Yep, Bossy is the top goal scorer in the playoffs percentage wise, of all time.
No question Gretzky is the better player overall but for pure goal scoring, I put Bossy slightly ahead of the Great One and head and shoulders above Dionne, Lemieux, LaFleur, and the rest. The stats don't lie.
Bossy sadly never got to play hockey in his mid to late thirties, if he did his GPG avarage would most likely take a hit.
Ron Ellis. A superlative two way player. Key player in the Summit Series which he gets nary any credit for. Besides his fantastic defensive play Ron also scored over 20 goals 10 straight years and 11 out of 12 years, and this was when scoring over 20 goals in a season was a hugh accomplishment. Was such a good player that Ace Bailey asked that his #6 be unretired so that Ron could wear it.
He should be (and I keep meaning to lobby for this but haven't gotten to it yet) amongst the honoured names for the TML.
Ziggy Palffy and Patrik Elias, in more recent times. I'll also mention a weird one, and that's Ilya Kovalchuk. For 10 years he was slammed for being "one-dimensional", when in reality he was one of the best and most complete forwards in the game.
Ron Francis was regarded as "most underrated" for his entire career. He was underrated for so long that he became overrated.
Adam Oates is a good choice, although this is like the 6th time he's been mentioned, so........maybe now he's overrated
I'm going to go with Brett Hull. Hull is one of the most prolific goal scorer in NHL history. On top of that, as he got older, he completely changed his game and proceeded to win 2 cups. I don't think he gets talked about as one of the greats, while he definitely is.
I don't really consider anyone who has over 1,000 career points "under-rated". You're not going to find a fan of the NHL that say oh Ron Francis or Peter Stastny or Adam Oates are average players. Real fans know all those guys were studs. All are in the hall of fame and are widely recognized as some of the greats by anyone who knows hockey.
An under-rated player is someone who never gets recognized but always performs... people like Milan Hejduk. A guy who shows up every year puts up respectable numbers, not hall of fame numbers but are very quality players who have played hard for many years.
Palffy especially. After Elias' last season, people are talking about him.
Palffy finished top 10 in NHL scoring 4 times. That's 4 more times than Peter Bondra and more times than Heatley, Alfredsson, Sundin, or Elias. Palffy was on his way to a HHOF career until the injuries hit.
Last edited by TheDevilMadeMe: 07-29-2012 at 12:20 AM.