5. Brian Boyle, New York Rangers
The 25-year-old had 12 goals combined in three previous NHL seasons. He had 10 as of Friday morning. What the heck is going on? For starters, he worked on his skating with former world pairs figure skating champion Barb Underhill in the offseason, as recounted in a nice "Hockey Night in Canada" feature by my pal Elliotte Friedman in October.
...Boyle absolutely deserves to be on this list. His performance this season has trully come out of nowhere. Good for him and the Rangers. Without him picking up the slack the Rangers would not be sitting in the #6 spot in the East.