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NHL Star Power Index: Jason Robertson scores at a rapid rate, and Sidney Crosby still plays at the elite level

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Welcome to the NHL Star Power Index: a weekly gauge of the players who control the buzz around the league. When a player is included on this list, it might not be a good thing – it just means that he’s getting a great deal of the hockey world’s attention.

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These players are in no particular order when it comes to the amount of engagement they generate. We will be revisiting the Star Power Index every week throughout the regular season.

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Jason Robertson may only be starting his third full season in the NHL, but that hasn’t stopped him from positioning himself among the league’s most dangerous players.

Robertson entered Thursday ranked third in points (31) and goals (16). The Dallas stars Fore linked Edmonton Oilers Star Connor McDavid and Vancouver Canucks The star Bo Horvat to lead the league in that division.

In four games over the past week, Robertson has scored five goals and an assist, including a pair of two own goals. Colorado Avalanche And the Chicago Blackhawks.

As crazy as it sounds, Robertson’s two-goal walkout against Chicago on Wednesday was his third multi-goal game of the season. However, consistency has been a constant theme for the star winger as he has scored in 13 out of 20 matches during the 2022-23 season.

Robertson even had a penchant for drama against the Avalanche as he scored his second goal to tie the game at 2-2 with just 25.8 seconds left. The 23-year-old stopped himself low, received a pass from teammate Rob Hintze, and ripped the puck off goalkeeper Alexander Georgiev.

It’s no secret why the Stars locked Robertson to a four-year, $31 million contract rather than risk a transfer from a 2017 second-round pick. Robertson is clearly the face of the Dallas franchise and is one of the main reasons the Stars are off to a great start this season.

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Even at 35 years old, Sidney Crosby is still one of the elite players in the NHL. In recent weeks, he has certainly been fully displaying this fact.

Over his last four matches, he Pittsburgh Penguins The captain scored three goals and seven assists in an exciting offensive stretch. Crosby scored multiple points in three of those four games while scoring four points in two of those contests.

On Sunday, Crosby had a great game scoring a goal and three assists in a 5-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Crosby recorded the initial assists on goals by teammates Rijkaard Raquel and Jeff Carter.

Crosby’s assist on Raquel’s goal was an example of Crosby’s amazing vision on the ice. Early in the second half of Sunday’s game, Crosby received the puck from Marcus Peterson in the faceoff circle and whipped a cross onto the bar of Raquel’s baton. Raquel certainly didn’t miss the one-timer’s chance as he outplayed Blackhawks goaltender Arvid Soderblom.

During last Thursday’s 6-4 win over Minnesota WildCrosby also had a great game with two goals and two assists. Crosby scored or assisted on four of Pittsburgh’s six goals on the night.

Crosby currently leads the Penguins in points (27), goals (10), and assists (17) this season.

It’s impressive that Crosby is still playing at such an incredibly high level at this point in his career. After losing seven straight games earlier this season, Crosby has been a huge part of the Penguins’ turnaround as they are currently on a three-game winning streak.

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The Winnipeg Jets It was expected to be among the worst teams in the league and even in contention for top senior prospect Connor Beddard in the 2023 NHL Draft. However, the Jets got off to a surprising 11-5-1 start and goaltender Connor Hellebuyck is one of the biggest reasons for the team’s early season success.

Hellebuyck currently ranks fourth in the NHL in save percentage (. 928) and ranks seventh in goals against average (2.35) in 14 starts this season. The 29-year-old also has a pair of shutouts to his name, who is tied for first in the league along with Detroit’s Phil Hosso and Vegas’ Logan Thompson.

Goaltender Jets has scored two goals or fewer in eight of his 14 starts while also giving up a goal or fewer in four of those games. Hellebuyck is in the midst of a strong November in which he compiled a 4-3-0 record to go along with a 2.29 goals against average and 0.924 save percentage.

Aside from a six-goal-forgotten outing against the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday, Hellebuyck has allowed just seven goals in three games over the past week, and has stopped at least 29 shots in each contest. He blocked 29 of the 31 shots he faced in a tight 3-0 loss to the Penguins on Saturday.

With the Jets averaging 2.94 goals per game, Winnipeg has been counting on Hellebuyck to keep the team in most games this season. His 424 saves are good for second in the entire NHL and he has blocked 40 shots on three occasions throughout the 2022-23 season so far.

If Hellebuyck continues to play at the elite level, it’s hard to imagine the Jets not getting around to at least a playoff run for the majority of the regular season.

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Looking at the other end of the goalkeeper spectrum, Sergei Bobrovsky is not having a remarkable year of a match Florida panthers The team that won the President’s Cup last season.

In 11 games, Bobrovsky posted a record of 4-5-1, a 3.62 goals against average, and an . 888 save percentage. His goals against average and save percentage figures rank outside the top 50 players of the cross-league qualification grid.

Bobrovsky had five matches in which he scored at least four goals, including giving up five goals in two of those competitions. After posting a 3.06 goals against average during the first month of the season, November was even worse for the 34-year-old with a 4.38 goals against average and 0.877 goals against.

It is very likely that Father Time is just catching up with Bobrovsky. In each of the final three seasons prior to the 2022-23 campaign, Bobrovsky has had goals-against averages of 3.23, 2.91, and 2.67. That’s certainly not what the Panthers envisioned when they signed the veteran goaltender to a seven-year, $70 million contract in 2019.

At this point, Bobrovsky is splitting time with 21-year-old Spencer Knight for the Panthers. Bobrovsky started 11 games compared to Knight’s 10.

Given Bobrovsky’s recent struggles, it might be time to hand the starting job over to Knight. After all, Knight has a 6-3-1 record, 2.39 goals against average, and 0.922 save percentage on the year so far. Giving Knight more time in the crease could be a necessary change for a team that currently has just 10-8-2 (22 points) and is fifth in the Atlantic Division.

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