San Jose Sharks' 5 Most Underrated Players for 2013-14 NHL Season

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San Jose Sharks' 5 Most Underrated Players for 2013-14 NHL Season
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No, you're not seeing double. Defense partners Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Justin Braun lead a San Jose defense that has been impressive early on.

In between all the marquee names of the 2013-14 San Jose Sharks are a group of players who hop the boards when the Thorntons, Marleaus and Boyles of the team go for a line change.

They are the players coaches love to coach. Championship teams will tell you they could never have done it without them. The unsung heroes. The grinders and relentless workhorses. 

They block shots and win battles on the boards. They finish their hits and swing momentum. They win faceoffs and shut down the opposition's top lines. And when the team's top players appear snakebitten, they come through with a goal when you need it most. 

They may not be getting the early recognition, but these five players have played huge roles in the Sharks' early success.

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