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10-28-2008, 11:35 AM
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The most UNDER RATED player in the NHL

My vote goes to......... drum roll please.............


Dan Girardi

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10-28-2008, 11:49 AM
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Hell no... Girardi is a solid young D and everyone knows about it...

JP Dumont is under rated...

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10-28-2008, 11:50 AM
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Of course he is

Really though he is quite a defenseman and who would have thought that considering he wasn't drafted. Lots of teams are probably kicking themselves.

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Eddie O. said it was Mikko Koivu.

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We have this thread like... Twice a month at least.

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marian hossa. people notice him as a great player, but no one puts him in their top 5 players in the game, which i think he is.

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I'd have to go with Mikko Koivu or to a lesser extent, Iginla.

Mikko is starting to get his name out there but playing in a non-hockey market makes him ess noticeable.

When you hear "elite" players you think AO, Sid, Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and Malkin but Iginla is almost right there with them. He finished right up there in points last year (third behind AO and Malkin) and starts this season with 10 points in 8 games.

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Paul Stastny.

Yes, he's good, but I don't think people realize how good he is until they watch him play a full game. All we see on the Avs board are the oppponent's fans telling us how impressed they were with him and that he was better than they thought.

He really does everything. He takes more face-offs than Sakic now. Kills penalties. Blocks shots and takes the body. SUPERB playmaker. Gifted hands. Best of all... a proper head on his shoulders. He is smart, understands the game, and has respect for opponents, teammates, and coaches.

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marian hossa. people notice him as a great player, but no one puts him in their top 5 players in the game, which i think he is.
He barely cracks top 10.. not even sure he does that.

Players who ARE better: AO, Sid, Malkin, Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Thornton, Iginla, Alfy

Players who could be argued: Spezza, Heatley, Nash, Gaborik

Definitely not top 5.

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I'd have to go with Mikko Koivu or to a lesser extent, Iginla.

Mikko is starting to get his name out there but playing in a non-hockey market makes him ess noticeable.

When you hear "elite" players you think AO, Sid, Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and Malkin but Iginla is almost right there with them. He finished right up there in points last year (third behind AO and Malkin) and starts this season with 10 points in 8 games.
Minnesota is a non-hockey market? Are you kidding me? Maybe you could say a smaller market. You can say an expansion, mid-west, team that gets zero media coverage - but you can't call a team that has sold out ever game since it existed (8 years minus the strike), and massive youth hockey participation a non-hockey market.

Other than that I agree 100% that Mikko is teh most underrated player in the league.

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Obligatory Marc Savard mention.

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Obligatory Marc Savard mention.
I was going to say this, but I think people are aware of him now. haha Only took two 90 point seasons.

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Mikko Koivu for me, captain material and can score clutch goals mixed with top notch two-way play.

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How about Dennis Wideman?

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IMO, it's still Brunnette.

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Minnesota is a non-hockey market? Are you kidding me? Maybe you could say a smaller market. You can say an expansion, mid-west, team that gets zero media coverage - but you can't call a team that has sold out ever game since it existed (8 years minus the strike), and massive youth hockey participation a non-hockey market.

Other than that I agree 100% that Mikko is teh most underrated player in the league.
They've sold out every game since they opened? Really? I always thought it was a small hockey market..

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They've sold out every game since they opened? Really? I always thought it was a small hockey market..
Minnesota? Small hockey market?

I'm not going to be a d-bag and laugh at you, but come on dude...

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I was going to say this, but I think people are aware of him now. haha Only took two 90 point seasons.
Even so, I'll stick with Savard.

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I knew this thread was coming after I heard Eddie O. say Mikko Koivu was last night. Although he's right...Koivu is extremely underrated.

That being said, I'd have to say a guy like Brad Boyes often gets overlooked because St.Louis isn't a great hockey market...although with the way him and Tkachuk are playing so far, who knows how much longer that'll last.

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It's Mikko Koivu

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I'd have to go with Mikko Koivu or to a lesser extent, Iginla.

Mikko is starting to get his name out there but playing in a non-hockey market makes him ess noticeable.

When you hear "elite" players you think AO, Sid, Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and Malkin but Iginla is almost right there with them. He finished right up there in points last year (third behind AO and Malkin) and starts this season with 10 points in 8 games.

What? Minnesota is maybe the biggest hockey market in the States.

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Minnesota? Small hockey market?

I'm not going to be a d-bag and laugh at you, but come on dude...
You'd think the number of Minnesotan-born players in the league would make a case for it being a strong hockey market but, eh. People/media tend to forget about us here in fly-over land. It happens. We'll live with it.

With that said, Mikko Koivu is proving himself as one of the better two-way players in the game. Although, I'm not so sure how under-rated he is now by the general NHL-following public.

If I would pick a player from my favorite team, it would be Niklas Backstrom. This guy has stepped into the NHL from Finland and has flourished. In his third season in the NHL his career stats are 2.16 GAA, .924 SV%, and has a 62-21 record. And after last night's game, he now improves to 41-0-3 when taking a lead into the third period.

Backstrom is as shut down as it gets from a goaltender in the NHL. Not bad for a guy who is often not mention with the goaltenders that make up many people's upper echelon.

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When he's healthy Steve Sullivan....

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