There are the players who you know, every year, will be at the top of the points list, have the most goals, tally the most wins, and be regular contributors to the highlight reel.
It is no shock to see guys like Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, and Sidney Crosby at the top of the scoring race, while goaltenders like Roberto Luongo and Martin Brodeur steal games for their teams on a nightly basis.
We expect it.
But every year there are players who step onto the ice at the beginning of the season with low expectations, and low fanfare, as a player who is there just to fill a roster spot and do their job...
Until they explode onto the scene and have a monster season, surprising even their own team, going from a predictable nobody to a potential All-Star in the span of a season.
Whether it be a rookie, sophomore, or a veteran player making an unexpected impact on a team this year, they are all staking their claim as more than just another guy on the team.
These players are not the ones with big names, yet, but it will be a shock to nobody when they come out strong next season and for the years to come.
Here are the players that shocked us the most this year.