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NHL Snipers in Diapers – Top Performances from Sunday Oct. 28

Timo Meier – Picture by Zeke of The Hockey Writers

Hello and welcome to the next list of NHL Snipers in Diapers! This is your non-stop shop for the youth movement in the NHL. You might be thinking, what in the heck does that mean?

You can easily find your lists of ‘Top 25 Under 25’ around the wide web of the world, but this will not simply just be a list of everyone 25 and under. What we will provide you (potential readers) is a daily, or near daily discussion of the slate of games the night prior and weed out some of the top performances of players age 23 and under.

This can be useful in a number of ways.

  1. Seasonal Fantasy League – This can give you an idea of some of the best young talent around the league, night in and night out.
  2. DFS – If you play daily fantasy sports on DraftKings, FanDuel, or one of the many DFS websites, you may see some of these young studs names appear on your list. In some cases, you may find them cheaper than some of the more established talent in the league.
  3. Draft/Dynasty – Have you ever been part of a dynasty fantasy league? If not, I highly recommend it. It brings the armchair GMs out of their comfort zone and gives you the opportunity to really build your franchise from the ground up. If you do partake in a dynasty league, you know better than most that you need young talent to build your team now, and for the future.

The way this will work is by starting with the 3rd, 2nd, and 1st Diaper of the Night. Much the same way the NHL gives out stars at the end of each game. If Dick Vitale can talk about Diaper Dandies, it only seems fair that hockey can give out Diapers as well. We will then list off the other productive Centers, Wingers, Defense and Goalies from the slate.

It was a six-game slate to end the weekend with a ton of action from the NHL youngsters. Now let’s get the show on the road!

3 Diapers of the Night

3rd Diaper: W Alex Tuch Golden Knights

Tuch has only appeared in three games this season. He has returned from injury and came through in a big way for the Knights last night. He tallied his first two goals of the season to help carry his team into overtime.

The right-winger was a nice addition to the Knights in their inaugural season after posting 37 points on 15 goals and 22 assists. Let’s look for him to continue to improve now that he is healthy.

2nd Diaper: D Tony DeAngelo Rangers

DeAngelo’s first season NHL season did not go according to plan only appearing in 39 games and totaling 14 points. The next season, he joined the Rangers and not much changed. Now 23 years old and in his second season with the Rangers, he has been given three games of action. Last night he did not disappoint.

Against the L.A. Kings on the road, albeit not against Jonathan Quick, DeAngelo had his first goal of the season. He also added a helper in the third period which tied the game. DeAngelo now has four points in three games. His overall playing time is concerning for future performances, but the let the man have his time in the spotlight.

1st Diaper: W Timo Meier Sharks

Meier on the other hand is a name that we need to remember for DFS and season long formats. He and his line of Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl have been clicking on all cylinders lately. Meier has spent much of the season on the second line and the second power play unit.

He had an outstanding game against Anaheim on the road with two goals and an assist. One of those goals happened to be the game winner in overtime. He finished as a +4 and had four shots on goal. I fully expect this run he is on to continue in the future as his possession metrics are off the chart with a CF% of 59.3 and a FF% of 62.1.

Honorable Mentions

Centers:

Connor McDavid, Oilers – Game winning goal in overtime.

Leon Draisaitl, Oilers – 1 assist and 16:52 time on ice.

Dylan Larkin, Red Wings – 2 assists and 3 shots on goal. 9-3 in the face off dot.

Sebastian Aho, Hurricanes – 1 assist and 4 shots on goal. 22+ minutes on ice.

Rourke Chartier, Sharks – 1st career goal.

Brett Howden, Rangers – 1 assist. +2 with 2 hits and 2 blocked shots.

Wingers:

Pavel Buchnevich, Rangers – 1 assist.

Defense:

Thomas Chabot, Senators – 2 assists. 25:02 time on ice, 2 shots on goal and 2 blocked shots.

Darnell Nurse, Oilers – 1 assist with 2 hits and 2 shots on goal.

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