Most underrated player on the Anaheim Ducks?
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In this edition of the hotstove, we share our choices for most underrated player on the Anaheim Ducks.
He doesn’t get much attention but he has quietly developed into a really solid two-way winger. Heinen’s teams have given up fewer expected goals and high-danger scoring chances with him on the ice than without in each of his three full seasons. That’s hardly surprising given the smart, responsible way Heinen plays.
I feel Heinen’s offensive game is also underappreciated. He is not a flashy guy you’ll find on the highlight reels nightly, however, he is effective. He recorded more 5v5 points than Ondrej Palat, Vincent Trocheck, Nino Niederreiter and Kyle Palmieri, among others, from 2017-20. That’s just in terms of volume.
His production efficiency (1.72 points per 60) matched that of Gustav Nyquist, and slotted him ahead of notables like Jakob Silfverberg, Bo Horvat, Mikael Granlund, Clayton Keller, Joe Pavelski and Mike Hoffman.
The guy can play.
The Ducks don't really have anyone who screams out to me that they are massively underrated. I think Hampus Lindholm probably deserves more credit, but he's spent his best years on a terrible team, and he doesn't score a lot, so it's difficult to gauge how good he might actually be. Same with Silferberg. I have always thought he was a really good defensive player with a ton of upside, but he's never really scored a ton and being on Anaheim for the last three years it's again hard to read if he's good, or just looks good comparatively. Also, I think Josh Manson is overrated.
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