NHL Snipers in Diapers – Top Performances from Tuesday Nov. 20

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.

  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 DraftKingsFanDuel, 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.

We had limited action last night, with only one game on the slate. But the youth came up big on the score sheet! However, before we get to that, we need to recognize Jumbo Joe Thornton on his unbelievable achievement. He certainly is not youthful these days around the NHL, although he looks like a middle school child with a 5 o-clock shadow after shaving. He managed to tie Mario Lemieux for 11th all time in assists with 1,033. Congrats Mr. Thornton! Now, let’s see who feasted on the eve of Thanksgiving Eve.

3 Diapers of the Night

3rd Diaper: Kevin Labanc

It was pretty easy to pick out our 3rd diaper of the night, with just one game to choose from. Among players 23 and under, we only saw three guys produce a point. In a losing effort, Labanc managed one assist to go along with three shots on goal and two hits. He provided the secondary assist on San Jose’s second goal in the first period. It was a back and forth game all night, extremely exciting to watch.

Labanc is trying to follow up a season in which he scored 40 points on 11 goals and 29 assists. On a Sharks team as powerful as this one, it would not be a surprise to see the young diaper produce a few career highs this season. Labanc has earned time with the first power play unit, which should be a huge factor in his production. It certainly helps in the assist category as he has three power play assists already. Last year he finished with four goals and 13 assists on the man advantage.

2nd Diaper: Leon Draisaitl

Draisaitl remained on the top line, paired with McDavid last night. Some thoughts came about that these two could have been split up to create more depth throughout the lines. The coaching change to Ken Hitchcock did not affect that line, no matter how tired he was. According to Mike Brehm of USA Today, Hitchcock was quoted saying “He was worried that it was past his bedtime and has not seen a third period all year out West.”

Draisaitl contributed the game winning goal in overtime and added two assists. His 22:15 time on ice was second most among forwards on his team. He is on a four game point streak but even more impressive, is the limited games he was held off the score sheet. Through 21 games in 2018, Draisaitl has put up a point in 16 games. In November alone, the 23-year old has six goals and seven assists. As long as he is paired with McDavid, Draisiatl remains one of the most dangerous wingers in the NHL.

1st Diaper: Connor McDavid

McDavid used his speed to attack the Sharks last night. You know what they say, oil in water can defeat any sea animal. No one actually says that, but I just did! He tied things up in the first period to record his 13th goal of the season. More importantly, it was his 100th career goal. You really hope this kid can have a fully healthy career to eventually pair him with some of the all time greats. An injury riddled rookie season is the only thing that has held back McDavid from reaching three consecutive 100 point seasons.

His speed is Pavel Bure-esque, with and without the puck. He also has an uncanny ability to find his teammates. He made a great move in over time to create some space and freeze the goalie before passing across to Draisaitl for the game winning goal. With 31 points in 21 games, McDavid is second behind Mikko Rantanen of the Avalanche and is well on his way to another 100 point season.

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