1. Johan Franzen RW (Det)
Johan Franzen has been a scoring machine for the Red Wings this post season, and has scored some timely goals, and has also been redefining the power forward position. He leads the playoffs in goals with 11(in 10 games), and is second in points with 14, only 1 point behind playoff points leader Jaromir Jagr who has 15 but now is eliminated from playoff contention.
2. Daniel Briere C (Phi)
Daniel Briere was the main reason the Flyers even got past the first round against the Capitals, and he also played a major role in the defeat of the Habs in round 2. He has been clutch, seeming to score at all the right momemts. He is tied for second in post season scoring with 14 points, and sits third on the goals list with 8 total this post season in 12 games.
3. Marty Turco G (Dal)
Marty Turco has definitely answered his critics this year with his great performances in both rounds so far, and he is the main reason Dallas is not playing a game 6 in San Jose right now. He is tied for first in wins with 8, he is second in goals against average with 1.73, and fourth in post season play with a .929 save percentage.
4. Evgeni Malkin C (Pit)
Evgeni Malkin has been by far the greatest offensive threat on the Penguins, even though his counterpart Sidney Crosby is tied with him in post season points. He has scored big goals, and arguably set up even bigger ones. Malkin is tied in second with 14 total post season points, and sits fifth in post season goals with a total of 6 in only 9 games.
5. Marc-Andre Fleury G (Pit)
Going into the post season, many didn’t expect Fleury to play as well as he is playing, mainly because of an injury riddled season and inexperience. He has been more than dominant in net, and has kept his team in games they probably should have lost. Fleury is tied in first with 8 post season wins, in third with a 1.76 goals against average and tied for first with a .938 save percentage. Fleury would have been higher if he had been truly tested this post season like Marty Turco has.
6. Henrik Zetterberg RW (Det)
Henrik Zetterberg picked up right where he left off going into post season play. Coming off a career year and all the confidence in the world, Henrik has had a hand in on almost all the Red Wings goals(at least it seems), and has been everywhere on the ice and playing great at both ends. Zetterberg is tied in third with 13 post season points, and tied for fourth with 7 goals in only 10 games played.
7. Brendan Morrow LW (Dal)
Brendan Morrow is a true leader, and shows a great deal of passion by leaving it all on the ice. The Captain of Stars has taken games into his own hands(see game 4 and 5 last round) and does what a true NHL Captain is supposed to do. He has not been on the scoresheet every night, but when he has, it’s at the right times. Morrow is tied fifth with 11 post season points, and tied 4th with 7 goals in only 10 games, including that memorable goal against the Sharks in the 4th overtime of game 5 last round.
8. Sidney Crosby C (Pit)
Sidney Crosby has not been the dominant force we are all used too seeing on the ice, but he is where we are used to seeing him on the scoring ranks. Coming of that horrible ankle injury late in the season, I expect Crosby to only get better as the post season rolls along. Crosby is tied for second with 14 post season points, but has only managed 2 goals out of that 14 points thus far in 9 playoff games this year.
9. R.J Umberger C (Phi)
R.J Umberger has pretty much just come out of nowhere and has been scoring goals at will. This 3rd line centerman is showing everyone he should be higher up on the depth chart, and coach John Stevens will have to take it into consideration as the post season moves on. Umberger would have been higher on my list if alot of goals did not come in bunches, but regardless, he has been scoring so he makes my list. Umberger is tied fifth with 11 post season points, and second in goals with 9 in only 12 games.
10. Niklas Lidstrom D (Det)
The frontrunner for the 2007-2008 Norris Trophy, Niklas Lidstrom is just Nik Lidstrom, playing like himself as the usual rock on defense, and slick puck moving defenseman who racks up the points. Lidstrom has 2 goals, a toal 7 points and is a +7 this post season in a total 10 games played.
Close Calls: Mike Ribeiro, Chris Osgood, Martin Biron and Pavel Datsyuk.