|Ryan O'Reilly||C||32||1 of 1||85 L2||Has rebounded after a very slow start in 22/23 in St. Louis - before being traded to Toronto - and signing in Nashville as a free agent.
Back to playing to his identity.
One of the top face-off centers in the entire NHL.
High end hockey sense. Reads the play. Positions himself responsibly in all three zones.
Has never played the game with elite pace - but finds quiet ice offensively and fronts the play defensively. Averages over 20:00 TOI - Used in all situations. Leader||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 4, 2023|
|Thomas Novak||C||26||1 of 1||79 L2||Momentum has elevated his status to second line scorer in Nashville.
Motion player. Creative off the rush and via offensive zone entries.
Good stick. Quick catch and release. Doesn't allow goalies to get set.
Positions himself well in traffic areas / boxes out defenders.
Not physical. Doesn't grind down opponents. Quick strike.
Averages around 16:00 TOI - ES and PP.||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 4, 2023|
|Luke Evangelista||RW||21||2 of 2||80 L2||Still developing prospect who plays with reliable detail in all three zones.
Sound skater. Has a gear in transition. Leans distributor / play maker more than shooter.
In time he should contribute more offense.
Has the hockey sense to be used in a variety or roles. Not physical. Motion player.
Settling into the NHL.
Averages around 14:00 TOI - ES - PP
Second line upside in time.||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 4, 2023|
|Juuso Pärssinen||C||22||1 of 1||74 L4||Big body forward with above average skill.
Moves pretty well for stature.
Has vision in the offensive zone. His read / react / execute / ranges ... but he has the ability to make plays.
Lacks physical push back. Long reach is an asset. Net front / middle bumper on the PP.
A 4F at ES who slides into one of the PP units. Rarely used on the PK.
Averages around 15:00 TOI overall. If his offensive impact was more consistent he has the look of a potential full time 3F.||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 4, 2023|
|Roman Josi||LD||33||1 of 1||92 FP||Transitional 'D'
Outstanding vision. Escapes pressure in his zone. Leads the rush on his own or joins as an extra layer. Pinches down to extend plays.
Aggressive directing puck on net. Always involved. One of the more elite offensive defenceman in the entire NHL. Average ice time hovers around 25:00 - Primary ES and PP#1 - PK #2||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 4, 2023|
|Dante Fabbro||RD||25||1 of 1||80 P3||2-way 'D' who has shown signs of providing better than secondary offense in the past.
In his current role with Nashville he averages around 18:00 TOI. He's used as a 2PD/3PD hybrid. His primary ice time comes at ES but he also sees time on the PK ... and some clean up duty on the PP.
Keeping things simple. Keeps play in front of him. At times joins the rush as an extra layer.
Responsible approach. Occasional bump to his game but not overly physical. Willing to block shots.||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 4, 2023|
|Michael McCarron||C||28||1 of 1||71 L4||Depth checking forward who is used at times on the PK
Averages around 11:00 TOI
Big body. Long reach. Willing to use his size as an advantage along the boards and around the crease.
Mostly chip and chase off the rush.
Length is a plus when on the PK / rotating high in the defensive zone to disrupt the flow of opponents PP.||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 4, 2023|
|Alexandre Carrier||RD||27||1 of 1||87 P2||Undersize, right-shot, 2-way 'D' who brings a combination of high end compete, quickness, and secondary offense.
Quick to space in the defensive zone.
His read / react / jump to space on the PK is very strong.
Despite his stature he's more than willing to engage physically and block shots.
Sees the ice. Launches the attack with responsible outlets. Leans distributor more than shooter in the offensive zone. A combination 3D/ 2D depending on the night.
Averages around 18:00 TOI - Generally used in all situations.||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 4, 2023|
|Kiefer Sherwood||RW||28||1 of 1||81 L3||Although he only averages around 12:00 TOI, Sherwood is a valuable middle of the lineup forward.
Most of his TOI comes at ES. He's deployed, in streaks, on the PP and PK.
As the middle bumper on the PP he makes plays distributing and directing pucks on net.
His 200ft game, overall, is responsible and he plays with physical push back.
Skating is average plus for the pace of the NHL.
The kind of forward who can be used in a variety of roles in the lineup. Has evolved.||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 4, 2023|
|Cole Smith||LW||28||1 of 1||79 L4||Bottom six forward with size.
Competes between the whistles. Plays a heavy style. Physical. Pushes back. Works to extend plays along the boards.
Empties the tank on the PK. Gets from A to B on time. Uses long reach, and large frame, to get in the way / disrupt the play.
Proven scorer at the AHL level. Role player at the NHL level. Reliable. Smart.||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 4, 2023|
|Ryan McDonagh||LD||34||1 of 1||81 P2||Veteran 'D' who logs heavy minutes against top lines and on the primary PK unit.
At times he takes a turn on the PP but it's not one of his primary roles.
Averages over 20:00 TOI
Calculating. Reads the play and how it's developing. Doesn't over react. Positions himself between the dots in the defensive zone. Protects the house first.
Capable distributor. Generally makes safe plays with the puck.
Not overly physical. Blocks shots. Can slide into top pairing if required. Match-up D.||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 4, 2023|
|Philip Tomasino||C||22||1 of 1||78 L3||Middle six forward who is used at ES and PP. Does not PK
Averages around 13:00 TOI
Quick off the rush. Can drive opponents back - off their blue line when attacking with speed.
Leans play driver more than shooter.
Plays a generally light, skilled game. Has the ability to contribute better than secondary offense
200ft detail and three zone effort / awareness can range at times.
Still developing.||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 4, 2023|
|Spencer Stastney||LD||23||2 of 2||81 P3||Recall 'D' who is starting to establish himself as a reliable third pairing option at the NHL level
High end hockey IQ.
Reads the game very well in all three zones. Manages pucks.
Motion player defensively. Relies on sound body positioning and active stick.
Does not play with much physical push back. New breed kind of NHL 'D'
Somewhat undersize - 2-way 'D' with some transitional attributes.
When he suits up he's averaging around 15:30 TOI - ES and PK - blocks some shots on the PK||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 4, 2023|
|Tyson Barrie||RD||32||1 of 1||80 P2||Veteran - 2-way / Transitional 'D'
PP Quarterback. Leans distributor more than shooter.
Moves well. Motion player defensively. Relies upon getting to pucks ahead of opponents or trying to keep them to the perimeter with an active stick. Barely average defending against weight around his crease.
Easily defined at this stage of his career. Averages around 19:00 TOI - ES and PP -||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 4, 2023|
|Liam Foudy||C||23||1 of 1||71 RL||Depth energy forward who plays with pace.
Has the speed to create turnovers up ice and extend plays in the offensive zone.
Conversely, he also has good jump to space in the defensive zone.
His detail can range at times but it's not due to lack of compete.
Has struggled to find a full time NHL role.
Doesn't play with a ton of physical push back. Motion player.
Averages around 10:00 TOI - no special teams -||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 4, 2023|
|Gustav Nyquist||RW||34||1 of 1||85 L2||Being used in an elevated role with the Preds.
Top six forward.
Deployed in all situations. Averages around 17:00 TOI
Brings a creative offensive element to Nashville's first PP unit.
Solid skater. Sturdy. Consistently competing the full 200ft.
Current state of his game resembles the way he was contributing in Detroit circa 2018/2019||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 4, 2023|
|Yakov Trenin||C||26||1 of 1||79 L3||2-way forward who provides secondary offense and plays with a physical presence.
Extends plays along the boards. Battles for pucks around the crease.
Finishes his checks. Has a presence.
Good skater. Gets around the ice on time. Small area quickness is average. There are times he struggles to rotate into shooting lanes / front and block shots.
Averages around 15:30 TOI - ES and PK - depth role on the PP||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 4, 2023|
|Colton Sissons||C||30||1 of 1||84 L3||Reliable '2-way' Forward who is used in a variety of roles for Nashville.
Averages around 16:30 TOI - ES - PP#2 - PK#1
Provides some push back when required. Chips in secondary offense.
Moves well. Competes in all three zones. Threat to create offense on the penalty kill.
Smart. Reads the play very well. Creates turnovers. Pressures opponents into quick decisions.
Wins over 50% of his draws. ||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 4, 2023|
|Filip Forsberg||RW||29||3 of 3||84 L1||The most dangerous scoring forward on the Preds roster.
Combination of power and skill.
One the team's primary contributors on PP#1
NOT easy to play against. Heavy along the wall and out front the net.
Leans shooter more than distributor overall.
Averages around 19:30 TOI - ES - PP#1 - 4vs4 - OT - Does not PK ||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 4, 2023|
|Cody Glass||C||24||1 of 1||78 L3||Big, rangy, skilled forward who is a key part of the Preds power-play when in the lineup
Has struggled with injury set backs.
Break out year in 22/23. Played to his identity and competed up and down the ice.
Not physical. Uses his length / reach to his advantage.
Handles the puck very well. Establishes position in the offensive zone and has a quick catch and release. Trending 2F but averages only around 14:30 TOI - ES - PP#1||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 4, 2023|
|Jérémy Lauzon||LD||26||1 of 1||77 P3||2-Way 'D' / Leaning Defensive 'D'
High end of average skater. Mostly simple making puck plays but capable of directing pucks on net from range.
Reliable compete. Empties the tank for the good of the group.
Physical. One of the leaders for the Preds in hits and shot blocks.
Averages around 17:00 TOI - ES and PK - does not have a role on the PP.
Chips in with some depth offense overall.||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 4, 2023|
|Luke Schenn||RD||34||1 of 1||75 P3||Easily defined.
Mostly stay at home 'D'
Matches up against middle six opponents.
Simple with the puck.
Rarely, if ever, transports the play on his own.
Physical. Punishing in the hard areas of the ice. Battles for possession in the defensive zone. Gaps up to kill plays on his blue line. Averages around 13:30 TOI - ES - PK - No PP||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 4, 2023|
|Juuse Saros||G||28||1 of 1||91 1A||Butterfly / Athletic goalie who is smaller than almost all his counterparts who are #1 goalies in the NHL
Speaks to his athletic ability overall.
Tracks side to side very quickly. Outstanding low net coverage / fast pads / great feet.
Never quits on a puck. Battles to make stops. No real holes in his game. Has given the Preds a chance to win games on nights they didn't deserve it in the past.
23/24 has been a bit off for stretches but remains an elite upper tier #1 overall.
GAA has historically ranged between 2.28 - 2.78 - Save % has ranged between .900 - .927||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 4, 2023|
|Kevin Lankinen||G||28||1 of 1||75 2B||NHL backup who is capable, at times, of positive runs over short periods of time.
Can string together a week, or two, of quality starts but has never had the pedigree of a #1 NHL goalie.
Butterfly style. Average / average plus in almost all skill categories.
Decent size, but appears smaller in the net at times when dropping and not sitting tall in his butterfly. A #2B overall.
GAA hovers around 3.00 Save % hovers around .900||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 4, 2023|
|Joey Daccord||G||27||1 of 1||80 1B||Decent size in the net. Butterfly style. Mostly sound crease composure.
Generally plays between his posts / doesn't get caught over extending himself and losing his net.
Has a chance to win the net in Seattle. Consistency remains a challenge at times.
Good feet. Student of the game. Works hard at his craft.
A proven #1A at the AHL level. Trending #1B at the NHL level but not quite there.
GAA hovers around 2.90. Save percentage around .900||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 3, 2023|
|Philipp Grubauer||G||32||1 of 1||73 1B||Butterfly / Athletic style goalie. Lacks the stature of most NHL net minders. Relies on his read / react / reflexes more than most goalies.
Has struggled with consistency.
When he's on he gives the team a chance to win - but every other game has been trending inconsistent.
GAA over 3.00 - Saver percentage below .900||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 3, 2023|
|André Burakovsky||LW||28||2 of 2||82 L1||Has missed significant time with injury.
When in the lineup the Kraken deploy him in a top six / top line role.
Good size. Moves well. Not overly physical. Leans distributor more than shooter. Creates offense at ES and PP.
Important player for Seattle who averages 0.75 ppg offensively. ||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 3, 2023|
|Kailer Yamamoto||RW||25||1 of 1||69 L3||Undersize skill forward who has the ability to play quick and fast.
Occasionally a threat off the rush.
Lacks an interior game in the offensive zone.
Productive from the perimeter on the PP.
Defensive detail is average at best.
Deployed at ES and PP. Does not PK.
Averages around 12:30 TOI.||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 3, 2023|
|Tye Kartye||C||22||1 of 1||73 L3||Bottom six forward who provides some depth scoring.
Proven he can produce offense at the AHL level. Trending as a secondary producer at the NHL level.
Average skater who empties the tank every shift.
Very competitive. Has a physical element.
Averages around 12:00 TOI.
Almost all of his minutes come at ES. Some clean up duty on the PP at times. Skating / Agility hold him back from a role on the PK.||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 3, 2023|
|Marian Studenic||RW||25||1 of 1||69 RL||Recall forward who has proven he can produce offense at the AHL level.
Limited role with the NHL club.
Only deployed at ES.
When he does get a shift he plays with energy and some push back physically.
Needs a chance on a scoring line to determine if his element offensively translates.
Only averages around 8:00 TOI when dressed for the Kraken. ||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 3, 2023|
|Pierre-Édouard Bellemare||LW||38||1 of 1||76 L4||Veteran depth forward who is usually slotted as a 4F for Seattle but does take some shifts on the third line occasionally.
Energy checker. All of his ice time comes at ES and PK. Averages around 10:00 TOI.
Competes in his role. Any offense he chips in with is a bonus.||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 3, 2023|
|Yanni Gourde||C||31||1 of 1||83 L3||A middle six forward who is used in all situations for Seattle.
Averages over 17:00 TOI
Plays quick. Competes in the hard areas of the ice. Has a knack for getting under the skin of his opponent.
Provides secondary offense. 50/50 in the face-off circle. Gets pucks to the net in the offensive zone. Follows up looking for rebounds / tips around the crease.||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 3, 2023|
|Vince Dunn||LD||27||2 of 2||85 P1||Transitional 'D' who has taken his game to a new level in Seattle.
Skates pucks up ice at ES and PP#1.
Excellent skater. Quick to space. Fast in open ice. Attacks - leading the PP break out into the offensive zone.
Average plus defensively. Adequate battle. Detail, at times, ranges.
Offense wins out. Seattle requires him to produce offense and QB their first PP unit. He has the green light to take off offensively and plays to his strengths. Averages over 23:00 TOI||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 3, 2023|
|Jamie Oleksiak||LD||30||1 of 1||82 P2||Top four 'D' for the Kraken
Primary ice comes at ES and PK #1
Averages around 20:00 TOI
Huge frame. Good feet for his stature. At times he will lead defensive zone exits on his own or join as an extra layer off the rush. When time and space allow he shoots the puck a ton and can beat goalies clean from distance.
Matches up vs opponents top players. Physical. Blocks shots. Provides secondary offense.||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 3, 2023|
|Oliver Bjorkstrand||RW||28||1 of 1||83 L2||One of the leading scorers for the Kraken.
Primary ice comes at ES and PP#1.
Top six forward who averages around 17:00 TOI.
Play driver. Directs pucks on net from variety of spots in the offensive zone.
Adequate battle in traffic.
Better than average defensively.
Competes in all three zones.||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 3, 2023|
|Alexander Wennberg||C||29||1 of 1||86 L3||Wennberg is proving to be a valuable player for the Kraken.
He averages over 18:00 TOI - deployed in all situations.
Plays fast. A motion player who is mostly creative from the perimeter, but does find pucks around the crease and below the goal line on occasion.
Trusted defensively. Wins over 50% of his draws. Blocks shots. Uses his quickness and long reach as advantage keeping opponents to the outside.
Third line skill set overall - but playing second line minutes - Secondary layer of offense.||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 3, 2023|
|Eeli Tolvanen||RW||24||1 of 1||84 L2||His game has been trending up ever since he arrived in Seattle.
Primary ice time comes at ES and PP#1. Averages over 16:00 TOI.
On the one PP unit he is being used on the weak side flank and taking shifts as a RD.
Leans distributor on the PP more than shooter.
At even strength he's pushing the pace and competing in the trenches. Playing physical, battling to extend plays, pressuring opponents into turnovers.
On the rise overall.||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 3, 2023|
|Jared McCann||C||27||2 of 2||82 L1||Top line forward for Seattle who averages over 17:00 TOI
Deployed in all situations.
Shooter on the PP from his strong side. Elite release / ability to beat NHL goalies from range with a quick / accurate shot.
Defensive detail can range at times, but he's seeing time on one of the PK units and being asked to win some key defensive zone draws.
Element is offense. Has found a home in Seattle. Signed to long term deal.||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 3, 2023|
|Jaden Schwartz||LW||31||1 of 1||81 L2||Veteran forward who the Kraken rely on to contribute offense on the PP.
Leans shooter more than distributor.
Plays a top six role in Seattle.
Good skater. Quick. Transports the puck with pace through the neutral zone.
Excellent 'catch and release'. Doesn't require much time and space to get pucks on net in high danger areas.
Three zone detail can range at times. Averages over 17:00 TOI - ES and PP#1 - Does not PK||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 3, 2023|
|Brandon Tanev||LW||31||1 of 1||78 L3||Veteran bottom six forward who plays an energy style.
Reliable compete. Works to disrupt the play.
Good skater. Quick to space.
Provides a secondary layer of offense.
Has struggled with injury at times.
When he is in the lineup he averages over 13:00 TOI - deployed at ES and PK -||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 3, 2023|
|Matthew Beniers||C||21||5 of 5||85 L1||Elite offensive talent who plays the game quick and fast.
A threat off the rush. Slippery coming off the wall in the offensive zone.
Play maker on the PP. Equal parts shooter / distributor overall.
Averages over 18:00 TOI - Deployed at ES and PP#1 - Occasionally some clean up duty on the PK.
Struggles, at times, with details defensively. Room to stop on more pucks and 'lock' onto his check. Top line scoring forward who is still developing at the NHL level and being asked to carry some of the offensive load for Seattle.||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 3, 2023|
|Brian Dumoulin||LD||32||1 of 1||76 P3||Veteran defenceman who plays to his identity.
2-way 'D' who compliments a more active partner.
Generally paired along side Justin Schultz.
Stays at 'home' when Schultz is skating pucks up ice or joining as an extra layer of the attack
Dumoulin is deployed at ES and PK. He averages around 15:30 TOI overall.
Average plus skater. Average offensive skill.
Involved. Provides some push back. Blocks shots.||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 3, 2023|
|Jordan Eberle||RW||33||1 of 1||77 L2||Veteran forward who is being used in a top end role with the Kraken
Generally skates along side McCann and Beniers.
Averages around 17:30 TOI - ES and PP#1
Does not PK.
Element is offense. Skating remains average plus. Sees the ice in the offensive zone. Crafty with the puck on his stick. Provides secondary layer of offense overall.||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 3, 2023|
|Adam Larsson||RD||31||1 of 1||82 P1||First pairing 'D' for Seattle
Mostly stay at home / 2-way 'D' who contributes some depth offense but his mostly relied upon to match up against top lines and roll over the boards on the first PK unit.
Big. Strong. Right shot. Solid skater, not elite. Uses big frame and long reach to his advantage defending in his zone. Physical. Blocks shots. Has the ability to direct pucks on net from distance in the offensive zone. Shoots the puck a lot harder than opponents sometimes recognize. No easy minutes. Averages around 24:00 TOI - ES and PK - Some clean up duty on the PP.||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 3, 2023|
|Justin Schultz||RD||33||1 of 1||78 P3||Third pairing 'D' at even strength. PP QB with the man advantage.
Averages around 16:30 TOI - Does not PK
Ability to skate pucks out of his zone - or join as an extra layer following up on an outlet pass
Very little physicality with his approach. Area defender / active stick in the defensive zone.
Equal parts shooter / passer on the PP. Team relies on him to chip in offensively.||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 3, 2023|
|Auston Matthews||C||26||4 of 4||89 FP||Matthews has been streaky so far in 23/24. There's another level to his game. Over a ten game segment - November 6th - 30th - he scored 3G-5A - but only 1G-4A in the last nine games of the segment and had a (-5) There have been other inconsistencies as well - including his physicality dropping off and his face-off winning percentage ranging from 30% - 60% game to game.
Continues to be deployed in all situations Averages 21:27 TOI - 16:36 ES - 3:37 PP#1 - 1:14PK
Can't discount how dangerous a goal scorer he can be, but he scored 11G in four games (including 3 hat tricks) and 3G in the other seventeen games to start the year. ||Nov. 30, 2023||Dec. 3, 2023|
|William Borgen||RD||26||1 of 1||76 P3||Easily defined
2-Way / Leaning stay at home 'D'
Averages 17:02 TOI - 15:46 ES - 1:15 PK - Does not have a role on the PP
Big body. Average plus skater. Simple with the puck. Takes what is given. Low risk.
Physical shot blocker.
Matches up against middle six forwards.||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 2, 2023|
|Nino Niederreiter||LW||31||3 of 3||78 L2||Second line skill - but playing on the 3rd line with the Jets.
Contributing some of the most detailed three zone efforts of his career.
Big body. Skilled. Average plus skater in open ice. Using his weight / leverage / puck touch to his advantage in the offensive zone. Compliments his line mates (Appleton and Lowry). Each bring something to their line. Niederreiter is the most skilled of the three.
Averages 15:20 TOI - 13:11 ES - 2:07 PP - Very rarely sees the ice on the PK.
Credited with 27 hits and 16 shot blocks. Scored 6G-8A in 22GP
Impressively 5G-8A at even strength and a (+9) overall.||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 2, 2023|
|Adam Lowry||C||30||2 of 2||82 L3||The Jets third line is one of the tops in the NHL and Lowry is playing center on the line.
Captain. Leads by example. Consistent compete. Huge frame. Physical. Extends plays along the wall and creates a distraction around the opponents crease.
Being used in all situations. Averages 15:58 ES - 13:34 ES - 0:09 PP - 2:14 PK
22GP - 4G - 9A - 13pts with (3G-8A) at even strength and (1G) short handed.
Credited with 42 hits and 18 shot blocks.
Ability to match up against top six forwards and wear down the opponent is attractive element.||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 2, 2023|
|William Nylander||RW||27||5 of 5||90 L1||Play driver who continues to provide consistent impact offensively.
Elite skater. Fantastic edges. Powerful in open ice. Threat off the rush. Wins the majority of his races to pucks that spill to open space.
Leafs leading scorer. Their most consistent offensive threat over the first quarter of the season.
Dances around the perimeter. Hard to check. More interior game still required at times.
Provides very little physical push back. Motion player in all three zones. Average defensively. Offense wins out. Averages 20:33 TOI - 16:16 ES - 3:34 PP - 0:42 PK - 92 shots on goal in his first 21GP. Monitor his impact versus heavy checking teams like the Boston Bruins.||Nov. 30, 2023||Dec. 2, 2023|
|Joseph Woll||G||25||4 of 4||83 1B||Woll has won the net for the Maple Leafs. He will be challenged, over the next stretch of games, to come up with even more timely saves with injuries piling up with the Leafs D core.
Big in the net. Generally sound crease composure. Tracking well. Aware of what's happening around him. Butterfly style. Low net coverage has been sound. Won four of five starts from Nov 10th - 30th - With many of those games being decided in OT or the shootout.
Monitor his timing dropping into his butterfly. There have been times he's still moving forward when going down - exposing the upper portion of the net in the process. 2.74 GAA .917% so far in 23/24.||Nov. 30, 2023||Dec. 2, 2023|
|Mason Appleton||RW||27||2 of 2||82 L3||Appleton's entire game has gone to another level, so far, in 23/24.
Appleton usually plays along side Niederreiter and Lowry. His defensive detail and commitment is excellent. He uses his size and reach to his advantage in all three zones. He's willing to bump opponents off the play and gets in shooting lanes to block shots. His statistics tell don't' lie:
22 GP - Avg TOI 16:36 - 14:24 ES - 0:08 PP - 2:03 PK -
6G-9A - 15PTS - Five goals at ES - One short-handed goal - One short-handed assist -
Credited with 21 hits and 14 shot blocks. He's a (+10).
Reliable. Competitive. Matches up against top forwards. Playing the best hockey of his career.||Nov. 28, 2023||Dec. 1, 2023|
|Samuel Montembeault||G||27||4 of 4||86 1A||Montembeault was presented the challenge of having to battle for the net in Montreal this season, and earn a new contract for the future. He's accomplished both goals in recent weeks.
He's appeared in 10 games in 23/24 and posted a 2.73 GAA and .910 save % overall.
In his last five game segment (ending Nov 29th) his game went to another level. His save percentage was .931% over that span of games.
Big in the net. Athletic. Crease composure / tracking / rebound control / overall focus has improved. Much more consistent. Has the ability to steal games for the Habs.
Waiver pick up from the Florida Panthers who is trending towards being Habs #1A in future.||Nov. 30, 2023||Dec. 1, 2023|
|Ludvig Persson||-||G||24||1 of 1||85 2B||Persson transferred from Miami to North Dakota and his game has gone to another level in the process.
Not huge in stature, but very athletic and quick.
Active in his crease. Tracks aggressively. Excellent feet. Low net / pads has been an area of strength. Competes to make saves any way possible. Rebound control is reliable.
Late bloomer. See how his entire season plains out. At the end of November he was leading the NCAA with a 1.85 GAA and .924% paired with an 11-2-1 record.||Nov. 24, 2023||Dec. 1, 2023|
|Jared Westcott||-||C||24||1 of 1||81 L4||Westcott started his college career at Penn State before transferring to Lake Superior. It's been a slow build for, the now 6'1 200lbs, forward.
Primary ice time comes at ES and PP.
Responsible in all three zones. Above the play when his group doesn't have possession of the puck in the offensive zone. Quick release in high danger areas. Has knack of scoring timely. goals. Has easily eclipsed his career high in scoring. A bit of a wide track skating stride, but up to speed he arrives on time. Hockey sense provides him chance to be used in variety of roles.||Nov. 24, 2023||Dec. 1, 2023|
|luke Grainger||-||C||24||1 of 1||87 L3||Captain at Western Michigan.
Undersize but built strong. Updated list size at WMU is 5'10 180lbs
Mostly motion player who is used in all situations. Average on the PK. Most impact comes at ES and PP#1. Quick. Reads the play. Reacts ahead of opponents. Extends plays along the boards. Jumps to open space / give and go.
On pace for over 50 points. Combination of energy and skill.
High end compete.||Nov. 24, 2023||Dec. 1, 2023|
|Jacob Quillan||-||C||21||1 of 1||89 L3||A relentless competitor who shows willingness to battle for pucks in the trenches.
Net front presence on the PP. Extends plays along the boards.
Competes the full 200ft.
Used in all situations.
Provides offense, but also sacrifices on the PK. Fronts opponents / pressures to create turnovers / blocks shots.
Infectious. Potential to be used in a variety of roles. Quick.||Nov. 18, 2023||Dec. 1, 2023|
|Collin Graf||-||RW||21||2 of 2||84 L2||Graf was on the radar last year as the leading scorer at Quinnipiac. He's still only a junior, so time will tell what he plans to do at the end of the season.
Graf doesn't need a lot of time and space to create in the offensive zone. He reads how the play is developing and has knack for finding 'quiet ice'. He's also a threat off the rush. When he 'reloads' through the neutral zone he has a burst in his skating that creates separation and the ability to find open seams. Graf isn't a heavy lifter in the trenches but he has an active stick and the ability to strip opponents off the puck. His primary ice comes at ES and PP#1. He doesn't PK. It's impossible to teach puck touch and offensive zone creativity. Graf has both.||Nov. 18, 2023||Dec. 1, 2023|
|Nikita Zadorov||LD||28||4 of 4||80 P2||In 21GP for the Flames, before being traded to the Vancouver Canucks, Zadorov averaged 18:24 TOI - 16:39 ES - 0:08 PP - 1:36 PK He scored 1G-5A and was credited with a team leading 41 hits. He also blocked 19 shots.
In terms of defensive statistics, he had the worst plus/minus of any Flames defenceman at (-6).
A 2-way / Match-up 'D' who can be used as a 2PD or 3PD. Huge frame. Imposing. Physical. He dished out 181 and 174 hits the last two seasons.
Zadorov has a heavy shot and can attack off the rush. He scored 14 goals in 22/23.
There are times, in games, his spatial awareness and read / react game isn't on time. It's something to monitor in all three zones. Especially with offensive blue line exits.||Nov. 27, 2023||Nov. 30, 2023|
|Matt Duchene||C||32||1 of 1||85 L2||Signed a one-year deal with Dallas, in the off-season, after being bought out by Nashville.
Playing with more confidence, compete, and three zone detail.
Quick off the rush. Chips pucks behind defenders and usually arrives first.
Generally strong in the face-off circle. Wins around 56% of his draws.
Playing a well rounded game for the Stars. Skates on their second line.
Averages around 17:00 TOI at ES and PP. Some clean up duty on the PK. Play driver.||Nov. 28, 2023||Nov. 30, 2023|
|Tyler Seguin||C||31||1 of 1||86 L2||His compete / consistency in all three zones is arguably as good as it has been in his career.
Back playing with pace. Quick off the rush. Dumps pucks in and arrives first.
Defensively trustworthy. Solid job on the PK. Generally averages over 55% in the face-off circle
Veteran forward who was once relied upon for offense as his primary element.
Skates on the Stars second line. Contributes to team success.
Averages around 16:30 TOI. Used in all situations.||Nov. 28, 2023||Nov. 30, 2023|
|Evgeni Dadonov||RW||34||1 of 1||75 L3||Risk / Reward skill forward who has traditionally scored in streaks.
Averages around 14:00 TOI.
All of his ice time comes at ES and PP.
Motion player. Not a ton of bump to his approach in the hard areas.
When he gets pucks in scoring areas he has the puck touch to create offense quickly.
Defensive detail ranges. Does not PK.||Nov. 28, 2023||Nov. 30, 2023|
|Thomas Harley||LD||22||1 of 1||78 P3||Young defenceman who's primary minutes come at even strength. Clean up duty on special teams.
Easily defined. 2-way 'D'. Could be described as a 2PD or 3PD / combination
Moves well for his stature. Long stride.
Long reach and big frame takes away time and space for opponents in his zone.
Capable of more offense in time. Handles the puck well. Making responsible outlets. Keeping things mostly simple - but effective. Averages over 17:00 TOI.||Nov. 28, 2023||Nov. 30, 2023|
|Wyatt Johnston||C||20||2 of 2||88 L2||Potential top line forward in time.
Being used in all situations. Relentless compete up and down the ice. Plays quick.
Threat to produce offense at ES and PP. Also chips in with some short handed offense.
Seems to be around the play every shift.
Room for improvement in face-off circle ... but hovers around 50%.
Averages around 17:00 TOI.||Nov. 28, 2023||Nov. 30, 2023|
|Mason Marchment||LW||28||2 of 2||78 L3||Big body. Power forward. Average plus skater.
Competes in the trenches. Sacrifices his body to extend plays in the hard areas of the ice.
Good puck touch. Can surprise opponents, occasionally, with creative impact off the rush.
Deployed at ES and PP. Does not PK.
Never backs down from a challenge.
Better than secondary scorer who can be streaky.||Nov. 28, 2023||Nov. 30, 2023|
|Roope Hintz||C||27||1 of 1||91 L1||Valuable player who plays a nearly complete game overall.
Reliable in any role the coaching staff asks of him.
Used in all situations. Averages over 17:00 TOI.
Play driver off the rush. Quick in transition. Pucks are on and off his stick effectively in tight quarters. Battles to extend plays. Jumps to space on the PK.
No holes in his game overall.
Top line forward who deserves more notoriety than he gets.||Nov. 28, 2023||Nov. 30, 2023|
|Esa Lindell||LD||29||1 of 1||80 P2||Plays a significant role for the Dallas Stars.
Match-up 'D'. Averages over 19:00 TOI at ES and PK #1
Kills penalties at 5vs4 and 5vs3
Big. Strong. Long reach. Bumps up against opponents. Blocks shots. Competes to win battles defensively.
A 2F/3F combination. Ice time will range some nights due to special teams role.
Another one of the reliable / trustworthy defenceman on the Stars roster||Nov. 28, 2023||Nov. 30, 2023|
|Jason Robertson||LW||24||1 of 1||86 L1||After a monstrous 22/23 season he got off to a slower start in 23/24.
First line forward. High end hockey sense. Recognizes where to be on the ice and how to find quiet ice to produce offense.
Leans shooter more than distributor but opponents can't sleep on his playmaking ability.
Big body. Long reach. Not physical. Competes his own way. Rarely turns pucks over in high danger areas. Manages the game very well. Compliments his linemates.
Averages over 18:00 TOI at ES and PP#1. Doesn't PK. High end offensive talent.||Nov. 28, 2023||Nov. 30, 2023|
|Ryan Suter||LD||38||1 of 1||82 P2||Veteran of over 1300 NHL games.
Continues to contribute in a 2-way role.
Rarely leads the rush on his own.
Generally paired with Heiskanen. Allows his partner to be more active up ice while he takes care of keeping the play in front of him defensively.
Averages around 20:00 TOI. Matches up against top six forwards. Uses at ES and PK.
Provides some secondary offense. Pace remains NHL worthy.
Reliable leader. Some bump to his game. Blocks shots.||Nov. 28, 2023||Nov. 30, 2023|
|Sam Steel||C||25||1 of 1||78 L3||Was originally projected to provide offense at the NHL level.
Has reinvented himself to a degree.
Bottom six forward for Dallas.
Averages around 12:30 TOI.
Deployed at ES and PK.
Not physical. Playing quick. Provides energy. Empties the tank every time his number is called. Competes.||Nov. 28, 2023||Nov. 30, 2023|
|Joe Pavelski||C||39||1 of 1||83 L1||Veteran forward who continues to play to his identity offensively.
Skates on the Stars top line.
Averages around 16:30 TOI. Deployed at ES and PP#1
Elite puck touch. One of the best players in the game tipping pucks and finding rebounds around the crease. Quick release. Doesn't play with exceptional pace but his hockey sense takes him to areas of the ice that lead to results.
Reliable. Competes.||Nov. 28, 2023||Nov. 30, 2023|
|Craig Smith||RW||34||1 of 1||68 L4||Veteran forward
All of his ice time comes at ES.
Averages around 10:00 TOI
Potential to pitch in with some depth scoring at times.
Aggressive directing pucks on net when he gets a look.||Nov. 28, 2023||Nov. 30, 2023|
|Jamie Benn||LW||34||1 of 1||83 L2||Entire game, the last two seasons, has been more reliable overall.
More engaged in all three zones.
Adequate pace. Not a burner in open ice. Plays a heavy / skilled game in the offensive zone.
Hard to move off the play along the wall and around the crease.
Veteran point producer who averages around 15:00 TOI. Used in all situations. Wins over 55% of his draws.||Nov. 28, 2023||Nov. 30, 2023|
|Radek Faksa||C||29||1 of 1||79 L3||Reliable bottom six forward for the Stars
Plays with pace.
Averages around 13:00 TOI. Deployed ES and PK.
Primary match up forward who checks against top lines.
At times he will pitch in with some depth offense.
Wins over 55% of his draws.
A combination 3F/4F depending on opponent.||Nov. 28, 2023||Nov. 30, 2023|
|Ty Dellandrea||C||23||1 of 1||78 L3||Tough start to the 23/24 season offensively after a nice year in 22/23
Mostly depth role.
Majority of his ice time comes at ES and PK. Does not have a spot on either PP unit.
Plays quick. Competes. Tracks up and down the ice.
Has the skill set to produce offense.
Needs time. ||Nov. 28, 2023||Nov. 30, 2023|
|Nils Lundkvist||RD||23||1 of 1||83 P2||2-way 'D' who does also have a transitional element.
Solid skater. Sound spatial awareness. Sees the ice in all three zones. Responsible on and off the play. Agile. Mobile. Distributes accurately.
Has the ability to walk the line in the offensive zone and direct pucks on net from range.
Being deployed at ES and PP#2. Doesn't PK.
Engaged. Competes. Averages around 15:00 TOI. Motion player. Not a ton of physicality.
On the rise. Trending up. Valuable 'right-shot D' who looks capable of even more minutes.||Nov. 28, 2023||Nov. 30, 2023|
|Miro Heiskanen||LD||24||1 of 1||94 FP||One of the most elite skaters in the entire NHL. Beautiful stride. Outstanding edges.
Good size. Has some bump to his game on occasion, but generally an area defender who wins races to space and uses his long reach to his advantage.
Blocks shots on the PK.
Transitional 'D'. Used in all situations. Averages over 25:00 TOI.
Has the skill to lead the rush, or join as an extra layer off the attack.
On the PP he is elusive on the offensive blue line. Walks the line to create passing and shooting lanes.
Elite in almost every category. Consistent compete. Franchise Player.||Nov. 28, 2023||Nov. 30, 2023|
|Jani Hakanpää||RD||31||1 of 1||77 P3||Massive stature. Right shot. Third pairing 'D' who has a primary role on the first PK unit.
Kills penalties at 5/4 and 5/3.
Long reach is an asset. Bodies up. Blocks shots.
No frills about his game. Simple with the puck. Average plus skater. Limited offense.
Competes. Battles. Knows what he is and doesn't take risks outside his comfort zone.
Hard to play against.
Averages around 19:00 TOI.||Nov. 28, 2023||Nov. 30, 2023|
|Scott Wedgewood||G||31||1 of 1||70 2B||NHL #2B who plays a butterfly-athletic style.
Crease composure ranges. There are times he's too active with his tracking - opening up net in the process - especially if he gets too wide with his push.
Average across the board in almost every category but also enough ability to come up with a positive performance and wins.
Historically his GAA at the NHL level has ranged from 2.72 - 3.45. Save % has ranged from .893 - .916||Nov. 28, 2023||Nov. 30, 2023|
|Jake Oettinger||G||24||1 of 1||88 1A||Clear cut #1 for the Stars.
One of the top tier starters in the NHL
Big in the net. Butterfly/Hybrid style.
Sound crease composure. Squares up. Rarely gets outside his posts.
High end glove hand. Pucks find him in traffic due to stature and positioning.
Has ability to be a difference maker and and steal games on any given night.
Last three seasons his GAA has hovered between 2.35 and 2.53. Save % .914 - .9191
Young starter with many years still ahead of him. ||Nov. 28, 2023||Nov. 30, 2023|
|Ryan Lomberg||LW||28||2 of 2||75 L4||Plays to a consistent identity.
Depth energy provider.
4th line forward who gets under the skin of opponents
High end compete. Good pace. Pitches in occasionally offensively.
Never goes away.
Physical. Contributes in his role.
Averages around 9:00 TOI||Nov. 27, 2023||Nov. 29, 2023|
|Oliver Ekman-Larsson||LD||32||1 of 1||88 P2||After a difficult stretch in Vancouver he has returned to form in Florida
Being used in all situations. Averages around 22:00 TOI.
More confident in all three zones.
Defensive detail has been sound. Blocks shots on the PK. Battles to gain possession of pucks.
Some bump to his game at times, but not overly physical. Uses his quickness to get places ahead of opponents.
Offensively he is directing pucks on goal on the PP, launching accurate outlets, and pinching down to extend offensive zone time.||Nov. 27, 2023||Nov. 29, 2023|
|Kevin Stenlund||C||27||1 of 1||78 L4||A fourth-line journeyman who is playing a bigger role in Florida.
Averages around 13:00 TOI. Used in all situations - ES - Primary PK - Depth PP
Big body. Long reach. Finishes his checks. Battles to extend plays. Active stick on the PK taking away time and space.
Everything about his game has gone to a new level. Time will tell if he can maintain momentum.
Trustworthy. Competes.||Nov. 27, 2023||Nov. 29, 2023|
|Niko Mikkola||LD||27||1 of 1||81 P2||Big, rangy, physical, '2-way D'.
Has the ability to be thrust into a variety of roles.
Can match up against top six forwards.
A primary penalty killer. His long reach, and big frame, make it difficult on opponents to make plays around him.
Solid skater on straight lines. Average plus edges / agility. Moves well, overall, for his stature.
Manages the puck. Shoots the puck with authority from range.
Provides some depth / secondary offense. Averages around 20:00 TOI.||Nov. 27, 2023||Nov. 29, 2023|
|Brandon Montour||RD||29||1 of 1||91 P1||Missed most of the first quarter of the season recovering from off-season surgery.
Coming off a career year offensively. Logs north of 24:00 TOI - ES - PP #1 - PK #2
Matches up against top opponents. Great skater. Pushes the play offensively. Joins the rush as an extra layer. Pinches down to extend offensive zone time. Quick to space / closing on opponents in the defensive zone.
Never backs down. Competes physically. Always involved. High end compete. Has taken his game to 1st pairing level.||Nov. 27, 2023||Nov. 29, 2023|
|Gustav Forsling||LD||27||1 of 1||89 P2||Doesn't get the attention, or credit, he deserves compared to some other names on the Panthers 'D'.
Used in all situations. Excellent skater. Sound defender. Head on a swivel / spatial awareness / reads and reacts very well in the defensive zone.
Has the legs to lead the rush on his own or join as an extra layer
Sneaky shot from distance. Can beat NHL goalies clean. Sets up on the weak side on the second PP unit. Solid one timer.
Reliable in a variety of roles. Matches up against top six forwards. Some bump to his game. Blocks shots. Does a lot of 'little things' very well. Could be a top pairing on some teams.
Averages over 23:00 TOI.||Nov. 27, 2023||Nov. 29, 2023|
|Eetu Luostarinen||C||25||1 of 1||82 L3||Big body center who is used in a variety of roles for FLA.
Tall, rangy, pushes back physically when required.
Solid in the face-off circle. Generally on the right side of 50% winning key draws.
When he isn't producing offense he can be relied upon on the PK and to check properly in the defensive zone.
Break out year in 22/23 with 17g-23a. Offense has been slower to arrive in 23/24.
Averages over 16:00 TOI - ES - PK - secondary PP. ||Nov. 27, 2023||Nov. 29, 2023|
|Sergei Bobrovsky||G||35||1 of 1||87 1A||Has picked up where he left off last spring in the Panthers run to the Stanley Cup Final
Butterfly / Athletic style. Active. Excellent lateral quickness. Has the ability to make acrobatic stops reading the play and moving side to side. Competes to make saves.
Something clicked last spring. He's more confident looking with his approach. Limiting poor goals against. Making timely stops when required. Carries a heavy load in FLA||Nov. 27, 2023||Nov. 29, 2023|
|Uvis Balinskis||LD||27||1 of 1||72 P3||Depth defenceman who is likely to be in / out of the lineup for stretches
Solid skater. Tracks up and down the ice effectively on straight lines.
Occasionally joins the rush as an extra layer. Can pinch down to extend plays and retreat to defend on time.
Generally keeps things simple. If nothing is available, he chips pucks to open space.
Has no issues with bumping up against opponents or absorbing contact to make a play.
Defensively there are times he loses body positioning on his check below the hash marks and around his crease. Work to do containing / boxing out.||Nov. 27, 2023||Nov. 29, 2023|
|Carter Verhaeghe||C||28||1 of 1||84 L1||Has found a home at the top of the lineup with the Panthers.
Break out season in 22/23 when he scored 42 goals.
Fantastic release. Corrals pucks and rips them on net in traffic.
Can be a threat off the rush. Open ice pace creates separation.
Leans shooter more than distributor by a wide margin.
Exceptionally dangerous on the PP.
Reads the ice / finds space in the offensive zone. Reliable enough defensively.
Averages around 18:00 TOI - ES and PP#1 - does not PK. Brings skill, speed, and goal scoring as primary elements. Not a physical player.||Nov. 27, 2023||Nov. 29, 2023|
|Nick Cousins||C||30||1 of 1||76 L3||Middle of the lineup forward who brings energy and compete.
A player who can get under the skin of opponents.
Tenacious. Doesn't shy away from traffic. Battles to extend plays.
Not huge in stature, but more than willing to finish his checks.
Has shown a propensity to score timely goals.
Provides secondary / depth offense overall.
Averages around 12:30 TOI - Bulk of his ice time comes at ES - some secondary PP - doesn't PK.||Nov. 27, 2023||Nov. 29, 2023|
|Matthew Tkachuk||LW||25||2 of 2||87 FP||A bit of a throwback. Plays the game with a mix of tenacity, skill and physicality.
Gets under the skin of opponents. A distraction. Never goes away. Always comes back for more. Competes in all over the ice. Battles along the wall. Goes to the crease.
Produces high end offense. Creative in tight quarters.
Leads by example. Ultimate team guy.
There are nights he crosses the line and can be a bit 'over the top' with his edginess, but there is not denying his value to team results overall. Averages over 19:00 TOI - ES and PP - rarely PK||Nov. 27, 2023||Nov. 29, 2023|
|Steven Lorentz||C||27||1 of 1||67 L4||Depth forward who averages less than 8:00 per game.
Has shown, in the past, he can pitch in with some depth offense.
Good size. Has some bump to his game. Involved. Competes.
The kind of player who could be in and out of the lineup at times.
When his number is called he empties the tank||Nov. 27, 2023||Nov. 29, 2023|
|Evan Rodrigues||LW||30||2 of 2||80 L3||Veteran forward who can be used on any one of the top three forward lines.
Quick to space. Plays the game fast in open ice. Competes the full length of the ice.
Deceptive release. Pucks are off his stick accurately in tight quarters.
Has a role at ES and PP. Logs around 17:00 TOI.
Compliments anyone he plays with. Reliable.||Nov. 27, 2023||Nov. 29, 2023|
|Aleksander Barkov||C||28||1 of 1||95 FP||One of the most complete player in the entire league.
Logs over 20:00 TOI in all situations.
Matches up against top opponents.
Drives the play in transition. Elite vision / playmaker. Creative. Deceptive release. Sees plays developing ahead of time. Almost a sure thing in the shootout.
No holes. Doesn't cut corners. Big. Strong. Excellent skater. Hard to defend. Panthers Captain||Nov. 27, 2023||Nov. 29, 2023|
|Anton Lundell||C||22||1 of 1||83 L3||Young forward who is still developing at the NHL level.
High end hockey IQ. Plays the game with detail.
Skating has improved as he matures. Not a burner in open ice but has shown he can transport the puck with more pace and get to small areas quicker.
Used in all situations. Averages over 15:00 TOI. Responsible on and off the puck in all three zones. Wins over 50% of his draws. For now, he contributes secondary layer of offense, but there is another potential level on the horizon.||Nov. 27, 2023||Nov. 29, 2023|
|Sam Reinhart||RW||28||1 of 1||87 L1||Got off to a fantastic start to the season and hasn't looked back.
Riding wave of consistent contribution offensively.
Deployed in all situations. Averages over 20:00 TOI. Leans shooter more than distributor.
Reads the ice very well. Finds quiet ice. Quick / accurate release.
Tracking the full 200ft. Improved commitment / detail defensively.
Competing, arguably, the hardest he has in his career. All round game has gone to another level||Nov. 27, 2023||Nov. 29, 2023|
|Jonah Gadjovich||LW||25||1 of 1||66 L4||Depth forward. Very limited role. Averages less than 8:00 TOI
Has shown he can score goals at the minor league level, but has a different role in the NHL.
Skating holds him back from finding time and space to create offense.
Resorts to physical / energy role.
Finishes his checks.
A 13th forward who will likely be in and out of lineup.||Nov. 27, 2023||Nov. 29, 2023|
|Sam Bennett||LW||27||1 of 1||85 L3||Struggled with injury to start the 23/24 season.
Logs around 17:00 TOI per game. Primary role at ES and PP. Some clean up PK.
Plays fast. Battles for space along the wall and out front the net.
Has a nasty streak at times. Doesn't back down from confrontation.
Equal parts play maker / shooter.
Florida roles all four lines. His role lands somewhere between 2F / 3F||Nov. 27, 2023||Nov. 29, 2023|
|Dmitry Kulikov||LD||33||1 of 1||76 P3||Veteran 2-way 'D' who is deployed at ES and PK
Keeps his game relatively simple.
Outlets effectively. Pinches down occasionally to extend plays in the offensive zone.
Closes on opponents in his zone. Finishes his checks. Blocks shots on the PK.
Leans third pairing but can slide in to second pairing if required.
Like any NHL defenceman, he's at his best when he plays with poise and doesn't run out of his way to finish a check or chase gaps.||Nov. 27, 2023||Nov. 29, 2023|