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Blue Line Buzz: Early Season Surprises

Dan Pennucci

Dan Pennucci

Dan Pennucci has covered hockey for Rotowire since 2002 and is the author of Blue Line Buzz since 2011 as well as being the co-author of Morning Skate. He also is a contributor to Talking Red, a New Jersey Devils blog and podcast. He is an English teacher and formerly wrote for The Coast Star in Manasquan, New Jersey where he and his sports section won several New Jersey Press Association awards. Dan Pennucci is a supporter of the New Jersey Devils, Washington Nationals and Chelsea FC. He's attended sporting events in six countries.

(all statistics through Saturday, October 12)

Early-Season Surprises

Jason Garrison. Mark Giordano. Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Jonas Brodin. Matt Niskanen.

These five players currently sit in the top 10 of defensemen scoring. Yes, it's early, but this is a bit on the surprising side. Many of these players, if drafted at all, are turning into huge values for owners who gambled on them late.

Also of note is the fact that Derek Morris is 11th in scoring among defenders through Saturday, reliving his glory days from the early 2000's in Calgary for the Desert Dogs. (He added an assist on Phoenix's first goal Sunday, a power-play helper, giving him five points).

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