NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012: Rookies Who Will Make a Difference in Playoffs

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NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012: Rookies Who Will Make a Difference in Playoffs
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With the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs set to get underway on Wednesday, the time to look at this year's potential difference makers is here.

This season, multiple teams, particularly in the Eastern Conference, have benefited from significant contributions by rookies.

Let's take a look at some first-year players who should play major roles in the success of their teams in the playoffs. 

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