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Superstar Surprise Team



blog-0866436001415948279.pngThe fantasy hockey season is now in its sixth week, and there have definitely been some players on the rise, and some surprise failures. Drafting good at the beginning is always critical, and it is always nice when your fourth or fifth round pick explodes off the start. Here is a list of the top surprise player per position.

GOALIE – Ondrej Pavelec – Winnipeg Jets

He was pegged as an underachiever last year. Many of the problems in Winnipeg were blamed on him, and trade rumors floated around all summer. This was definitely his last shot in Winnipeg, and let me tell you, so far he has made the most of it. He has stole games, and proved himself as a worthy starter.

Projected Stats via The Hockey News – 20 wins, 2.89 gaa, .902 Sv%.

Actual Numbers 11/13/14 – GP 15, 7 wins, 1.99 gaa, .928 Sv%

Honorable Mention – Jonas Hiller – Calgary Flames

CENTER – Filip Forsberg – Nashville Predators

Forsberg was projected to be a third liner for the Predators this season. Guess not, he is seeing first line time, and racking up the points because of it. Forsberg played for Nashville’s AHL Affiliate in Milwaukee last season and posted 34 points in 47 games. Well this year with the Predators he looks to have those numbers surpassed by mid-December.

Projected Stats via The Hockey News – 33 points

Actual Numbers 11/13/14 – 16 GP, 8 G, 12 A, 20 points, +19

Honorable Mention – Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning

RIGHT WING – Patric Hornqvist – Pittsburgh Penguins

When Christmas comes this season Hornqvist should be sending a real nice gift to his linemate Sidney Crosby. Hornqvist is off to a torrid scoring pace this season. If Crosby stays healthy his points will continue.

Projected Stats via The Hockey News – 25 G, 35 A, 60 pts

Actual Numbers 11/13/14 – 14 GP, 9 G, 9 A, 18 pts, +5

Honorable Mention – Jakub Vorachek – Phildelphia Flyers

LEFT WING – Jadin Schwartz – St. Louis Blues

Last season was a breakout season for Schwartz, and this season looks to be a repeat, plus. Last year he posted 56 points in 80 games, and this season he is well ahead of that pace. Playing on a line with Vladimir Tarasenko, and Jori Lehtera puts him in a great position to rack up the points. Will this young line continue to play well.

Projected Stats via The Hockey News – 28 G, 30 A, 58 pts

Actual Numbers 11/13/14 – 16 GP, 6 G, 10 A, 16 pts, +9

Honorable Mention – Nick Foligno – Columbus Blue Jackets

DEFENSE – TJ Brodie – Calgary Flames

This may be one of the biggest surprises of the season. Brodie has completely emerged as a top end defenseman in the NHL. Playing alongside Mark Giordano, this pairing may just be the best defensive pairing in the league. Brodie is a strong skater, and is very good at the long breakout pass. He is currently just ten points from surpassing his projected stats for this season.

Projected Stats via The Hockey News – 24 points

Actual Numbers 11/13/14 – 18 GP, 4 G, 11 A, 15 pts, +10

Honorable Mention – Sami Vatanen – Anaheim Ducks

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another great write up as usual!

One I would probably change is Tyler Toffoli for Schwartz. They are both having solid years but Toffoli had kind of a meh rookie year last year while Schwartz was a 20 goal scorer so the fact that Toffoli is so hot is a bit more of a shocker. But why quibble, they are both doing great.

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I would also flip flop Hornqvist for Voracek. I have obvious bias, but Jake is the leading scorer in the nhl, and even if he slumps projects to score 25% more than Hornqvist. 

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