Both the Canadian and American Thanksgiving have come and gone, meaning all festive household dining room centerpieces ought to be out of sight until next autumn.
Who knows? Some teams might have a new individual nucleus ready to assume that title in the coming campaign. Others may have one on the decline whose decline will only be unfairly sped up with every day of this season that is lost.
As they stand right now, the most critical difference-makers for each NHL franchise―whether it is an exemplary captain, a radiant scorer, an all-around performer, an otherworldly goalie or even an exceptionally influential front-office personality―are assessed as follows.