1. Red Wings’ young guns

Much like the LA Kings, the Detroit Red Wings have had a lot of high draft picks within recent years. They’ve been remarkably improved through one-third of the season, sitting with a 16-15-3 record in a highly-competitive Atlantic Division.

Their turnaround has been spearheaded by several young players on the Detroit roster, including defenseman Moritz Seider and forward Lucas Raymond. The duo is in the thick of the Calder Trophy race, tallying a combined 51 points, with the former pacing all rookies with 29 points.

Seider leads all rookie defensemen with 22 points and has been an excellent facilitator, racking up 19 assists in 34 games. The 2019 first-round pick also has two game-winning goals.

“I think part of the reason he has a belief in himself is he’s got a really good skill-set,” Wings’ head coach Jeff Blashill said of Seider. “He’s been a big piece of the infusion of the talent here and that’s been a big reason we’ve been able to find ways to win games.”