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
Simon Gagne -- Anonymous
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
Columbus Blue Jackets
Craig Conroy -- Anonymous
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
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
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
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
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