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12-03-2012, 01:07 AM
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I don't think he handles the puck better than Datsyuk but I agree with most of the rest of the OPs post. I just don't think he's underrated. I think his defensive game has progressed to the point that IT is quite a bit underrated and that people don't give him enough credit for how far he has come as a mature and complete player. Overall though, I think he is held in too high of an esteem to possibly be underrated. I think it's a classic case of a player being great and people calling him overrated and trying to point out negatives to the point that some people start to feel they're underrated. It's the vicious HF cycle. But I do think he is phenomenal and probably a top 5-10 player in the world. I think most people give him his due but that the recent completeness of his game hasn't been widely acknowledged yet. He is certainly one of my favorite players to watch (despite playing for NJ) and he seems humble and a good leader as well.

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