NHL Rookies Having the Biggest Impact on the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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NHL Rookies Having the Biggest Impact on the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Ann Heisenfelt

Most NHL rookies don’t get a whiff of the NHL playoffs during their first year in the league.

For some, the chance to compete for the Stanley Cup can be pushed back for years—just ask the Edmonton Oilers, who haven't made it to the postseason since 2005-06.

For others, hard work and solid play contributing to the overall success of the club bring a chance at the playoffs and the greatest trophy in all of sports.

Even if a freshman makes it into the 16-team competition, the odds are against them making much of an impact. The playoffs are a time when veterans and clutch players thrive, ushering clubs to the promised land with efforts unmatched during the standard campaign.

Each year, however, there is a special crop of rookiesthe ones that make the headlines more often than not by finding success during the most arduous weeks of bonus hockey.

These are the players that stand to have excellent careers in the NHL, the boys who transform into men and never look back again, gaining invaluable experience on the battlefields of ice rinks around North America. These are the kids that give their teams an added boost.

What follows is a list of NHL rookies that are having the biggest impact on the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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