This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.
This week's article includes last year's No. 1 overall pick heating up, Hertl the Turtle on fire, the Calder Trophy favorite rolling in Colorado, Marner out at least four weeks, Letang down for a while and the Bob slumping.
First Liners (Risers)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau, C, OTT – Pageau entered November with three goals and as many assists in 11 games. This month, he's reeled off five goals and an assist in six games, lighting the lamp in four. Pageau benefitted recently from the absences of Logan Brown, who is close to returning, and Artem Anisimov, who could be sidelined long term. In addition, Colin White has just returned from his injury, so enjoy the ride while it lasts, but jump ship at the first sign of regression.
Jack Hughes, C, NJD – New Jersey has had the kind of start most pundits expected following its influx of talent this offseason. One of those players who came onboard was Hughes, the first overall pick in June's NHL Entry Draft. Hughes has yet to set the league afire, but he has shown signs lately of why he went No. 1 and why most believe he will be a dominant force. Hughes has four goals and five assists in his last 10 games, skating on the second line while seeing more than four minutes of ice time on the man-advantage. The future is bright for the Devils' pivotman.
Tomas Hertl, LW, SJ – Hertl started the season extremely