We are now 10-12 games into the NHL season which means we have seen about 3 weeks of games now from teams. With that comes some surprising stars through the first month of play.
#1 on the rising stars list….
- Gabriel Landeskog: After Colorado absolutely sh*t the bed in 2016-17 as did Landeskog with only 33 points in 77 games, he managed to bounce back big time last season tallying 62 points in 78 games. While now he is off to an even bigger tear totaling 16 points in 12 games. Landeskog has seemed to be getting back into his rhythm playing hockey like the 1st round, 2nd overall pick he was set out to be.
- Mikko Rantanen: Another Colorado counter part, but holy sh*t has Rantanen been on a tear to start the year. He leads the league with 21 points in 12 games, tallying 5 goals and 16 assists along with 4 power play points. He made his mark last season with a 55 point season but Rantanen is on pace for 55 points by All-Star break time. Started out ranked 62 in Yahoo rankings and is now #1, what a jump.
- Sebastian Aho: We can say this kid knows a thing or two about finishing. Aho has been the bright spot in Carolina now once again, but he is dong it an consistent rate thus far. Aho has 4 goals and 12 assists along with 3 power play points and 2 game winning goals. Aho started out 61 and is now ranked seventh. Last year he totaled 65 points in 78 games, but right now we are witnessing a possible career high for the young Finland star.
- Morgan Rielly: Toronto has scored some absurd amount of goals to start the regular season and Rielly has picked up his fair share of helpers in that. Rielly has 10 assists on the year along with 4 goals and 6 power play points. Rielly has not scored more than 9 goals in a year during his career, he has 4 already. He is coming off his best year of 52 points and seems to be making a push for that high caliber #1 defenseman role the Maple Leafs need. Rielly started out ranked 129 and is ranked #12 now.
- Ryan O’Reilly: What a change of pace for this beauty. O’Reilly has always been a solid center and a decent fantasy option but this year he seems to be really be gelling in St.Louis and enjoying his time with David Perron. O’Reilly has 3 goals and 11 assists along with 6 power play points. Definitely a player that can continue down this trend and keep it up all year round. O’Reilly started ranked #137 and is ranked 42. Hopefully now St. Louis wakes up.
- Kyle Palmieri: This guy dealt with a handful of injuries last season and was never really healthy, it is obvious to see what he can do when he is healthy and playing with competent line mates. Palmieri has 8 goals and 5 assists on the year along with 6 power play points and 2 game winning goals. If Palmieri can stay healthy this season it seems like it can be a constant to see him in the top 50 rankings throughout the year. He was ranked 130 at the beginning of the year and is now ranked 13.