This article is part of our From the Press Box series.
Today, From the Pressbox: As we close the books on 2015, it seems like a good time to point out some of the "studs" and "duds" so far this season. We highlight a player from each of the 30 teams, who has veered dramatically, one way or the other, from preseason expectations.
Ryan Getzlaf - The Captain of the Ducks has only two goals and his lack of productivity is symptomatic of the entire Anaheim club. Getzlaf is the unchallenged centerpiece of the club's first scoring line. Is it any wonder that Anaheim has tumbled to the bottom of the Pacific Division?
Mikkel Boedker - Perhaps invigorated by the influx of young offensive talent, Boedker has a team-leading 29 points in 36 games and is well on his way to a career season. Prior to this year, he has toiled in relative anonymity in one of the NHL's smallest markets, but his 60-point pace is hard to ignore now.
Loui Eriksson - The Bruins paid a heavy price to acquire Eriksson (Tyler Seguin) a couple of seasons ago, but they thought that a responsible two-way forward who had three 70-point campaigns on his resume was worth the price. Well, after underachieving in his first two years in Beantown, Eriksson is finally back to that pace. He has also shown a penchant for important goal scoring, with seven power-play and two game-winning markers.
Rasmus Ristolainen - As part of the Sabres' rebuild, Ristolainen has emerged as that key offensive-minded