Islanders' Matt Moulson: Why He's the Most Under-Appreciated Player in the NHL

Nicholas Pugliese@_NickPugsContributor IIIDecember 23, 2011

Not to mention he has that awesome 'stache.
Not to mention he has that awesome 'stache.Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Consider these stats over the last three NHL seasons ('09-'10, '10-'11, '11-'12):

Player A: 76 goals, 50 assists, 126 points 

Player B: 76 goals, 64 assists, 140 points

Player C: 81 goals, 76 assists, 158 points

Player A makes $3.13 million dollars per year (three years, $9.4 million), Player B makes $5.27 million per year (11 years, $58 million) and Player C makes $5.4 million per year (five years, $27 million).

Player B was a first-round pick and has one All-Star appearance, Player C was a first-round pick and has one All-Star appearance and Player A was a ninth-round pick with no All-Star appearances.

It should not be difficult to figure out from the title of the article that the New York Islanders' Matt Moulson is Player A. But if you did not know, Player B is the Columbus Blue Jackets' Jeff Carter and Player C is the Toronto Maple Leafs' Phil Kessel.

Both Carter and Kessel are considered stars in the league, with Kessel being a borderline "superstar"—yet Moulson would be lucky to get a call for the All-Star game.

If you break it down to points for each million they make per year, Moulson scores 13.42 points per million, Carter scores 8.86 points per million and Kessel scores 9.75 points per million.

Moulson is giving the Islanders way more bang for the buck than these two All-Stars, and he doesn't just score.

He has 206 hits over the last three seasons compared to 129 for Carter and 30 for Kessel. He has 115 blocked shots compared to 86 for Carter and 41 for Kessel.

Lastly, while Carter is on the worst team in hockey right now, Moulson's team is not very far behind and Kessel is on a very good one, Moulson leads the three of them with a plus-five rating.

All these stats show just how good Matt Moulson is. 

Moulson is one of the most talented forwards in the league with a serious knack for putting the puck in the back of the net.

Moulson's career 14.3 percent shooting percentage is well above the 11.8 percent of Alex Ovechkin, the 13.3 percent of Marian Gaborik and the 12 percent of Evgeni Malkin—three of the most prolific scorers in the league. 

If Moulson played a few miles away for the New York Rangers instead of the Islanders, he would no doubt be considered a star.

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