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NHL: Who's hot, who's not?

11/04/2014 07:51 EST | Updated 01/04/2015 05:59 EST
It's still very early in the 2014-15 NHL season, but here is a look at three players who have impressed and three players who have been disappointments so far with respect to performance in fantasy leagues. 

Who's hot?

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Sidney Crosby 

As the NHL's leader in points this season with 18, it is snot surprising that Crosby is highly sought after by fantasy team owners.

No. 87 has appeared in all 10 of the Penguins' games and has contributed seven goals (including three on the power play) to go along with 11 assists. His plus-4 rating also makes him valuable. 

Provided that Crosby can stay healthy, he is a prime candidate to repeat as the Art Ross Trophy winner.

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Filip Forsberg

The 20-year-old centre, who had appeared in just 18 NHL games prior to this season, is enjoying a breakout season with the Nashville Predators. 

In 11 games, he has tallied three goals and eight assists. In his best performance to date, Forsberg scored twice and added an assist in a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday.

Forsberg is definitely worth picking up as he is likely just scratching the surface of his talents. 

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Jonas Hiller

While it may be of little surprise to see goalies such as Ryan Miller, Ben Bishop, and Carey Price having good starts to the season, Hiller has been a revelation for the Calgary Flames. 

Hiller, who was signed by the Flames in July, has posted a 5-2-1 record. His .938 save percentage heading into Tuesday night is good for eighth-best in the league, while his 1.84 goals against average ranks him 10th overall. 

He likely isn't available at this point in most fantasy leagues. 

Who's not?

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Patrick Sharp

The Chicago Blackhawks forward has taken a bit of tumble in terms of his fantasy ranking this season. The team overall has started slowly, and at 6-5-1, is tied for fourth in the Central Division.

As for Sharp, he has recorded three goals and five assists in 12 games after amassing 78 points in 82 games in 2013-14. His minus-3 rating is also a bit of a concern.

However, his production and the team's performance overall are likely to improve as the season progresses. 

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Jaden Schwartz

After recording four goals and three assists in his first four games this season, including a hat trick against the Arizona Coyotes on Oct. 18, the 22-year-old left winger has cooled off considerably. 

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He added a goal and an assist against the Blackhawks on Oct. 25, but has now gone four-straight games without a point. 

For Schwartz to match his production from last season, a career-high 56 points, he will need to get back on track soon. 

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Tuukka Rask

​Rask has been somewhat of a disappointment this season after winning the Vezina Trophy last season and being named a first team NHL all-star. 

Rask is 5-4 so far this season. Of course, Rask isn't entirely to blame for the Bruins' mediocre start to the season, but his .902 save percentage, which is well below his career mark of .927, and 2.72 goals-against average haven't helped matters. 

The Bruins netminder is obviously worth holding onto, though, as he could turn things around at any moment. 

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