Hockey is a game of inches, seconds and unsung heroes.
It's different than basketball, in which your star players spend most of the game on the court. If the Anaheim Ducks were a basketball team, they'd be tough to play against with one of the most talented group of top-six forwards in the league.
But hockey demands enough of the human body that teams must roll four distinct lines, giving several different types of players a chance to get on the ice, many of whom carry little (if any) star status.
Historically such players have played crucial roles for the Ducks. Think back to Steve Thomas' performance in Anaheim's run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2003, or Brad May and Sean O'Donnell with the 2007 championship squad.
Like many teams, Anaheim has relied on its depth players and unsung heroes.
These players are under-appreciated, overworked and yet handsomely compensated.
Here are five of the Ducks' most underrated players going into the 2014-2015 season.