Because defense has been the Pens' biggest issue in the playoffs, I give fifth place to Brooks Orpik, representing the defensive defensemen, and Kris Letang, representing the offensive defensemen.
However, I wouldn't peg these two as weak players in the slightest.
Orpik has been a force on the Pens' blue line, leading the NHL in hits (40) and leading the team in blocked shots (22).
He is easily one of the Pens' most physical players, and what makes him more valuable is that this physicality is very responsible and not fueled by any kind of emotion other than the desire to do his job well.
A physical presence has been a big necessity on the Pens' blue line in both series against the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens, teams who have made it a habit of getting deep in the zone and forcing the Pens to play in the corners.
A big hit from Orpik is definitely something that makes opposing players think twice before trying any funny business in the Pens' end.
Countering the physical brutality of Orpik is Letang, the young defenseman, who has the most fluid skating abilities on the team and takes advantage of them when transitioning from defense to offense.
Letang previously had issues getting pucks to the net, let alone scoring goals, but he has found his scoring touch in the playoffs by netting three goals. One of these goals was a game-winner.
Every time Letang comes on the ice, he seems to have the same mindset no matter what the score: be sound defensively and then add to the offense when necessary.
He has done just that this playoff season.
Whether it was a poke check in front of the net, or a sprint up the ice when given space, Letang has really improved on all aspects of his game, making him a dangerous player when he does and doesn't have the puck.
I would even argue Letang has been the Pens' best defenseman on both sides of the ice.