We are nearly one-quarter of the way through the 2011-12 NHL season, and not everything has gone as expected.
The Dallas Stars are in first place in the Pacific division, the Minnesota Wild sit atop the Northwest Division and the Nashville Predators actually decided to pay a star player without being forced into it by an arbitrator.
Then again, how much fun would hockey really be if there were no surprises? It’s the reason we watch in the first place and the reason the games are played on ice and not on paper.
There are always some surprising teams and players every season. With that being said, let’s take a look at the top players that we didn’t expect to be lighting it up so far this season: