Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/21/14 at 07:49 PM ET
from Scott Cullen of TSN,
Leaving out injuries, because I don't pretend to hold that psychic power, here are some of the season's biggest surprises for each team.
I did not expect...
...C Nick Bonino to be the third-leading scorer on the Ducks, behind Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. I projected Teemu Selanne to be third, but he was way back and I still had virtually every other secondary Ducks forward pegged ahead of Bonino, who had 33 points in 112 career games coming into the season.
...RW Reilly Smith to be the Bruins' leading goal-scorer, with 15, through 48 games (passed by Brad Marchand Monday afternoon). Smith had decent underlying numbers as a rookie, but he scored three goals in 37 games last year, so I figured that he might be an okay third-liner for the Bruins if everything broke right. Turns out he's been a much more valuable contributor.
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