The NHL playoffs are in full swing and a number of Canadian-born players are skating circles around the competition. With Canucks playing for every hockey team in the series, these are the top 10 Canadian playoff stars.
10- Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Mighty Ducks
Playing centre and voted team captain this season after Scott Niedermayer retired, Ryan Getzlaf of the Ducks is a Regina, Saskatchewan native with tons of star power.
9- Dany Heatley, San Jose Sharks
Born in Germany but raised in Calgary (and holding dual citizenship), Dany Heatley is a talented winger who has played for the Atlanta Thrashers, the Ottawa Senators and, most recently, the Sharks.
8- Martin St Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning
Hailing from Laval, Quebec, right winger St Louis is also the alternate team captain as well as assistant captain for team Lidstrom at the 2011 NHL All-Star Game.
7- Rob Niedermayer, Buffalo Sabres
Coming from a family of hockey greats (his bro is NHL defenceman Scott Niedermayerand and his cousin is Edmonton Oilers defenceman Jason Strudwick), Rob, who is currently a Sabre, has also been a Devil, Panther, Flame, and Duck.
6- Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
He was the first overall pick at the 2006 OHL Entry Draft as well as the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, and he's been one of the top players for the Lightning ever since.
5- Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks
Centre and captain of the Sharks, Joe Thornton is known for his tenacity and amazing passing, putting these skills to good use against the Kings in the playoffs.
4- Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks
Born in Winnipeg, Patrick Sharp played for the University of Vermont team before being drafted by the Flyers and going on to play with Chicago.
3- Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
Predator Shea Weber has won three gold medals – one in '05 for the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, then again in '07 for the Ice Hockey World Championships, and finally at the Winter Games last year.
2- Mike Green, Washington Capitals
This Calgary boy is not only battling the New York Rangers as a defenceman for the Caps in this season's playoffs, but he was also recently nominated for the Norris Trophy (his second Norris nod).
1- Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
The Tim Horton's poster boy, Crosby has been a hockey superstar since a young age – he won the Stanley Cup in 2009 (becoming the youngest team captain to do so), he was Team Canada's alternative captain last year at the Olympics and has been the recipient of countless accolades. He may be temporarily out of the playoffs but when he returns after his concussion he'll make waves again.