10 NHL Players Who Need to Pick It Up Before It's Too Late

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10 NHL Players Who Need to Pick It Up Before It's Too Late
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The NHL season is a long one, but too slow of a start can doom even the best teams and the biggest stars. So far the 2011-2012 NHL season has been chock full of surprises that few could have predicted—some really good players have been really bad.

There are guys scattered across the 30 teams that are not performing well, and if they don't pick up the slack soon it may be doom and gloom for their respective squads moving forward.

Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led the scoring race since the opening days of the season and has yet to relinquish the spot. His team is currently sitting atop their division and could open up a decent point gap in the coming weeks.

The Edmonton Oilers, Dalls Stars and Colorado Avalanche have all outperformed expectations so far (just to name a few).

Of course there is a flip-side to the better-than-expected coin. The side no one wants to see their favorite teams or players on. The faltering side.

Right now the NHL has as many negative surprises as it does positive ones. Here are 10 players that need to reverse their fortunes soon or face the prospect of long seasons.

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