On every team in the NHL, at least one player is performing above the level he did in the 2009-10 season. Whether he has more goals or has gotten more defensively responsible, this player's improvement has paid off for his team.
As the 2010-11 regular season draws to a close, I decided to look around the league and showcase the most improved player from every team in this slideshow.
A lot went into this piece. The first, and most obvious, way I picked players to research was their point totals from last year and this year. For example, I felt it would be unfair to pick a player as most improved whose production dropped 10 points from the year before.
Since it is time consuming to compile stats for every player on an NHL roster, I had to narrow it down further. Players who played in the AHL last year or this year or missed significant time with injury were not eligible. It would be almost obvious that their stats would improve this year if they did not play as many games last year.
I made an exception in some cases, though, and did select a few players who missed significant time last year if I did not feel I could make a strong case for any of their teammates. You will be able to see the exceptions in the slideshow, and I don't want to preview too much.
So let's look and see how far some of these guys have come.