When people break down the upcoming free agent class, most of the attention instantly goes to players like John Tavares, Joe Thornton, John Carlson, Evander Kane and James Neal. After all, these players are perennial offensive weapons that could be moved in-season if their teams fall out of the playoff picture.
But in every free agent class there are some very effective players who are less well known around the league. Players that will be heavily sought after even though they don’t bring the superstar brand or Stanley Cup history.
In this year’s group, that has such high-profile names available as we approach Christmas, there are also some excellent options in that second tier. Some of those may even be more valuable than the splashy names, especially if they come at a reasonable cost. Who do you think is the most underrated pending UFA? Who’s not talked about enough? We’ve listed some options, but make sure to point out who else you think is being overlooked.
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