We have recently flipped a page on our calendars to the month of November, which means we are officially one month into the NHL season, and what a season it’s been. We’ve seen it all in October, from suspensions to highlight-reel goals to save-of-the-year candidate saves. We’ve also seen players step up in a big way for their teams, namely the following three players, who have been named GCSN’s Three Stars of October.
Third Star – John Carlson
John Carlson, arguably the Washington Capitals’ strongest and most valuable defenceman, went on a tear in October. Compiling 23 points in Washington’s 14 games in October, Carlson has been in the top five in the league in points scored since the middle of October. Those 23 points were split into 7 goals and 16 assists, which are numbers that are definitely not too shabby for a defenceman playing on the best team in the Metropolitan Division thus far. We also can’t forget Carlson’s torrid run throughout the month of nine straight games with at least one point. He has cooled off considerably since then though, with only two points in his last four games and no points in November so far. Still, with the kind of numbers he put up in October, John Carlson is the Third Star of the Month.
Second Star – Leon Draisaitl
One half of the Edmonton Oilers’ dynamic duo did well enough to earn second star honours. When someone thinks about the Oilers, normally the first thing that comes to mind is their captain, Connor McDavid, who has been arguably the best player in the league for the past few years. But, the Oilers’ 9-4-1 record in October also rests on the shoulders of their other superstar player, Leon Draisaitl. Draisaitl had a breakout year last season, finishing with 50 goals and 105 points for career-best numbers, and he is well on his way to break his personal best again this year with the season he’s been having. He started this season with points in his first eight games, and is currently on another point streak of six games dating back to October 24. In fact, the only games in which Draisaitl has not posted a point this season were in the Oilers’ back-to-back shutout losses, 1-0 and 3-0 to Winnipeg and Minnesota respectively. For the month of October, Leon Draisaitl posted 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points, good enough for the Second Star of the Month.
First Star – David Pastrnak
There is no player in the NHL that performed in October as well as David Pastrnak of the Boston Bruins. In fact, there is no team that performed in October as well as the Bruins, who posted a scorching 9-1-2 record for 20 points on the month. At that pace, the Bruins will finish this season with over 120 points. The Bruins’ success rests largely on their top line of Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, and Patrice Bergeron, but Pastrnak has been on another level. Pastrnak leads the league or is in the top five in almost every offensive statistical category in the NHL. He is currently first in the league in points, goals, and power play goals and is tied for fourth in the league in assists, and this is largely in part to his play in the month of October. Pastrnak had 12 goals and 12 assists for 24 points in the opening month, and the only games he did not register a point in were the Bruins’ first two games of the season. As such, with a point in Tuesday’s game against Montreal, Pastrnak is currently riding a 13-game point streak. It’s no wonder the bruins are first in the league with the kind of numbers Pastrnak and company are putting up, and because of this, David Pastrnak is your First Star of the Month.
Can Carlson, Draisaitl, and Pastrnak keep their torrid paces up during the month of November? It is largely the play of these three individuals that sees their respective teams first in their divisions. Stay tuned until next month when we reveal the Three Stars of November!
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