The 16 teams that are headed to the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs are finally set. After what feels like months of shifting standings and will-they-or-won't-they storylines, fans finally know who the top eight teams in each conference are.
For some, there was little doubt.
The Chicago Blackhawks have been all but guaranteed a spot in the postseason since roughly the seventh week of action. The Pittsburgh Penguins have been outstanding in the Eastern Conference as well, putting together another memorable season, much of it without Sidney Crosby.
There's good, but then there's great. And the guys on this list are the best at their respective positions heading into the postseason.
Several things were considered when compiling this slideshow. Points and statistics are important, but so are intangible things such as grit and two-way play. The more dimensions to a player, the higher the likelihood of finding them here.
The more a guy can do to help his team win, the higher his value come this time of the year. It's also important to note that these aren't power rankings, so the "no particular order" clause applies here.
There is a no particular order clause, isn't there?