Neutral Zone Wrap: A Winning Hab-it
Neutral Zone Wrap: A Winning Hab-it

This article is part of our Neutral Zone Wrap series.

Welcome back to the Wrap. The column returns to its usual format of highlighting players from five teams, but don't be surprised if a special list pops up every month or so. Because it's nice to see something different. And, well, y'all deserve it.

Most of the big names will only be included to prove a point. They should already be known, so your focus should be directed toward the remaining fantasy-worthy folks. Which is where the following information comes into play.

This week, let's look at a few clubs who have either impressed out of the gate or have struggled to find their form. See if you can tell the difference:

Montreal Canadiens

When you possess the most otherworldly netminder since The Dominator, then it shouldn't surprise anyone to end up undefeated through six. But there's more to the Habs' success than Carey Price (1.20 GAA, .957 SV% in five starts). The offense (averaging 3.33 goals per game) is sufficiently supplemented by Alex Galchenyuk (goal, four assists). Even with less ice time (13:35 as the third center), David Desharnais (five) still finds a way to make it work. Training camp holdover Tomas Fleischmann (two goals, assist) has filled in nicely. There's promise in Lars Eller (two goals), though more was expected of Alexander Semin (two). He may be lost behind two above-average blueliners, but Jeff Petry (two, both on the power-play) can help in deeper leagues.

Vancouver Canucks

Many, including myself, wrote off Vancouver as a pushover heading into

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