Stanley Cup Report Card for the Top 10 NHL Superstars

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Stanley Cup Report Card for the Top 10 NHL Superstars
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The first round of the 2013 NHL playoffs will conclude on Monday night with two Game 7 matchups on the schedule.

When the playoffs begin and the pressure on superstars increases a few notches, teams need their best players to lead the way and play at a high level. Role players are important, but no club is going to win a Stanley Cup without its top guys producing at both ends of the ice consistently.

A strong showing in the first round has helped to improve the postseason reputations of several top 10 superstars, while others have struggled to perform at the level expected from them.

Let's look at a playoff report card for these players.

Note: The top 10 players were based on my rankings of the top 50 NHL players. The players whose teams failed to qualify for the playoffs were replaced with guys from 10-20 on my rankings.

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