We're still only midway through the opening round of the NHL playoffs, but some players are already stepping to the forefront as they lead their teams a little closer to hockey's ultimate prize.
The race for the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP is underway and here is an early look at some of the candidates to win the award.
Obviously, this is a fluid situation. At this early juncture, one big game by a skater or one very poor performance by a goalie can change the equation in a hurry.
Since I've limited this list to 10, I tried to include players from teams that are likelier to advance to the deeper rounds.
Feel free to comment on any players you feel I may have missed and please state why you feel they belong on the list.