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The Coming Out Of Nowhere Guy

from Mike Johnston of Sportsnet,

In every NHL postseason, there are always players that elevate their game to the next level. Often these players aren’t the stars or big-name players on their respective squads.

Take last year’s Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings for example. Yes, their top forward Anze Kopitar, captain Dustin Brown and star blue-liner Drew Doughty had great numbers, but that was expected.

However, players like Dwight King, Trevor Lewis and Matt Greene stepped up their play and provided valuable depth, without which the Kings might not have been crowned champs.

So with that, here’s one skater from each Eastern Conference playoff team that could be one of these dark-horse guys that helps lead their team past the first round and deep into the postseason, en route to possibly hoisting Lord Stanley.

continued and the here is the Western Conference dark-horse guys...

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OlderThanChelios's avatar

Brunner was a no-brainer choice for the Wings’ “sleeper.” But I’ll add another – Danny DeKeyser. If he continues to play the steady, safe game that he has so far and then can add a couple of goals (especially on the second power play unit), he just might be a difference-maker in this series.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/30/13 at 06:34 PM ET


Helm.  Imagine him coming back, the movement frees up his back, and our third line has punch and some scoring potential.

We can all dream.

Posted by neffernin on 04/30/13 at 07:12 PM ET

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