10 Little-Known NHL Players Facing High Expectations in 2011-12

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10 Little-Known NHL Players Facing High Expectations in 2011-12
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As the new NHL season gets ready to begin, there are some little players that will be...

Oh, little-known? I guess the picture of Nathan Gerbe isn't totally appropriate then.

In any event, there are obviously some superstars that will need to step up their games this season. Players like Evgeni Malkin and Mike Green will have lots of NHL eyes on them early in the season.

But there are a lot of lesser-known players that will be asked to play critical roles this year.

Here are 10 players that aren't household names but who will be asked to play a big role this year.

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