From the magic of Torey Krug’s first playoff series to the emergence of Derick Brassard as a Big Apple star, the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs have featured the growth and improvement of a new generation of young players more than any other in recent history.
Rookies have become veterans and raw youngsters have become seasoned superstars in front of the hockey universe’s eyes. The past six weeks have changed nobodies to household names and newcomers to established leaders, minor-leaguers to first-liners and backups to clear starters.
Such is the opportunity that the NHL playoffs have to offer.
And such is the opportunity that five young players in particular have taken advantage of to the fullest extent.
For this handful of much-improved youngsters, we break down their evolution and the impact it's had on the postseason as a whole.