Keller, who has gotten off to a slow start, will shift to a first-line winger position for Saturday's game against the Sabres, Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic reports. The 2018 Calder Trophy finalist has a lone assist representing his point through the first three games, but Keller will emerge from second-line center to accompany Derek Stepan and Richard Panik as a flanker on the top unit in the upcoming contest. Arizona's seventh overall pick from the 2016 draft, Keller generated 23 goals and 65 points -- including six tallies and 14 helpers on the man advantage -- with the 'Yotes last season.
Keller was the secondary distributor on Derek Stepan's power-play goal Saturday in a 4-1 road win over the Canucks. The 2018 Calder Trophy finalist crafted one goal and six helpers to complement a plus-2 rating over four preseason games. It's safe to say that Keller is poised for a monster season after leading the 'Yotes with 23 goals and 65 points over 82 games in 2017-18.
Keller was named Rookie of the Month by the NHL for posting six goals and 13 assists between 17 games in March. Of those 19 points, seven were rung up on the man advantage to the delight of Keller's fantasy owners. The Calder Trophy race should be tightly contested since Mathew Barzel of the Islanders, Brock Boeser of the Canucks, and Keller -- just to name a few -- have all turned in huge seasons as first-year players for their respective clubs. This was actually Keller's second Rookie of Month distinction, as he also was coined top rookie for October.
Keller scored a goal and added an assist for the third straight game, as his team earned a 4-1 win over Tampa Bay on Monday. Keller now has 13 points in his past nine games and hasn't been held off the score sheet since March 10 at Colorado. He's proven to be a genuine star in his first full season with Arizona, and owners would be wise to find a way to hang on to him given the potential for even more progress next year.
Keller collected a goal and a power-play assist in Thursday's 6-5 road loss to the Hurricanes. Arizona's seventh overall pick from the 2016 NHL Draft keeps strengthening his bid for the Calder Trophy. He's up to 21 goals and 36 assists without missing a game so far this season. It can be tough to use a keeper slot on a forward given the relative depth at the position, but if you're lucky enough to own Keller, we recommend doing just that since it might not be long before he blossoms into a point-per-game player for the 'Yotes.
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