NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers
NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers

This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.

This week's article includes the other center in Edmonton, a hot Canadiens wing, Darcy who, another man down in the Desert and Kessel not Phil-ing up nets.

First Liners (Risers)

Nolan Patrick, C, PHI - Patrick, the second overall pick in 2017, has been somewhat overshadowed by Nico Hischier, who was drafted first. After a slow start, Patrick has really upped his game lately. Through Friday's games, Patrick has seven goals and 15 points, along with a plus-4 rating, in the last 20 games. That hot streak has increased his season total to 26 points; just shy of the 30 he tallied as a rookie. Patrick is centering Philly's top line with Claude Giroux and Travis Konecny, but check his status as he left Sunday's game early with a laceration.

Leon Draisaitl, C, EDM -
Connor who? Just kidding, but Draisaitl is having a stellar season in his own right. The third overall pick in 2014 notched a goal and an assist Monday, giving the German-born forward 41 goals and 42 assists this year. Draisaitl's 83 points are a career high and with less than 20 games remaining, reaching 100 is not out of the question. The team around McDavid and Draisaitl, save for a few pieces, needs a lot of work, but that duo is keeping the Oilers on the fringes of the postseason race.

Brendan Gallagher, RW, MTL -
Gallagher tallied a career-high 31 goals last season, rebounding from a career-low performance the

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Jan Levine
Levine covers baseball and hockey for RotoWire. He is responsible for the weekly NL FAAB column for baseball and the Barometer for hockey. In addition to his column writing, he is master of the NHL cheat sheets. In his spare time, he roots for the Mets and Rangers.
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