The NHL has now finished the first month of the season. There are always two great things about October hockey—new players and time.
After a long off season, the fans, players, coaches and front offices finally get to see what they have. The long summer without hockey is done and players are racing up and down the ice. Everybody gets to check out the new offseason acquisitions, as well as whatever young guns have made the team.
Also, it is only October. If a team starts badly, the players still have a long time to make for it. Stanley Cup championships are not handed out for wins in October. In the same vein, no team is eliminated from the playoffs in October.
Of course, a good start is always an advantage. It is important to get the team in the right mindset—winning definitely helps that.
Grades, in October, are about more than just won-loss records. Remember math class? Your teacher wanted more than just the right answer, you also had to show your work. Along the same lines, NHL grades are based on the work so far.
After the first month of the season, it is time to grade each team.