Ehlers is still searching for his first point after five games to start the season. Ehlers is a classic example of why you shouldn't get hyped about preseason numbers. The Dane provided two goals and three helpers over four exhibition contests, but Ehlers hasn't been able to get anything to fall despite starting games on the second line with blue-collar veteran Bryan Little, and Patrik Laine, one of the game's brightest young stars from the right wing. Still, this is a perfect buy-low opportunity when it comes to Ehlers, as he's a durable forward who fashioned 60 points (29 goals, 31 assists) just last year.
Ehlers scored two goals -- one on the power play -- while totaling a team-high six shots in Monday's 5-4 overtime preseason win over Calgary. Ehlers was the only usual top-six forward in the lineup for the Jets, and he stood out among the youngsters and depth options. The 2014 first-rounder struck on the man advantage in the second period before ending the contest with an unassisted tally 30 seconds into overtime.
Ehlers failed to find the back of the net in all 15 of his playoff appearances. While Ehlers may not be the most prolific goal scorer, fantasy owners and fans alike would certainly have hoped he could have built on a 29-goal regular season and tickle the twine at least once. Postseason aside, the 21-year-old did manage to record a second consecutive 60-plus point campaign. The Dane's career-high goal total was bolstered by the fact he registered seven markers with the man advantage. Playing on the Jets' second line with sniper Patrik Laine should free up the 2014 ninth-overall pick to continue pushing for 60 points on a year-to-year basis.
Ehlers is available for Game 4 versus the Golden Knights on Friday after missing Game 3 due to illness, Frank Seravalli of TSN.ca reports. Ehlers hasn't been skating with the team, which could be an indication he is also playing through an injury, but he should be back in a top-six role Friday. The winger will likely also retake his spot on the power play, where he is averaging 1:24 of ice time in the postseason. With the 21-year-old healthy, Jack Roslovic figures to be the odd man out.
Ehlers set up Kyle Connor's power-play goal but his side couldn't muster any other offense in a 3-1 loss to Vegas on Monday in Game 2. Ehlers was a 29-goal scorer in the regular season, but you'd never know it by his playoff totals, as he's notched seven helpers without finding twine himself.
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