Quick—name the leading scorer in the NHL right now.
Sidney Crosby? Nope.
Alexander Ovechkin? No, try again.
Patrick Marleau? Yup.
Whoever predicted Marleau before the season started can collect his "Top Analyst of the Year" accolades early. (He can be sure to grab extra praise if he predicted that Jaromir Jagr and Teemu Selanne would lead the league in scoring after opening night too, although both players have since fallen off.)
But Marleau isn't the only player to have a hot start to the season or be among the league leaders in a category he isn't expected to lead. And as we're now about an eighth of the way through the shortened schedule, don't be surprised if some of the players who follow retain the top spots in these statistical categories beyond the month of January.