Players trending up, down for every Eastern team

David Pastrnak has blossomed into one of the NHL's top young stars. Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images

We are less than a month through the NHL schedule, and most teams are just approaching double-digit games played. But based on a number of factors, including circumstances, ice time, shot metrics and a touch of common sense, we can already spot trends of players on the rise and others whose slow starts are likely to become down years.

Let's have a look at one player from each Eastern Conference team who is on his way to more success and another who could be in for an extended slump.