Ramblings: Hall; Krebs; Hintz; Hoglander & Projecting the Top-Twelve Scorers in Future Years (Nov 30)

Alexander MacLean

2022-11-30

Boston continued their hot start and extended their home-win record last night with a win over the Lightning. Taylor Hall scored twice in the game, which was actually a surprise for me to see because he has been down on the third line for the past few games (and is only on the second power play unit). In spite of that, his scoring has been about at his season pace thus far, and he seems to be shooting more as well. Hall peaked in New Jersey when he had to carry more of the offence. Perhaps he just needs the puck to flow through him a bit more. Keep a eye on how he manages the next few games. This "demotion" to the third line could not end up being a bad thing after all.

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One of my league-mates was lamenting Peyton Krebs' lack of progression this year, so I ended up diving down a bit of a rabbit hole. Krebs was a favourite of mine in his draft year. I think I had him sixth on my board from that class (though I had Matthew Boldy out of the top 15, so don't get the idea I'm anywhere close to perfect with this scouting thing). I think Krebs' issue this year is that he still needs more gradual development, but the team around him suddenly had more competition. He’s down two-and-a-half minutes of ice time per game, and had his power play time halved. His most frequent linemates are Kyle Okposo, Zemgus Girgensens, and Rasmus Asplund. Last year he most frequently played alongside Vinny Hinostroza, Dylan Cozens, and Victor Olofsson. Just a slight drop.

Krebs' underlying numbers for xGF/60 & xGA/60 are improving, so individually he’s playing a little better than last year, it’s just that he has less opportunity and the linemates are worse. At this point he just hasn’t taken that step to be able to thrive in spite of lesser linemates yet.

It was also pointed out by a few of my league-mates that he has been playing more centre than wing, and that can add some difficulties to young players adjusting to the league. He is also possibly just not quite as explosive as