Brandon Dubinsky: The Most Underrated Player on the New York Rangers

Scott AbusoCorrespondent IJanuary 27, 2012

UNIONDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Brandon Dubinsky #17 of the New York Rangers is challenged for the puck by Jay Pandolfo #29 of the New York Islanders during the third period at Nassau Coliseum on November 15, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
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Brandon Dubinsky.

Or as the Madison Square garden crowd likes to call him: DUUUUUUUUB!

Brandon Dubinsky is the epitome of what it means to play hockey like a New York Ranger.

He's a monster along the boards.  

He rarely ever gives up on plays.

I can't even count the number of times Dubinsky has been seen making passes from his knees or breaking up plays without a stick.

He's the kind of player who will get down to block a shot, then recover the puck and take it all the way to the other side of the ice.  

I like to define Brandon Dubinsky as the underrated version of Ryan Callahan.

They have similar styles of play, and they're both amazing players, and keys to the Rangers' success.

Last season, Brandon Dubinsky was loved and adored by the hometown crowd.

This season, the remnants of this love can still be seen when Dubs makes a great play, a great hit, a nice steal, or a key shot block. 

His lack of offensive success this season has lost him many fans, unfortunately.

The thing about Dubinsky is, he's managed to step up all other aspects of his game despite his inability to score goals thus far.

Dubinsky has 16 assists, five goals and 21 points, and is rocking a plus-11 rating.

Not the most impressive performance in the world, but there's something to be said about these stats.  

Despite his lack of goal scoring, Dubinsky is on pace to break his record for assists and on pace to tie his single-season high for points and plus/minus.

Essentially, Dubinsky might actually be a better all-around player than ever this year, but he won't get recognition because he's having trouble scoring.

Dubinsky is one of the better players on this year's New York Rangers team.

His ability to beat defenders, his hands, his puck control, the way he puts 110 percent of his effort into each shift, is second only to the Captain Ryan Callahan's style of play.  

Brandon Dubinsky will continue to be a major part of the Rangers' success this season if he continues playing the way he's been playing so far.