It seems like only yesterday the NHL season started, and now we have already finished one month of hockey. Many teams are already off to great starts, others not so much, but of those teams who got off to fast starts who is tricking us? And who is treating us?
Are the Edmonton Oilers a trick or treat this season? I say they are a treat. Going into the season I thought of the Edmonton Oilers as a sleeper team, when you look at their roster they’re actually not that bad. Taylor Hall, the Edmonton Oilers 2010 first overall draft pick was having a great season last year and might have been able to reach the 60 point mark if not delayed by injury. Now the Edmonton Oilers have a healthy Taylor Hall, and after 10 games Hall has put up 3 goals and 6 assists, a total of 9 points so far on the season, not a bad start. Another player on the Edmonton Oilers roster who could help carry this team is the Edmonton Oilers 1st overall pick from 2011, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is off to an amazing start so far. Some players go their entire career without a hat trick, however Ryan already has had one in his first 11 games playing in the NHL. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has played in 11 games this season, in those 11 games he’s scored 5 goals and 6 assists, a total of 11 points. Here is another reason I think the Oilers are a treat. Their goaltending is great. I think the Edmonton Oilers have one of the best goaltending duo’s with former cup champion Nikolai Khabibulin, and young Oiler Devan Dubnyk. Nikolai Knabibulin is off to a great start with a 5-0 record, a league leading GAA at 1.12, and leading the league in save percentage at 0.96, he also has 1 shutout. Now who expected that? Devan Dubnyk is also off to a really good start with a 2-2 record, a 1.98 GAA, and a 0.9379 save percentage. The Edmonton Oilers are off to a great start and I think they have a team that can possibly sneak into the postseason. I hope the Edmonton Oilers can continue to be a treat.
Are The Dallas Stars are trick or treat this season? I say they are treating us. When the season started I thought that the Dallas Stars may be one of the worst teams in the NHL, with the loss of a leader in Brad Richards and a heart breaking finish. This Dallas Stars team seems to have forgot about all of that, and have been playing some very aggressive hockey behind star goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who has been great this season. Kari Lehtonen is one of the surprises in the NHL this season, Kari Lehtonen has an 8-1 record in 9 games played with a 1.75 GAA, and a 0.947 save percentage, not a bad way to start a season. The Dallas Stars are playing like a team, and there is not just one player to point out, the entire team is playing great hockey. They have been a fun team to watch and I hope that they will continue to be a treat throughout the season.
The Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers have started the season off with a bang, their goaltending has beengiving shutdown performances, and they have both shown great examples of how to work as a team. If they continue to play this way, both could be teams to look out for come playoff time.
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