Whether it's fair or not, performances in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs have as much or more to do with perception of a player's talent as what he's done in 82 regular season games. Joe Thornton, for example, has been long criticized for poor performances in May and June. Just the same, some players are overvalued because of one great playoffs or even one well-played series. Just look at Joel Ward, who scored seven goals in 12 playoff games, then signed for more than he's worth this offseason with playoff chokers Washington.
So taking a look at the past postseason, we ask: Whose value went up? Who will have to answer questions come next postseason? And who were the best players of the Stanley Cup Playoffs?
These rankings are based on player production in terms of Hockey Prospectus' GVT valuation metric. If you are unfamiliar with GVT and how it works, you can find out more here