It’s been a zany season so far, to say the least. Some teams are flying high, while others expected to contend have crashed nose-first into the ground. But who are the players that have defined their teams in 2015? Here’s a look at the MVPs to date, counting the second half of last season and the first half of the one we are currently trying to figure out.
Anaheim – Hampus Lindholm: The Ducks are stuck, but at least the young Swedish defenseman is playing big.
Arizona – Oliver Ekman-Larsson: Amidst some flashy youngsters, OEL is still logging big minutes and putting up numbers.
Boston – Patrice Bergeron: Two-way excellence is his calling card and Bergeron has not disappointed.
Buffalo – Ryan O’Reilly: Brought in to stabilize the top line, O’Reilly has done just that. Honorable mention to Rasmus Ristolainen.
Calgary – Johnny Gaudreau: The Flames are suffering, but Gaudreau has been a points machine up front.
Carolina – Justin Faulk: He’s the franchise tentpole right now, especially with the uncertain futures of Eric Staal and Cam Ward.
Chicago – Patrick Kane: If you hadn’t heard, Kane has been rather good at getting on the scoresheet this season. The Art Ross and Hart are his to lose.
Colorado – Nathan MacKinnon: Sophomore slump behind him, MacKinnon is back to being one of the most dangerous in the NHL.
Columbus – Scott Hartnell: It’s been a rough go for the Jackets, but at least Hartnell is pulling his weight. Sergei Bobrovsky needs to stay healthy.
Dallas – Jamie Benn: Could easily be Tyler Seguin too, but Benn gets the nod thanks to his Art Ross Trophy. This duo is one of the most deadly in the world.
Detroit – Henrik Zetterberg: Still a possession beast, still putting up numbers.
Edmonton – Taylor Hall: Leading the squad in scoring and having one of his best seasons yet.
Florida – Aaron Ekblad: Jaromir Jagr gets the headlines, but Ekblad is quietly becoming indisposable on the blueline. And he won the Calder last year.
Los Angeles – Drew Doughty: On a great possession team, he’s a driver. Getting his points, too.
Minnesota – Ryan Suter: The minute-muncher to lead all minute-munchers.
Montreal – Carey Price: Injuries have hurt this season, but also proven how devastatingly effective he is in the crease.
Nashville – Roman Josi: Last year was the rising, this year is the continuation of a remarkable ascent.
New Jersey – Mike Cammalleri: The veteran hasn’t scored like this for years and the Devils are reaping the rewards.
New York Islanders – John Tavares: Came within a whisker of winning his first Art Ross last year.
New York Rangers – Henrik Lundqvist: Hit some turbulence in mid-December but was also great off the hop.
Ottawa – Erik Karlsson: Another Norris Trophy? Yep. Make it two in a row by season’s end.
Philadelphia – Claude Giroux: All the captain can do is score and hope the others follow.
Pittsburgh – Marc-Andre Fleury: In a volatile year, ‘Flower’ has been great when healthy.
St. Louis – Vladimir Tarasenko: This is his team and Tarasenko will lead with his scoring prowess.
San Jose – Joe Pavelski: The do-everything center leads the team offensively and drives possession.
Tampa Bay – Victor Hedman: Down year for the Cup runners-up, but Hedman is still playing like the elite defenseman he has grown into.
Toronto – James van Riemsdyk: On a team building for the future, JVR is doing his scoring now.
Vancouver – Daniel Sedin: Still one of the top offensive threats in the league.
Washington – Braden Holtby: It’s getting silly how good Holtby has been. Do I smell a Vezina Trophy?
Winnipeg – Blake Wheeler: The big man is having a career season on a Jets squad that is really battling.