Top 10 guys who step up in the playoffs

Tom Collins

2014-04-14

RyanGetzlaf

 

Here are 10 players who really step up in the NHL postseason

 

 

When it comes to playoff hockey pools, you can almost sleep through the first two rounds and still know exactly who is taken.

Sidney Crosby first overall? Check. Evgeni Malkin and Claude Giroux soon after? Check. The Leaf fan with tears in his eyes still wanting to choose Phil Kessel? Check.

But most playoff pools aren't won with these guys. Playoff pools are won by choosing players that are most capable of going on a hot streak. It's better to select a guy who can get 18 points in 14 games than someone who will get 15 points in 22 games.

That's where these guys come in. These players won't be taken in the first round. Heck, most of them won't be gone in the first five rounds. But they're all capable of putting together a crazy scoring streak, because for the most part, they've done it numerous times.

I didn't really focus on matchups for the names below, so some of the players will be eliminated in the first round. But even for those players that are eliminated early – expect them to do well.


 

10. Vincent Lecavalier

Whenever Vinnie has had the chance, he performed in the playoffs. Unfortunately, he hasn't had a chance to do so very often. The last time he saw playoff action, Lecavalier had 19 points in 18 games (back when Tampa Bay made it to the semifinals in 2011). In 2007, he had seven points in six games. So we know he can do well in the playoffs, he just hasn't had the opportunity to do so.

 

9. Milan Lucic

This guy was built for the playoffs. His hard-hitting style helps open space for line mates, and in the last two playoffs, he's stayed out of the penalty box as well, which can only help him. Last year was his breakthrough playoff year, as he scored 19 points in 22 games. In the last five years, Lucic has averaged 0.68 points per game in the playoffs.