Well, seeing we're nearing the mid-point of the year in the NHL, I think it's fair to make a good judgment of where teams stand, and how they are going to fare for the rest of the season.
So far, Gary Bettman and the NHL could not have asked for a better season. The Chicago Blackhawks have risen from the ashes truly as a young-and-gun team ready to prove to the league that they are the real deal.
The yet again seemingly impenetrable New Jersey Devils are locked in a wrestling match with the defending Stanley Cup champions Pittsburgh Penguins in one of the most interesting division races we may have seen in years. It's a great year for hockey, and everyone should be loving it.
First of all, I would like to hand out my awards for the mid-year. They may be the front-runners, but still have a long way to go.