NHL Playoffs 2012 Predictions: 7 Players Who Will Matter Most

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NHL Playoffs 2012 Predictions: 7 Players Who Will Matter Most
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It won't be long before the Stanley Cup Playoffs are here and we see the true stars of the NHL: the players who can carry an entire team on their back or hold them up just long enough to pull through. 

Some of the league's brightest stars, such as Corey Perry, Rick Nash, Steven Stamkos and maybe even Alex Ovechkin won't be seen anywhere come playoff time. 

But that just gives so many other players a chance to shine brighter or break through and become a household name. 

So who will do just that?

Here are seven players who will be the most important to their clubs in the 2012 Stanley Cup Players.

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