Ramblings: McAvoy Returns; Berggren Recall; Oettinger Update; Top-Line Ruzicka; Eichel Soaring – November 11

Michael Clifford

2022-11-11

Jonatan Berggren was called up by Detroit for their home game on Thursday night against the New York Rangers. The second-round pick from 2018 has 71 points in 77 career AHL games and looks to help fill the lineup with all their injuries.

This is an interesting recall for the Wings. All of Robby Fabbri, Filip Zadina, and Jakub Vrana do not look to have an imminent return to the lineup so if Berggren plays exceptionally, there is very well a spot for him. Other players like Tyler Bertuzzi and Oskar Sundqvist likely returning shortly, maybe Berggren has a short leash in the NHL regardless of how he performs. With that said, it's worth paying attention here because he could earn a spot with a high level of play. We will see how this goes.

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Charlie McAvoy was back in the lineup for the Boston Bruins, his first game of the 2022-23 season after having shoulder surgery in the offseason. With Brad Marchand returning recently as well, this team is really starting to look like an upper-crust Cup contender.

This is big news for fantasy owners here. McAvoy, in a full season, is capable of 60 points, over 20 coming on the power play, with 2+ shots per game and triple-digit hits and blocks. He is one of the best multi-cat performers there is in the league and a bonus goes to everyone still playing plus/minus formats.

It'll be interesting to follow McAvoy's involvement in the Boston offence. Over the 2020-2022 stretch where he played 129 regular season games, his individual points percentage (IPP) was a shade over 33% at 5-on-5. That was outside the top half of the league among regular blue liners. With the wealth of skill Boston has up front, it makes sense that they're the ones creating offence more than McAvoy does. He just plays a lot with them at