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NHL Snipers in Diapers – Top Performances from Monday Oct. 29

VANCOUVER, BC – SEPTEMBER 20: Vancouver Canucks centre Elias Pettersson (40) skates against the Los Angeles Kings in a NHL hockey game on September 20, 2018, at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC. (Photo by Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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? Well let me tell you!

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.

Tonight was a very small slate with just two games. The Calgary Flames stayed in Canada as they traveled to Toronto to take on the Leafs sans Auston Matthews. The late game was a match up between the Minnesota Wild and the Vancouver Canucks minus the twins from The Shining, I mean the Sedin twins. By the way, maybe one day we can create another list opposite of Snipers in Diapers featuring the elder skates-men. May need some help in the comments or on twitter @RickyOlshansky for potential names for that article!

Anyways, let’s get down to business!

3 Diapers of the Night

3rd Diaper: Jordan Greenway, Wild

Greenway is what we would call a monster diaper. This 21-year-old is 6’6” and 227 LBS. He only appeared in six games last season tallying more hits than shots on goal. Greenway had one assist in those six games.

In his 16th career game last night, Greenway finally scored his first career goal. Albeit in a 5-2 loss to the Canucks, it had to feel good to get off the schnide.

2nd Diaper: Elias Lindholm, Flames

Lindholm finished last night’s victory with a goal and an assist. He played just south of 20 minutes and produced six shots on net. He won’t have much of an opportunity to make this list as he is about to graduate out of diapers early in December.

Lindholm is off to a hot start with eight goals and four assists in just 12 games. He is on pace to shatter his career high for goals in a season which stands at 17. He spent the first five seasons of his career with the Hurricanes before his move to Calgary. Now he plays on the Flames third line, but more importantly, the first power play unit.

1st Diaper: Elias Pettersson, Canucks

If I were to get a nickel for every time the 1st and 2nd Diaper were Elias and Elias, I’ll probably only have one nickel by the end of the season. But Pettersson is back baby! He proved that one game of rust is all that was needed before exploding back onto the scene with two goals in their win over the Leafs last night.

Pettersson has kept pace in goals as he now has seven goals in seven games played. The former fifth overall pick in the 2017 draft looks poised to continue the roll he is on. An underlying statistic that stands out is where he begins the majority of his shifts. 59.3% of the time, coach has him begin a shift in the offensive zone. This maximizes his time on offense to exploit his scoring talent.

Honorable Mentions

Centers:

Bo Horvat, Canucks – 1 assist and a +2. 3 shots on goal

Wingers:

Mitch Marner, Leafs – 1 assist with 2 shots on goal and 2 hits.

Jake Virtanen, Canucks – 1 goal and 4 shots on net. 2 hits in just 10:42 time on ice.

Brock Boeser, Canucks – 1 assist and a +2.

Defense:

Nikolay Goldobin, Canucks – 1 assist and 11:57 time on ice.

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