Ramblings: 32 of the Biggest Fantasy Surprises Thus Far (Nov 6)

Alexander MacLean

2022-11-06

I wanted to run through the NHL and list off some of the biggest surprises for me thus far in the fantasy realm.

Teams in order of NHL standings as of Nov 4:

Boston Bruins: Believe it or not, but I'm not too surprised that they have been able to manage to survive the lack of depth early in the year as Brad Marchand, Charlie McAvoy, and others were out with injuries. The biggest surprise in my eyes is the goalie timeshare, and the fact that Linus Ullmark has started eight of their 11 games. In my eyes, Swayman is the better goalie and the goalie of the future. Yes Ullmark has the contract, but I was expecting that to just bring the timeshare close to even. It may shake out closer to 50/50 as the season wears on, but right now Ullmark is the undisputed starter.

Vegas Golden Knights: People wondered if this team was going to struggle due to their lack of depth. Mark Stone's back was a worry, Jack Eichel's condition was a worry, and without Robin Lehner to backstop them, there were a lot of questions to be answered. Well, Nic Hague signed just in time, Eichel has looked fantastic, Stone has been healthy, and Logan Thompson (and backup Adin Hill) is making the goaltending position look like a strength rather than a weakness. However, the biggest surprise is the depth, and how productive Chandler Stephenson, William Karlsson, and Reilly Smith have been, with 10, nine, and eight points respectively through 12 games. They may drop off a little, but this looks more like a sign of things to come than a blip.

New Jersey Devils: I was in on this offence this summer, and based on everything they showed last year, we knew they were going to be a playoff team as long as they got decent goaltending. However, the goaltending still hasn't been great, with a negative goals-saved-above-average stat, and a save percentage below the .900 mark (the league average is .905). In spite of this, they're still dominating, and it's becaus