Cholowski netted a power-play goal Friday, but he skated to a minus-3 rating and the Red Wings lost to the Jets, 4-2. Veteran rearguard Niklas Kronwall rifled a shot at Jets goalie Laurent Brossoit, with his pad save sending the puck right in the path of Cholowski, who slammed it home for his seventh goal and 16th point of the season. The rookie should have no problem finishing the year with double-digit totals on the man advantage, and that's particularly impressive considering Detroit only ranks 21st in that key special teams spot.
Cholowski registered a power-play goal in Tuesday's 3-2 road loss to the Flyers. The Red Wings have been relying heavily on Cholowski, a rookie defenseman, since 13th-year power-play quarterback Mike Green (lower body) is currently on injured reserve. Selected 20th overall in the 2016 draft. Cholowski has been on the ice quite a bit during opponent goals -- hence his minus-11 rating -- but fantasy owners might be willing to look past that since the 20-year-old has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) and shares a team-high value in power-play points with forward Gustav Nyquist at eight apiece.
Cholowski produced his fifth career goal in Monday's 3-1 home win over the Kings. For some inexplicable reason, the Kings had three defenders committed to stopping Christoffer Ehn, only for Cholowski to join the rush and wire a sharp-angled shot over the shoulder of Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. Cholowski, a rookie blueliner, snapped a six-game pointless streak with the goal, and there are still plenty of positives to glean from his production in the first half of the 2018-19 campaign, with his ridiculous 11.9 shooting percentage standing out the most.
Cholowski is expected to play Wednesday against the Bruins despite sustaining an apparent (undisclosed) injury in the latest practice, Gregg Krupa of The Detroit News reports. The talented rookie blueliner posted two goals and five assists through his first 10 games, but he's trailed off a bit with three points in the last eight. Detroit's first-round (20th overall) pick from this year's draft has surpassed expectations thus far, but it remains to be seen how he'll hold up over the full season. Cholowski is exempt from waivers, so he can easily be sent down to the minors if he needs more seasoning later in the year.
Cholowski is mired in a four-game point drought. Under normal circumstances, Cholowski hitting the skids wouldn't be cause for concern, but then again, we're talking about a defenseman who is anything but ordinary. The B.C. native produced two goals and five helpers over his first 10 NHL games -- all in October -- only to taper off when Detroit welcomed back a host of veteran blueliners following their respective injuries. Considering that Cholowski has only recorded six shots on goal over five games this month, we fear that his confidence is slipping as a 20-year-old under immense pressure to live up to his lofty billing as Detroit's first-round (20th overall) pick from the 2016 draft.
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