6 Surprises from the First Week: Players
The first week in the NHL is well underway leaving behind some interesting storylines to begin the 2017-2018 seasons. Teams are shaking the off season rust off and getting their fans excited for the season. Here are 6 players that are turning heads in the first few games.
One Passes and One Scores
Evegny Kuznetsov (8 assists for 8 points) and Alex Ovechkin (8 goals for 8 points)
The dynamic duo from the Washington Capitals are at it again. They are off to one of the best starts in both of their respective careers. Ovi has put up some impressive stats scoring back to back hat tricks in the first 2 games of the season. Averaging 2 goals per game, Ovi has his eyes set on another Rocket Richard Trophy as the league’s leading goal scorer. Ovi’s success could not have been done without the help of one of the slickest set up men in the league, Evgeny Kuznetsov. Kuznetsov is averaging 2 assists per game out of the gate. This 1-2 punch has goaltenders shaking every time they are out on the ice, especially with the man advantage.
New York Sniper
Mika Zabinejad (5 goals for 5 points)
If you have been watching any of the Rangers first few games, you will notice one player standing above the rest. With several highlight reel goals in the early days of competition, Mika Zabinejad has been electric lighting the lamp. His big shot and one timers have been a lone bright spot for New York out of the gate. Averaging over 1 goal per game, look for these production totals to drop off, but Mika is looking to remain one of the heaviest shots in the league.
James Neal (5 goals for 5 points) and Marc-Andre Fleury (3-0-0 save% .963 and GAA of 1.32)
The most talked about team in years have proven to be expertly crafted over the past few months. James Neal is off to an electrifying start, giving his team 5 goals – 2 of which have been game winning clutch goals. At the other end of the rink, the Vegas back stopper – Marc Andre Fleury has been nothing but stellar. Posting numbers that seem to be out of a video game, Fleury has proven that he is here to play and compete at the top of his game. Can Vegas keep this success going?
Reunited and It Feels Saad Good
Brandon Saad (5 goals and 2 assists for 7 points)
What a great time to be a Chicago Blackhawk. Saad is back and more explosive then ever. In just 4 games from returning from the Columbus Blue Jackets, Saad has posted 7 points. The Blackhawks are firing on all cylinders recording some ridiculous numbers – including a 10 goal outburst drubbing the defending Stanley Cup Champions. Just when you thought the Blackhawks were nearing the regression of their historic franchise run, they look rejuvenated and ready to push for the Stanley Cup.
Sonny in Columbus
Sonny Milano (4 goals for 4 points)
You have most definitely seen this kid all over the highlights from the first week of hockey. Scoring a game winning overtime clutch goal as a rookie to start your career is something special and a memorable feat. It’s always Sonny in Columbus am I right? Scoring 4 goals in 3 games, this kid is on fire!
Jesper Bratt (3 goals and 3 assists for 6 points)
Where did this kid come from? The Devils are 3-0-0 to start the season and the production is coming from a source that no one predicted. 19-year-old, 6th round pick making waves in his NHL debut season. This high-flying offensive Devils squad is like no other New Jersey team in recent history. The old boring trap style has been replaced with speed and skill.
Honorable Mentions* Jaden Schwartz, Evander Kane, and Semyon Varlamov