Zach Parise --
The third-year pro put together his second straight 30-goal season. He's playing under a new long-term contract and he's earning every penny with his remarkable two-way game. He's the Devils' most-feared forward.
Patrik Elias --
When healthy and feeling good about his game, there aren't many better. Elias has had a sub-par season by his standards, but he can turn it on at any moment and has a history of postseason success with 104 points in 121 career games.
Martin Brodeur –
Arguably the best goaltender in hockey history, this may have been Brodeur's best season ever as he won 44 of New Jersey's 46 triumphs and had a tidy 2.17 goals-against average. With an inconsistent offense, the Devils need Brodeur to be top notch every night out.
Scott Gomez --
It hasn't been easy for the first-year Ranger, but he finally developed chemistry with Jaromir Jagr
and led the team in scoring. Gomez is an experienced and proven playoff performer who won't get rattled if things take a wrong turn.
Chris Drury --
The playoffs were made for players like Drury. Six times he's been to the playoffs, and in five of those seasons he's had more than one game-winning goal. After a slow start, Drury has regained his form as a strong second-line scoring presence. He's also one of the best faceoff men in the League.
Jaromir Jagr --
He still can be one of the most dynamic offensive forces in the game; when the mood strikes him. Coach Tom Renney spent most of the season trying to find a compatible center for Jagr, and late in the season it became Scott Gomez
. He might not have the points he has had in the past, but he's still a weapon, especially on the power play.