Atop The Sugar Pile - 10/27
Oh hey... remember when we used to write these on a (semi) weekly basis? Well we've seen 8 hockey games with 3 more coming up quickly and we're too lazy to think of a new idea for a weekly roundup. With Halloween right around the corner, lets all dive head first into a whole pile of high fructose corn syrup and other things that will most certainly kill us all, shall we?
The Terrifying Lows
Rostislav Olesz - This guy has played so little that I'm still not 100% sure how to pronounce his name. Although listening to a half in the bag Foley try and stumble through it might not help me much either. It's not quite far to put him in this category and it's not exactly about his play so much as it is about his place on this team. I don't expect him to crack the line-up any time soon and that $3Million+ cap is pretty painful for a constant healthy scratch.
The Dizzying Highs
He's Marian Hossa... You're Not - We were expecting a strong start from Hoss and he certainly hasn't disappointed us so far. His 5 goals lead the Hawks and he's on pace for a point a game. Beyond that he's playing the strong physical game we've seen in the past and always seems to be right in the thick of things no matter which zone. He's also fourth on the team in hits, did you know that? I doubt he can keep up this pace for a full season but it'll still be pretty damn fun to watch
The Experiment - I was concerned about moving Patrick Kane to center, how could you not be? He's one of the most skilled players in the league, this we know. But would it be a good idea to take one of the most dangerous wingers and put him in an uncomfortable position and give him the extra responsibilities that generally come with playing in the middle? Well, with 2 goals, 6 assists, a +4 and a 56% winning percentage at the draw it certainly seems Q hit the jackpot. Kane has been in "Fuck You" mode all season so far and it doesn't show signs of slowing just yet.
A Whole Lot Else - I didn't want to ramble on in this section but there is a lot to like so far in these 8 games. Carbomb looks to actually have his head on straight and is a great addition to the two players mentioned above, Jonathan Toews is still a monster, Patrick Sharp is back as a sniper and a point per game and Brent Seabrook is destroying worlds with only a stare.
The Creamy Middles
D2K - He caused a little concern at the start of the season but it appears that Duncs is on his way back to the top of his game. Things haven't been perfect but his last few games have been solid performances, even if the pairings don't still make sense. I expect Keith to make to highs section before too long.
Andrew Brunette - Brunette is at the bottom of the pack with a -2 rating but he does have 4 points too. A 40 point season would be nice from many players but it would also be Brunette's lowest production since 1998. The Brunette signing makes sense for many reasons but there are a lot of questions if the slow skater can keep up with the fast pace of the Hawks.