Whether it is a jovial joker or a one-eyed Jack, a wild card has a way of mixing things up in advantageous ways. It can turn the mediocre into amazing and the amazing into the absolutely spectacular.
It is this exciting variable that the San Jose Sharks will need to see if they hope to expel the the lingering ghosts of playoffs past.
Production from secondary line players is what lifts Stanley Cup Contenders to Stanley Cup Champions but luring this wild card from the deck is never a simple task.
For some secondary players, it can take a couple post season appearances for them to truly emerge as playoff playmakers. And when they finally show that they can play under the heaviest of pressures, there is no looking back.
For others, post season play is where their competitive nature instinctively pushes it's way to the forefront. Everything just seems to click and the game slows down when it matters the most.
Unfortunately, the Sharks have not witness the emergence of a wild card threat in what seems like forever. But if time is finally on the side of these playoff anemic Sharks, these are the five most likely candidates to play this much needed role.