This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.This week's article includes the "other" center in Pittsburgh, a Winnipeg blueliner stepping up, the new No. 1 netminder in Calgary and last year's second overall pick scuffling in Carolina.
First Liners (Risers)
Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT – Malkin sometimes gets lost in Sidney Crosby's shadow, but he is an elite center in his own right. After posting 58 points in 57 games in 2015-16, Malkin notched 72 in 62 games the following year before tallying 98 points last year – his most since 2011-12. Malkin, the 2004 second overall pick. has struggled slightly this season but appears to be waking up with two goals and nine points in his last six games, giving him 14 goals and 49 points in 45 contests.
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