Prospect Ramblings: Werenski and Vesey’s Hot Starts, First NHL Goals

Kevin LeBlanc

2016-11-02

 

Welcome back to another Wednesday Ramblings! Plenty to sift through from 12 games in the NHL last night, as well as some CHL news and notes. 

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Zach Werenski continues what I consider to be the most impressive rookie display of this young season. Not to take away from anything that Auston Matthews, William Nylander, Patrik Laine or Jimmy Vesey have done, but for a 19-year-old to step in and play 22 minutes a night on the blueline and produce is quite impressive. 

The former Michigan Wolverine racked up two assists last night in a 3-2 overtime win over the Dallas Stars pushing his point total on the season to eight in eight games played. He is currently tied for fourth among rookie scorers, and six among all NHL defensemen in points. 

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Jimmy Vesey added to his scorching season start with a goal and two assists in a 5-0 thumping of the St. Louis Blue in MSG last night. The Rangers have won five of their last six, and last years Hobey Baker Award winner is a big reason why. In those six games, Vesey has totaled five goals and three assists, while playing significant minutes at even strength and on the power play. 

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A couple of first NHL goals last night! Congratulations to Denis Malgin of the Florida Panthers and Lawson Crouse of the Arizona Coyotes, who both potted their first of what should be many goals scored at the NHL level. I wouldn't be surprised to see Crouse sent back to Junior, where he would be a major boost to the Kingston Frontenacs push for a playoff spot in the OHL. 

Malgin is AHL eligible, and could be bumped down when Florida returns currently injured forwards Jussi Jokinen and Nick Bjugstad to the lineup next week. 

 

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Darnell Nurse scored a bullet of a goal last night to tie the Toronto-Edmonton game at two before heading into overtime. He's quietly put together a very solid multi-category season for the Oilers with four points, 16 shots on goal, 25 hits and 11 blocked shots while playing under 18 minutes a night. 

If his offense continues to come together, he can really take a step forward as a fantasy asset moving forward. Look how he takes this pass and walks the line to a better shooting position. This is something we wouldn't have seen out of him last season.