As with anything in life, some people don’t always get the credit for the job they do. Teams in sports can use this to their advantage, using these players as a ‘secret weapon’, and hockey is no different. Today, we give notice to those said players, as we count down the top five underrated performers in the NHL’s Central Division.
Sep 19, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks centerPatrick Sharp
(10) is congratulated by his teammates for scoring a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
#5: Patrick Sharp
It is hard to believe that anyone off the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks would make this list, but Patrick Sharp fits the bill. Around the Windy City, Sharp may be regarded as royalty, but around the league, he is still getting less credit than he deserves. The 31-year old is the second oldest offensive weapon out of the ‘Hawks core, and wears the “A” regularly. Getting regulated to second line duty behind Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews is one of the main reasons that Sharp made this list. Sharp led the Blackhawks in playoff scoring in 2013 with 11 goals, and is finally getting credit around the league for his consistent, great play.