In the playoffs, a dynamic under-the-radar leader can often prove an even more dangerous weapon than the flashiest big-name superstar.
Just look at Bryce Salvador and Braden Holtby in 2012.
Just look at Alexandre Burrows and Dwayne Roloson in 2011.
Just look at Ville Leino, Dustin Byfuglien and Joe Pavelski in 2010.
This year should be no different. In fact, 2013 could be even more dominated by the unheralded than usual, as four new teams join the top 16 and even more top scorers slipped under media coverage in what was a lockout-shortened season.
We point out five particularly underappreciated stars who could come to the forefront this postseason on the coming slides.