The NHL's All-Underrated Team

Frans Nielsen already has more goals in 2013-14 than in 48 games last season. Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

In last Friday's mailbag, a fan in California asked for an All-Underrated Team. Hockey is full of players who quietly go about their business without much fanfare, but this season, some of those players have had such remarkable seasons that they're starting to get the attention they've long deserved.

In that mailbag, I listed my team without explanation. Here's the expanded version, including what makes these players so important to their team: