The NHL's marathon playoff season is just around the corner. The league boasts a half-dozen powerhouse clubs and a few dark horses who are poised to win it all.
Every team in contention has several players who are strong candidates to impact the postseason. These men are the best at their position and play big minutes and the toughest opposition. When the Stanley Cup is won, their names will be considered for the most valuable playoff contributor.
Here are the 10 players who are most likely to contend for this year's Conn Smythe Trophy.