Jiri Hudler and Teddy Purcell
At the trade deadline, with the Cats failing to find the back of the net, both Hudler and Purcell elevated their games and solidified the team’s third line as a legitimate threat.
Hudler, 32, has tremendous offensive instincts and creativity. He overcame some of the things that have plagued him throughout his entire career — streakiness, lack of defensive polish, inability to overcome his lack of size and strength — in the second half of the seasom.
Purcell, 30, has a very solid frame and loads of offensive ability. He is a brilliant player, but lacks game-to-game consistency and is often too passive.