Everything in the first month of the season is basically a hot take. But there's enough data on every team now to start making educated calls.
Some food for thought after another week of fantasy hockey ...
That's the number of offensive zone faceoffs Nikolaj Ehlers has participated in this season, the most in the league (min. 10 GP) and just one of four forwards in the top 20. (The other three: Tyler Seguin, Phil Kessel and Jake Guentzel). By comparison, Blake Wheeler is the second-highest among Jets forwards, and he only has 73. According to Hockey-Reference, Ehlers is starting in the offensive zone 70.7 percent of the time, shattering last year's career-high 57.5 percent and representing a 26 percent increase from last season. That has translated to Ehlers having one of the best starts to his career, and after a disappointing 37 points last season, he is on pace for 76. Relative to his 160.4 ADP (Yahoo), he's been one of the best mid-round draft bargains this season.
That's the number of goals the Canucks have scored since last Monday, five of which have come on the power play. Elias Pettersson has 20 points in 14 games as he continues to ascend into superstar status, and all of his underlying numbers suggest it's no fluke. Him and bestie Brock Boeser combined for 16 points last week. He's in the McDavid-Matthews tier in keeper league values and it's little plays like these that make him