E.J. Hradek ranks the top five rookies in the NHL as the season reaches the two-thirds mark. And the No. 1 overall pick from 2009, John Tavares, is nowhere to be found. Plus, a look at an L.A. native who could be a first-round pick this June.
Do NHL teams really need to be hot going into the playoffs? Not exactly, but that doesn't mean a slump is acceptable, either.