There just aren’t enough accolades or recognition to go around, are there?
That fact is especially unfortunate in hockey, the definitive team sport. A player’s solid transcript can be repeatedly overshadowed by a handful of his colleagues or tainted by a team’s repeat shortcomings in the postseason.
Defensive defensemen and pass-happy forwards are often snubbed in individual trophy races in favor of peers who fill the nets more directly. Goalies who either receive overwhelming offensive support or too little of it to take their team anywhere are overlooked in favor of counterparts to sparkle from side to side of the stat sheet.
Adding to the drawback, with room for only 50 men on this list of the NHL’s most underrated players of all-time, several more will be snubbed yet again.
But let us work with what we have and try to do a little more justice in examining the value of the following past and present greats in alphabetical order.