In truth, here's what's really going on: anybody can have a good game on the statsheet. Great players do it consistently over an 82-game schedule. But, in the playoffs, since we're not looking at a very large sample space, suddenly anybody plugger can look like a superstar with a couple of lucky bounces and the additional space left for him after both defensemen force the marquee guy into the end boards. And, since it's a total crapshoot, leave it to the experts to try and predict which players will become these guys. It's funny to follow. They usually base their predictions on who did it last year. Which is why Kyle Wellwood, who was so good in last year's playoffs, is suspected of being the guy this year.
He’s not big, he’s not physical, he’s often been in the coach’s doghouse and he can be invisible for long stretches. But Kyle Wellwood also has a sublime skill set, his hockey sense is second to none and he proved in last year’s playoffs that he can elevate his play and be a responsible, two-way performer.
After coming to camp in the best shape of his career, the undersized Wellwood had a rough first half, not scoring his first goal of the season until Game 20. Fortunately, he’s woken up and has collected seven goals since the Olympics. Vancouver ‘s secondary scoring gets a big boost of Wellwood finds his groove. (The West's Playoff X-Men, Sam McCaig)
Is Kyle Wellwood an X-man? On the surface, it makes sense. Wellwood has crazy skill and huge dangles, but he never seems particularly thrilled with his gifts. Like a mutant. Beneath the surface, the jury's still out on whether or not Kyle Wellwood reads comics at all, especially since he's got an affinity for early-period Ayn Rand. Hmm. Actually, after following that link, the jury's in. He likes the Batman movies (all of them?), so he likes comic movie adaptations at least. But Batman's DC. The X-Men are Marvel. The jury's back out.
Kyle Wellwood, you're such an enigma.