Every year in the playoffs there are certain players on a team that will come out of nowhere and shock the league with an outstanding performance.
This season is no different. Many players who, before the playoffs began, were not expected to be a top player on their team. But they have shown that they can come out of the weeds at the right time—and have their respective coaches thanking the gods of hockey that they signed them.
Whether it’s a player coming back from injury, a player who isn't known for his scoring ability, or a seemingly-minor deadline acquisition that turns out to be great, a Stanley Cup-winning team usually has a player or two that fits into this category, because without significant contributions from more than just the star players, the postseason is usually a short one for that team.
Here now is a list of the top playoff performers that have showed us they can play at a high level when it matters most, no matter what the name on the back of the jersey is.