Frozen Fantasy: It’s Early, But…
Frozen Fantasy: It’s Early, But…

This article is part of our Frozen Fantasy series.

The season is a dozen games old and we've seen more than a few surprises. Edmonton. Vancouver. New Jersey. Braden Holtby. Rasmus Ristolainen.

Is any of this for real?

Sure it's early, but there are a few interesting trends. And many have fantasy implications.

Edmonton is 8-2-1 and unbeaten at home. But 40 percent of their goals come from two men. Can their success continue? Right – rhetorical question.

They've improved, but this is not real.

Vancouver is a blast to watch. Their goaltending is great, the offence is spread around the team and Quinn Hughes has a little Bobby Orr in him.

Real. Very much so. Too bad no one will see it happen, given the game times.

Buffalo is drinking the Ralph Krueger Kool-Aid and they're tops in the Atlantic. Any man who can pull Rasmus Ristolainen into even – and maybe even positive – territory can clearly deliver miracles.

Real again, although they're more wild card than top of the Atlantic.

Jersey has been atrocious. There's no other way to describe it. What's real? The struggle. They aren't this bad, but it's going to take time to gel.

The Caps have won eight, but Braden Holtby has been a sieve. He's allowed 30 goals in nine starts and has a putrid 3.64 GAA. And .886 save percentage.

But John Carlson is leading the league in scoring – he's on a bloody 132-point pace!

The underlying issues are very real. Plus offence, a porous D and

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Janet Eagleson
Janet Eagleson is a seven-time Finalist and four-time winner of the Hockey Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. She is a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan, loved the OHL London Knights when they were bad and cheers loudly for the Blackhawks, too. But her top passion? The World Junior Hockey Championships each and every year.
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