from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail, These are early days, but as most NHL teams hit the 10-game mark, there are a lot of surprising names among the statistical leaders.
Those not usually found at or near the top of the league’s leaders list include Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel (nine goals, 15 points in eight games), Ottawa Senators winger Milan Michalek (10 points, in nine games), goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin of the Edmonton Oilers (0.97 goals-against average, .963 save percentage) and Florida Panthers rookie Jacob Markstrom (1.29 GAA, .967 save percentage).
The most intriguing name, though, is Marc-André Bergeron.
The Tampa Bay Lightning veteran never ran up more than 39 points in 10 seasons bouncing around the minor leagues and the NHL. He became known as a power-play specialist who could not play in his own end, which limited his ice time.
But now, at 31, Bergeron is leading NHL defencemen in points (10 in nine games). He is also averaging almost 19 minutes ...