It was evident from his time in Dallas that James Neal had a real knack for scoring goals. Neal is one player who appears poised to erase his slow start with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season.
Some players have jumped ahead to a red-hot October start, while others haven't quite gotten there yet.
Will these players continue those trends? Will others rise to the occasion and take off in November?
Let's take a look at 10 NHL players who will surprise this year, for better or for worse.