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October ends. This is the perfect time to do an initial evaluation of offseason transfers and contract renewals. Here are the players who make their bosses look the best and who deserve the best candy.

Posted at 7:45 am

anaheim ducks

Yes. His -20 spread is by far the worst in the NHL. The two headliners acquired this summer, Ryan Strome and John Klingberg, are transparent. They will be content with soap gums. The most deserving? Frank Vatranwho has just signed a new three-year contract and has three goals under his belt*.

arizona coyotes

Christian Fisher. Re-signed for just $1 million, he also scored three goals, as well as being the only striker on his team with a positive differential.

boston bruins

Patrice Bergeron returned for just 2.5 million. A fantastic bargain. The Quebecer maintains an average of one point per game, and has the best differential of all NHL forwards (+8).

buffalo sabers

eric comrie, an American League veteran, inherited the number one goalie position. He does not degrade, as evidenced by his 91% save rate.

calgary flames

Jonathan Huberdeau and nazem kadri he will have to replace the offensive production of Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk. A difficult mandate. Kadri, however, left the starting grid with a bulging chest, with nine points from seven games.


Nazem Kadri (91)

carolina hurricanes

We have enough fingers on both hands to count the defenders who, at 37 years old, have scored more than 40 points. brent burns you have an excellent opportunity to join the group. He already has six in eight games and plays in the first unit in the power play.

chicago blackhawks

In his final months in Montreal, Max Domi it was found in the center of the fourth line. Today, he successfully rotates the first line of the Hawks. His success rate in the free throw circle (69%) is the highest of any “regular” center in the NHL.

colorado avalanche

For half the salary of Nathan MacKinnon, Valery Nichushkin produces too. Before his injury this week, the Russian winger had scored 12 points in seven games. He particularly distinguished himself on the power play with an NHL-high five goals.

Columbus Blue Jackets

The Jackets -last in the East- will only be entitled to the black licorice at the bottom of the plate. Except johnny gaudreauto whom we have reserved Skittles of all colors, for his five goals in nine games.

dallas stars

jake oettingerwho has just signed a new contract for three years (12 million), was the best goalkeeper in the League in October.

Detroit Red Wings

Dominic Kubalik is one of the most beautiful surprises of the new season. The former Blackhawks, signed for just $2.5 million in July, is one of the NHL’s leading scorers with 11 points, including five on the power play.

Edmonton Oilers

Aside from goalkeeper Jack Campbell, it’s more or less the same team as last season. And since Campbell doesn’t glow, I blow out the candle in the pumpkin. no candy

florida panthers

Matthew Tkachuk It was expensive, but it produces abundantly. Leads the NHL in even strength points (10).


Matthew Tkachuk (19)

Los Angeles Kings

kevin fiala continues his progression towards the elite of the NHL, with almost a point per game (9 of 10).

wild minnesota

Just like the Oilers, pretty much the same roster as last winter. So I pass.

Montreal Canadians

Sean Monah, earned for free WITH a first-round pick, provides valuable services to the Habs. He is in the top 10 in the league for stolen discs, with 10.

Nashville Predators

Nino Niederreiter he is the team’s top scorer, with four goals. On the other hand, things got worse in the last five games (no points, -6).

New Jersey Devils

In nearly 30 minutes understaffed, defender Juan Marino did not allow goals. A top in the NHL.

New York Islanders

Alexander Romanov Progress. Especially defensively. He blocked 28 shots (4me in the NHL) and allowed no goals in 23 short minutes.


Alexander Romanov (28)

new york rangers

Employed extensively in special equipment, the center Vicente Trocheck He also takes advantage of the presence of Artemi Panarin in his line to improve his personal record: nine points in as many games.

Ottawa Senators

Expectations for Alex DeBrincat were high. those towards claude giroux ? A little less. After eight games, both have equal goals (2). Giroux also has a +7 differential for even-strength goal-scoring opportunities.

philadelphia flyers

tony deangelo he’s obnoxious, but on the ice he’s an elite player. Of all the players transferred last summer, he is the one who plays the most (24 minutes per game).

pittsburgh penguins

It is true, jeff petry he looked bad the night of their reunion in Montreal. But he gives the Penguins big minutes (21 per game), and his differential remains positive (+3).

San Jose Sharks

Nico Sturm He comes from the best month of his career, with five goals, all on equal terms. Only Cole Caufield has done better in number parity in the entire NHL.

seattle kraken

Andre Burakovsky he was hired to push the power play, and it’s working. He has already added six extra points.

St. Louis Blues

Nothing to you. Not even black licorice.

tampa bay lightning

nick paulwho has just signed a long-term contract, has already forced the rival to take six penalties against him.

the toronto maple leaves

In the absence of Matt Murray, the goalkeeper Ilya Samsonov exceeded expectations (92% save rate, 5 goals saved).

vancouver canucks

Fresh out of the KHL, Andrey Kuzmenko He is already in the first unit in numerical superiority. He scored six points in nine games.


Andrei Kuzmenko (96)

Las Vegas Golden Knights

The Shea Weber Contract Acquisition against Evgenii Dadonov may be damaging in the long run, but for now, it’s a trade that benefits the Golden Knights. In this way, they were able to stay below the salary cap, which allowed them to retain their best players. On Sunday, they were the first in the West.

Washington Capitals

darcy kumper silenced its detractors, with statistics (2.47/92%) almost similar to those of last year (2.54/92%).

winnipeg jets

sam win hangs on The veteran returned to his seventh team. In the ninth contract of him. And he is still useful. He has scored three goals and has the best differential on the team (+3). Impressive for a 33-year-old who spent more time in the American League four years ago than he did in the NHL.

* Statistics were compiled before Sunday’s games.

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