Only by watching an NHL team on a nightly basis do you uncover the gems—the unglorified guys who could be stars, but for whatever reason shine a little less bright than players like Alex Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby.
It isn't their lack of talent. No, they have plenty of that. There's just an unidentifiable factor that gives some players the destiny of underrated star.
You might not tune in to a particular game to watch them, but once they hit the ice you know they're there.
You might not know their number offhand, but they jump out at you on particular shifts, showing off their top-end skills and talent. They are they unheralded stars of the NHL.
Like all lists, this is purely subjective. Share your favorite underrated players in the comments below. Let us all know why he's great, and what we're missing out on.