The second week of the NHL season was one that featured some teams separating themselves from the pack and others slowly declining toward the bottom. There have been surprises with teams continuing to have immediate success. If a team is finding themselves having immediate success it can really be looked at as the culmination of the work their top players put in.
The following three stars this week have found immediate production for both themselves individually and their teams so far this season.
Third NHL Star: Timo Meier (RW) San Jose Sharks
The native of Switzerland has found a home in San Jose and the Sharks sure seem to enjoy watching him when he produces on a regular basis. He has done that and more so far this season and he excelled this past week.
This past week in four games played, Meier tallied 3 goals and gave out 4 assists. He had a direct impact for the Sharks this week as they find themselves as a top team in their division so far in the season. Meier was a +6 for San Jose while he also put constant pressure on opposing goalies with a total of 15 shots on net through four games.
Second NHL Star: Leon Draisaitl (LW) Edmonton Oilers
Draisaitl has not missed a step from last season. Being on a team and frequently on a line with one of the best players to play the game helps Leon consistently produce for the Oilers. He has quickly risen as a top player in the NHL.
Draisaitl scored four goals in three games this week. He also recorded 3 assists which helped the Oilers go 3-0 on the Week. His plus five ratings this week showed why his line is one of the best right now in the NHL.
Draisaitl isn’t afraid to put the puck on the net and his 10 shots on net are a direct result of the continued production he provides for Edmonton.
First NHL Star: Connor McDavid (C) Edmonton Oilers
The first star of the Week is none other than the gamechanger Connor McDavid. Currently, McDavid is on a five-game streak in which he recorded multiple points in a game.
This past week, the high flying center got his team on the board three times while providing five assists to help his team continue their early-season success. His plus-one rating could have been better, but when you get as much ice time as McDavid does, you are bound to get scored against.
Number 97 is always a threat to score anytime he is on the ice. He knows this to be true, and he is willing to put it to the test. He registered 11 shots for this past week. It truly is a surprise that more goals weren’t scored for McDavid this past week.
If he can continue to put up this production, McDavid will find himself and his team amongst the elite as the 2021-22 NHL season progresses.
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