Ramblings: Nick Perbix, Matej Blumel, Kahkonen’s Outlook, Ovechkin and more … (Nov. 14)



I hope you have Matej Blumel on your radar. The 22-year-old has made a strong transition to North American hockey when he followed up a good training camp with 11 points in his first nine AHL games. It was enough to earn an early recall to the big club and so far he's fitting in on a line with Tyler Seguin and Mason Marchment. Yeah. For now, he's stolen the spot from Denis Gurianov, who is sidelined with a UBI (but let's be honest – Gurianov was on his way to the press box anyway). So far, the line with Blumel on it has outperformed the line with Gurianov on it. Yes, a fourth-round pick in 2019 is doing better than the 12th overall pick from 2015. Blumel has one goal, scored Sunday, on three shots in two games so far.

Blumel jumped 233 spots in my monthly Prospect Rankings.


New feature added to Frozen Tools: a Hot/Cold report by team. I find this very handy for DFS purposes especially, but also leagues that require daily or weekly lineups. It captures teams scoring a ton (in the "hot" section) and teams holding down the goals allowed (also in the "hot" section in another chart. Hottest scoring team right now are the Avalanche, averaging 4.8 goals per game lately while the stingiest is the Wild, giving up two goals in four games heading into Sunday. In the cold section, the Wild haven't been scoring, while the other section shows Columbus coughing up goals like nobody's business. Find that handy report here.

The Stars appear in this report in the "hot" section, scoring right now like gangbusters. Dallas and New Jersey are the latest teams that seem to have ascended. Dallas is the bigger surprise because, while they have both Jason Robertson and