NHL Star Power Index: Jason Robertson scoring at a rapid rate, Sidney Crosby still playing at elite level

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Welcome to the NHL Star Power Index, a weekly ranking of the players who make a significant impact in the league. When a player is included on this list, it may not be a good thing – it means he gets a lot of attention from the hockey world.

These players are not in any particular order when it comes to the amount of hype they create. We will be reviewing the Star Power Index every week during the regular season.

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Jason Robertson

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Jason Robertson may be just starting his third full season in the NHL, but that hasn’t stopped him from being one of the league’s most dangerous players.

On Thursday, Robertson is third in both points (31) and goals (16). The Dallas Stars standout, along with Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid and Vancouver Canucks star Bo Horvath, leads the league in this department.

In four games last week, Robertson scored five goals and provided an assist, including two against the Colorado Avalanche and the Chicago Blackhawks.

As crazy as it sounds, Robertson’s two-goal game against Chicago on Wednesday was only his third multi-goal game of the season. However, consistency has been a recurring theme for the Stars winger as he scored in 13 of his 20 games in 2022-23.

Robertson even had a flair for the dramatic against the Avalanche when he scored his second goal to equalize at 2–2 with just 25.8 seconds left in normal time. The 23-year-old parked low, received a pass from teammate Rupe Hintz and pulled the puck past Avalanche goaltender Alexander Georgiev.

It’s no secret why the Stars signed Robertson to a four-year, $31 million contract instead of risking a 2017 second-round pick. Robertson is by far the face of the franchise in Dallas and is one of the main reasons why the Stars have had a great start to the season.

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Sidney Crosby

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Even at 35, Sidney Crosby is still one of the NHL’s elite players. In recent weeks, he has certainly fully demonstrated this fact.

Over the past four games, the Pittsburgh Penguins captain has scored three goals and provided seven assists in a sensational attack. Crosby scored several points in three of those four games and four points in two of those contests.

On Sunday, Crosby had an amazing game in which he scored a goal and provided three assists in a 5-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Crosby registered major assists on goals from teammates Rickard Rackell and Jeff Carter.

Crosby’s assist on goal by Rackelle was an example of Crosby’s incredible vision on the ice. Early in the second period of Sunday’s game, Crosby received the puck from Markus Pettersson on the faceoff circle and passed across the ice to Rackell’s stick band. Rackell certainly didn’t miss a one-time opportunity when he beat Blackhawks goaltender Arvid Soderblom.

In a 6-4 win over the Minnesota Wild last Thursday, Crosby also had an amazing performance, scoring two goals and two assists. Crosby scored or assisted four of Pittsburgh’s six goals that night.

Crosby currently leads the Penguins in points (27), goals (10) and assists (17) this season.

It’s absolutely impressive that Crosby is still playing at such an incredibly high level at this point in his career. Having lost seven games in a row earlier this season, Crosby has been a huge part of the Penguins’ turnaround as they are currently on a three-game winning streak.

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Connor Hellebike

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The Winnipeg Jets were expected to rank among the worst teams in the league and even contend for top prospect Connor Bedard in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft. However, the Jets got off to a surprising 11-5-1 start, and goaltender Connor Hellebike was one of the main reasons for the team’s early season success.

Hellebike currently ranks fourth in the NHL in shooting percentage (.928) and seventh in goals against average (2.35) in 14 games this season. The 29-year-old also has a couple of shutouts to his credit, tied for first place in the league with Detroit’s Ville Husso and Vegas’ Logan Thompson.

The Jets goaltender has scored two or fewer goals in eight of his 14 games and also conceded a goal or fewer in four of those games. Hellebike is in the midst of a strong November in which he posted a 4-3-0 record as well as a solid 2.29 goals against average and a .924 shooting percentage.

Aside from a forgotten six-goal game against the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday, Hellebike has conceded just seven goals in three games over the past week and saved at least 29 shots in every game. He saved 29 of the 31 shots he faced in a tough 3-0 loss to the Penguins on Saturday.

With the Jets only averaging 2.94 goals per game, Winnipeg has relied on Hellebike to keep the team going through most games this season. His 424 saves are second in the entire NHL, and in the 2022-2023 season, he saved over 40 shots three times.

If Hellebike continues to play at the elite level, it’s hard to imagine that the Jets won’t at least stick around in the playoff race for most of the regular season.



Source: www.cbssports.com