5 surprises the NHL threw at us in October

The first month of the NHL season has wrapped and, as usual, it contained its fair number of surprises.

Patrick Sharp

Are you surprised that, through October, this guy is the NHL's leading goal scorer with ten to his credit?

Were the number of suspensions and blather surrounding them a surprise? Maybe. What teams surprised you – by either their good or poor play? In no particular order, here are five things that surprised me about the NHL in October. (more…)

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There are six Canadian teams in the NHL, but only two will be worth watching this season – the Edmonton Oilers and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Taylor Hall

Watching rookie Taylor Hall play this season might make Edmonton fans forget the last four, long years AP Photo/Reed Saxon

You can throw a sack over the other four and, maybe, check on them next year. That doesn’t mean that the Oilers and Maple Leafs will light the world on fire, make the Stanley Cup Playoffs and still be playing in June. It means that, of Canada’s six, Edmonton and Toronto will be the most entertaining – on and off the ice. (more…)

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Taylor Hall

Taylor Hall was a junior star in Windsor (two Memorial Cups, 280 points in 183 OHL games), but he'll need some help to do that in the NHL

Today, Taylor Hall began the slow build toward his first NHL game by skating at the Edmonton Oilers’ development camp at tiny Clareview Arena in Edmonton. 500 Oilers’ fans came out to watch. Clearly, Edmonton is a city that knows and loves its hockey. So new Oilers’ head coach Tom Renney knows the pressure is on. How will Renney deal with Hall? And how will Renney affect Hall’s career as Taylor begins in the NHL? Time and history tells us that coaches can do one great thing for budding stars. (more…)

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Windsor Spitfires' Taylor Hall

Spitfires' superstar Taylor Hall has 6 pts in 3 Memorial Cup games in 2010

This Sunday evening, watch the Windsor Spitfires win their second consecutive Memorial Cup. That’s right, win. They’ll play either the Calgary Hitmen or Brandon Wheat Kings. But Windsor’s opponent is inconsequential. The Spitfires are way too good. Way too savvy. Way too experienced to lose. And a second straight Memorial Cup will put them in very elite company. (more…)

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