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Canadiens winger Thomas Vanek has struggled recently, but defenseman Mike Weaver has thrived in Montreal this spring. Marian Gaborik is leading the Kings—and the entire NHL—in goals so far in the postseason.
But Martin St. Louis has been more than just an offensive leader for the Rangers. He's been a locker-room inspiration.
So, which of the newcomers has made the biggest difference for his team? It's got to be St. Louis, for the complete package he's brought to the Rangers.
The team has rallied around him for reasons outside of hockey with the tragic passing of his mother, but you can't trivialize what St. Louis has helped cement in New York just with that singular sad event. The veteran speaks in the room and everyone listens. He and fellow former Tampa Bay Lightning sniper Brad Richards are guiding the Rangers toward the Stanley Cup Final with their words and actions on the ice.
St. Louis has three goals and four points in his last four games and leads the team with 11 points in 16 games. His effort and plight isn't lost on fans, either, who are buying up his jerseys at an incredible rate, according to Steve Zipay of Newsweek.
Gaborik is a close second, but if you remove him from the lineup, the Kings would probably still be in the third round of the playoffs. I don't think you can say the same of St. Louis.