NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers
NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers

This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.

This week's article includes Chicago's hot captain, a rookie Duck winger, a sophomore D-man in Canada's capital, a big absence in the Sunshine State and goaltending woes again in St. Louis.

First Liners (Risers)

Jonathan Toews, C, CHI – In my home draft keeper league, Toews slid all the way down to the 25th round. Granted, it's an eight-team league with seven keepers, but that drop looks even more outrageous following Toews' hot start. Toews entered the year coming off a 52-point season, which was the fourth consecutive time his output had declined or remained static, and it was the lowest total of his career (lockout-shortened campaign notwithstanding). Two games in and Toews already has five goals.

Max Domi, C, MTL – Domi needed a change of scenery and received one with his trade to the Canadiens for Alex Galchenyuk. Sucker punching Aaron Ekblad in the preseason and receiving a five-game suspension, which potentially should have been more, was not the best way to ingratiate himself with your new team. Domi somewhat erased the memory of that incident in Montreal, notching a pair of assists on opening night followed by another helper in his second game. He is centering the third line, which may hurt his numbers, but he gets a boost in value on the second power-play unit.

Maxime Comtois, LW, ANA – Comtois, drafted 50th overall by the Ducks in 2017, was a long-shot to make the team out of camp, but the injury to

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Jan Levine
Levine covers baseball and hockey for RotoWire. He is responsible for the weekly NL FAAB column for baseball and the Barometer for hockey. In addition to his column writing, he is master of the NHL cheat sheets. In his spare time, he roots for the Mets and Rangers.
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