While NHL teams make the bulk of their major roster decisions in the offseason, the right midseason adjustment can put a great team over the top. Which was the most important addition made by each of the eight remaining postseason teams this year?
Several clubs made some major last-minute moves at the trade deadline, a couple made only some minor adjustments, and a few essentially stood pat.
I've identified the top midseason addition for each remaining playoff team, including AHL call-ups, early trades and deadline-day pickups. Using a variety of analytics, each player's role was established, including how effectively they've been playing it and the overall impact it has had on their teams.
In the end, the single most important addition was identified for each remaining team, and then ranked based on the overall impact he has had so far and is projected to have the rest of the way.
Whether you agree or disagree, be sure to weigh in on any players that were overlooked or that you may have ranked differently. Let's begin!
All advanced statistics are via Extra Skater or writer's own original research unless otherwise noted.