NHL Preview: Top 12 Wild-Card Players of the 2011-2012 NHL Season

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NHL Preview: Top 12 Wild-Card Players of the 2011-2012 NHL Season
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With the 2011-12 NHL season now underway, there is no shortage of players we’re expecting big things from. However, there are even more players who we’re not quite sure about.

Perhaps they have been inconsistent so far in their careers or perhaps they’re coming off an unusually good or bad season and therefore we’re skeptical about predicting how they’ll perform this season. Maybe they’ve been injured or haven’t played in a while, or maybe they’re joining a new team and taking on a whole new role that’s giving us that uneasy feeling.

They are known as the wild-card players, and just like my list of wild-card teams that I featured last week, I have selected a group players who I believe to be the most unpredictable of all the NHL players to lace up the skates for the 2011-12 season. Here are the top 12 wild cards in the league right now.

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