For portions of his eight-year NHL career, Joe Pavelski has been considered one of the more underrated players in hockey. Not physically big at 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, Pavelski is a smooth skater who plays a smart game, excels at taking faceoffs and is equally capable on both the offensive and defensive sides of the puck. Pavelski hasn't been "as underrated" as he was when his career started since the 2010 Olympics, when he showcased his talents as one of the U.S.'s better forwards en route to winning a silver medal. Pavelski plays for San Jose Sharks, who are the only NHL team he has ever played for.
- Won a silver medal at the 2010 Olympics.
- Represented the U.S. at the 2009 IIHF World Championships.
- Helped the University of Wisconsin win an NCAA national championship in 2006.
- Won a Wisconsin State Hockey Championship in 2002 playing for Stevens Point Area High School.
Things to know:
1. His versatility led 2010 Team USA general manager Brian Burke to give him the nickname "Swiss Army Knife".
2. In the NHL, his nicknames are "Little Joe", which is a play off of the "Jumbo Joe" nickname of Joe Thornton, his much larger and longer tenured teammate, and "The Big Pavelski", which is a play off the movie "The Big Lebowski".
3. Is the co-owner of a junior team in the North American Hockey League called the Janesville (Wisconsin) Jets.