Player Poll: Who's the most underrated player?


The Hockey News asked 30 NHLers: Who is the most underrated player in the NHL?

Here are the results from each team (some players asked to remain anonymous):

There were 26 different players named and only four were mentioned twice (Buffalo center Daniel Briere, Los Angeles center Craig Conroy, Philadelphia winger Simon Gagne and Dallas winger Jere Lehtinen.

Here are the results from each team. Some players asked to remain anonymous.

Anaheim Mighty Ducks
Scott Hannan: "Hannan from San Jose, the defenseman. I think, for me as a forward, he's the toughest defenseman to play against in the league. He's just good. He's good in every way. He doesn't go out and hit and kill people, but he gives you nothing. I've been saying this for a few years already, since he started playing there. I think he's awesome. I think he's one of the best defensemen in this league." -- Petr Sykora

Atlanta Thrashers
Simon Gagne -- Anonymous

Boston Bruins
Mike Knuble -- from Glen Murray

Buffalo Sabres
Brian Gionta: "Everybody still probably thinks of him as a good player that chips in a little bit offensively. He's a dominant player for his team. When people think of New Jersey, they think of Brodeur and Gomez and Mogilny, and even Madden. Then, there's Gionta who keeps piling them in." -- Brian Campbell

Carolina Hurricanes
Alexander Ovechkin: "All everybody talks about is Crosby, but people ought to see this guy. He's so talented one-on-one." -- Glen Wesley

Calgary Flames
Mike Fisher: "With all the guys they have on that team, all the things he does never get noticed." -- Daymond Langkow

Chicago Blackhawks
Rhett Warrener -- Anonymous

Colorado Avalanche
Stephane Yelle: "That's tough, but I might go with a guy like Yeller." – Anonymous

Columbus Blue Jackets
Craig Conroy -- Anonymous

Dallas Stars
Steve Konowalchuk: "One of the names that pops into my head is Steve Konowalchuk. He was having a great year in Colorado before he got hurt. He's a guy that doesn't get a lot of attention, but goes out and works hard every night no matter what. He's a tough guy to play against. On the other side of that, a pure skill guy who is amazing is Alexei Kovalev. Everybody knows he's a great player, but I don't think they know how great he really is and how talented he really is." -- Stu Barnes

Detroit Red Wings
Craig Conroy: "I like him a lot. He's tough to play against. He was a great two-way player in St. Louis, put up some good numbers in the playoffs in Calgary." -- Mathieu Schneider

Edmonton Oilers
Ian Laperriere: "But don't tell him I said it because I have to play against the guy.'' – Anonymous

Florida Panthers
Markus Naslund -- Jamie McLennan

Los Angeles Kings
Shane Doan -- Mattias Norstrom

Minnesota Wild
Michael Nylander -- Pascal Dupuis

Montreal Canadiens
Ladislav Nagy: "He has lots of skills, but you don't hear about him." -- Mike Ribeiro

Nashville Predators
Jere Lehtinen: "I think he's the guy who makes that line work with Modano and whoever else they put out there." -- Kimmo Timonen

New Jersey Devils
Jere Lehtinen: "He just does everything right. Scoring goals, his defense. He's always in the right place at the right time. He plays so well every night. And it's nightly, not just a game here or there." -- Richard Matvichuk

New York Islanders
Vincent Lecavalier -- Brad Lukowich

New York Rangers
Marc Savard -- Anonymous

Ottawa Senators
Glen Murray -- Bryan Smolinski

Philadelphia Flyers
Henrik Zetterberg: "With all the stars in Detroit, he tends to get overlooked.'' -- Matt Ellison

Phoenix Coyotes
Brendan Morrison: "I'd have to go with Brendan Morrison. He doesn't get a lot of publicity because he plays with Todd Bertuzzi and Markus Naslund, but he'd be a great center with whoever he played with. He's the forgotten guy there, but on a lot of nights he's the best player." -- Shane Doan

Pittsburgh Penguins
Simon Gagne: "He's always dangerous." -- Sebastien Caron

St. Louis Blues
Martin Straka: "He's a good leader who doesn't get a lot of respect." -- Eric Weinrich

San Jose Sharks
Daniel Briere -- Anonymous

Tampa Bay Lightning
Sami Kapanen: "He's great offensively. He's a good guy in the locker room. He can play defense if you need him to in a pinch. He's very versatile. And, for a little guy, he's tough. He can take a lot of punishment. Management and people who play with him know how valuable he is, but I don't think most people out there know how good he is.'' -- Sean Burke

Toronto Maple Leafs
Martin Rucinsky: "He can skate and make plays and I think he has one of the best wrist shots in the league. He's also a great person." -- Eric Lindros

Vancouver Canucks
Daniel Briere -- Anson Carter

Washington Capitals
Steve Sullivan -- Anonymous

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