Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by gorrillaunit18, Jul 23, 2004.
Who do you think is the most underrated american in hockey today?
It's probably Scott Gomez but Tkachuk gets an honorable mention here because people focus too much on his contract.
Brian Rafalski....Tkachuk is awesome...tough, strong, etc..
Would agree with these two and add Mark Eaton to the list.
Tkachuk doesn't get focused on because he has earned the name Tkachoke. People didn't sit there and call Joe Thornton the next Tkachuk and mean it in a good way.
we're going to set off the homer bells, but you're pretty much right. no one even knows who mark eaton is, and he was quietly our best all-around defenseman last year. adam hall could get some mention, too....a brendan morrow clone.
Jeff Halpern may get less ink than any American on the World Cup team, anyway. He was the offensive player of the week to close out the 2003-04 season, as a primarily defensive center and with AHL linemates.
Brian Gionta. This guy never gets any talk, but he is a hell of a player. His only knock of course is his size, but his heart makes up for the 2 fold. I guarantee this guy will be on the US olympic team in the future.
I'd say Gomez and Tkachuk.
Prospect wise: Josh Hennessy of the Quebec Remparts. (San Jose)
Trent Klatt, I think he should have been on the WC team this year
Are we talking prospects? If so, I really like James Wisniewski and Jim Slater. Neither get a lot of hype, but Wisniewski in particular is one of my favorite prospects.
Especially with his playoff performance a few years ago
Josh Hennessy is by far the most underated US prospect
Probably becuase he plays in the Q
Player-wise, Mike York.
Prospect-wise, I'm inclined to go with Danny Richmond(I think he's US). I rarely hear much about him, and I think mock drafts will prove that he's pretty underrated(alot of people said Carolina would take Thelen because the offensive defenseman cubpoard is bare).
Or James Wishiniewski. He's very underrated too.
Isn't Dustin Brown an americain?
If so, he gets my vote as a rookie.
Scott Gomez is my other choice. Best passer in the NHL last year and still getting criticized a lot...