Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe and Mark Messier are undoubtedly three of the greatest, and most appreciated, players to ever grace the NHL with their talents. There are plenty of players—such as the man ranked right beneath those three legends in terms of scoring—that don’t get the appreciation they’re entitled to.
Plenty of hockey greats have cemented their legacy in one specific city. Jersey numbers are retired and statues are erected in honor of the contributions made by certain players.
But some players most deserving of appreciation fail to receive it on a league-wide scale.
Yet others are overlooked and left out of conversation because of certain reputations. It’s easy to look at a goaltender’s stats and label him “awful” because of the amount of losses he’s accumulated. It’s another thing to go back and actually remember the contributions he made to his clubs and the game.
There are all kinds of other scenarios.
The point is that some of the most important players in NHL history aren’t appreciated like they should be. Here are 10 of the most under-appreciated NHL players of all time.