Here's a look around the league at the latest trends after another week of hockey. Some food for thought, some leftover stats and, of course, some fantasy advice. Let's dig in.
The Not-So-Ugly Ducklings
It hasn't been all sunshine and rainbows for the California teams recently, especially for the Ducks, who enter Sunday in last place in the West Division and remain only one of two teams with single-digit wins. Their top goal scorer, Adam Henrique, was benched and waived earlier this season, and their MVP for multiple seasons, John Gibson, has won just six games and is statistically having the worst season of his career (.894 Sv% and 3.11 GAA). But if there's light at the end of the tunnel, it was on full display Thursday with stud rookies Trevor Zegras and Jamie Drysdale scoring their first NHL goals.
By their next game Saturday, despite losing 5-1, Zegras had added another assist, and Drysdale registered three shots and finished third among Ducks defensemen in total ice time (20:36), trailing only Cam Fowler (20:38) and Kevin Shattenkirk (21:16). In those two games, according to Natural Stat Trick, Drysdale not only led all Ducks defensemen with a 59.68 5v5 CF% and 60.59 5v5 xGF%, he did it while dragging Ben Hutton, who had a 43.18 5v5 CF% before Drysdale's debut, ranking last among the nine defensemen the Ducks have dressed this season. The sample size is small, but also note Drysdale (150.00 CF/60) and Zegras (120.45 CF/60) are