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#1 canucklehead44

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:02 PM

Based on last year's performance who do you think the most useless player was? I read an article discussing how Derek Joslin was one of the worst defenseman in the league, so I had the idea of extending the topic to all players.

To meet eligibility, your selected player must meet the following criteria:

Games played: 41+
Fights: 4 or less

(This filters out goons)

You can select up to three but don't have more than one from a team. Here are mine:

Mattias Tedenby- 6 points in 43 games. +/- -15. Corsi -5.38. Quality of competition -.043. Off zone starts 50.7%. Hits 25. Blocked shots 1.

Why he's the worst: Small (5'10, 175lbs), produce no offense, not physical at all, and played against relatively weak players. Also had over 50% of his starts in the offensive zone. On the ice for as many goals against as Ryan Carter (other 4th liner) in a little over half the amount of games.

Why he isn't the worst: Still a young player. Great speed.

Nino Niederreiter - 1 point in 55 games. +/- -29. Corsi -.0726. Quality of competition -.047. Off zone start 46%. Hits 129.

Why he's the worst: Nino was clearly not NHL ready. He produced no offense and was -29 against a fairly low quality of competition. Playing for the Islanders doesn't help.

Why he isn't the worst: For starters he is a rookie. Also no Islander with 30+ games played was on the ice for fewer goals against. His hit numbers are also solid.

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:03 PM

(waits for Lubashers to say Luongo)
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:04 PM

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you may want to spell their names right, Mattias Tedenby and Nino Niederreiter

my vote would be for gomez, terrible production for his paycheck
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:05 PM

Scott Gomez
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:07 PM

El Nino (being a top prospect doesn't help his cause).

Marco Sturm (did nothing all year long).
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:10 PM

yes but at least Tedenby and Nidereitter have the potential to be superstars in the NHL a few years down the road
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:10 PM

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:10 PM

Gomez for sure 110%
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:21 PM

GOMEZ
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:26 PM

Has anyone said Gomez yet ? I'm not too sure
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:26 PM

Raymond was the worst player, bar none.
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:28 PM

Gomez or Sturm. A tie between them I'd say.
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:31 PM

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Raymond was the worst player, bar none.


At least Raymond ate up less cap space than a certain individual repeated in this thread.
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:36 PM

Raymond then Marco Sturm.
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:36 PM

Don't agree that the answer is Scott Gomez based on the criteria for 'worst player'. The question isn't asking which player has the worst value, the question is asking who the worst hockey player is.

My vote would go to John Scott, though I don't think he meets the 41+ game criteria.
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:37 PM

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 06:09 PM

El Nino.

But which line did he play on? Isles can't just play him on the fourth and hope he improves and produces.

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 06:10 PM

Holy guacamole! I didn't realize Niederreiter was in the NHL last season - and only 1 measly point!
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 06:18 PM

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 06:20 PM

Don't agree that the answer is Scott Gomez based on the criteria for 'worst player'. The question isn't asking which player has the worst value, the question is asking who the worst hockey player is.

My vote would go to John Scott, though I don't think he meets the 41+ game criteria.


Bang for the buck pretty well goes hand in hand with worst player imo, so Gomez fits the bill
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 06:22 PM

El Nino.

But which line did he play on? Isles can't just play him on the fourth and hope he improves and produces.


Thats what they did though, he should've spent the year in portland instead of 50 gmes of 4th line minutes on a team as poor as NYI
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 06:24 PM

Easily Scott Gomez.

Remember when we wanted him to replace Henrik? Yeesh.

Thing is Gomez isn't as bad as he seems. He just became totally jaded and unwilling to try as a Hab. It's like that trade from NYR was forced. Brutal to be done on purpose by the Habs.
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 06:31 PM

Don't agree that the answer is Scott Gomez based on the criteria for 'worst player'. The question isn't asking which player has the worst value, the question is asking who the worst hockey player is.

My vote would go to John Scott, though I don't think he meets the 41+ game criteria.


In baseball theres a stat about being better than a replacement player, used to put players on an even level to show how far above average they are. Anyways, if you were to use that idea, gomez would be awfully close to any sort of ahl call up to replace him, however he is taking up more ice time and salary than the other players mentioned, so I feel he's the worst

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 06:31 PM

Malkin, then Stamkos.
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 06:44 PM

How can anyone say Raymond? ... That's rediculous . Hopefully it was sarcasm that I missed. But 'Worst player in the league last year' ? Good joke!

As for my vote of the worst. Has to be Gomez.

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 06:45 PM

Niederreiter shouldn't even have been in the NHL that long. My word.
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 07:13 PM

Gomez is terrible value on that contract, but I wouldn't say he's the worst player in the NHL.

Sticking strictly to non-enforcers and full-time NHL players, Ed Jovanovski was fed easy minutes and failed miserably last season at both ends of the rink. I'd probably go with him.
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 07:25 PM

Marco Sturm
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 07:25 PM

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 07:46 PM

Don't know about the regular season, but in the playoffs it had to be Fleury and Bryzgalov...I can't remember watching TSN highlights in the playoffs for over 10 minutes without seeing either one let in another goal...
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