In the ever-changing world of the NHL playoffs, yesterday's hero can be tomorrow's goat.
The players who etch their names in history are the ones who continuously elevate their game—from regular season to playoffs, then round by round after that. If it happens in more than one year, even better.
Here's a look at one player from each team who has been quietly impressive in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs so far. There are some stars in the mix, but the emphasis is on players who have gotten better as they've gone along—and who haven't receieved much credit for their contributions...yet.
A few teams have several players who could be worthy of inclusion. If you've seen an unsung hero who you think is about to get everybody talking, be sure to share it with us in the comments.
All stats courtesy of NHL.com, current through games of Wednesday, May 7.