Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 3/18/14
Boston Bruins winger Milan Lucic is one of the most unique players in the NHL and a nightmare to play against. There’s no one else in the league with his blend of size, speed, toughness, fighting ability and offensive skill. Despite his rare and extraordinary skill set, Lucic doesn’t receive the praise he deserves from the hockey community.  According to one of his former teammates, New Jersey Devils winger Jaromir Jagr, the Bruins’ first-line left winger is the most underrated player in the league. Jaromir Jagr just called Milan Lucic the most underrated player in the NHL. #Bruins #NJDevils— Jamie Erdahl (@JamieErdahl) March 18, 2014 Lucic is in the midst of another impressive season. The Vancouver native has tallied 52 points (21 goals, 31 assists) in 67 games, and he’s hit the 20-goal mark in three straight non-lockout campaigns. Entering Tuesday night’s game against the Devils, he has six points (two goals, four assists) in his last five games. In addition to Lucic’s regular-season success, he’s also developed into one of the better playoff performers in the league. That was evident during Boston’s run to the Stanley Cup Final last year, when the 25-year-old forward posted 19 points (seven goals, 12 assists) in 22 games. You could even make a case that, aside from Patrice Bergeron, Lucic was the B’s best player in the historic Game 7 comeback against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Round 1. Lucic deserves a lot of credit for becoming a well-rounded player. He worked hard in the offseason to improve his speed and skating ability, and the improvements made in those areas are easily noticed on the ice. When he’s at the top of his game, the Bruins — and their first line, specifically — are incredibly difficult to stop.Filed under: Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Nicholas Goss, Top Stories

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