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I'm not sure why Matias Maccelli was a healthy scratch twice last week, as I found his offense to be improving as he grows more comfortable with the NHL. An under-the-radar Arizona prospect who I had ranked pretty high in the summer, and I'm kicking myself for not drafting in my dynasty league (opting instead for Noah Ostlund). He wound up being the highest-ranked player on my list who didn't end up getting drafted. And now he'll be a Top 10 pick next summer. I remember one of the guys in my league not even knowing who he was, when he saw him on my list (I share my list after the draft – lots of curious people in that league!). Maccelli returned from his double-scratch Sunday and posted two assists. He has 12 points in his last 14 games so again I have ask – why was he scratched? He's a future 40-assist player I'm almost certain, with upside for 50. Not much for goals though, as he doesn't shoot enough. Or…at all. Okay, I guess that's why he was scratched. But at some point down the road he'll flirt with 20 goals I'm sure.
For the record – Maccelli notched zero shots Sunday, so he didn't learn from being scratched.
Nick Schmaltz has three goals, four points and 15 SOG since returning from his annual injury four games ago. He's been playing with Travis Boyd and Clayton Keller, but Sunday they switched out Boyd and put in Nick Ritchie. Boyd has zero points since Schmaltz's return.
Coyotes Defenseman JJ Moser has points in five straight and eight of his last nine. He's getting PP time, but hasn't had a PP point in six games. So his points are coming at even strength and I suspect it is becoming more comfortable playing alongside Juuso