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.
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3 Diapers of the Night
3rd Diaper –Matthew Tkachuk
Tkachuk went wild against last year’s Stanley Cup runner up, Golden Knights. He lit up the score sheet with 2 goals and 2 assists. Tkachuk was not needed for heavy minutes as this game was fairly decided after just 20 minutes. The Flames opened up a 5-0 leading after the first and never looked back.
Tkachuk split his points with a goal and an assist on the power play. The other goal and assist came at even strength. He is deadly out there with the second line consisting of Mickael Backlund, and fellow diaper, Sam Bennett. But more importantly, Tkachuk gets a run on the first power play unit.
He is averaging over a point per game with 25 points in 21 games. His possession metrics are still off the charts with a CF% of 58.4 and a FF% of 56.5. Tkachuk starts the majority of his shifts in the offensive zone, which is newer for him this year. 60.8% of his shifts start in the opponent’s zone.
2nd Diaper – Patrik Laine
It will be rare when a diaper records a hat trick and does not land in the top spot of the night. The Jets pummeled the Canucks 6-3 jumping out to an early 3-1 lead in the 1st period. A hat trick is a hat trick, but the final goal came on an unimpressive empty net. Imagine, the goalie was in net, but invisible to the world and unable to touch the puck. That is how this went down!
Laine did put up 6 shots on goal in 17:25 of ice time which is impressive. He also added a blocked shot. The goals had been hard to come by for Laine early on until the calendar turned to November. Last night was his second hat trick of the month and he is really pouring it on with shots.
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1st Diaper – Kyle Connor
Connor was the main beneficiary of Laine finishing on his shots. He was a part of all three of his goals, which meant a hat trick of assists for Connor. On top of that, he had a power play goal to close the game with a 4-point night. Jacob Markstrom of the Canucks, was peppered all throughout the night. Connor took an incredible 7 shots on goal in under 17 minutes of ice time.
The 21-year-old winger with Winnipeg now has 20 points on the season on 10 goals and 10 assists. He has a five game point streak and a three game goal streak going. At the pace Connor is on right now, he should surpass his career high in points of 57 set last season.
The Jets boast first power play unit that is one of the best in the NHL with Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele, Nikolaj Ehlers, Patrik Laine and Connor. It helps that Connor gets to spend the majority of the game on a line with sharp shooter Laine. The assist numbers should keep creeping up.
Brett Howden – 1 assist and 1 shot on goal.
Filip Chytil – 1 goal and 3 shots on goal. 2 blocked shots.
Jack Eichel – 1 goal and 1 assist. 6 shots on goal and 1 hit.
Casey Mittelstadt – 1 goal and 1 shot on goal.
Pierre-Luc Dubois – 1 goal and 1 assist. 5 shots on goal and 2 hits.
Frederik Gauthier – 1 assist.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi – 2 assists and 1 shot on goal.
Juho Lammikko – 4 assists and 1 shot on goal. 1 hit and 2 blocked shots.
Max Domi – 1 assist and 5 shots on goal. 1 hit.
Aleksander Barkov – 1 goal and 1 assist. 3 shots on goal and 1 blocked shot.
Jared McCann – 1 goal and 1 shot on goal. 1 hit and 2 blocked shots.
Drake Batherson – 1 goal and 1 assist. 2 shots on goal and 1 hit.
Adrian Kempe – 1 assist and 1 shot on goal.
Brayden Point – 2 assists and 2 shots on goal. 1 hit.
Bo Horvat – 1 assist. 2 shots on goal and 1 hit.
Tyler Motte – 1 goal and 4 shots on goal. 4 hits and 3 blocked shots.
Elias Pettersson – 1 goal and 2 shots on goal.
Sam Reinhart – 1 assist. 2 shots on goal and 1 hit.
Tage Thompson – 1 goal and 1 shot on goal. 1 hit and 1 blocked shot.
Mitch Marner – 2 assists and 6 shots on goal.
Kasperi Kapanen – 1 assist and 2 hits.
Jakub Vrana – 1 assist and 1 shot on goal.
Artturi Lehkonen – 1 assist and 4 shots on goal. 3 hits.
Dryden Hunt – 1 assist and 3 hits.
Brady Tkachuk – 1 goal and 5 shots on goal. 1 hit.
Matt Luff – 1 goal and 1 shot on goal. 1 blocked shot.
Elias Lindholm – 1 assist. 1 shot on goal and 1 hit.
Sam Bennett – 1 goal and 4 shots on goal. 1 hit and 1 blocked shot.
Nikolaj Ehlers – 1 assist and 4 shots on goal. 1 blocked shot.
Nikolay Goldobin – 1 goal and 1 assist. 3 shots on goal and 1 hit.
Madison Bowey – 1 assist and 3 hits
Aaron Ekblad – 2 assists and 2 shots on goal. 1 hit and 3 blocked shots.
Thomas Chabot – 1 assist and 3 shots on goal. 1 hit and 1 blocked shot.
Christian Jaros – 1 assist. 1 hit and 1 blocked shot.
Maxime Lajoie – 1 assist.
Erik Cernak – 1 assist. 1 hit and 1 blocked shot.
Noah Hanifin – 1 assist and 1 blocked shot.