The Stanley Cup playoffs are underway and already we are seeing some teams exceed expectations while others have disappointed.
While there is still time to turn that around, any team that hopes to make a deep playoff run needs certain players to come through and raise their level of play over past performances to make it happen.
Here is a look at the top five players who need to step up for their respective teams in order to advance in the 2013 playoffs.
While it would have been easy to just list five goalies, I tried to stay away from that oversimplification and listed only one. Instead, I identified players whose contribution tends to be a difference-maker for their particular teams.
Feel free to mention any player you feel belongs on this list in the comments section, but please indicate why your choice belongs on the list and who you would remove from the list to add him on.