10 Under-the-Radar Players Who Could Turn 2013 NHL Playoffs on Their Head

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10 Under-the-Radar Players Who Could Turn 2013 NHL Playoffs on Their Head
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Unexpected stars shine during the NHL playoffs.

No matter how many pundits predict a Chicago Blackhawks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Final for 2013, hockey fans know that the NHL playoffs are all about upsets.

Unexpected teams get hot—hello, 2012 Los Angeles Kings—and unexpected players grab the spotlight.

Here's a look at a few less-obvious characters whose names could soon be on everyone's lips—either during early upsets, or when the cup is finally hoisted in late June.

These under-the-radar players run the gamut from raw rookies to All-Stars. Some many steal the spotlight from bigger stars on contending squads. Others could put their teams on their backs and carry them to unexpected heights.

Who do you think will come out of nowhere during this year's playoffs? Sound off in the comments below.

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