It has come as a bit of a shock that James van Riemsdyk has started the season on a hot streak. For his excellent play in the first month of the season, JVR has been named the East Division Star of the Month.
With 13 points (5G, 8A) through 10 games this season, JVR is off to the best 10-game start to his career since 2009-10 when he had 13 points (2G, 11A) for the Flyers as a rookie.
He currently has the 6th-most points in the NHL and is tied for the league lead in power play goals (4).
We'll see if his great play can carry over into February.