Stars like Sidney Crosby, John Tavares and Alex Ovechkin are expected to find their names among the league's scoring leaders every year.
But the NHL is not static, and new stars assert themselves every year. Players like Alex Steen, Tyler Seguin and Frans Nielsen find themselves ranked with the elite players in the league as it approaches the completion of its first quarter of the season.
When players go on early-season hot streaks, it can propel them to another level. However, here's a look at several players who have gotten off to sharp starts that will eventually come back down to earth.