Most NHL pundits, journalists, coaches and players all agree there are a couple of things you need to make a deep playoff run and a legitimate attempt to win Lord Stanley's hardware. A dynamic top scoring line, a goaltender capable of stealing games when your offense takes the night off, shutdown defensemen and penalty killers—all of these aspects are given, and as the NHL trade deadline has now since come and gone, we have seen more and more GMs making moves to solidify one or more of these positions.
An often overlooked aspect of a championship team, however, are the guys whose jerseys you won't see kids wearing in the stands—players who make you say "he's not supposed to be able to do that" as they deke the goalie and score or players that simply stay under the radar because of their play style or small market.
Chicago Blackhawks role players Kris Versteeg, Ben Eager, Andrew Ladd, and John Madden all provided this type of secondary scoring that helped Chicago secure the Stanley Cup last year.
So here they are—the 10 best under-appreciated Forwards in the NHL this year.