This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.
This week's article includes the other center in Edmonton, a hot Canadiens wing, Darcy who, another man down in the Desert and Kessel not Phil-ing up nets.
First Liners (Risers)
Nolan Patrick, C, PHI - Patrick, the second overall pick in 2017, has been somewhat overshadowed by Nico Hischier, who was drafted first. After a slow start, Patrick has really upped his game lately. Through Friday's games, Patrick has seven goals and 15 points, along with a plus-4 rating, in the last 20 games. That hot streak has increased his season total to 26 points; just shy of the 30 he tallied as a rookie. Patrick is centering Philly's top line with Claude Giroux and Travis Konecny, but check his status as he left Sunday's game early with a laceration.
Leon Draisaitl, C, EDM - Connor who? Just kidding, but Draisaitl is having a stellar season in his own right. The third overall pick in 2014 notched a goal and an assist Monday, giving the German-born forward 41 goals and 42 assists this year. Draisaitl's 83 points are a career high and with less than 20 games remaining, reaching 100 is not out of the question. The team around McDavid and Draisaitl, save for a few pieces, needs a lot of work, but that duo is keeping the Oilers on the fringes of the postseason race.
Brendan Gallagher, RW, MTL - Gallagher tallied a career-high 31 goals last season, rebounding from a career-low performance the