Anders Eriksson. He came in as a highly touted rookie in 1997-98, and filled in for the injured Vladimir Konstantinov alongside Slava Fetisov.
He was a top four defenseman on a Cup winner as a rookie, and for other teams during his career, but was never a star and never really progressed. If he had a "normal" career progression starting from where he was in 1997-98, Chicago would have had a star defenseman comparable to perhaps Kimmo Timmonen.
Nothing against Ken Linseman's regular seasons but he's a guy who came to play in the postseason and definitely cranked up his production.
Chris Drury is a guy that you just as well assume doesn't have as many playoff game winning goals as Mike Bossy right? Right? They actually both have 17. Drury has more playoff game winning goals than Lafleur, Jagr, Forsberg and as many as Anderson. Only Claude Lemieux, Sakic, Brett Hull and Gretzky have more.
I guess J-S Giguere can fit this bill. Two runs to the final, one Cup, one Conn Smythe and that one being an all-time great run by a goaltender. Never really has had a great regular season on his own.
A third liner most of his career, 531 career games with 113 goals, career high of 22.
In the 1989-90 post season, Druce played out of his mind, in 15 games he scored 14 goals! What is even more remarkable about that is for the rest of his career, he appeared in 37 post season games with a measly 3 goals, but for that one run, he was amazing.
Ken Doraty. Only 105 regular season games, but in the 1933 playoffs he won a Cup with the Leafs, and led them with 5 playoff goals. Doraty was small, skilled minor league star who got a chance on the Leafs top power play unit in the playoffs and scored some big goals.
Peter Forsberg had a short career, but an amazing and lengthy playoff resume.
Forsberg's career was relatively short yes but he still played about 11 full seasons worth of games and had 1 Hart and 1 Art Ross which is more than most who play 20 seasons. His playoff resume is amazing yes but lengthy and that great in part due to playing on very deep and strong teams who were built around 2 Hall of Fame players in Roy and Sakic.
Okay, as a Wings fan, cannot believe I forgot Pete Babando.
Pete was with the 1949-50 Detroit Red Wings, playing the New York Rangers in game seven of the Stanley cup finals. A marginal forward who could best be described as a good third liner, he had scored early in the game, which went into its second sudden death. Babando took a pass from George Gee and broke in and fired the puck past Rangers goalie Chuck Rayner at 8:30 of the second sudden death, and the Wings were champions. Pete was on top of the world.
It wouldn't last. Just a few months later he was dealt to the Blackhawks where he toiled for two and a half years before finishing his career in the NHL with 30 games for the New York Rangers,the team that he had denied a cup to.
Babando was not done. He went to the Minor leagues where he played on for 13 more seasons, mostly in the AHL and EHL. He finished his career in 1967, finishing out his seventh season with the Clinton Comets, gone from the NHL since 1953.
There is your shooting star. He is still around and kicking, living in South Porcupine Ontario, 87 years young.
The secret weapon, Nick Wallin. 21 goals and 74 points in 614 regular season games. 12 points in the playoffs, 4 goals, every single one of which was a game winner, and all but one of which were in overtime. With 3 overtime playoff goals, he's one of only 40 guys in NHL history to score that many.