Boston Bruins (2013)
The NHL has a fine postseason tradition in which kids come out of nowhere to make names for themselves at the most important time of the year. Some achieve lasting fame (see: Ken Dryden), others flame out (where have you gone Steve Penney?). but they're fascinating to watch. When injuries ravaged Boston's blueline corps, Krug and fellow rookies Dougie Hamilton and Matt Bartkowski more than filled in for the sidelined veterans. The swift-skating, puckmoving Krug made the biggest splash after his recall from AHL Providence on May 14 by becoming the first player in NHL history to score four goals in his first five playoff games. His play was instrumental in the Bruins' elimination of the New York Rangers in five second-round games. Here are some other notable rookies who had a major postseason impact.