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This week's article includes a healthy and productive Stamkos, a rookie winger in Boston, a Calder Trophy winner's return to form and a stud goalie struggling mightily…
First Liners (Risers)
Steven Stamkos, C, TB – Stamkos extended his season-long scoring streak to nine games and 18 points with one goal and three assists Saturday against the Penguins. Last season, Stamkos played in just 17 games before needing season-ending surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee, the same leg that needed a metal rod three years before. This year, Stamkos is skating on a line with Vladimir Namestnikov and Nikita Kucherov, which is the hottest trio in the league.
Logan Couture, C, SJ – Couture picked up a hat trick Saturday in San Jose's 5-3 loss to the Islanders, giving him five goals. Also, seven of his eight points this season have come in the last three games. San Jose is still scuffling a bit, but Couture looks to have rounded into form.
Chris Stewart, RW, MIN – Stewart's strong early season continued Saturday, as he tallied his sixth goal of the season against Calgary. Early in his career, Stewart looked like he would be the next great power forward, scoring 28 goals with 36 assists in his sophomore season. The 29-year old winger was traded with Kevin Shattenkirk to St. Louis for Erik Johnson the following year and has never come close to that level of productivity. He's a fourth-liner, so be