After months of enduring that gargantuan waste of time otherwise known as the lockout, NHL fans were chomping at the bit once they knew there would be a season. We were all looking forward to anything other than having to listen to Gary Bettman talk about money. So now that we're through the first quarter of this shortened campaign, what players have stood out the most?
Many in this list will be familiar names. However, a few are just starting to make their presence felt league-wide.
You would be hard-pressed to find too many people outside of Ottawa who predicted Craig Anderson would be dominating the way he is.
And who would have thought Roberto Luongo would still even be in a Vancouver uniform, let alone sitting at 4-0-2 with a 1.45 GAA?
Ahead, we're going to count down the top 20 performers of the NHL's young season so far, and talk about what kind of impact each has had on their team's success.