With the end of 2013 NHL regular season approaching, Neil Greenberg outlines his picks for the Hart, Norris, Calder, Byng and Selke awards. Among the selections, the Islanders' John Tavares gets the nod for this season's Hart Trophy.
On the strength of three strong performances last week, San Jose goaltender Antti Niemi vaults to the No. 1 goalie spot. Meanwhile, Winnipeg forward Andrew Ladd joins the skater rankings at No. 6 and Chicago's Jonathan Toews moves up a spot to No. 2.
On the strength of three consecutive wins, Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky vaults to the No. 1 goaltender spot. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh forward Pascal Dupuis joins the skater rankings and Washington's Alex Ovechkin moves up a spot to No. 5.
Grant Sonier evaluates the five best draft classes for individual teams since 2002, noting that while Sidney Crosby may be the game's best player, the Pens' 2005 haul wasn't quite deep enough to snag the No. 1 spot.
They may not enjoy the superstar status of Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, but pivotal players like Patrice Bergeron and Mike Smith have proved vital to their teams' success and could control their playoff fate.
Former NHL scout Grant Sonier breaks down the 2012 prospect group with his first mock draft of the season. Unsurprisingly Nail Yakupov goes No. 1 overall, but Sonier believes a number of teams could find useful parts to round out their rosters.
ESPN Insider's Neil Greenberg looks at the Washington Capitals and writes that if the Caps can't dramatically increase their scoring chances and become more productive in the offensive zone, it could be a second half full of disappointments.
Neil Greenberg revisits his Clutch Performance Index (CPI) to see which players have really carried the East's teams early in the 2011-12 season ... and who has let them down. Includes each team's top three players in terms of CPI.
Craig Custance writes that the Semyon Varlamov trade has already paid off nicely for the Colorado Avalanche, who may have found themselves a franchise goalie. Plus, notes on a trade rumor and other stuff from around the NHL.
Neil Greenberg looks at players who are excelling in the NHL after turning 35. Nicklas Lidstrom, Mike Knuble and Tim Thomas are three guys showing that success can still come in the twilight of a career.