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Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel is among this season's top rookies.
David Backes, St. Louis Blues: The 31-year-old St. Louis Blues captain remains a solid all-around center and leader.
Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning: The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to the 6'7", 216-pound Bishop to backstop them to another Stanley Cup Final.
John Carlson, Washington Capitals: Carlson anchors the Washington Capitals blue line and has been a key ingredient in their success this season.
Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres: Only 19, Eichel is enjoying an impressive rookie campaign with the Buffalo Sabres.
John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks: Gibson's goaltending is among the reasons the Anaheim Ducks are back in playoff contention.
Shayne Gostisbehere, Philadelphia Flyers: Gostisbehere recently set an NHL record for consecutive points by a rookie defenseman.
Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets: Filling in for a sidelined Ondrej Pavelec, Hellebuyck looks like a future starter for the Winnipeg Jets.
Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning: While injuries hampered Johnson this season, he remains a key part of the Lightning roster.
Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh Penguins: His production was down in the first half of this season. Of late, however, Kessel's picked up the pace.
Dylan Larkin, Detroit Red Wings: This 19-year-old rookie center has all the hallmarks of a future Detroit Red Wings captain.
Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers: The Blueshirts captain continues to provide his club with a reliable defensive game.
Kyle Okposo, New York Islanders: With 45 points in 55 games, the 27-year-old winger is among the Isles' top scorers.
Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens: Like most of his teammates, Pacioretty is struggling this season. Still, the Habs captain remains among their best players.
Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild: A knee injury is hampering Parise's play this season. When healthy, he's among the NHL's best American forwards.
Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis Blues: With Alex Pietrangelo sidelined, Shattenkirk has shouldered a heavy workload for the Blues.
Keith Yandle, New York Rangers: Approaching unrestricted free agency, Yandle is among the NHL's best puck-moving defensemen.