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Canada's NHL teams at the 30-game mark

It's a unanimous vote. If the NHL season ended today, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would win the Calder...

It's a unanimous vote. If the NHL season ended today, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would win the Calder Trophy. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

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QMI's hockey experts take a look at how Canada's NHL teams have fared so far this season.

CHRIS STEVENSON - MONTREAL CANADIENS

A. Highlight: Penalty killing is second in the league

B. Needs fixing: Power play used to dominate; now near last

C. Best player: Carey Price still giving Habs a chance to win every night

D. Should be better: Is there any point in still naming Scott Gomez?

E. Christmas wish: A healthy Andrei Markov on the blue line

E. Silly moment: Any time GM Pierre Gauthier refers to a player as “Mister”

F. Will finish: Eighth in the East and lose in seven to top seed

2. IF THE SEASON ENDED TODAY:

A. Hart Trophy: Phil Kessel, TOR

B. Vezina Trophy: Tim Thomas, BOS

C. Top rookie: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, EDM

D. Top coach: Mike Yeo, MIN

E. Coach in trouble: Joe Sacco, COL

F. Norris Trophy: Shea Weber, NAS

G. Biggest surprise: How little debate there was over realignment

H. Biggest disappointment: Number of concussed stars

BRUCE GARRIOCH - OTTAWA SENATORS

A. Highlight: Battling for a playoff spot

B. Needs fixing: Defensive play in own zone

C. Best player: Defenceman Erik Karlsson firing on all cylinders

D. Should be better: Goalie Craig Anderson needs consistency

E. Christmas wish: Bobby Butler finally finding scoring touch

E. Silly moment: Losing by a touchdown in back-to-back home games

F. Will finish: In eighth place to make the playoffs

2. IF THE SEASON ENDED TODAY:

A. Hart Trophy: Claude Giroux, PHI

B. Vezina Trophy: Tim Thomas, BOS

C. Top rookie: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, EDM

D. Top coach: Kevin Dineen, FLA

E. Coach in trouble: Joe Sacco, COL

F. Norris Trophy: Zdeno Chara, BOS

G. Biggest surprise: Minnesota

H. Biggest disappointment: Washington

LANCE HORNBY - TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

A. Highlight: Finding ways to win more close games

B. Needs fixing: Penalty killing. Like T.O. traffic, just doesn’t get better

C. Best player: Phil Kessel could be first Leaf in 74 years to win Art Ross

D. Should be better: Former 30-goal man Nikolai Kulemin loses way to net

E. Christmas wish: Fewer injuries and the traditional second-half surge

F. Silly moment: GM Brian Burke goes to war with some media

G. Will finish: Seventh, avoiding a seventh year in a row out playoffs

2. IF THE SEASON ENDED TODAY:

A. Hart Trophy: Claude Giroux, PHI

B. Vezina Trophy: Henrik Lundqvist, NYR

C. Top rookie: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, EDM

D. Top coach: Mike Yeo, MIN

E. Coach in trouble: Jack Capuano, NYI

F. Norris Trophy: Shea Weber, NAS

G. Biggest surprise: Kris Versteeg leads Florida to first in Southeast

H. Biggest disappointment: Alexander Ovechkin, WAS

KEN WIEBE - WINNIPEG JETS

A. Highlight: Atmosphere inside MTS Centre has been exceptional

B: Needs fixing: A 4-8-4 road record isn’t good enough

C: Best player: Goalie Ondrej Pavelec a workhorse

D: Should be better: Andrew Ladd’s offensive production is down

E: Christmas wish: A return to health for top defenceman Tobias Enstrom

F: Silly moment: Seems like every player is “day-to-day” or a “game-time decision”

G: Will finish: Eighth and in the final playoff spot in Eastern Conference

2. IF THE SEASON ENDED TODAY:

A. Hart Trophy: Jonathan Toews, CHI

B: Vezina Trophy: Jimmy Howard, DET

C: Top rookie: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, EDM

D: Top coach: Mike Yeo,MIN

E. Coach in trouble: Jack Capuano, NYI

F: Norris Trophy: Shea Weber, NAS

G: Biggest surprise: Joffrey Lupul, TOR

H: Biggest disappointment: Alex Ovechkin, WAS

DEREK VAN DIEST - EDMONTON OILERS

A. Highlight: Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin has been outstanding

B. Needs fixing: More production from second and third lines

C. Best player: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins better than anyone imagined

D. Should be better: Magnus Paajarvi struggling in second season

E. Christmas wish: Meaningful games in late March and early April

F. Silly moment: There was actually doubt in October whether Nugent-Hopkins was staying

G. Will finish: 10th and out of playoffs

2. IF THE SEASON ENDED TODAY:

A. Hart Trophy: Claude Giroux, PHI

B. Vezina Trophy: Jimmy Howard, DET

C. Top rookie: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, EDM

D. Top coach: Mike Yeo, MIN

E. Coach in trouble: Guy Boucher, TAM

F. Norris Trophy: Shea Weber, NAS

G. Biggest surprise: Brian Elliott, STL

H. Biggest disappointment: Dustin Penner, LA

RANDY SPORTAK - CALGARY FLAMES

A. Highlight: Rookies in lineup — finally team moves forward

B. Needs fixing: Home-ice power play clicking at 9.7% is unacceptable

C. Best player: Miikka Kiprusoff has been brilliant between the pipes

D. Should be better: Winger Rene Bourque too talented for such cold snaps

E. Christmas wish: Same as every year — a legitimate No. 1 centre

E. Silly moment: All the Jarome Iginla trade rumours from the Internet

F. Will finish: 10th and out of the playoffs

2. IF THE SEASON ENDED TODAY:

A. Hart Trophy: Phil Kessel, TOR

B. Vezina Trophy: Brian Elliott, STL

C. Top rookie: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, EDM

D. Top coach: Mike Yeo, MIN

E. Coach in trouble: Scott Arniel, CLM

F. Norris Trophy: Shea Weber, NAS

G. Biggest surprise: Kris Versteeg, FLA

H. Biggest disappointment: Ville Leino, BUF

HOSEA CHEUNG - VANCOUVER CANUCKS

A. Highlight: Scoring by committee backed by two No. 1 goaltenders

B. Needs fixing: Too many trips to the penalty box

C. Best player: One of the Sedins, take your pick

D. Should be better: Kevin Bieksa hasn't lived up to new contract

E. Christmas wish: Can Santa bring a first-aid kit?

E. Silly moment: The goalie "controversy" and how many fans are on Team Schneider

F. Will finish: Second in the West

2. IF THE SEASON ENDED TODAY:

A. Hart Trophy: Jonathan Toews, CHI

B. Vezina Trophy: Tim Thomas, BOS

C. Top rookie: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, EDM

D. Top coach: Mike Yeo, MIN

E. Coach in trouble: Scott Arniel, CLM

F. Norris Trophy: Shea Weber, WAS

G. Biggest surprise: Phil Kessel, TOR

H. Biggest disappointment: Drew Doughty, LA


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