For Edmonton, I'd have to say Jason Smith. Sure, he's no offensive powerhouse to say the least, but he's a great defenceman, and always shows up to play. Quite frankly, I think he's underrated because of the captaincy - everyone seems to expect superstardom out of captains.
As for the league, I give my vote to Dmitri Kalinin.
Last year for the Isles I would have said Jason Blake but I think people are starting to notice him. I would now say Kenny Jonnson who is our steadiest and smartest defenseman.
As for the NHL: I would agree with the poster who said Palffy. He is an elite player that has never been on a very talented team yet continues to post great numbers. He is a much better playmaker than people give him credit for and is one of the smartest players I've ever seen play the game.
elias? are you joking? you do know what the word underrated means right?
No, I'm not kidding. I never hear anyone talking about Elias being perhaps the top LW in the NHL, never hear him mentioned in the same category as Kovalchuk, Iginla, or Nash despite putting up similar goal totals and playing fantastic defense, and no one seems to realize that he was the most dominative offensive player in the LEAGUE through the second half of the season. Look at the numbers - he was increadible, and no one said anything about it outside of NJ. You're talking someone who should be in consideration for top-15 player in the NHL.
The most underrated player on the Canucks is probobly Dan Cloutier at this point.
The most underrated player in the league is, without a doubt in my mind:
two players that instantly came to mind when i read this thread title.
as far as the most underrated on the Canucks, i'd say Chubarov. i don't think i've seen him make a single mistake wearing a Canuck uniform. great on faceoffs, great defensively, a tireless worker, and one of the most sportsmanlike players out there. he has some offensive skills that are just screaming to come out.
For the Oilers the knee jerk reaction is Ethan Moreau, however I think the most underrated Oiler has to be Steve Staios. Coming out of nowhere as a UFA three years ago, he went from a third-pairing stop gap, to a solid 4-5, to a bonafide top four D man without anyone really noticing. Tough as nails, huge heart and a solid bet for 25 points a season.
For the Wild: ANY of their bloody prospects! Especially Rickard Wallin, who is a top 6 forward easily. Josh Harding, Patrick O'Sullivan don't really get enough press as goaltenders and game-breaking centers go. Kyle Wanvig (if he stop being a curling puck) would be an effective PF. Matt Foy, Danny Irmen, Armands Berzins, Georgii Misharin, Jean-Michel Bolduc all good solid players. Barry Brust too.
In the NHL: I would say Cheechoo doesn't get enough or Dan Cloutier.
Who would you say is the most underrated player on your team? And how about in the whole NHL?
Hmmm I would have said Regehr but with the World Cup nod and playoff performance it looks like he's finally getting his props.
Probably the most underrated Flame is Steve Reinprecht. He hasn't been showcased during our playoff run and yet is probably the most purely skilled forward on the Flames. I see 70+ point seasons in his future. A lot of people still seem to underrate Jordan Leopold, this kid will be an all star in the next few years.
No, I'm not kidding. I never hear anyone talking about Elias being perhaps the top LW in the NHL, never hear him mentioned in the same category as Kovalchuk, Iginla, or Nash despite...
There is some truth to your Elias nomination. Even Devils fans were belittling him at the beginning of the season. I pointed out that he had led the Devils in scoring for the previous four seasons; it's now five straight. If the All-Star Game was held in April, Elias would have been there.
Patrik has played in two All-Star, and he was selected to the 2001 NHL First All-Star Team, so he has gotten some recognition from the writers. Also, Pittsburgh coach Ed Olczyk told Chico Resch that Elias should win the Selke. Chico said it was unsolicitade praise for the Devils winger.
Turner Stevenson is a really good physical player. He also can make things happen when he has the puck. Stevenson has great hockey sense. The bad thing about him is his propencity to suffer injuries.
Jay Pandolfo plays gritty hockey and is a big reason why John Madden has been a finalist for the Selke in three out of the last four seasons, winning it in 2001. Panolfo also chipped in 13 goals, four of which were game-winners.
However, Sergei Brylin gets my vote as the most underrated player among the Devils. He has won three Stanley Cups with the Devils, and there is a reason for that, his great versitility. He can play all three forward positions, and on a scoring line or a checking line. He had a really good year in 2003-04 playing C/LW on the fourth line and RW/C on the second line.
No question about it for the Nucks. After Ohlund, he is the most dependable defenseman. He makes very few mistakes and leads by example on the ice. He has a great all around game, but he doesn't get a lot of recognition for all that he does.