This article is part of our Crashing the Crease series.
This week's article includes the second center in Boston, a diminutive winger on fire in the Windy City, a young netminder in Florida, Pasta on verge of return and Kovy finishing off a nightmarish return to the NHL.
First Liners (Risers)
David Krejci, C, BOS – Krejci continues to rack up points, notching an assist in Boston's 2-1 win Saturday. That helper gave Krejci 44 to go with 19 goals in 72 games this season. He has been especially hot since the calendar flipped to 2019, posting 12 goals and 21 assists in 33 games. Krejci is the perfect second-line center in the Hub, aided by the presence of Patrice Bergeron in the black and gold.
Ryan Johansen, C, NAS – Johansen is not the center you need if you want goals in your league. But if you need assists, he is clearly your man. With 11 markers on the season, R-Jo will finish with less than 20 goals for the fourth consecutive season. Johansen, though, has already notched 46 helpers, the fourth time in five seasons he has posted at least 45 apples. With Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg converting his dishes, Johansen should top 50 assists.
Brock Boeser, RW, VAN – Boeser has nicely built off his excellent rookie campaign. After scoring 29 goals and 55 points in just 62 games to lead the Canucks in scoring, Boeser has 23 goals and 27 assists this season. Boeser, a first-round pick in 2015, has two goals