Player Power Rankings VI: Ups, Downs, and a New Number One
Also, I struggle mightily to rank players 6 through 16!
So Martin Jones had two fantastic games, while everyone else was pretty inconsistent. Rankings!
1. Drew Doughty (Last Week: 2)
Drew wasn't great on Wednesday, but he picked up a power play goal, and the day before he emphatically won the Subban-Doughty showdown. Good enough to move him to the top spot; it's a meritocracy, and he's earned it.
2. Anze Kopitar (Last Week: 1)
He had a rough game on Wednesday and got his ice time knocked down quite a bit. It's probably a momentary hiccup, and he certainly produced against Montreal.
3. Martin Jones (Last Week: 9)
So, he won both games of a back-to-back and is now 4-0 with two shutouts in his brief NHL career. Stunning! We'll see if Sutter trusts him in a huge game in Chicago.
4. Mike Richards (Last Week: 5)
Four assists in the Montreal-Toronto back-to-back; I'll excuse Nick's failing grade for his line in the Leafs game.
5. Justin Williams (Last Week: 4)
He's been scoring steadily, and even when he didn't against Toronto, his line was the most consistent.
6. Tyler Toffoli (LW: 11)
Not only does he have points in three straight, but his ice time is ticking back up (almost 15 minutes in Toronto).
7. Robyn Regehr (LW: 8)
The Kings' defense didn't look as good in their last two, but Regehr performed admirably against tough competition. Aside from Phil Kessel making him look foolish once.
8. Jeff Carter (LW: 10)
Big goal against Toronto, though only two shots in his last two games is a little odd.
9. Willie Mitchell (LW: 12)
Mitchell had two strong games from the third pairing.
10. Jarret Stoll (LW: 14)
The Brown-Stoll-Williams line has been consistent, and Stoll had a nice little point streak going before Wednesday.
11. Dustin Brown (LW: 6)
Goals in consecutive games after a prolonged scoring slump. Is a hot streak on the way?
No, but see above.
12. Alec Martinez (LW: 16)
13. Jake Muzzin (LW: 13)
Got a power play goal! And made a really good defensive play in the third against Toronto. Otherwise, nothing exciting.
14. Slava Voynov (LW: 15)
A decent week for Voynov, and that pass to Jeff Carter was phenomenal.
15. Ben Scrivens (LW: 3)
For whatever reason, he's been riding the bench. I assume we'll see him in one of the two weekend games now that Martin Jones doesn't have a shutout streak.
16. Dwight King (LW: 7)
King could have been anywhere from 10-16, actually. But he's been scoreless for two weeks, so down he goes for now.
17. Kyle Clifford (LW: 20)
His combination with Richards and Toffoli is a step up, and he took advantage with the clincher against the Leafs.
18. Jordan Nolan (LW: 18)
Nolan had a good week on the fourth line, including the first goal against Montreal.
19. Daniel Carcillo (LW: 21)
No penalties, and he was on the ice for goals in both games this week!
20. Colin Fraser (LW: 22)
Actually, the entire fourth line looked decent this week. Fraser took an unfortunate and scary fall into the boards and will sit out tomorrow; bad luck, as he was playing decent hockey.
21. Linden Vey (LW: 17)
Vey appears to be slotting back into the lineup tomorrow to replace the injured Fraser; can he keep the fourth line playing reasonably well?
22. Matt Frattin (LW: 19)
Scratched in Toronto, which is a pretty clear sign that Darryl Sutter is not impressed with him. He doesn't seem to have a place in the top 9, and the fourth line is doing fine; I don't think we'll see him until this current winning streak ends.
23. Matt Greene (LW: 25)
Active, but didn't get back into the lineup.
Injured. Jonathan Quick, Trevor Lewis
Agree? Disagree? Tell us how you'd change the rankings.