Stephen Weiss has 15 goals and 29 points in 34 games for Florida this season. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)
Over the past month, Joe Thornton and Henrik Sedin are leading the league in scoring with 22 points. Shocked? Of course not. Sidney Crosby comes in third, with 21. None of this is surprising. But name 10 players off the top of your head who you figure would have the fourth-most points in the NHL over the past month and I’m willing to bet the name Stephen Weiss doesn’t come up.
It’s true. Weiss has garnered 21 points in the past month and is now on track for a career season. The 26-year-old is on pace for 69 points, but barring injury I believe he will top 70. Clicking on a line with Nathan Horton and Michael Frolik, who have also picked up their games, Weiss has established himself as Florida’s top pivot. That was cast into doubt when he started the campaign with seven points in 16 games.
Considering Florida has just three wins in the past 13 outings, Weiss’ feat is all the more impressive. We’ve been waiting for the fourth overall pick in 2001 to post decent numbers for a while now and in 2008-09, eight years after he was drafted, he topped 50 points for the first time in his career, finishing with 61. Now we’re seeing him cross the threshold that separates a depth fantasy center from a preferred fantasy center.
It kind of puts things into perspective for you when you get excited over acquiring a top draft pick the year they are drafted…
Robert Nilsson hasn’t been in coach Pat Quinn’s good books lately. Despite being highly skilled, Nilsson lacks the competitive fire that pushes some players of his attribute level to become stars. Coaches will often try and coax that spark into a flame, but give up if it doesn’t work after a few weeks. I think that happened with Quinn and Nilsson. However, the injury to Ales Hemsky has left a gaping hole in the Edmonton offense and when Nilsson returned from his concussion he was given another push and responded by tallying points in each of the five games since his return. This situation is worth keeping an eye on.
Farm Report: Another situation you should be watching is the one in Buffalo with Nathan Gerbe. I have been high on the pint-sized, but skilled Gerbe for a couple years now, but tempered my expectations on his recent call-up. The reason being, he has had little success at the NHL level so far and smaller players are generally 26 or 27 years old before they really start to thrive. However, he tallied two points in his first NHL game of the season and played 17-plus minutes in his second. He missed the past two contests with a groin injury, but if he gets back into the lineup soon I will be interested to see if he can keep producing for the offensively starved squad.
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