Vinny Prospal, New York Rangers
Prospal missed the first 53 games of the season because of a knee injury, but returned Feb. 3. The Rangers need a veteran defenseman, but how the soon-to-be 36-year-old responds to coming off major knee surgery could determine if GM Glen Sather is in the market for another forward as well. The Rangers have overcome a lot of injuries up front, but Prospal was a key guy for them last year and if he's productive that would be a huge boost to their chances of making a deep playoff run.
...probably going to be another week or so before Prospal feels 100% comfortable being back, so it's hard to give him a grade so far. His leadership is unquestioned and I'm really hoping he can regain the chemistry he had with Gaborik last year. Unfortunately, the Rangers are 0-3-0 since his return.