This week’s article includes old is new and new is old, Columbus-Winnipeg swapping problem children, COVID absences coming fast and furious, Jump Joe down a month and Vancouver’s probable future No. 1 netminder scuffling.
First Liners (Risers)
Jeff Carter, C, LA – Carter was brilliant after coming to L.A., stepping in as the team’s second-line center, aiding the Kings winning a pair of Cups. Unfortunately, the good times ran out quickly, as Carter, after getting injured during the 2017-18 campaign, saw his production crater the following two seasons. Carter has found the fountain of youth this season, posting a one goal, four helpers and 20 shots on net in only six games. Keep in mind that Gabriel Vilardi looms as the third-line center and Alex Turcotte is in the pipeline, so be prepared to jump at the first sign of trouble.
Oliver Bjorkstrand, RW, CLM – Bjorkstrand, who tallied 40 points in 2017-18 and 36 in 2018-19, missed 21 games during the abbreviated 2019-20 regular season due to rib and ankle injuries, but as we noted in our preseason outlook, he was pretty productive when healthy, racking up 21 goals, 15 assists, six power-play points and 162 shots while averaging 17:56 of ice time in 49 games. Early in the 2020-21 season, Bjorkstrand looks like he might exceed the 40 points he scored three years ago, already notching a pair of goals and three assists in six games. Keep an eye, though, on how the