I'll assume you mean surprised me in a positive way... (as opposed to some who surprised me in a negative way). I'm pleased with the advancement shown by Locke, Lindberg, and Grabovski (exceeded expectations), but the one who surprised me most was:
I guess because I never knew anything about him at all before (aside from stats), and had no idea if he would become a real prospect or not. And he certainly has.
A toss up between Grabovski and Locke for me, although I'll say Grabovski by a hair since Locke I thought had what it takes to do well in the AHL, I just didn't expect anything to materialize so soon. Grabovski I didn't know a thing about and was quite shocked to see him be that successful in the RSL, especially considering there are quite a few quality NHLers that play there right now.
Honorable mention to Danis who although I had high hopes for given his good couple of games late last year with Hamilton, I didn't expect him to be one of the biggest reasons we're still in the playoff race at this time.
Plekanec, Higgins, Perezhogin, Kostitsyn, etc. are right where I expected them to be, so no surprise there.
Voted Locke. Perezhogin has surpised in the sense that I thought his suspension from the AHL may have hindered his development, but he seems to be doing excellent.
Locke, however, has been pegged as a junior scorer and nothing more since we drafted him but he's jumped into a men's league with relative ease. Not saying he'll definitely be an NHLer, but his chances are a lot better now then they were in the past.
Got to go with Grabovsky, who I would have never thought would lead his team in scoring, and be in the top 15 in the league with all the NHLers playing.
Locke I never expected to have so much offensive production. What a rookie year he's having.
Even Linhart I'm surprised by. I didn't think he would land a spot in the top league, after playing in several leagues last year, he was able to land a spot even with all the NHLers on the team and in the league.
Heino-Lindberg I was very impressed with at camp, but I didn't expect him to be the top goalie in the tier-2 league as a 19 year old. Nice work!
Sanford as well, he was leading his ECHL team in scoring for defensemen and was named to the All Stars, then gets called up and shows some good offensive skills.
Greg Stewart is having a very good year. I really liked what I saw from him at camp but was wondering if his offensive game would develop. He's a guy that seems to work very hard, so I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do.