*Definetly!*gocanes said:C. Sanford
Vermette is an underrated player in the NHL. I wish Ottawa didn't trade him because not only does he put up points but he has great speed and hes amazing on the penalty kill. Him and Kelly where a great duo.I was thinking of starting an underrated players thread, but thought I would search for an existing one and found this. So, since this thread is as old as it is, I'm bumping this to the top to see what everyone's thoughts are for currently underrated players and/or goaltenders.
For me, I feel like Antoine Vermette is slightly underrated. It seems like he plays a pretty good game, but goes pretty much unnoticed playing for Columbus. This season, he finished with a respectable 65 points and was tenth in the NHL with a 17.3% shooting percentage. He was also fifteenth in the NHL with a 54.2% faceoff percentage.
source: http://nhl.fanhouse.com/2010/04/01/nhlers-agree-dion-phaneuf-is-most-overrated/This should give hopeful fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs something to think about.
In a poll of 272 anonymous NHL players conducted by Sports Illustrated and published in its latest issue, hard-hitting defenceman Dion Phaneuf was named the "Most Overrated Player" in the league.
The 24-year-old Leaf blueliner captured the title by taking a whopping 21 per cent of the vote. Trailing far behind were the Rangers' Wade Redden (7 per cent), the Canadiens' Scott Gomez (6 per cent), and Phaneuf's arch-nemesis Sean Avery (5 per cent), also of the Rangers.
The survey may come as a shock to many Leaf fans, who've watched their team rebound ever since Phaneuf arrived in town via a blockbuster seven-player deal with the Calgary Flames. The Leafs have gone 11-8-2 with Phaneuf anchoring the back-end.
His steady play and leadership in Toronto has even sparked talk of Phaneuf taking up the vacant captaincy next season.
But the highly paid defenceman, who notched 20 goals with the Flames in his rookie campaign of 2005-06, has yet to score in the blue-and-white and is a minus-3. Despite earning $6.5 million (US) this season, Phaneuf has only put up a total of 29 points over 76 games.
His struggles over the last couple of seasons in Calgary also played a key factor in him becoming expendable just before the trade deadline this year.
Still, the fact he isn't getting much love from his peers doesn't seem to bother Phaneuf, a player known for his bravado and in-your-face personality on and off the ice.
"Everyone's got their own opinion," Phaneuf told the Toronto Star. "It comes with the territory of being a well-known player.... It doesn't hurt my feelings any."
I think the only reason for that is because Phaneuf kind of fell of his game for a bit, it was a big thing when he got traded to Toronto, hes a player you love to hate and Toronto is a team you love to hate.