The NHL Star Power Index is heating up as we head into the end of the regular season. One player rising to the top of the rankings is Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon.
MacKinnon has been on fire for the Avalanche this season, with 20 goals and 44 assists in just 47 games. He has been one of the main reasons the Avalanche are currently in first place in the West Division and have a strong chance of making a deep playoff run.
MacKinnon is also showing his dominance on the international stage. He recently helped lead Team Canada to a gold medal at the IIHF World Championships, where he recorded 14 points in just 7 games.
But it’s not just MacKinnon who is shining in the NHL. Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov has been thriving in his new home this season.
After six seasons with the Capitals, Orlov was traded to the Avalanche in April in exchange for a 2021 second-round pick and a 2022 third-round pick. Since joining the Avalanche, Orlov has scored 4 goals and added 4 assists in just 11 games played.
Orlov’s strong play has helped the Avalanche solidify their defensive core, which could be a key factor in their playoff success. His ability to move the puck and play physical in his own zone will be critical as the team looks to make a run for the Stanley Cup.
As the NHL Star Power Index continues to evolve, it’s clear that both MacKinnon and Orlov are players to watch. MacKinnon’s speed and scoring ability make him an offensive threat every time he touches the ice, while Orlov’s defensive prowess and offensive skillset make him a valuable addition to any team.
As we head into the playoffs, it will be interesting to see how the rankings shift and which players emerge as the true stars of the postseason. But for now, MacKinnon and Orlov are definitely players to keep an eye on.