The New York Rangers’ struggles in 2013 have, naturally, put the team under a high amount of scrutiny. These things tend to happen when a team, favored to win the Stanley Cup in preseason, finds itself in a dogfight to make the playoffs as an eighth seed.
Most players have earned the criticism that has been hurled in their direction for nearly the entire regular season, but there are also players who maybe have been unfairly critiqued or been victims of the team’s overall lack of success.
What I mean by that is, there are players on this team who've been playing good hockey, but it’s either been ignored or gone unnoticed because the team as a whole has played poorly.
A successful hockey team is a sum of its parts, and when things are going well, there’s a limited amount of criticism. But when a team underachieves, that mantra is the exact opposite.
There are three particular players on the Rangers this season who, I feel, have been unfairly critiqued. Though none of them have had anywhere near career years thus far, they still have flown under the radar as underrated players because the team has not performed up to standards in 2013.