The playoffs have this weird, indescribable way of taking lesser-known support players and temporarily turning them into guys worthy of Conn Smythe consideration. It’s like in Mario Kart when you drive over a mushroom and suddenly have this burst of speed that propels you past everyone while you laugh maniacally.
It’s a phenomenon we witness almost every year. A guy that almost no one has ever heard of (sorry Bryan Bickell) comes along and produces career-best numbers.
I don’t know if there is a way to accurately pinpoint these guys beforehand. Who saw Fernando Pisani coming in 2006 for Edmonton? Or J.S. Giguère emerging in Anaheim? (Okay, in hindsight we knew his pads were a wee bit TOO BIG).
But we can try to determine guys that are in a position to succeed and will provide value on draft day. Here are seven players I’ll be bumping up my draft board this post-season:
Cam Atkinson – Columbus Blue Jackets
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