The lockout-shortened season has allowed talented players like David Clarkson and Eric Staal to step into the spotlight, in addition to the regular crop of superstars such as Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos.
Of course, the goal scorers and playmakers will always capture the attention of fans. There’s something about the puck bulging twine that never gets old.
Others are appreciative of those goaltenders who consistently make huge saves. When a goalie halts a sure scoring play, it’s something that provokes a reaction from everyone watching.
Still others come out of their seat for the occasional hockey fight.
With all those criteria in mind, let’s take a look at and rank the 10 most exciting NHL players halfway through this season.