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NHL Star Power Index: Jason Robertson is scoring at a rapid pace, Sidney Crosby is still playing at an elite level

NHL Star Power Index: Jason Robertson is scoring at a rapid pace, Sidney Crosby is still playing at an elite level

NHL Star Power Index: Jason Robertson is scoring at a rapid pace, Sidney Crosby is still playing at an elite level

Welcome to the NHL Star Power Index: A weekly indicator of the players who control the league’s substantial gap. When a player is included on this list it may not be a good thing, it means that they are getting a lot of attention from the hockey world.

These players are in no particular order in terms of how much buzz they’re creating. We’ll be reviewing the Star Power Index each week during the regular season.

Jason Robertson He may be entering just his third full NHL season, but that hasn’t stopped him from being among the most dangerous players in the league.

Entering Thursday, Robertson ranks third in both points (31) and goals (16). The Dallas stars the highlight is bound Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid i Vancouver Canucks star Good Horvat for leading the league in that department.

In four games over the past week, Robertson has five goals and one assist, including a pair of two goals against the Colorado Devessall i Chicago Blackhawks.

As crazy as it sounds, Robertson’s two-goal outing against Chicago on Wednesday was just his third multi-goal game of the season. Still, consistency has been a constant theme for the Stars winger as he has scored in 13 of his 20 games during the 2022-23 campaign.

Robertson even had a knack for the dramatic against the Avalanche, scoring his second goal to tie the game at 2-2 with just 25.8 seconds left in regulation. The 23-year-old parked himself low, received a pass from a team-mate Roope Hintzand ripped the puck past the Avalanche goalie Alexander Georgiev.

It’s no secret why the Stars locked up Robertson to a four-year, $31 million contract rather than risk moving on from a 2017 second-round pick. Robertson is clearly the face of the franchise in Dallas and it’s one of the main reasons the Stars have gotten off to such a great start this season.

Even at 35, Sidney Crosby he remains one of the NHL’s elite players. In recent weeks, he’s certainly been putting that fact on display.

During his last four games, the Pittsburgh Penguins The captain has added three goals and seven assists in a sensational offensive stretch. Crosby has recorded multiple points in three of those four games, while recording four points in two of those contests.

Crosby had a big game on Sunday, tallying a goal and three assists in a 5-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Crosby recorded the primary assists on his teammates’ goals Rickard Rakell i Jeff Carter.

Crosby’s assist on Rakell’s goal was an example of Crosby’s incredible vision on the ice. Early in the second period of Sunday’s game, Crosby received the puck Marcus Pettersson in the faceoff circle and made a cross-ice pass over Rakell’s stick tape. Rakell certainly didn’t miss the unique opportunity when he beat a Blackhawks goalie. Arvid Soderblom.

During last Thursday’s 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Wild, Crosby also had a big game with two goals and two assists. Crosby scored or assisted on four of Pittsburgh’s six goals on the night.

Crosby currently leads the Penguins in points (27), goals (10) and assists (17) this season.

It’s downright impressive that Crosby is still playing at such an incredibly high level at this stage in his career. After missing seven straight games earlier this season, Crosby has been a huge part of the turnaround for the Penguins as they are currently on a three-game winning streak.

The Winnipeg Jets expected to be among the worst teams in the league and even in the running for top prospect Connor Bedard in the 2023 NHL Draft. However, the Jets have gone an astounding 11-5-1 and a goaltender Connor Hellebuyck he is one of the main reasons for the team’s early season success.

Hellebuyck ranks fourth in the NHL in save percentage (.928) and seventh in goals-against average (2.35) in 14 starts this season. The 29-year-old also has a pair of shutouts to his name, which is tied for first in the league along with Detroit. Ville Husso and Las Vegas Logan Thompson.

The Jets goaltender has allowed two goals or less in eight of his 14 starts, while allowing one goal or less in four of those starts. Hellebuyck is in the midst of a strong November in which he has compiled a 4-3-0 record along with a solid 2.29 goals-against average and .924 save percentage.

Aside from a forgettable six-goal outing against the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday, Hellebuyck allowed just seven goals in three starts over the past week and stopped at least 29 shots in each contest. He turned aside 29 of the 31 shots he faced in a tough 3-0 loss against the Penguins on Saturday.

With the Jets averaging just 2.94 goals per game, Winnipeg has leaned on Hellebuyck to carry the team in most games this season. His 424 saves are good for second in the entire NHL and he’s turned away more than 40 shots on three occasions so far in the 2022-23 season.

If Hellebuyck continues to play at an elite level, it’s hard to imagine the Jets at least hovering around the playoff race for most of the regular season.

Looking at the opposite end of the goalkeeper spectrum, Sergei Bobrovsky does not have a flag year for Florida panthers team that won the Presidents Trophy last season.

In 11 starts, Bobrovsky has posted a 4-5-1 record, a 3.62 goals-against average and an .888 save percentage. His goals-against percentage and save percentage rank outside the top 50 ranked netminders in the league.

Bobrovsky has had five games in which he has given up at least four goals, including giving up five goals in two of those games. After recording a 3.06 goals-against average in the first month of the season, November has been even worse for the 34-year-old, posting a brutal 4.38 goals-against average and a savings of 0.877.

It’s quite possible that Father Time is simply catching up with Bobrovsky. In each of his last three seasons before the 2022-23 campaign, Bobrovsky has posted goals-against averages of 3.23, 2.91 and 2.67. That’s certainly not what the Panthers envisioned when they signed the veteran goaltender to a seven-year, $70 million contract in 2019.

Bobrovsky is currently splitting time with a 21-year-old Spencer Knight in net for the Panthers. Bobrovsky has started 11 games compared to Knight’s 10 contests.

Given Bobrovsky’s recent struggles, it may be time to hand the starting job to Knight. After all, Knight has a 6-3-1 record, a 2.39 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage on the year so far. Giving Knight more time may be a necessary change for a team that currently sits at just 10-8-2 (22 points) and is in fifth place in the Atlantic Division.





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