If you browse over the NHL's league leaders in stats as of Sunday morning, you'll notice there's a Finnish flare that has emerged.
Three Finns are leading the way in three main categories. You can make that four total categories if we factor in assists, too.
After Patrik Laine erupted for five goals against the St. Louis Blues, the Finnish sniper jumped into sole possession of first overall in goals scored with 19. Buffalo's Jeff Skinner sits second with 18, so if it wasn't for Laine reaching five on the night, we wouldn't even be having this conversation.
Jump over to points and assists, and you'll see that Mikko Rantanen, who's scored the game-winning goal for the Avs in their Saturday night win over the Stars, leads the NHL in both points (38) and assists (28). Rantanen notched 84 total points last season, and, like just like Laine, Rantanen's entry-level contract will expire at the end of the season, meaning the pending RFA is going to be getting a boatload of dough.
Move on over to save percentage and the reigning Vezina trophy winner Pekka Rinne has picked up right where he left off in last year's regular season by stopping .944 percentage of shots directed his way. Rinne was rewarded with a two-year, $10 million extension at the start of the month, and with fellow Finn Juuse Saros waiting in the wings, the Preds have one of the top tandems in the entire NHL right now and going forward.
While we're not exactly sure when we'll next see the best-on-best players take one each other in international hockey next, Finland's crop of top-end talent is certainly an impressive group of talent, as referenced by Finnish legend Teemu Selanne in this tweet below.