This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.
This week's article includes Wild Bill, the eldest Tkachuk brother, Ovechkin, a Nurse healing fantasy rosters and a struggling big-name winger in Calgary.
First Liners (Risers)
William Karlsson, C, LV – Karlsson came out of nowhere to score 43 goals and 35 assists last season in Las Vegas' inaugural campaign. After signing a one-year, $5.25 million dead this offseason, Karlsson was set up for a big payday with another strong season. The Golden Knights' top center got off to a slow start but has more than picked it up with four goals in the last four games and eight in the last 11 to give him 13 goals and 26 points through 35 games.
Anthony Cirelli, C, TB – Another week, another Tampa Bay center on this side of the list. I could have gone with Stamkos, who notched a hat trick Monday, but I opted to go with Cirelli. A Calder candidate coming into the season, Cirelli got off to a bit of a slow start. But he recently rang up a four-game, six-point scoring streak that included five goals, giving Cirelli nine goals and four assists on the season. His numbers will be hurt by his third-line placement, but the future is bright for Cirelli.
Matthew Tkachuk, RW, CGY – Tkachuk's 48 and 49 points his first two seasons as an 18- and 19-year-old look like preliminaries to the main event. His game-winning tally Saturday and two points Sunday gave the Calgary winger with the