The NHL postseason presents an annual opportunity for rising stars to reach another level in their professional hockey careers. These Stanley Cup playoffs feature an abundance of young athletes aiming to become stars in a sport they've made an obsession.
Last year, we witnessed the meteoric rise of Jonathan Quick. The Los Angeles Kings goaltender began the postseason with a 4-8 playoff record, anchoring an eighth-seeded squad that few gave a shot to escape opening-round action.
The journey ended with Quick and company claiming the franchise's first Stanley Cup. He racked up three shutouts and a stunning 1.41 goals against average en route to Conn Smythe Trophy honors.
Though Quick's emergence was entirely unexpected, we have an inkling of who may be ready to step up to superstardom. Here's a look at five standout performers who have the capabilities to make a similar leap.