Forget that Minnesota's rookie defenseman was inexplicably not among the finalists for the Calder Trophy: He was a stalwart playing alongside Ryan Suter. Polished beyond his years in the defensive zone, look for the 20-year-old Brodin's offensive game to blossom this season.
COACH ON THE HOT SEAT
For two seasons the franchise has basked in the goodwill of the NHL's return to Winnipeg. Now it's time for the Jets to actually go to the playoffs. In his third season behind the bench, the leash will be short for Noel, who needs to get his club off to a fast start.
Buried on low-wattage Dallas, the nine-year veteran is routinely, and wrongly, overlooked as one of the game's top goalies. Calm and steady with a great glove hand, the 6'4", 210-pound Finn might steal more points for his team than any netminder in the NHL.
IN THE CREASE