In just a couple days, the Boston Bruins will begin their title defense, and the rest of the NHL will officially have a chance at the game's ultimate prize for the first time since last October.
Across the league, every team has leaders and every market has a few players whose faces are on billboards, tickets and pocket schedules. But not every market has a superstar.
As we prepare for the beginning of the coming season, here are the 50 best players in the National Hockey League. Yes, there is an asterisk in the title of this piece, but you'll understand why soon.