Throughout the season, guys exceed and fall short of expectations. Now three weeks into the 2015-2016 season some of those guys have shown their true colors. Rookies have stepped up all over the place. Guys like McDavid and EIchel have proven their worth as first and second overall draft picks. Prospects have come up and proven their worth while guys at the top of league have continued to dazzle.
Rookie: Max Domi (ARI C)
The Arizona Coyotes have looked better than they have in recent years. With better play from guys like Mike Smith and captain Shane Doan, the Coyotes are looking to stay competitive in what is shaping up to be a very tough Pacific Division. What has helped them stay relevant in the begining of this new season is the stellar play by rookie Max Domi. Haven't heard of him? Domi was drafted 12th overall in the 2013 draft, but didn't see NHL ice until this season. Through the first seven games, Domi has had several highlight reel worthy plays. All this while netting 3 goals and assisting on 5 others. Arizona hopes that he can keep up his point per game pace, and if he's on the waiver wire still, it's time to pick him up.
Keeper: Carey Price (MTL G)
As a guy from the Boston area, this next statement I'm about to type makes me want to gag. Carey Price is THE BEST goaltender in the world. Price is 28 years old and is looking to follow up his 44 wins from last year (1.96 GAA .933 SV%). So far, in the young season, Price has started 6 times, and you guessed it, has won 6 times. He is sitting on a .966 save percentage, a miniscule 1.00 GAA and already with 2 shutouts. Although the season is still very young, even if he cools off, Price can easily win his second consecutive Vezina Trophy with his remarkable play thus far. This is a guy who will consistently get you double digit points and should start most of Montreal's games. Once again, he is 28 years old, keep him, keep him, keep him.
Prospect: Tyler Randell (BOS RW)
Here's a guy who has been fun to watch, in a difficult start to the Bruins' season. The 24 year old was called up to Boston after Marchand was diagnosed with a concusion and was forced miss time. In his first game and first shift, Randell deflected a puck past Varlamov that ended up being the game winner versus Colorado. He then followed that up with a beautiful backhander against Arizona the next game. Randell is only playing on the fourth line for Boston and may not stay up there for the entirety of the season. Still if you're in a deep league and need some points to secure a win at the end of the week, this guy should be available. At the same time too, with an inconsistent start to the campaign, maybe Randell can have a break out year much like Brad Marchand did back in 2011 that earned him a spot on the top line for the Bruins.
With all the new cap issues teams seem to be running into, this season in particular seems to be boasting a lot of young talent. Teams like Arizona, Buffalo, Edmonton, and Florida, who had a lot of struggling woes last year, have been finding the back of the net more in this young season. Look for more young guys to make a lot of noise throughout the league. It's a new generation of hockey, and teams are going to have to develop their stars a lot more than in the past. What an exciting time to be a hockey fan!