Another week of fantasy hockey and some food for thought …
That's Nick Suzuki's TOI per game since Jesperi Kotkaniemi was assigned to the AHL, including a team-leading 2:53 on the power play. It's too early to call Kotkaniemi a bust, but the Habs are basically admitting that they rushed the scrawny teen into the NHL, and that Suzuki has already leapfrogged him on the depth chart. Giving so much quality playing time to Suzuki is a testament to their coach's trust in him, but also the lack of quality depth at center. Regardless, Suzuki is playing on a line with a Hall of Fame-caliber finisher in Ilya Kovalchuk, who has been nothing short of terrific with the Habs, and Joel Armia, an underrated finisher who was once a heralded goal scorer in the Finnish league. Suzuki is owned in just 12 percent of Yahoo leagues, and with his upside and opportunity, he is a must-have. As the Habs — presumably — deal more of their veterans at the deadline, look for the coaches to perhaps give Suzuki even more playing time.
That's Barclay Goodrow's TOI per game since Jan. 1, a three-and-half minute increase from his October average of 14:16. He played 19:40 in the Sharks' first game since Tomas Hertl's injury, and has become the de facto top center with Evander Kane and Timo Meier on his wings. With the only other options being a very old Joe Thornton, part-time