Oh how the mighty have fallen. “Optimus Riem” is starting to look rusty. Seven goals allowed on 56 shots is not how you win game. It’s how James Reimer went from having an average of 0.940 sv% in his first two games to earn two wins to an average of 0.875 sv% to earn two losses. He is by far the farthest to fall in my rankings. Yikes.
Brock McGinn earns himself a nice little raise in the rankings. It’s mostly because of the antics of the fourth line but he has managed to earn himself a point in the last four games. He could be higher if he shot the puck more. 5 shots on goal in four games is not second line shooting. Its third line at best. Quite honestly, he is holding back his linemates.
Jordan Staal mostly only drops so far in my rankings due to inaction. He isn’t playing any worse really, but he hasn’t made a real move. Perhaps he is slowed down by his wingers, or perhaps he is slowing them down. Picking up only one assist will earn you 15th on this roster however. Perhaps he should be higher thanks to the 14 (!) hits he has in the last four game. The man is a horse.
Jake Gardiner takes a half step back this week. Not because his play was any worse, but because he hasn’t gotten any better and others have passed him up. His defense is still as good as it can be with five blocked shots. He needs to shoot more, well actually, he needs to shoot. He has ZERO shots on goal in the last four games.
The second C stands for “consistent”. Well I wish it did. Because after the first week of action, the alternate captain only earned himself two points in the four games. That +/- rating of +6 is looking nice however. It is important to note that Jaccob Slavin is usually matched up with some pretty tough opposition.