As the trade deadline nears, Alvin Chang examines every team's weaknesses in their Playoff Power Meter portfolio and sees which players mentioned in NHL Rumor Central could help make playoff teams into bona fide Cup contenders.
Alvin Chang looks at how the St. Louis Blues have created a Stanley Cup contender. Unlike most teams that rebuild through top-10 picks, the Blues have rebuilt through mid-first-round and second-round picks.
Despite a sluggish start, the Boston Bruins still strongly resemble past Stanley Cup winners according to Insider's Playoff Power Meter. As the Maple Leafs just discovered, you shouldn't sleep on the Bruins.
While the Edmonton Oilers will get to add to a core featuring 2010 No. 1 Taylor Hall, they still have work to do before becoming Cup contenders. Even consecutive No. 1 picks are no guarantee of team success. Just ask the Thrashers.