As the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs approach the pinnacle of its excitement, the best playoff performers become clear.
Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings is leading his team through a dominant run to the finals. Meanwhile, goalies Jonathan Quick and Henrik Lundqvist seem impossible to beat.
Picking a Conn Smythe Trophy winner will be difficult this season, due to many players worthy of recognition as the playoffs’ most valuable player.
Winning the Stanley Cup takes an extraordinary level of effort that some players reach and go beyond. Certain players show a history of playing at higher abilities than others when it really matters.
Those who appear in this countdown excelled in the playoffs with timely plays and consistent contributions to their respective teams’ journey towards hockey’s greatest moment.