The identical goes for a bounce again. It takes energy and resiliency to mud your self off after a down season (whether or not injury-induced or simply plain outdated off-pace play) and regain outdated type. Most of the gamers highlighted on this week’s energy rankings are doing precisely that.

1. Toronto Maple Leafs (17-6-1)
Alex Kerfoot noticed a dip in his manufacturing in every of the previous two COVID-shortened seasons. Now, his first full 82-game marketing campaign with the Maple Leafs has him on tempo for a profession yr. With 16 factors via 24 video games, together with 10 factors within the Maple Leafs’ red-hot November, he’s already simply seven shy of final yr’s 56-game complete.

2. Florida Panthers (15-4-3)
Defenceman Aaron Ekblad was taking part in a few of his finest hockey when he went down with a devastating season-ending damage final spring. Now wholesome, he’s blowing final yr’s stats away. At present at 20 factors via 22 video games, he wants simply two extra to match final yr’s 35-game complete, and his 0.91 points-per-game tempo has him projected for a career-high by a mile.

3. Washington Capitals (14-4-5)
By the tip of final season, it seemed like Evgeny Kuznetsov’s days in D.C. could be carried out, his seven objectives and 29 factors in 41 video games rating him tenth and sixth on the group’s leaderboard, respectively, and GM Brian MacLellan (deliberately or not) stirring the hypothesis. Kuznetsov’s 20 assists via 23 video games this yr already matches final yr’s complete, whereas his 27 factors have him wanting like he’s again on monitor.

4. Edmonton Oilers (16-5-0)
In 14 appearances this season, goalie Mikko Koskinen has a report of 12-2, that’s only one win shy of final season, in half the begins. After a troublesome 2021 marketing campaign, the No. 1 netminder is having precisely the sort of yr each he and his group wants.

5. Carolina Hurricanes (15-5-1)
Carolina took an opportunity on Freddie Andersen’s capacity to bounce again from an injury-riddled, up-and-down ultimate season with the Maple Leafs, and it undoubtedly paid off. Two extra wins this season may have him matching final yr’s complete already, whereas his 2.05 GAA and .928 save proportion are each career-bests.

6. Calgary Flames (13-4-5)
With 9 objectives and a team-leading 25 factors via 22 video games, Johnny Gaudreau is wanting extra just like the 80-plus-point participant we noticed dominate the Pacific Division just some seasons in the past. Whereas the very best story in Calgary is the play of breakout sensation Andrew Mangiapane, Gaudreau’s bounce-back helps propel this membership again into relevance. Johnny Hockey is again.

7. Tampa Bay Lightning (12-5-4)
Captain Steven Stamkos has handled greater than his fair proportion of accidents over the course of his profession, together with final season, which makes this yr’s scorching begin , 11 objectives and 24 factors in 20 video games, all of the extra gratifying to see.

8. New York Rangers (14-4-3)
Overlook a couple of bounce again, at 30 years outdated and with a team-leading 16 objectives via 21 video games, Chris Kreider is having fun with a breakout season we didn’t even know he wanted.

9. Minnesota Wild (15-6-1)

Ryan Hartman’s finest season was his first full marketing campaign within the NHL, he tallied 19 objectives and 31 factors in 76 video games with the Blackhawks in 2016-17, however since then, he’s struggled to stay with a group, hitting double-digit objectives simply as soon as (10 objectives in 2018-19 with Nashville). Till now, that’s. With a dozen objectives and 18 factors via his first 22 video games of the season with Minnesota, Hartman is nicely on his technique to his finest yr but.

Ryan Hartman’s on a 45-goal tempo. Took a pay reduce this season to earn $1.7 million a yr.

10. Colorado Avalanche (11-7-1)
After posting strong 30-plus factors in back-to-back COVID-shortened seasons, nobody was truly calling for a bounce-back (or a breakout, for that matter!) for Nazem Kadri. And but right here he’s, lighting the league on fireplace to the tune of 9 objectives and 29 factors in simply 19 video games, simply three factors off final yr’s 56-game complete. Contemplating Colorado’s lengthy checklist of accidents up entrance and his personal contract standing (he’s due a brand new deal in July), his timing couldn’t be higher.

11. Pittsburgh Penguins (10-8-5)
Based mostly on the best way he’s taking part in, you’d by no means know Tristan Jarry’s 2021 playoffs ended as disastrously as they did. His capacity to rebound from final spring and put up the very best numbers of his profession, 1.97 GAA, .933 save proportion, present simply how resilient the netminder is, and the way proper Pittsburgh was to belief him with one other shot.

12. Anaheim Geese (13-8-3)

There’s no query about who the membership’s breakout star is: Troy Terry’s acquired 15 objectives and 25 factors in 23 video games. On the (literal) centre of the winger’s success is veteran captain and bounce-back candidate Ryan Getzlaf, who seems rejuvenated by his new, younger linemate. The 36-year-old, who earlier this season set the Geese’ new all-time franchise factors report, has already tallied 20 factors on the season, three greater than final yr’s 48-game complete and has assisted on 9 of Terry’s objectives this yr. Right here’s hoping a lower-body damage suffered towards the Kings Tuesday evening doesn’t hold him sidelined lengthy.

Ryan Getzlaf’s lower-body damage might be re-evaluated, however Geese coach Dallas Eakins says: “It’s by no means good when a man doesn’t come again in a sport, particularly him, as a result of he’s as robust as they arrive.”

Can be unhappy if severe. Getzlaf is revitalized with 20 factors in 23 video games.

13. Vegas Golden Knights (12-10-0)

After a breakout 60-point season in Vegas’ inaugural marketing campaign, Reilly Smith saved tempo with back-to-back 50-plus-point years the next two, however a dip in manufacturing final season set him up for a comeback in 2021-22. After posting 14 objectives and 25 factors in 53 video games final yr, Smith already has 10 objectives and 16 factors via 22 video games.

14. St. Louis Blues (12-7-3)
After accidents restricted him to simply 34 video games mixed the previous two seasons, it seemed like a contemporary begin was in retailer for Vladimir Tarasenko, however seven objectives, matching that two-year complete and 19 factors via 22 video games this yr with the Blues tells us these struggles (and maybe that commerce request, too) are firmly prior to now.

15. Nashville Predators (12-9-1)
Simply 22 video games into the season, Matt Duchene has already matched his aim complete of 2019-20, his first season with Nashville and greater than doubled that of his second, giving the Predators hope he’s lastly turning into the participant they thought they signed..

16. Columbus Blue Jackets (12-8-0)
Patrik Laine wager on himself to bounce again from a down yr in 2020-21, and he was nicely on his technique to making good on it, 10 factors in 9 video games, earlier than an indirect damage sidelined him a number of weeks. Right here’s hoping he picks up the place he left off upon his return.

17. Boston Bruins (11-8-0)
Depth scoring, lengthy a wrestle with these Bruins, seems like a difficulty to deal with as soon as once more, however Charlie Coyle’s manufacturing thus far this season gives some hope in that regard. His six objectives via 19 video games matches final yr’s 51-game complete and has him on tempo for his most efficient season as a Bruin.

18. Winnipeg Jets (10-8-4)
A collection of nagging accidents hindered any hopes of creating good on his contemporary begin in Winnipeg final season, however this yr had “bounce again” written throughout it for Pierre-Luc Dubois and he has lived as much as the billing. In simply 22 video games, the 23-year-old has already surpassed final season’s aim complete, with 11, and his 18 factors are good for second on the group. He’s wanting proper at house in Winnipeg’s high six.

19. San Jose Sharks (12-9-1)
Erik Karlsson’s manufacturing headed south when he did, however his numbers appear to be they’re on the rise once more because the dual-threat defender seems to regain type in his fourth season in San Jose. A dozen factors via 16 video games has him on tempo for a statistical bounce again.

20. Dallas Stars (11-7-2)
Truthfully, take your choose: It’s nice to see Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov bounce again from accidents, however let’s flip to the crease for this early-season comeback story: Braden Holtby struggled in Vancouver, posting simply seven wins with career-lows in GAA. Now, regardless of Dallas’ crease wanting fairly crowded, Holtby’s getting sufficient taking part in time to show these numbers and his fortunes round.

21. Detroit Crimson Wings (12-9-3)
After seeing his numbers dip barely in two straight seasons, Dylan Larkin, he of 10 objectives and 19 factors in 19 video games, is on tempo to exceed his 32-goal, 73-point profession highs of 2018-19.

22. New Jersey Devils (9-7-4)
Andreas Johnston tallied 20 objectives and 43 factors with the 2018-19 Maple Leafs, however hasn’t come near that sort of manufacturing since, regardless of nonetheless taking part in nicely for the rebuilding Devils. This yr, nonetheless, feels totally different: The 27-year-old is flourishing on this younger membership, main New Jersey in objectives (9) and factors (18) and already surpassing his manufacturing from every of the previous two seasons.

23. Los Angeles Kings (9-8-4)
It feels sort of incorrect to label what Anze Kopitar is doing, eight objectives and 23 factors in his first 21 video games of the season, as a bounce again, contemplating how spectacular final yr’s stats had been. In spite of everything, 50 factors in 56 video games on a struggling group is certainly not disappointing. Nonetheless … the best way Kopitar is taking part in appears like a throwback (or, ahem, a bounce again) to his 92-point marketing campaign of 2017-18, doesn’t it?

24. Philadelphia Flyers (8-9-4)

No goaltender within the NHL loved as excessive an increase and as steep a drop from one season to the subsequent as Carter Hart did between his first two campaigns and his third. Hart’s fourth, although, has him again within the highlight for all the proper causes. Bother is, his group can’t appear to maintain up.

If I am Carter Hart I’d take my pads off and throw them in the midst of the room and say okay guys it is your flip.

25. Buffalo Sabres (8-11-3)
Jeff Skinner’s scoring actually dropped off the previous two years, he went from scoring 40 objectives in his first Sabres season in 2018-19 to simply 14 a yr later, and solely seven in 2020-21. Now 22 video games into this season, the 29-year-old has eight objectives and 15 factors, placing him on tempo for 55 factors. Nonetheless not the Skinner of some years in the past, however a lot nearer to what we all know he’s able to.

26. Seattle Kraken (8-13-2)
After seeing his regular-season manufacturing fizzle out a bit final yr with the Blues, a contemporary begin in Seattle has introduced some fairly strong manufacturing for Jaden Schwartz to the tune of 17 factors via 22 video games. His present scoring tempo, sitting at 0.77 factors per sport, has him nearing the sort of manufacturing we noticed from him just some years in the past.

27. Chicago Blackhawks (7-12-2)
Examine the primary half of his season to his second, and also you’ve acquired fairly the bounce again for Marc-Andre Fleury, who’s rebounded from a winless first month in Chicago and put collectively a four-game win streak in November whereas posting stats we’re used to seeing beside the Vezina winner’s title. Flower’s again!

28. Montreal Canadiens (6-16-2)
After he opened up about stepping away from the sport to deal with his well being, Jonathan Drouin’s success thus far on this tough Canadiens season (three objectives and 12 factors in 18 video games) is the sort of success that’s greater than the sport.

29. New York Islanders (5-10-2)
The way in which this season is trending, it’s robust to seek out positives on Lengthy Island. Nearly everyone seems to be seeing a dip in manufacturing whereas this franchise finds itself in determined want of a full-team rebound. Keep watch over Brock Nelson’s manufacturing, although, the chief within the clubhouse, who’s acquired a capturing proportion of twenty-two.5, is on tempo to match 2019-20’s spectacular career-best manufacturing.

30. Vancouver Canucks (8-14-2)
The way in which this season is trending, it’s robust to seek out positives on Lengthy Island. Nearly everyone seems to be seeing a dip in manufacturing whereas this franchise finds itself in determined want of a full-team rebound. Keep watch over Brock Nelson’s manufacturing, although, the chief within the clubhouse, who’s acquired a capturing proportion of twenty-two.5, is on tempo to match 2019-20’s spectacular career-best manufacturing.

31. Arizona Coyotes (5-16-2)
Everyone knows the actual bounce-back winner right here belong to these candy Kachina threads which can be again within the common rotation, however the play of Shayne Gostisbehere is value a shoutout, too. His time was clearly up in Philadelphia after a pair of underwhelming seasons, however he’s profiting from his alternative within the desert, notably in relation to producing offence from the blue line. A trio of objectives and 16 factors via 23 video games has him wanting extra just like the Flyers’ breakout blue-liner of 2017-18.

32. Ottawa Senators (4-15-1)
Not a lot hope occurring in Ottawa today, with manufacturing drying up and wins few and much between. Tyler Ennis’ comeback season slowed down, however with 9 factors in 18 video games he may nonetheless return to the respectable numbers he posted in his first Senators stint.

 

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