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 will look back at all of the best performances by players in diapers.
This can be useful in a number of ways.
- 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: Andre Burakovsky
Burakovsky had a solid, all around night, earning him a spot as 3rd Diaper of the Night. He helped the Capitals pick up a road win in an efficient 12:07 of ice time. The 4th line forward contributed a goal and an assist. He scored on his one shot on net, and added a hit and a blocked shot as well.
In his first five NHL seasons, Burakovsky has put up 20+ points. He has had a slow start to the season in his final year of Diaper Eligibility. Through 17 games, he only has four points and does not contribute on the power play. As long as he is buried on the 4th line, we can’t expect him to really be able to keep up the type of play he displayed last night.
2nd Diaper: Connor McDavid
McDavid had a fantastic game setting up teammates in Edmonton’s 6-2 home victory. He finished with a hat trick of assists, contributing on the first, second and sixth goal of the night. This is nothing new for the man-child, the fastest kid in diapers. In 20:27 of ice time, McDavid also added three shots on net and a hit.
As long as this kid is healthy, he will always be a threat to put up 100 points in a season. He has 26 already, on 10 goals and 16 assists. He is part of the first power play unit, which is where half of his goals have occurred. The speed overwhelms opposing teams and wreaks havoc on the breakaway and opening up lanes for teammates. This is a nice transition to our 1st diaper of the night!
1st Diaper: Leon Draisaitl
Draisaitl was second on the team in ice time at 22:52. The young Edmonton center took four shots on net which led to a goal. He also dished out two assists and blocked a shot. The 2014 3rd overall pick out from Germany really broke out into the league in his second NHL season. He scored 19 goals and 32 assists. But he was not ready to settle for 51 points. In 2016, Draisaitl posted a career best 77 points with 29 goals and 48 assists.
It is clear that the addition of McDavid has boosted the play of Draisaitl. These two should be paired on a line for years to come. He has put up back to back seasons of 70+ points and through 18 games this year has 20. He is a major part of the first power play unit with seven PP points. The possession numbers are down below 50%, but should see his CF% and FF% creep back up as he has consistently been 52.0+ in each of his first four seasons.
Bo Horvat – 1 assist and 3 shots on goal. 22:02 time on ice.
Mathew Barzal – 2 assists and 3 shots on goal.
Aleksander Barkov – 1 assist and 5 shots on goal.
Anthony Cirelli – 1 goal and 2 shots on goal. 1 hit.
Dylan Strome – 1 assist and 1 blocked shot.
Dylan Larkin – 1 assist and 1 hit. 18:52 time on ice.
Michael Rasmussen – 1 goal and 1 shot on goal. 1 hit and 1 blocked shot.
Max Domi – 1 goal and 2 shots on goal. 1 blocked shot.
Adrian Kempe – 1 goal and 1 shot on goal. 1 hit.
Jesper Bratt – 1 assist and 1 hit.
Jake Virtanen – 1 goal and 6 shots on goal. 2 hits.
Oskar Lindblom – 1 assist and 2 hits.
Sam Reinhart – 1 assist and 2 shots on goal.
Lawson Crouse – 1 goal and 2 shots on goal. 2 hits.
Tyler Bertuzzi – 1 assist and 1 blocked shot.
Jakub Vrana – 1 assist and 2 shots on goal. 3 blocked shots.
Jonathan Drouin – 1 assist and 2 shots on goal. 1 blocked shot.
Mitch Marner – 2 assist and 3 shots on goal.
Andreas Johnsson -1 goal and 4 shots on goal. 1 hit and 1 blocked shot.
Kevin Fiala – 1 assist.
Aaron Ekblad – 1 goal and 3 shots on goal. 1 hit and 26:14 time on ice.
Dennis Cholowski – 1 goal and 1 shot on goal. 1 blocked shot and 17:43 time on ice.
Noah Juulsen – 1 assist and 2 shots on goal. 4 hits and 2 blocked shots.
Darnell Nurse – 1 goal and 3 shots on goal. 1 blocked shot.
Travis Dermott – 1 assist. 1 hit and 1 blocked shot.
Juuse Saros – 5 goals against and 32 saves.
Hunter Miska – 8 saves and 1 goal against.