NHL Star Power Index: Johnny Gaudreau wraps up career year, Aleksander Barkov continues to pace Panthers

Welcome to the NHL Star Power Index: A weekly gauge of the gamers who are managing significant buzz around the league. When a gamer is consisted of on this list it might not be an advantage — it suggests that they are recording a big quantity of the hockey world’s attention.

These gamers remain in no specific order when it concerns the quantity of buzz that they’re developing. We’ll review the Star Power Index each week throughout the routine season.

There have actually been couple of gamers that have actually raised their stock more than Johnny Gaudreau throughout the 2021-22 season. 

Gaudreau is slated to end up being a unrestricted complimentary representative this summer season and he’s concluding what has actually been a profession year. The Calgary Flames winger has actually tape-recorded brand-new profession highs in points (109), objectives (38), helps (70), plus/minus (+60), and game-winning objectives (9) while leading his group to the top of the Pacific Division.

Making history has actually been the name of the video game for Gaudreau since late. The star winger just recently ended up being the 5th gamer in Flames history to sign up 600 profession points with the club when he achieved the task versus the Blackhawks.

In the Flames’ 3-2 win over the Blackhawks on Monday, Gaudreau likewise registered his 85th even-strength point of the season. The last individual to tape a minimum of 85 even-strength points in a season was Jaromir Jagr when he had 95 as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins throughout the 1995-96 season. To put Gaudreau’s achievement into point of view, just 17 gamers in NHL history have actually tape-recorded 85 even-strength points in a single season.

Additionally, Gaudreau just recently ended up being the very first Flames gamer to tape 70+ helps in a single season considering that defenseman Al MacInnis tallied 75 helps throughout the 1990-91 project. Gaudreau had actually never ever collected more than 63 helps in any of his previous 8 NHL seasons.

Over his last 7 video games, Gaudreau has actually signed up 4 objectives and 6 helps. The Flames star has actually likewise produced 2 objectives each in video games versus the Arizona Coyotes and Blackhawks over the recently.

With simply 4 video games staying in the routine season, Gaudreau remains in the middle of an extraordinary month of April in which he’s scored 7 objectives and dispensed 11 helps. The veteran winger has actually had 3 multi-goal video games this month in addition to 3 multi-assist efficiencies.

Due to his outstanding play since late, Gaudreau has actually positioned himself into the Art Ross Trophy (most points) and Hart Trophy (MVP) discussions. His 109 points and just path Jonathan Huberdeau and Connor McDavid (both with 113 points) for the league lead.

The timing could not be more ideal for Gaudreau to have the very best season of his profession. Considering that he’ll strike complimentary firm this summer season, there will be no lack of groups bidding for his services.

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The Florida Panthers have actually shown to be an outright juggernaut all season and center Aleksander Barkov is amongst the greatest reasons that.

Barkov is having a fantastic month of April in which he’s tape-recorded points in 9 of the Panthers’ 10 video games, consisting of a hat technique in a 3-2 overtime win over the New York Islanders on Tuesday. It marked the very first hat technique of the 2021-22 season for Barkov and the 3rd of his NHL profession.

Barkov even had the ability to offer the theatrics in Tuesday’s overtime win. Just 20 seconds into the overtime session, Barkov discovered himself cutting to the internet and got a fantastic pass from colleague Jonathan Huberdeau, which he tapped previous Islanders goaltender Ilya Sorokin for the game-winning tally.

The Panthers center is concluding among the very best seasons of his nine-year NHL profession. Barkov has actually acquired 86 points (38 objectives and 48 helps) in spite of missing out on over a month of action due to a lower-body injury.

Barkov now has an opportunity to have his finest month of the 2021-22 season. Entering Friday, the Panthers star has 18 points (7 objectives and 11 helps), which is simply one point from connecting his most efficient month of the season.

The Panthers will be among the favorites to win the Stanley Cup when the postseason starts next month. With the addition of Claude Giroux at the trade due date, this group has actually been on an entirely various level. If Barkov can continue to contribute to the group’s goal-scoring punch, the sky is the limitation regarding what they can accomplish this season.

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Elias Pettersson has an opportunity to tape the very best project of his young profession if all goes according to strategy over the last week of the season.

The Vancouver Canucks star center currently has actually tape-recorded a career-high in objectives (31) and is simply one point from connecting his career-high. With 4 video games staying and Vancouver having an outdoors possibility of getting the last w4ild card area in the West, it’s definitely possible that Pettersson completes with the very best project of his profession.

Over his last 7 video games, Pettersson has actually scored 7 objectives and dispensed 5 helps, consisting of objectives in 5 of those contests. In addition, the 2017 leading choice has actually likewise tape-recorded 4 multi-point video games throughout that stretch.

In Monday’s big 6-2 win over the Dallas Stars, Pettersson increased to the celebration with a set of objectives while likewise tape-recording a help. It was Pettersson’s 4th three-point efficiency over his last 7 video games.

The Canucks are extremely lucky to have a fantastic one-two punch at center in the type of Pettersson and J.T. Miller. While they’re going to need to go on a tear over the last 4 video games in order to make the playoffs, it’s still been outstanding how deadly Pettersson has actually remained in the last weeks of the season with a lot on the line.

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When it concerns the Minnesota Wild, a lot of the talk surrounds star winger Kirill Kaprizov and for excellent factor. However, the Wild have actually likewise been getting outstanding production from fellow winger Kevin Fiala on the group’s 2nd line.

Fiala remains in the middle of a fantastic April in which he has actually signed up 9 objectives and 7 helps. Over his last 6 video games, the Wild star has actually scored 6 objectives while signing up 6 helps. Fiala has likewise has 3 two-goal video games and has actually scored objectives in 5 of his last 6 video games.

In Tuesday’s 2-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens, Fiala scored his 30th objective of the season, which marked the very first time that he’s struck that mark in his nine-year NHL profession. 

The Wild forward has the recipient of some remarkable perseverance from colleague Mats Zuccarello. Zuccarello had the puck behind the Canadiens and waited on the passing lane to open in the past striking Fiala with a determine pass that Fiala buried on a scorching one-timer.

Fiala is ending up the very best factor of his NHL profession. Entering Friday, Fiala has actually signed up 77 points (32 objectives and 45 helps) and had not had more than 54 points in any of his previous projects. The Wild winger has actually likewise set brand-new profession highs in objectives, helps, plus/minus (+22), and game-winning objectives (6).

The Wild have actually currently clinched a playoff area and Fiala’s success has actually been a huge factor for that. As Minnesota wants to advance out of the opening round for the very first time considering that the 2013-14 season, Fiala’s existence on the 2nd line will go a long method towards trying to accomplish that objective.



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