He is what he is. Definitely not underrated, and I don't think many people are overrating him. He needs to tighten up on defense, gain faceoff skill, and continue to produce.
Low 40s on faceoffs just won't do for a top 6 guy who the team is going to rely on to push the play. Also, for the number of shots he takes, his possession is unattractive. Finally, he is averaging nearly a giveaway per game this season.
I would agree that people put way too much importance on it, like to judge Eichel's worth on his faceoff ability is ridiculous when there's so much else to judge a player on. Though I wouldn't say that it doesn't matter. I would say it matters more in the playoffs. It's definitely something he should work on.
This thread does a disservice to players who are actually underrated like Chris Tanev, Blake Wheeler, Tyler Toffoli, etc. Eichel was hyped up as a generational talent by some less than 18 months ago and is still hyped by some as the 2nd best u-21 player in the world. I don't know in what world that constitutes being underrated.
His backchecking effort was absolutely atrocious on the first Nashville goal. I hate these threads. Just let on ice play do talking not a pissing match between Leaf and Sabre fans this will turn out to be.