In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, rookies enter the NHL spotlight and players who weren't expected to do anything surprise and become unsung heroes. Goalies seem to stop every puck in their path, and everyone is playing through injuries in hopes the pain will pay off.
However, out of all of the players in the postseason, team captains find themselves under the most pressure. These are the players who lead the victory celebrations and are put under media scrutiny if a series goes wrong. On top of their leadership responsibilities, they too are expected to put up strong individual performances.
The following is the ranking of every playoff team's captain in the postseason, regardless of whether a squad is still in contention or they are already playing golf.
Note: The Florida Panthers and Philadelphia Flyers do not currently have captains, so they will not be included in this slideshow.