The NHL postseason provides an opportunity for premier performers to display their greatness on the game's grandest stage. With the Stanley Cup in sight, some players simply step up and lead the surge.
Those are the athletes we focus on here. Clutch playoff performances defined the legacies of Hall of Famers like Patrick Roy and Mark Messier, who spearheaded numerous squads during scintillating runs to league titles.
The 2013 NHL postseason tournament is packed with a plethora of elite talent. Some stars have already solidified themselves as legendary team leaders, while others can seize the spotlight by succeeding at the sport's highest level and advancing deep into the playoffs.
Here's a look at some of the superstars you should keep a close eye on when the spotlight shines brightest.