Ranking the Best NHL Players Who Have Yet to Reach the Playoffs

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Ranking the Best NHL Players Who Have Yet to Reach the Playoffs
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In the spring of 2013, a number of NHL veterans got their first-ever taste of postseason action.

Jay Bouwmeester had the record for the longest active career without a playoff appearance: 764 regular-season games over 10 seasons with the Florida Panthers and Calgary Flames. At the 2013 trade deadline, he was dealt to the St. Louis Blues and finally skated in his first six playoff games.

John Tavares and many of his New York Islanders teammates also joined the party for the first time while the end of the Toronto Maple Leafs' playoff drought brought debuts for players like Tyler Bozak and James Reimer.

Quite a few young stars still have yet to experience the postseason. Many have spent their entire careers with one moribund team or another, some have been traded at just the wrong time and others are only beginning to show what they can do.

This list of NHL playoff virgins is limited to players in at least their fourth NHL season. I've also limited the slides to one per team, though I've included some honorable mentions.

Who do you think will tear it up when he finally gets his playoff opportunity?

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