The 10 Most Underrated Players in the National Hockey League
There are 600 players or more in the NHL, so that leaves many players who are not recognized for their high level of play. There are many players who do their job extremely well, but don't get the recognition they deserve at the end of the day.
The purpose of this slide show is to show you guys who the ten most underrated players in the NHL are. This is purely my opinion, feel free to disagree in the comments section! The players are in no particular order.
2008-09 Stats: 72 GP 31 G 29 A 60 P
David Booth is quickly becoming the leader of the Florida Panthers. He reached 30 goals for the first time last season at the young age of 24.
Booth is a solid two-way winger with some good speed. He isn't afraid to get into the physical play and is very good in the corners. People should start to learn his name, he will not be going away anytime soon.
2008-09 Stats:73 GP 5 G 28 A 33 P
Paul Martin has now become the anchor on the defense for the New Jersey Devils and is their top defensemen. Bob McKenzie called him the best defensemen in the league that nobody talks about, and I couldn't agree more.
He has good offensive instincts and a great two-way game. He can score or block shots and has almost no flaws, he just needs to add more strength to fully complete his game.
2008-09 Stats: 26-23-6, .926 SVP, 2.49 GAA
Tomas Vokoun has been in the league for nearly ten years now but still has trouble getting recognized. He cuts down the angles well and has very good agility.
His 217 wins and career .915 save percentage just proves how good he has been for the Nashville Predators and Florida Panthers throughout his career.
2008-09 Stats: 82 GP 31 G 42 A 73 P
Shane Doan is another player that has been unrecognized for way too long. He is the ultimate team player and is a top two-way player in the league. He has great size and loves to throw the body around.
Doan is the ultimate team leader in Phoenix and does everything that is asked of him. I hope he can win the Stanley Cup championship before his career is over.
2008-09 Stats: 82 GP 24 G 53 A 77 P
Ray Whitney has been a top-notch player since joining the Carolina Hurricanes after the lockout and has shown no signs of slowing down in the near future. He will hit the 1000 game plateau in his eighth game next year.
He can handle the puck extremely well and is good when coming in on his off-wing. He is good at scoring from the side of the net on the powerplay and although he isn't the best, he is getting better defensively.
2008-09 Stats: 79 GP 13 G 37 A 50 P
Acquired from the St. Louis Blues in the Brad Boyes trade, Dennis Wideman is overshadowed by Zdeno Chara, both literally and figuratively speaking. His 50 points this season was easily his career high.
Wideman is great at making outlet passes and is an amazing power play quarterback. He just needs to improve on his upper body strength and play the man a little better.
2008-09 Stats: 79 GP 31 G 20 A 51 P
Little was in his first full season and that may be why he didn't get much recognition, but he definitely deserved more then he got with his amazing 31-goal season.
Little never gives up on a play and has a great shot to go along with his great offensive instincts. He lacks top-end speed but makes up for it with his defensive awareness.
2008-09 Stats: 79 GP 20 G 47 A 67 P
Mikko Koivu has turned into the unquestioned leader of the Minnesota Wild and has developed into a first-line center. He has both great offensive and defensive instincts.
He is a decent sized player, but needs to use it more in the corners. He has great vision and passing ability as well.
2008-09 Stats: 58 GP 21 G 19 A 40 P
Traded to the Calgary Flames by the Chicago Blackhawks, Bourque broke out for a 20-goal season last season and might have reached the 30-goal plateau if not for a leg injury that kept him out for 24 games.
On top of finding a nice goal scoring touch, Bourque has good speed and is a great penalty killer. He is top notch defensively as well and possesses an average shot.
2008-09 Stats: 82 GP 23 G 34 A 57 P
Hudler had an amazing breakout season this year and finished with the most points per minutes played, proving that Hudler makes the most of the opportunities he gets.
Hudler is purely offensive and can pick the corners. Playing on the same team as the likes of Pavel Datysuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Marian Hossa and Nicklas Lidstrom means that he gets unnoticed for the most part.