NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers
NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers

This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.

Due to myriad bye weeks and the All-Star break, I went with a slightly different format this week. While still highlighting some Risers and Fallers, I added in some second-half targets and and those you may want to considering dealing away.

This week's article includes the third overall pick from 2015 on a roll, Philly's new No. 1 netminder, a hot Price, Kase done for the year and Anaheim's captain struggling.

First Liners (Risers)

Dylan Strome, C, CHI – Strome, drafted third overall in 2015, was unable to break into the Coyotes' lineup (you can provide your own view on why). A trade was best for both sides, which happened when Strome and Brendan Perlini went to Chicago on Nov. 25 with Nick Schmaltz going to Arizona. In 27 games as a Blackhawk, Strome is up to nine goals and 12 assists with 11 of those points coming with the man advantage. He's clearly found a home in Chicago as the second-line center and is one to target in the second half of the season.

Mikael Backlund, C, CGY – Backlund is rightly overshadowed by Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau, but he is one to possibly target for the second half of the season. He has 29 points and a whopping plus-27 rating through 47 contests after three multi-point games in his last five. Calgary is expected to be a player in the trade market, which might mean that Backlund gets to play with even more talent

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Jan Levine
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