Boyd Devereaux may not be an elite player according to the conventional standard, but anyone who's watched him play lately will understand what I'm talking about.
Devereaux often goes unnoticed because of his hardworking, no-nonsense style—hardly the trappings of a star player. But while many of the Leafs have given up on themselves and their team, Devereaux is an enduring source of hope—hope that the Leafs will snap out of their skid, play well down the stretch, and squeak into the playoffs.
That alone makes him a star in my book.
Many fans would think it crazy to pin the Leafs' playoff dreams on a player who's never produced more than 27 points in a season. But hard work is contagious—and it may not be long before the Leafs start to follow Devereaux’s example.
For the sake of the team and its fans, I hope they do.