The NHL has spoiled us.
For only the second time in Stanley Cup Playoff history, and the first since 1945, the final four remaining teams consist of past four Stanley Cup champions.
The Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins have proved to be the best four teams in hockey this season. Fittingly, these teams are currently battling for the right to hoist the most difficult trophy to win in all of sports.
As we all know, great teams consist of great players. From Sidney Crosby to David Krejci, and from Patrick Kane to Jonathan Quick, hockey fans around the world cannot say that there is a shortage of great players taking the ice in June.
To be a part of my rankings, each of these players had to meet several criteria. First off, the amount of points they have tallied in the postseason was my number one deciding factor. For goalies, I used GAA as the deciding statistic in this category. Also, I highly valued the intangibles that each of these players have. This includes their value to team chemistry, leadership and playmaking ability.
Without further ado, here are my top 10 remaining players in the 2013 NHL playoffs.