The Stanley Cup playoffs are not only the most intense postseason in sports, but also an excellent showcase of many of the best hockey players on earth.
It's hard to name a current NHL star who's earned his name recognition without conquering the playoffs, and it's all but impossible for a player to go down in the history books without at least a Cup ring or two on his fingers.
But not every single guy in the postseason is destined to be a superstar, though.
Nashville forward Alexander Radulov, who only rejoined North American hockey two months ago after a three-year hiatus in Russia, got his fair dose of criticism Monday as NBC commentator Keith Jones's anti-Radulov rant went viral.
However, compared to some of his teammates—and, for that matter, a plethora of others around the 2012 playoffs as well—Radulov's effort and production (six points in seven games) look utterly fantastic.
From Cup-contending veterans to highly skilled youngsters, each and every squad still left in the running has at least one scapegoat from their first three weeks of playoff hockey.
We'll outline how and why each one has underperformed—and throw a few insults, for good measure—in the coming slides.