NHL Rankings: Western Conference’s 5 Most Improved Players

By Matt Barbato
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May 7, 2015; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) makes a save during the first period against the Chicago Blackhawks in game four of the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

In a continuation of my weekly Western Conference power rankings, I took a look at some of the league’s players who greatly exceeded expectations last season.

This list varies from reliable role players to future stars and consists of four forwards and one goaltender, and three of them hail from the Central Division. Evaluating improvement is a very subjective topic, but the list contains five players who not only stepped up their play last season, but should be important contributors for years to come.

Here is my list of the five most improved players in the Western Conference.