Analyzing the First Five Weeks of the NHL Season

November 7th, 2009 by Kyle Rhodes Leave a reply »
The season is already a month old and so much has been happening in the league. Teams that were expected to be basement dwellers are living in the penthouse, elite teams are struggling, injuries galore to superstars, elite players aren't meeting expectations, while others are making a name for themselves, and some players maybe thinking way too much about the Olympics and aren't focusing enough on their respected teams. Here's a look at all of the above.

First off, let's start with the most surprising story of the season so far, shall we? Everyone with an opinion of hockey, had the Colorado Avalanche finishing either 29th or 30th in the league this season. While a month doesn't make an entire season, still it's amazing to see them on top of the NHL so far.

Craig Anderson is starting to look like the best free agent pick up this season so far, and as well came at extremely affordable cap hit of 1.812 million dollars. He, along with a very underrated defensive corp and surprising contributions from rookies have the Avalanche sitting on top after 17 games.

The Avalanche haven't been able to fight off the injury bug or swine flu epidemic that's been ...

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