Ranking the 10 Hottest Playmakers in the 2014 NHL Playoffs

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Ranking the 10 Hottest Playmakers in the 2014 NHL Playoffs
Associated Press

Nathan MacKinnon has been on fire for the Colorado Avalanche, setting up six goals in the first two games. If Colorado's 18-year-old superstar rookie has been the league's top playmaker so far this postseason, where does everybody else rank?

Rating playmakers is not an exact science, especially with only a few games to measure them by. After all, there are so many different ways to set up scoring. Some players dangle and make highlight-reel passes in the slot, others dig pucks out of corners, and there are still those who take shots from the point in order to get rebounds or deflections.

It isn't easy to compare all of those different styles.

The approach I've taken after watching the first handful of games in the playoffs is to verify what we've seen on the screen with a close study of the scoresheets. It's important to look not only at who is getting the most assists, but also whether they're primary assists. In addition, ice time could also be taken into account, especially in regard to opportunities with the man advantage.

In the end, I've found 10 playmakers, including MacKinnon, who have had a direct impact on their team's scoring totals. I've ranked them in reverse order and backed up my choices with the key statistics and playmaking highlights, while offering my opinion about whether their success will continue.

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