In the playoffs, the true Stanley Cup Champions are crowned not because they scored more goals, stopped more shots, or played the most minutes.
They are crowned because they played through injury and never even blinked at the consequences that they may incur on their bodies. These players gave everything they had despite injury.
With the playoffs on the horizon, there are players who have been out, either extensive amounts of time or not, who will make or break a team's playoff run in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
These players may not be the heralded star of the team, but these players work in the position of role players makes them the greatest asset to their respective teams. They are the players with the possibility of returning from injury that will make an impact on their team's playoff fortunes.