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Players trending up, down for every Western team

After some impressive performances in international tournaments for Germany, Dominik Kahun has hit the ground running in the NHL, skating with Jonathan Toews and Alex DeBrincat. Bill Smith/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 Western Conference team who is on his way to more success and another who could be in for an extended slump.