Carl Soderberg –
COLORADO: Soderberg has a history with the Colorado Avalanche. Having spent parts of four seasons with Colorado, it made some sense for him to go back this year. Soderberg went from Colorado to Arizona then to Chicago before heading back to Colorado.
The 35-year-old has never won a Stanley Cup and is now poised to go on a run with the Avalanche a team that also has Brandon Saad on their roster. Soderberg is not a player that is going to average 17 or 18 minutes a night anymore, instead, he is providing the team a little bit of depth during the postseason.
Through eight games back with the team he has two assists. Colorado is not going to have to worry about making the playoffs as their spot is already secured but home ice in the first round is still up for grabs.
Matthew Highmore –
VANCOUVER: Matthew Highmore is going to get a big opportunity with the Vancouver Canucks. Through nine games, Highmore is averaging the highest ice time of his career in the 14-minute range for now.
Highmore has two assists so far with Vancouver but he also has some of his worst Corsi numbers through his first three NHL seasons with a Coris of 44.9. The Vancouver Canucks are definitely leaning on him defensively as Highmore is averaging 72.7 percent of his zone starts to be in the defensive zone.