One aspect that always makes the play-offs extra entertaining, and play-off pools frustrating, is that there are always unexpected heroes who emerge for a brief period. All too rarely have â€œthoseâ€ types of players been HFNHL Red Wings. While I still think Aaron â€˜freakinâ€™ Asham headlines the list (leads a struggling Pittsburgh offense in goals and points), arguably the next two are HFNHL Red Wing rookies. First is Marc â€œwhat the heck took you so longâ€ Gragnani. Now 24 years of age and having spent almost the entire year down in the AHL (again) he got a late season injury call up and had 3 points in 9 games. Now in the play-offs heâ€™s flying around (admittedly out of position at times) but is tied for 3rd overall in play-off points and leads the Sabres with 7 so far. Heâ€™s also been successful in agitating the opposition who started targeting him the last two games. The second is Ben â€œclutchâ€ Smith. An NCAA grad who is generally an all-round supporting cast type guy he did come with a reputation as a go to the net type player. In his brief injury call-ups during the regular season he had a single goal in 6 appearances. In the play-offs he now has 3 goals, one was game tying, and of course yesterdayâ€™s was an OT winner that drove a dagger through the hearts of Canucks fans. Itâ€™s more likely the sim version of Ben Smith will be receiving death threats than trade offers from our resident die hard Canucks fan (Robb). Itâ€™s early in the play-offs with many more surprises and heroes yet to emerge.