If this is your first time tuning in to the Calder Power Rankings, fret not – you’re only one rendition behind. Two weeks into the 2019-20 NHL campaign I kicked off a new segment that I’ve committed to publishing on a bi-weekly basis as part of the Dobber Prospects Ramblings.
Only one revision in we’ve already seen some big changes as far as rookies are concerned. Some who were off to excellent starts have already begun to fade and others who began quietly have come on strong. So again, without further ado, let’s get into the meat and potatoes.
1. D, Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche (-) | 1-9-10
Despite slowing to a more realistic pace of production over the last two weeks, the standout rookie has continued to make an impression from Colorado’s back end. Since the first edition of the power rankings, Makar has accumulated three assists over the course of five games. Over that short span, there have been two occasions where the rookie has accrued less than a minute of powerplay time, and while it’s no reason to panic, it should be noted that his average deployment on the man advantage was at one point, close to four minutes per game.
2. RW, Ilya Mikheyev, Toronto Maple Leafs (+1) | 4-6-10
Toronto’s third-line stalwart has been a shining star of optimism among a Leafs’ dressing room that seems to be under fire from every angle these days, as much as any. The Soupman’s extremely ordinary and sustainable production pace has continued to be consistent over Toronto’s last six outings, despite essentially zero deployment on the man advantage. In Toronto’s last competition versus Washington, Mike Babcock ran Mikheyev alongside the Leaf’s big-three on a four-forward powerplay unit. It could be an anomaly, but the door hasn’t been shut on the Russian working his way into a more regular spot on the man advantage.
3. D, Quinn Hughes, Vancouver Canucks (+6) | 1-6-7
The eldest Hughes brother has fired up his jets as of late, racking up offense at a point per game pace since October 20th. His powerplay deployment has seen a significant bump thanks to the unreliability of the Canucks other options, and he’s done well on it, with each of his last four points coming on the man advantage. It’s unlikely the team is able to find any reason to reduce this opportunity, and as such, it’s just as realistic to see him continue to climb this list.
4. RW, Victor Olofsson, Buffalo Sabres (-3) | 6-4-10
The Buffalo “sniper” has failed to find the back of the net for six consecutive games after getting off to such an unsustainable start alongside Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart. Olofsson had tallied six goals in his first seven games alongside the duo but has since trailed off. Nonetheless, the 24-year-old is receiving an absurd amount of powerplay deployment from Head Coach, Ralph Krueger, leaving some hope that the rookie will stick on the team’s top line in hopes of a bounce back.
5. C/RW, Martin Necas, Carolina Hurricanes (-1) | 2-4-6
The offense which was hot and heavy from Necas’ third line trio though the first two weeks of the NHL campaign has since slowed, resulting in a one place drop in his power ranking. The ‘Canes forward continues to drive a strong pos