Is Joe Thornton the most underrated current NHL player career wise?
I was just looking through his stats and they are pretty amazing.
He has played 1,084 games and has 1,092 points.
Career wise he sits #57 overall on the all time points list.
Only Jagr and Selanne are currently playing in the NHL and have more points than he does.
His rookie year at the age of 18 he only had 7 points in 55 games. Followed that season up with 41 points in 81 games. They lower his PPG numbers significantly and he is still over PPG in his career.
His career PPG is 1.007.
He is only 34 years old and could have numerous playing years left.
He is only 61 points away from getting into the top fifty players for career points.
Currently he is this many points away from passing these players:
Glenn Anderson 7
Frank Mahovolich 11
Darryl Sittler 29
Joe Niewendyk 34
Mike Bossy 34
Bernie Federko 38
Niklas Lidstrom 50
Michel Goulet 50
All of those players could be potentially passed this year.
Currently #37 all time on the assists list.
That is all that I got for you.
Last edited by MiamiScreamingEagles: 02-01-2013 at 11:18 PM.
He's a hall of famer regardless of what he does between now and the end of his career. He's a hall of famer regardless of what criticisms people may have of him. He may be underrated currently but, in the end, only two things matter for a player of his great talent. Cups and the Hall of Fame. He's got the latter locked.
He didn't used to be. He's become a much better overall player than he used to be. He'll never get the recognition, but I hold him near the same regard I do Datsyuk. He controls a game like no other and just seems so fluid and dynamic with everything he does, and of course he's huge. He's had a truly remarkable career and it's a shame it can be so easily tarnished by all the labels everyone loves to throw his way.
No player in the NHL, save for maybe Crosby, can come even close to Thornton's playmaking skill. The guy makes the neatest passes I've ever seen.
Well actually ... NVM. I guess this is a feel good thread for Sharks fans. Thornton is indeed one of the most elite passers in the league. It kind of sucks because playmakers will never acheive the level of fame goal scorers like OV will.