Ranking the 10 Best Rookies in the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Ranking the 10 Best Rookies in the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
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Not all rookies are created equal. This is the time of the year when we find out which NHL newcomers have the necessary mettle to make a significant leap in the postseason spotlight.

Unlike rookies of the past, there is a much smaller sample size for this current crop. The lockout-shortened regular season cost these young players an additional 34 games to fine-tune their craft in preparation for the playoffs.

A quick-paced campaign that must seem a lot like baptism by fire for rookies doesn't get any easier as the race for a Stanley Cup intensifies. Here's a look at 10 first-year standouts who should be in for strong playoff performances.

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