We've got a goalie who wasn't supposed to be the No. 1, but has clearly established himself as just that for the reigning Stanley Cup champions. We've got a defenseman who hadn't played the position on a full-time basis until this season. We've got another blueliner who is finally getting his moment and has turned himself into a Norris Trophy candidate.
And we've got three forwards that have each had success this season unlike they've ever had before in their NHL careers.
This is your NHL.com All-Surprise Team for the first-half (plus) of the 2010-11 season:
Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks
28 games played, 16 wins, 2.19 GAA, .919 save percentage
signed a one-year deal during the offseason and was immediately tossed at the top of the Blackhawks' goaltender depth chart, passing by Crawford without even a whisper from anyone. Someone forgot to tell Crawford he was supposed to be a backup this season because he hasn't played like one and coach Joel Quenneville
isn't using him like one.
Crawford, who spent the past four seasons in the AHL, has solidified the Hawks' goaltending with his brilliant play. He's fifth in the League in goals-against average.
"Now we've got great goaltending," All-Star right wing Patrick Kane
told NHL.com. "Our goaltending has been a strong point for us, definitely."