5 NHL Players Who Have Made the Most of Their Stanley Cup Playoffs Debuts

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5 NHL Players Who Have Made the Most of Their Stanley Cup Playoffs Debuts
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After failing to make the playoffs in six full- or part-time seasons with Columbus, Derick Brassard appears to be making up for lost time during the current playoffs with the New York Rangers, with two goals and a whopping eight assists for 10 total points.

As we continue progressing through the NHL's Eastern and Western Conference semifinals, a number of players are making some big names for themselves.

That's especially true for players who are competing in the first playoff action of their NHL careers.

We've broken down each first-round series, as well as how the second-round slate has gone, and have come up with five players (in no particular order) that stand out among their first-time peers.

Granted, there were some players like Chicago's Brandon Saad, who is a finalist for the Calder Trophy as top rookie of the year, who probably should be on this list.

But Saad played in two playoff games last season, making him ineligible for this list.

Ditto for Ottawa's Jakob Silfverberg, who played in two playoff games last season, and Detroit's Gustav Nyquist, who played in four playoff games last season.

Surprisingly, three of the five positions on this list are occupied by teammates from a surprising team helped by the surprising play of the players themselves.

Granted, there are several other players who are playing well in their first postseason action, but up to this point just haven't had quite the playoffs that the five players we have picked here have been having.

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