This article is part of our Blue Line Buzz series.
The NHL is now a quarter of the way through the season, and, as always, there has been a number of surprises. Traditionally, this is also the point where teams start to have a pretty good idea of where they stand. If they're already too far removed from the playoff picture, they likely won't make the postseason unless they go on a significant winning streak.
It's also an indication of just how well players have been faring so far, so without further ado, here's your quarterly Blue Line Buzz Awards!
Best Defenseman: Shea Weber, Canadiens
The real MVP in Montreal is Carey Price, there's no doubt about that, but Weber has also really transformed their blue line into another beast. The analytics community may still point out that Weber has been a poor possession player this year with a 49.2 percent Corsi rating that ranks 115th in the league among those who have played at least 100 minutes, but he also leads all defensemen with a plus-18 rating and seven power-play goals. If there's one stat that analytics can't provide, it's the fear factor of facing Weber when chasing after a puck in the corner.
Best Fantasy Defenseman: Brent Burns, Sharks
It's a close call between Weber and Burns, but while Weber has been efficient and arguably more valuable in leagues that count hits and blocked shots, Burns has been dominant on offense and as valuable as any other forward in the league. He leads all defensemen