NHL 2013 Season: The 10 Most Underrated Players So Far

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NHL 2013 Season: The 10 Most Underrated Players So Far
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One month into the 2012-2013 NHL season, the biggest names in hockey have already begun to take over the headlines.

Thomas Vanek and James Neal lead the league in scoring. Sidney Crosby and Martin St. Louis rank first in assists. Craig Anderson, Corey Crawford and Pekka Rinne maintain the best save percentages.

But what about the little guys? 711 players have appeared in at least one game so far this year, yet the average fan could name no more than a quarter of them.

Dan Ellis has a better save percentage than Antti Niemi, Carey Price and Henrik Lundqvist.

David Clarkson has more goals than Patrick Kane, Pavel Datsyuk and Alexander Ovechkin.

Alexander Steen has more shots than Rick Nash, Evgeni Malkin and Ilya Kovalchuk.

How about those little guys?

We break down 10 of the most underrated, unheralded NHL players after the first month of the season on the coming slides.

Note: Players listed in alphabetical order, not ranking.

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