I hate titling the article like something posted on NHL.com…  Everything posted there has to be super corny or a terrible pun.  Today, I couldn’t help myself. There were some surprising performances around the league the first couple nights of the NHL season and one unbelievable, dare I say, Wild, comeback.  Okay, I’ll see myself out…And we’re back!  The Wild were down 4-1 going into the third period only to score 4 goals in 5:07 to take a 5-4 lead.  Leading the way in the comeback was Zach Parise, scoring the first hat trick of the young season on 6 shots.  The Sharks came out and after giving up a goal in the second minute, dominated the Kings for the last 58 .  The Jets took it to the Bruins in Boston with a balanced attack leading Winnipeg to a 6-2 victory.  The team many were picking to light the league on fire, the Pens, were shut out by my favorite long shot Cup contender, Dallas, 3-0.  The biggest thing to do after one game is not overreact but there were some interesting developments and key notes to be made.  Let’s take a closer look!

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The hockey season is finally upon us!  While there are only 4 games tonight, it’s great for hockey to start.  I will go through a preview of the games tonight and Thursday (11 total games) and will have a recap of all of that action out on Friday morning.  Here’s a breakdown of what we’re looking to see from a fantasy perspective in the first couple games of the season.

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In 2016, the Honda Civic will be getting a small redesign; upgradable turbo engine, higher fuel efficiency with a more stylish/sportier look. Now I’m all for saving some money and buying an older model, but with all the benefits that comes with a new car (reliability, new tech, streamlined power, next generation knowledge) would you blame me if I went with the new over the older model? Why am I starting this article by writing about a car? If you haven’t made the connection, each year in the NHL there seems to be more and more new talent replacing the old and this season is no exception. Pesos and I have put our bickering aside to come up with up and coming talent to watch.

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As a Sabres fan, I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.  After two years of tanking, they ended up with Sam Reinhart and more importantly, Jack Eichel.  In the Sabres first preseason game, Eichel showed why he was worth tanking for scoring a shorthanded goal and adding an assist.  Sabres coach Dan Blysma has Eichel currently slated to be the second line center with multiple 30 goal scorer Matt Moulson and burgeoning power forward Zemgus Girgensons.  It’s a great situation for Eichel to thrive, even as an 18 year old.  I currently have Eichel at 51st overall (rankings here) and I feel great about having him ranked higher than anywhere else.  The combination of speed and power that he has at such a young age is incredibly rare.  In dynasty leagues, I’d have him ranked after the big 7 and McDavid.  Bottom line is:

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Teams usually play half of their starting roster in one preseason game and the other half in the next so it’s tough to come away with major takeaways from preseason.  That said, it could be very telling as to who will play on what line which has a major impact on players’ value.  Let’s take a look at who had a big impact over the first three days of preseason:

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