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Nathan Horton, a former No. 3 overall pick in 2003 (Kesler was taken 23rd in the same draft), has finally gotten over losing (being in Florida for so long will do that to a kid), and showed up big in the playoffs. A couple of game winners, dropping the flippers against rugged veteran Sean O’Donnell versus Philadelphia, and doing the things that need to be done. He and Milan Lucic are playing big, bad Bruin power forwards to a tee. It is good to see him finally doing what many believed he would be able to do right out of junior hockey.
I love the NHL playoffs every year, and every year they present us with something different. This year seems to be the year of the “grinder,” the guys who all hockey people “in the know” talk about as being so important. Good players are playing well, but for whatever reason, this year seems to be lacking a “hobby hero.” With two more rounds to play, maybe the next big thing will present himself yet. Christopher Carmichael has been hockey fan of over 20 years. He has been an active member on various hobby related sites, most notably www.hobbyinsider.net, and is a moderator on www.cloutsnchara.com. Christopher also does some part time writing for the Insiders Edge (www.insidersedge.net for more details).