Pavel Buchnevich, LW/RW, Rangers: The Blueshirts wanted to ease Buchnevich into action, returning from a back injury, but he’s been so consistent and productive, that plan went into the garbage. Buchnevich has a nifty 2-4-6 line since returning four games ago, settling in on the second line and getting a regular shift on the power play. The Rangers viewed him as something of a project when they selected Buchnevich in the third round of the 2013 draft, but he’s already showing a dividend at age 21.
Nino Niederreiter, LW/RW, Wild: His ice time is actually down a spec this year, but that’s a tradeoff we’re willing to make when all of his key fantasy stats (goals, assists, shots) are up. A modest but not-unsustainable jump in shooting percentage is part of the story, but we also have to note a boost in power-play time. He’s also skating on the first Minnesota line, clicking nicely with Eric Staal. The dual-position eligibility is a sellingRead More »from NHL Stock Watch: Pavel Buchnevich rising, Jake Allen falling