NHL Playoffs 2012: Unheralded Players Sure to Star in Postseason

April 7th, 2012 by Ian Hanford Leave a reply »
The 2012 NHL playoff field is set. Each playoff team has their strengths and weaknesses, their star players and their role players.

Household names are expected to perform in the postseason. It is the role players who will make or break their respective teams' Stanley Cup dreams.

These five players will break out in this year's NHL playoffs.


Patrik Berglund, C, St. Louis Blues

Berglund must score goals for the Blues to make a deep run into this year's playoffs.

Berglund does not get the attention that David Perron, David Backes or T.J. Oshie get. His 19 goals and 38 overall points suggest that he should.

The Blues are known for their stingy defense. Their ability to shut down elite offenses got them into the postseason, but they need to score more if they want to stick around.

Andy McDonald and Backes have both missed time late in the year due to injury. Berglund has filled a larger role on offense. He will continue to produce under the bright playoff lights.

Berglund's 6'4'' frame makes him difficult to push around. He plays very physical and is very aggressive around the net. ...

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