In terms of franchises across the NHL, the Devils success over the past 15 to 20 years has been relatively unlauded. The casual hockey fan may not realize New Jersey has been to five Stanley Cups in the past 17 years. That's pretty darn good. The organization's conservative style of play and existence in the shadow of the New York Rangers has handicapped their reputation as a league standard. Imagine if the Rangers had been so consistent over such a long period? The Devils as a franchise, are underrated.
Other things that are underrated: The Prudential center as a venue, the Devils mascot in those SportsCenter commercials and the propensity of Devils' fans to cover their jerseys in pins and listen to Iron Maiden (That last one is a bizarre, fascinating habit of fandom that is worthy of study.)
But what about the individual players? I've always felt that the act of declaring a player underrated is itself a high rating. So are they no longer underrated? Hmmm...
As the lockout shortened season winds down in disappointing fashion, here are the three most underrated players on the Devils, sans my circular logic.