Thus far in the early going we have tackled surprises, changes in ice time, and cold streaks. In each of these cases we are looking at league wide reports and filtering down to find the notable items to bring to the column. Through the process of filtering though, we have focused mostly on forwards and today it is time to rectify that. The focus for today is solely defensemen. Like with some of the early articles we are going to highlight defensemen who are doing something a little different than expected, for better or worse.
As far as process goes, we are going to take Dobber's preseason expectations, and compare them to our D's current (as of 11/17) results. We will use the Frozen Tool Forensics favorite Big Board to pull the stats to date and then will adjust to put them on a per-game basis so we can compare to the projections. There is also a handy filter on the reports page so the export for the Big Board this time around will contain only D.
To start we let's take a look at our top five high performing D. These are players who are putting up numbers well above their preseason expectations. Being included on this list doesn't necessarily require that these players are going to experience a dramatic regression (though it is unlikely all will remain above point-per-game players), that is what we will dig into and find out.