A quick look at the top CapGeek's Twitter rankings shows the most popular players on the microblogging site are the best players (and Paul Bissonnette) in the NHL—Alex Ovechkin, Henrik Lundqvist, Patrick Kane and Evgeni Malkin are among those with the most followers.
But that doesn't necessarily make them fun or interesting follows on Twitter, unless you find tweets filled with exclamation points fun or interesting.
Back to dc!!!!it was gr8 time!!!!!!!!— Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) September 30, 2013
The best players with huge followings generally tend to play it conservatively on Twitter. Oh, you are excited to play a game tonight? That's nice. What's that? You want to thank fans for their support after a home win? That's lovely. You want to give 12 fans a retweet because they are big fans? Boy, that's lovely and fascinating and doesn't clog my Twitter stream at all.
There are some players who don't quite have the following of the NHL's superstars who are worth your social-media attention and bring far more to the table. These seven players may not ever win a scoring title, but they're more entertaining than you may realize.
Zenon Konopka, Minnesota Wild (@zenonkonopka)
The tough guy has zero goals this season, but he has one thing few players have—a bunny. And he dresses it up for Halloween.
And the bunny has more than one costume.
And the bunny isn't so full of himself that he isn't willing to pump his own gas.
Sidney Crosby may have a Hart Trophy, but Konopka has a bunny. Who would you rather hang out with?
Ben Scrivens, Los Angeles Kings (@scrivens_30)
The goaltender might be best known for being part of the Jonathan Bernier trade that sent him to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Scrivens to the Kings. But the Cornell graduate has a sharp wit and good sense of humor, which means he deserves to be ranked higher than No. 113 among NHL players on Twitter.
Consider his take after Joe Thornton said he'd whip out his...that he'd stroke...we all remember what Joe Thornton said he would do after he scored four goals in a game.
Someone tell jumbo the new NHL tuck rule bans uptucks too.— Ben Scrivens (@scrivens_30) October 10, 2013
He's also boiled down the essence of the AMC show The Walking Dead.
Every Death in Walking Dead 1)Zombies in immediate vicinity 2)Kill >= 1 3)Relax, close your eyes, and tilt your head back 4)Get bitten— Ben Scrivens (@scrivens_30) October 19, 2013
Scrivens has a quick wit about him and deserves your attention on Twitter.
Brian Boyle, New York Rangers (@BriBrows22)
His feed in recent weeks has far more "Can I get a RT?" tweets from fans than his own thoughts, but there isn't anyone with a better sense of humor on the Rangers than Boyle.
Boyle is one of 12 children and was featured on an episode of HBO's "24/7" in the month leading up to the 2012 Winter Classic between the Philadelphia Flyers and Rangers. He also interacts with his family on Twitter when the opportunity arises.
“@nick_boyle09: I hope whoever stole my glasses falls off a cliff and dies on impact”. That's nice of you...you left them at my house.— Brian Boyle (@BriBrows22) September 8, 2013
Last season was particularly tough, as he had a difficult time scoring goals. He failed to score over the first 19 games, but when he finally scored against the Washington Capitals, he had some fun with it on Twitter.
Hey monkey...get off me!!!— Brian Boyle (@BriBrows22) March 11, 2013
Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings (@dewyy8)
He doesn't tweet often, but when he does, it's about the smell of his farts.
On that note the ones close to me can assure you my farts smell way worse than rotten toe nails #healthydiet— drew doughty (@dewyy8) July 30, 2013
Doughty is one of the game's best defensemen, and he's happy to answer the question about the odor of his gas. We live in miraculous times, people.
Eric Nystrom, Nashville Predators (@enystrom23)
The gritty bottom-six forward is the son of former Islander Bob Nystrom, who is best known for scoring the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Islanders in 1980. But Eric is making a name for himself for his ability to chirp teammates on Twitter, like when teammate Kevin Klein was named one of Nashville's 25 most beautiful people.
An added benefit to following the son of an NHL legend is you get classic photos like this one with Wayne Gretzky.
This pic is amazing! Bobby Ny and The Great One. pic.twitter.com/7WchDOXxzk— Eric Nystrom (@enystrom23) October 7, 2013
And besides, don't you want to know what makes an NHL player feel sexy?
Dont know bout anyone else, but Daft Punk makes me feel sexy!!— Eric Nystrom (@enystrom23) July 10, 2013
Teddy Purcell, Tampa Bay Lightning (@teddypurcell16)
Purcell might be just as underrated on Twitter as he is in the NHL. He had 65 points in 81 games two seasons ago and 36 points in 48 games last season. This season, he's playing just as well, but really, isn't about time someone famous talked about wearing adult diapers?
Might wear a diaper next time I walk around NYC on an off day. Almost wet my favorite jeans waiting in bathroom line for 25 mins.#ratrace— Teddy Purcell (@teddypurcell16) October 28, 2013
Hockey players are all missing teeth, so it's comforting to them when they see an NBA player with a busted grill, too.
Don't feel bad for having the worst teeth in professional sports anymore. Thanks James Harden.Crafty move hiding them with that beard #davet— Teddy Purcell (@teddypurcell16) April 30, 2013
And if a teammate is going to dress like a dork, you want Purcell there ready to take a picture and share it with the world.
Steve Ott, Buffalo Sabres (@otterN9NE)
The Buffalo Sabres captain is having a rough year with his cellar-dwelling club, but things aren't going great in his non-work life either.
He is selfless and willing to wear the ugliest jersey in sports for all to see.
He reacts like we all do when finding out there's a dating site for farmers only.
http://t.co/6TkSa4waAZ did that just happen?— Steve Ott (@otterN9NE) June 6, 2013
Most importantly, when he gets caught digging for gold, he owns it.
I love how everyone pretends they don't go knuckle deep too! I can't believe they missed me eating it? pic.twitter.com/Rkxzfdlk67— Steve Ott (@otterN9NE) March 20, 2013