The NHL playoffs are a time when players step up and take their game to another level. For some, the postseason sets the stage for an illustrious career, while others climb from relative obscurity into the spotlight.
Every year there is always one player that the team needs to rise to the occasion and play as they did in the regular season. In some cases, some of these players are being shut down which has caused their teams' early exit. Other players need to bring their game and rise to the challenge.
This year, the playoffs have been no different; young players are stepping forward on every team. From Gabriel Bourque on Nashville to Braden Holtby with the Capitals, players are separating themselves from the rest.
Each team that has moved on to the NHL Conference semifinals has played some great hockey. While newer players are making their mark on this years' postseason, some of the bigger names have not.
That's not to say that they are playing poorly, but in the case of the eight players on the following slides, they could be playing better to maximize their teams potential.