Eastern Edge: Lindholm and McAvoy; Cozens Cruising; Hronek’s Superlative Start

Brennan Des


In this week's Eastern Edge, we'll discuss how Charlie McAvoy's return has affected Hampus Lindholm, the beginning of a breakout in Buffalo, and Filip (not that one) filling up the net.  

Hampus Lindholm

Since Charlie McAvoy returned to the lineup on November 10th, Lindholm has posted five points in eight appearances. A closer look reveals that three of those five points were scored in one game, and that Lindholm has failed to register a point in his last four outings. Regardless, five points in eight games is strong production for a defenseman, even though it's a step back from the point-per game pace Lindholm held through 13 appearances while McAvoy was sidelined.

When McAvoy returned, Lindholm was bumped off the top power-play unit, dropping his share of Boston's time with the man advantage from 60% to 27%. Lindholm had four power-play points in 13 games while McAvoy was sidelined (0.31 PPP/game) and has just one in eight since McAvoy returned (0.13 PPP/game). Boston is a strong team at even strength, so Lindholm will probably be able to score at a respectable rate for the rest of the season. However, without a prominent power-play role, his production won't come close to the level we saw early in the year. Although the window to sell high on Lindholm may have closed, I think it's reasonable to expect around a 45-point pace from him for the rest of the campaign, which makes him worth

rostering in most fantasy leagues.

Dylan Cozens

The seventh overall pick of the 2019 draft is quietly having a breakout start to his third season in the NHL. With 16 points in 22 appearances this year, Cozens is currently scoring at a 60-point pace.

Most of the focus in Buffalo has been on the team's top line of Jeff Skinner, Tage Thompson and Alex Tuch. That recognition has been well-deserved as all three players are scoring at or above a point-per-game pace. Although their output has been impressive, offense is expected from that line as they start more of their shift