Guys like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Steven Stamkos are stars because of their offensive skills -- after all, the basic premise of hockey is that you have to put the puck in the net more than the other guy, and they're better at making that happen (for themselves or their teammates) than just about anyone else.
But there's more to winning hockey games than just scoring goals, and not even those aforementioned superstars can do everything. Doing the dirty work and excelling at the little things play a big role in winning games as well.
Here's a look at some of the NHL's best players in four of hockey's lesser celebrated categories:
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit
The numbers say Colorado's Ryan O'Reilly was the NHL leader in takeaways last season with 101, just ahead of runner-up John Tavares of the Islanders (99). But just about any survey of players and coaches will tell you that Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk is still the NHL's top puck thief.