While the 2021 NHL entry draft isn't viewed as being as deep as the 2020 class, as with Alexis Lafreniere last season, there appears to be a consensus No. 1 - Michigan's Owen Power. The Wolverines freshman defenceman didn't look out of place playing with the men at the IIHF world championship, winning a gold medal skating for Canada, playing in the top defensive pairing. Power is almost certainly going to the Buffalo Sabres.
NHL 3 Stars of The Week
NHL 3 Stars Of The Week
G Corey Crawford - Chicago Blackhawks
- Went 2-1 SU with a 0.68 GAA
- Both wins were of the shutout variety
- Leads NHL with 1.77 GAA on the year
RW Josh Bailey - New York Islanders
- Tallied 7 assists during his three games this week
- Bailey's helpers aided the Islanders to a 2-1 SU record
- Currently riding a nine-game point streak
G Martin Jones - San Jose Sharks
- Went 3-0 SU in his three starts this week
- All three wins came against playoff teams from a year ago (Toronto, Nashville, Anaheim)
- 2nd in NHL with a 1.98 GAA on the year
Top Tier Play By Goalies This Week
Although scoring is up across the league by more then a full goal at this point of the year compared to a season ago (6.18/game), it was stellar goaltending performances by two netminders that made the headlines this week. Both Corey Crawford and Martin Jones definitely deserve to be recognized for their accomplishments over the past seven days.
Crawford's performance for Chicago last week was by far the best we've seen from a goalie this year over any stretch of play as not only did both his wins come in shutout fashion, his lone loss was a 2-0 defeat to Montreal on Sunday night. That game against the Canadiens was scoreless entering the 3rd period and it was rough for Chicago fans to see another amazing performance by Crawford go unrewarded.
Islanders forward Josh Bailey's appearance on the list this week was another example of how explosive New York's attack has been for some time now. The Islanders have scored at least three goals in each of their last eight games overall and Bailey's ability to get the puck to those scorers is a big part of it. New York has gone 6-2 SU during that span as they've established their identity as an offensive-first team that's tough to beat when they are finding the back of the net.
Honourable Mention To Colorado GM Joe Sakic
Phenomenal play on the ice wasn't all that deserved to get mentioned this week as the trading of Colorado F Matt Duchene finally happened. Duchene wanting out of Colorado was a known fact since last spring and typically when that's the case the team giving up the unhappy player - in this case it was Colorado - gets back pennies on the dollar to move the player. But that was far from the case in this specific move.
Avalanche GM Joe Sakic absolutely dominated this trade with what he was able to get in return. Thanks to finding a third party in the Nashville Predators to get involved, Colorado ended up getting three draft picks (all in the 3rd round or earlier), G Andrew Hammond, D Samuel Girard, and LW Vladislav Kamenev. That is a huge haul to get for one guy who's recognized as a fringe first-line player in this league and it proved that patience was the ultimate virtue for Sakic and the Avalanche in handling this situation.
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