"Underrated" is thrown around a little too casually these days. But truly, Sean Avery is a highly underrated player in terms of his value to the Rangers.
His once cocky, aggressive, reckless attitude used to cost his team penalty minutes and big-time games.
He has developed into his role quite nicely, however. His attitude may be there, but it is suppressed.
He may not be known for goal scoring, with just 90 in his career, but he seems to score those goals at the right time.
What you see on the stat sheet isn't always what you get with Avery. He's a grinder, a good skater, and an all around good player when he's on his game.
It's Avery's intangibles that play a great part in why New York fans love him, and his intangibles that made him, in my opinion, a great part of the New York Rangers.