Marian Gaborik has ignited Anze Kopitar's offensive production and has given the Los Angeles Kings all kinds of offensive momentum over the past couple of weeks. The former Columbus Blue Jackets underachiever has found a fit on the Kings' most talented trio.
Through the first three games of the Kings' second-round series against the Anaheim Ducks, Gaborik had a league-best six goals and is putting up a point per game. He's using his speed and skill and also avoiding hurting the team's defense-first mentality by, for the most part, being smart about his positioning without the puck.
He scored twice in the Game 4 victory that rallied the Kings to a comeback in the first round after falling behind 3-0 in the series and dominated with three goals and five points in the first three games of the second round.
Thomas Vanek was brought to Montreal to help the Canadiens earn goals from those hard-to-play regions around the opposition crease and has been doing exactly what is expected of him lately.
He scored twice and earned three points in the first three games against the Bruins, and he has proven to be a tough customer, too, coming back from a hit from teammate P.K. Subban and playing through a supposedly minor leg injury.
The 6'0", 217-pound winger has offered some size to a smaller roster.
The Habs' Mike Weaver might be the steal of the deadline, costing just a fifth-round draft pick in 2015. With 22 blocks through the first eight games, he's been a stellar defensive player who came cheap.
Ilya Bryzgalov has proven to be an important insurance measure for the Minnesota Wild goaltending position, although he's not about to steal the series against the Blackhawks.
Although acquired well before the deadline, Dale Weise has two game-winners for the Canadiens. And he plays on the fourth line.
On the other side of the coin, Martin St. Louis hasn't been the offensive dynamo the New York Rangers were hoping would propel them deep into the playoffs, and goalie Ryan Miller sure wasn't the difference-maker for the St. Louis Blues.
The Wild are also waiting for Matt Moulson to wake up. Maybe they should have traded for John Tavares, too, and set up a reunion.