Being surprised by an early result is a response to expectations. What a person – in this case yours truly – expected to happen in the first few weeks of the season is directly related to what they were expecting to happen. In that sense, whether this is a surprise to each reader depends on what each reader thought might happen. Perusing this column may make you agree, disagree, or be indifferent with what has happened, but I still want to go over some early performances that have been novel and review what's gone on, and what could happen in the future. As usual, data from our Frozen Tools or Natural Stat Trick.
As anyone who read my offseason work knows, I was very concerned about how Boston would perform offensively with Brad Marchand and Charlie McAvoy expected to miss significant time to start the year. Add injuries to Matt Grzelcyk and Mike Reilly, with a dash of Taylor Hall missing time at the end of training camp, and it was a huge red flag for me in regards to the fantasy value of Patrice Bergeron. Well, on the season, he's a point-per-game player averaging 3.7 shots on goal per night. He has hit five-year highs in TOI per night, points per 60 minutes, and shot attempt rate. Needless to say, this has been a very successful start to the year for Bergeron, and Marchand could be back very soon: