The 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs are underway, and it’s already been an exhilarating postseason.
The stock of NHL teams rises and falls on a daily basis, highlighting the parity and unpredictability of the sport. Clubs expected to lose handily have made a stand, while others expected to perform admirably have come up short.
The speed of the game is at a different level in the postseason. Every play, every mistake, every minute of every game is more important during bonus hockey in April, and it is during this time that players rise up to levels of play once thought impossible to reach. The best of the best are certainly on display, but they aren’t the only ones making the difference.
There are lesser lauded players working just as hard as the superstars, if not harder. The defenseman on a roll. The-third line guy who shuts down a top opponent.
Each is key to stealing those 16 wins required to bring home the greatest trophy in sports, the Stanley Cup.
There are players who make national headlines, and there are players who deserve to make the front pages of the local sports sections for the effort they put in. What follows is a list of 10 players who deserve more credit but don’t get enough buzz for the blood, sweat and tears they put in during the fight for the Cup.