’s Success, Demko’s Struggles (Oct 23)

Ian Gooding


After a sluggish first few games, Taylor Hall is showing that he still has something to offer. The former Hart Trophy winner scored the overtime winner and added two assists with five shots on Saturday. After recording just one point in his first four games, Hall has goals in back-to-back games. He's also been on the Bruins' first-unit power play, while being able to feed passes to David Pastrnak at even strength doesn't hurt either. Fantasy teams were lukewarm on Hall in drafts this season (Yahoo ADP 164/Fantrax ADP 154), but he's about 80-90% rostered in both formats. With Brad Marchand out for a while longer, perhaps we underestimated Hall, although Hall's role could decline somewhat once Marchand returns.

Here's the Hall OT winner, where Pastrnak took the turn as the passer.

Remember how we chatted about Marc-Andre Fleury last weekend? His play has improved since then, but only marginally. Fleury has allowed at least three goals in each of his four games this season. Fleury was tagged with the overtime loss on Saturday to Boston, but he at least pitched a quality start in stopping 39 of 43 shots.

Winning a bidding war notwithstanding, I wasn't as bullish as others on