The opening round of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs has reached its midpoint, providing considerable excitement and drama for NHL fans. Most of the series have been closely contested, with several games needing overtime to be resolved.
This round hasn't lacked for significant individual performances by a number of players. Several have risen to the fore. Among them is a rookie forward tied for the playoff scoring lead, a captain shaking off pain to lead by example, a former 20-goal scorer rediscovering his offensive touch and a defenseman quietly leading his team in points.
The following is a ranking of the 10 hottest players thus far in the NHL divisional semifinals.