Kidding aside, when things are serious and you need your go-to guy, who will he be?
Will he be regular season grinders turned heroes like Dustin Penner, Max Talbot, Joel Ward or Sean Bergenheim, who suddenly find another gear and step up to deliver the win? Power forwards like Johan Franzen, Scott Hartnell or Milan Lucic? Would it be someone with a resume of being able to deliver regularly in the playoffs by stepping their game up to another level, like Jonathan Toews, Mike Richards, Jordan Eberle or someone like Adam Henrique, he of the three playoff round-winning goals? Daniel Briere also has a scoring pace of over one p.p.g. in the playoffs!
Or would you, like Dale Tallon, invest your faith in someone like Jonathan Huberdeau who, while still without experience on NHL ice, trust that he already has the makings of someone who can step up when it matters?
Would it be electrifying scorers like Evgeni Malkin, Sid Crosby, Steven Stamkos or the new guy in the picture, Claude Giroux, he of the 17 points in the first two rounds?
Also, who would be your man in net when it matters? One of the two rock-solid goalies who won the past two Cups in Tim Thomas or Jonathan Quick? Pekka Rinne, Carey Price or Henrik Lundqvist? Or someone who's faded a bit recently in terms of playoff performances like M.A. Fleury or Cam Ward?
So here's what I want you guys to do:
Pick one guy for each of the categories of
Riser (to the Occasion) --> not a regular-season Top 6 guy but who steps up in the playoffs
Finisher --> A Top 6 forward who would be counted on already in the regular season
"Great Save_____"! --> your goalie for the Game 7 start
Who would be your foot-soldier player who you would become clutch so you can count on them to step things up when it matters? Who is your finisher who takes your last shot? Who will be the man with the ice veins in net for your team?
For me, I would go with
Riser: Talbot (gritty despite his size, leader, has scored his fair share of playoff goals)
Star: Henrique/ Stamkos (an elite sniper who has added grittier plays to his sharpshooting repertoire)
Great Save!: Brodeur (rock solid even at his age last season, can still get it done!)
What about you?
Edited by g@m3b0i, 30 November 2012 - 06:46 PM.