Hello and welcome back 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 seek out some of the top performances of players age 23 and under. Today we are going to look at the nine-game slate from Tuesday, November 6th.
This can be useful in a number of ways.
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- Seasonal Fantasy League – This can give you an idea of some of the best young talent around the league, night in and night out.
- 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.
- 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.
3 Diapers of the Night
3rd Diaper: Mikko Rantanen
Rantanen has been one of the most exciting wingers this season. The 22-year-old finished last night’s game with a goal and an assist in 18:25 of ice time. He saw less shifts than he normally would, likely based on the team’s 4-0 lead going into the 3rd period. Rantanen is still tied for the league lead in assists at 20 and leads the NHL in points with 26. There is no slowing this kid down, even in a down stretch for the Avs. They have lost 4 of their last 5 games, but Rantanen continues to produce as he has five points in those five games.
2nd Diaper: David Pastrnak
Pasta is attacking this season the same way he did last year. He is almost averaging a goal per game. Through 17 games, he has 16 goals and seven assists. Against the Leafs over the weekend, he had his second hat trick of the short season and added an assist. He followed that up with last night’s victory over the Golden Knights, providing a goal and an assist. He took three shots on goal and added a hit to his statistics.
Pastrnak is leading the league in goals with a four goal margin over the next guy. Following a 35 goal and 80 point season, it looks like he is ready to match or beat that total. He plays on the top line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, while also skating with the top power play unit. His chances to score will continue to be there as long as he can stay healthy.
1st Diaper: Aleksander Barkov
Barkov led the charge last night, taking care of business at home with a 5-1 win against the Senators. He had two goals on five shots in 19:38. Barkov is currently on a three game point streak. The Panthers have won four out of their last five as well. He had his best season last year with 78 points and could be on pace to continue this run.
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The Panthers are a young team, but they are loaded with talent. Don’t overlook the fact that they are eighth in the Atlantic Division. As of now the team is clicking on all cylinders, and Barkov is a big reason for their recent success.
Joel Eriksson Ek – 1 goal and 2 shots on goal. 1 hit and 1 blocked shot.
Dylan Strome – 1 assist and 2 shots on goal.
Jack Roslovic – 1 goal and 1 shot on goal. 2 blocked shots.
Nathan MacKinnon – 2 assists and 4 shots on goal. 1 hit.
Jordan Greenway – 1 assist and 2 shots on goal. 2 hits.
Ivan Barbashev – 1 assist and 1 hit. 2 blocked shots.
Brendan Perlini – 1 assist, 1 hit and 1 blocked shot.
Clayton Keller – 1 assist and 1 shot on goal.
Juho Lammikko – 1 assist and 1 hit.
Alex Tuch – 1 assist and 2 shots on goal. 3 hits and 1 blocked shot.
Danton Heinen – 1 goal and 2 shots on goal.
Anders Bjork – 1 assist and 1 hit.
Brett Seney – 1 goal and 1 shot on goal.
Jesper Bratt – 1 assist and 3 shots on goal.
Nikolaj Ehlers – 1 goal and 1 assist. 1 shot on goal.
Kyle Connor – 1 assist and 3 shots on goal. 1 hit and 1 blocked shot.
Timo Meier – 1 assist and 3 shots on goal.
Madison Bowey – 1 assist and 3 shots on goal.
Maxime Lajoie – 1 assist.
Jeremy Lauzon – 1 goal and 3 shots on goal. 2 blocked shots.
Samuel Girard – 1 assist and 4 shots on goal. 1 hit and 2 blocked shots.