Whether they have kept comparatively quiet in their own scoring column or stifled their opponents in a not-so-readily-noticed fashion, several solid NHL players are coming off one or more unheralded years as they approach 2013-14.
Because hockey is the quintessential team game, it is somewhat paradoxical the way appreciation for individual efforts is handled. It might not matter much to the ideal team player himself, yet it often should be a little more proportionate in that very same player’s favor.
Some of the league’s most underappreciated players have had their dazzling performances translate to the stat sheet. The problem is that they have the misfortune of having household names for teammates or playing in a market that draws less continental attention.
In other cases, they are doing any number of the so-called “little things” and garnering publicity accordingly. It does not help when they are playing on a team that, deservingly or not, is pulling in more negative scrutiny than positive or hardly any scrutiny at all.
Some of these athletes could still have better luck drawing the spotlight in the coming campaign. Others, by sheer virtue of their skill set, may need more cooperation from incisive observers for their impact to come into plainer view.
Here are 10 NHLers who have hovered below the league’s canopy of household names, but will be worth monitoring this season.
Unless otherwise indicated, all statistics for this slideshow were found via nhl.com