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An Eye-Opening Stat Shows That Juraj Slafkovsky Is Playing Better Than It Looks


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October 22, 2022  (12:55)
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Since the beginning of his career, Juraj Slafkovsky's game has only gotten better with each day. The 18-year-old is still adjusting to the North American style of play and NHL caliber, but his progression is always steady and that's what counts as a rookie.

His presence in the lineup has caused a lot of talk since the beginning of the season. The first overall pick saw his playing time greatly increase in the last game against the Coyotes.
The number 20 of the Habs had a good game and was very involved in the game. Martin St-Louis gave him over 14 minutes of playing time and in the process, he got his first NHL point with his first career goal in his fifth game.
According to an excellent chart presented by RDS yesterday, Slafkovsky's offensive production is not flamboyant, but it is still very fair with the last forwards selected at the 1st rank of the draft, after their first five career games.

Basically, aside from Auston Matthews, who was an outstanding player from the moment he came to the NHL, only Nico Hischier had more points than Slaf, but he still hadn't scored his first goal.
Also, the big Slovakian doesn't get the same early career playing time as the former first overall picks. He's gotten zero power play appearances and has only played two games on his roster's top-9.
As for Hischier and Jack Hughes, they played a much larger role on their teams when they arrived in the NHL, as well as getting playing time with an extra man on the game.
In Alexis Lafreniere's case, he never lost his position in his team's top-9 and was averaging 14 minutes per game in his first career season.
In the end, Slafkovsky has done very well compared to the most recent forwards selected first overall, despite limited playing time and no power play presence.
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An Eye-Opening Stat Shows That Juraj Slafkovsky Is Playing Better Than It Looks

Will Juraj Slafkovsky be the best player from his draft class?

Yes3456.7 %
No2643.3 %
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