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NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers

Jan Levine

Levine covers baseball, basketball and hockey for RotoWire. In addition to his column writing, he's the master of the MLB and NHL cheatsheets. In his spare time, he roots for the Mets.

This week’s article includes a pair of third-line centers, somewhat of an unknown in Tampa, P.K. rolling, Bobby Lu close to returning and a young D-man enduring growing pains.

First Liners (Risers)

Lars Eller, C, WAS – Eller has had a pretty good start to 2018. In 14 games prior to Sunday’s contest, Washington’s third-line center has tallied six goals and five assists to up his season marks to 11 and 17. Saturday, Eller, who came over to the Caps in 2016 from the Canadiens, inked a five-year deal worth $3.5 million annually. Eller’s recent upswing in scoring has been aided by a shooting percentage of 25, so expect a decline, but he still has value in deeper leagues and daily formats.

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