This article is part of our Neutral Zone Wrap series.
We're a month in, which means it's still too early to project yearlong trends. But predicting short-term production is a must for those who want to get ahead of the crowd.
There are many ways to analyze the future, but most of them involve looking back. Point totals, ice time, and line situations qualify as obvious indicators, but those only comprise part of the story. To complete the outlook, one must delve deeper. Advanced analytics like Corsi and Fenwick can help, as long as you understand them and put them to proper use. And sometimes, a minimalist approach works; a good way to find out about a player is to peruse a team blog site or even searching Twitter (while keeping RotoWire as your primary fantasy reference point, naturally).
Now that you know what's needed to succeed, let's look at another five clubs whose synopses are packed with important information. Any extraneous details shall only be used as filler, so your task – should you choose not to cry boredom – will be to focus on the relevant details.
(Stats as of Monday, Nov. 9)
Remember that scary opening week when everyone thought the Kings were dead? They now lead the Pacific and, more importantly, own SoCal bragging rights. What a talent Tyler Toffoli (13 points, plus-9) has become. Another first rounder, Tanner Pearson (six), is slowly getting more minutes (averaging 15-plus over the last week) to match his effort. It's not as though Anze Kopitar (only six points, but