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While we're just barely approaching the one-week mark of the 2013-14 season, we've still seen plenty of fantasy headlines early on. From Alex Ovechkin continuing his dominant ways, to Marc-Andre Fleury putting his playoff woes behind him, to Claude Giroux being held pointless in his first three games, this season's storylines are slowly starting to unfold.
With that said, let's take a look at some unexpected forwards off to fast starts and whether I'm buying their hot starts, or selling them:
Kyle Turris , Ottawa Senators -- BUY -- In two games, he has one goal, three assists, a plus-4 rating and seven shots on goal. He's centering Ottawa's second line and has found immediate chemistry with Clarke MacArthur and Cory Conacher .
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Lars Eller , Montreal Canadiens -- SELL -- Eller's entire kid line (with Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher ) has been on absolute fire to start the season, but this is Montreal's third line, so regression is likely coming. He posted 30 points in 48 games last year, but only 28 in 79 games the season before.
Mikhail Grabovski , Washington Capitals -- BUY -- The newest Capital is adjusting quite nicely in D.C. In three contests he has three goals and two assists with four of those five points coming with the man advantage. Skating regularly on the top power play unit, Grabovski could be in line for his best season yet.
Dave Bolland , Toronto Maple Leafs -- SELL -- Like Eller, Bolland is his team's third-line center, so we can't expect him to continue to put up point-per-game stats (two goals, one assist in three games). He's also proven to be a bit injury prone in the past, so it's safe to say you shouldn't trust him in fantasy leagues.
David Jones , Calgary Flames -- SELL -- Jones has had two 20-plus goal seasons in the past for the Colorado Avalanche , but despite his hot start (two goals, two assists, plus-3 in three games), I still think he'll disappoint fantasy owners. The Flames aren't the most appealing offensive bunch and we can't expect Jones to be more than a fill-in player.
Tomas Hertl , San Jose Sharks -- BUY -- The 19-year-old Czech has two goals and an assist in his first two NHL games and should continue to find the back of the net. He's playing on a line with Joe Thornton and Brent Burns and could end up being a Calder Trophy candidate.
Evander Kane , Winnipeg Jets -- While Kane has been quiet in two of his three games this season, that one other game shows why he is such a unique fantasy player to own. Against the Los Angeles Kings last week, Kane posted one goal, two assists, a plus-3 rating, nine penalty minutes and seven shots on goal. He is currently ranked fourth among all forwards in Yahoo leagues and has the potential to be a top-25 overall player this year.
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