In the Stanley Cup playoffs, experience matters. It's a grueling schedule where players compete at maximum intensity every other night for up to two months, often playing through injuries and extreme fatigue. At some point, even the game's best athletes need someone who has been there before to help pick them up. Who will it be?
I've selected one player per team that has the most postseason experience. This was based largely on a combination of their number of playoff games and appearances, their total ice time, and, of course, any Stanley Cup appearances and victories.
The role each player held for their teams wasn't ignored, nor how much scoring they achieved. The experience that Sidney Crosby earned playing big minutes against top lines, for example, was weighted more than what Craig Adams earned blocking shots on the checking line.
In the end, I've identified these players, summarized their postseason experience and pointed out what they bring to their teams today. Finally, these chosen players, one per team, were ranked based on how much experience they have. Let's begin!
All playoff data is prior to this post-season and sourced from Hockey-Reference unless otherwise noted.