The Stanley Cup playoffs are a prime time for detecting overrated NHL players. This is generally when the game has a greater presence of casual followers who are too quick to judge based on name recognition or a small sample of performances.
These are times when players emerge as overrated by sheer virtue of being allied with underrated teammates.
There are those who garner excess credit for their point production when they have reliable scoring partners who either instinctively step up in big games or flaunt their overwhelming breadth of playoff experience.
Or younger, unripe players who appear to develop ahead of schedule but are actually benefiting as expected from veteran teammates and gaining a little extra from an underachieving opponent.
Or scorers who get too much credit for just being a household name and, even if they pass as frostbitten, still need to start finding ways around even the stingiest defenses before they can join elite company.
Some of the following 10 NHLers will have a chance to validate their rating a little more as their respective teams embark on the second round. Others may carry on as usual, but their viewers ought to take a more diligent look at those playing with them so as to ration the credit more reasonably.
This is, after all, the quintessential team sport.
With the exception of some would-be elites who have yet to translate their regular-season success, these players warrant a decent share of credit, but not at the expense of their teammates.
Unless otherwise indicated, all statistics for this report were found via nhl.com and are through games of Monday, May 13