Wednesday, August 10, 2011

NHL: 25 Most Overrated Players in the NHL Part III

And now, the 1 most overrated players in the NHL...

10. Marian Hossa

Marian Hossa signed one of the biggest contracts in NHL history with the Chicago Blackhawks, earning $62.8 million over 12 years and causing an NHL investigation into the deal.  Hossa responded to that contract by scoring 51 and 57 points in the past two seasons, winning the Stanley Cup in the process but not exactly lighting the world on fire in the scoring category.  Hossa might be a dynamic power play contributor but he needs to start putting more pucks on net and start justifying that contract.

9. Brian Campbell

Yet another infamous contract, Brian Campbell has a cap hit of $7.1 million to go along with his perennial underachievement.   Campbell was a consistent 40 point defenseman until going to the Blackhawks for huge money and watching his point total plummet each year.  While I'm certainly not saying that Campbell is a terrible player, it's just that $7 million is a little much to be paying a guy who only plays 60-some games and scores five goals.

8. Ville Leino

This offseason definitely had a shortage of quality scoring wingers and, as a result, players like Leino got severely overpaid.  Leino has played three seasons in the NHL and has scored 9, 6, and 19 goals respectively.  Those aren't exactly numbers that make you stand up and cheer but apparently Buffalo thought they were worth $27 million over six years.

7. Mike Richards

The hard partying Mike Richards was once anointed by Pierre McGuire as the best captain in the league.  I guess if you were in a tight spot and really needed a keg and a tap, then Richards was the guy you called.
After the 2007-2008 season, the Flyers signed Richards to a huge 12-year contract extension worth $69 million and seemed to immediately regret it.  A very good two-way player, Richards would be a great compliment to a team but, being paid like a superstar makes him overrated.

6. Scott Gomez

$8 million for Scott Gomez?  These general managers are aware there is a salary cap, correct?  The kings of giving out ridiculous contracts, the New York Rangers, handed Gomez an insane $51.5 million, seven-year contract and Gomez responded by, well, being himself.  The problem was that Scott Gomez being himself translated to 32 goals over three seasons and a severe cap problem for the Rangers.  More recently, Gomez scored seven goals last year with the Canadiens and was a minus 15.  Needless to say, the Rangers pretty much set the bar for terrible contracts in the last decade.

5. Zach Bogosian

This is another case where I just don't see where all the hype is coming from.  Zach Bogosian is a young player but he's been touted as the next coming of Nick Lidstrom and I don't understand why.  He's a -45 in the past two seasons and had 17 points in 71 games last year.  Those aren't exactly numbers that cause you to reserve a spot in the All-Star game for him.  Bogosian might grow into himself or, better, get traded to a team with some talent on it and prove me wrong but for now, he' just another overrated player.


4. Roberto Luongo

Here comes the hate mail.

Roberto Luongo is a great regular season goaltender, there is not a question about that but it's no secret that he comes apart when all the chips are on the table in the playoffs.  Some people like to point to his Olympic gold medal as proof of his greatness but there are two problems with that:

1.  He allowed Zach Parise to score with 25 seconds left in the game to tie it and send it to overtime.
2.  Sidney Crosby bailed his ass out.

Add to that his implosions during last year's playoffs and we have ourselves and overrated player.  If Roberto wants to be considered an elite goaltender, he has to keep it together when the weather starts to get warm.

3. Chris Drury

Yes, he just recently got bought out but that doesn't change the fact that, until two weeks ago, he was making $8 million per year.  Did I mention he scored one goal last year?

Yep, and 14 the year before in case that changes your mind a little bit.  I'll give you one guess who gave him that ridiculous contract,  Drury made about $32 million in the past four years and he responded with 52 goals.  He scored 37 the year before the Rangers signed him so, needless to say, his career is on the downswing.

2. Dion Phaneuf

Dion Phaneuf won an award in 2010.  No, it wasn't the Norris and it certainly wasn't the Hart.  He was voted the Most Overrated Player in the NHL by his fellow players.


Once seen as one of the most promising young defensemen in the league, Phaneuf's point production plummeted once he left Calgary and only scored 30 points last year (he had 60 in 2007).  The worst part of the this whole thing might be the fact that he's the captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Remember when that used to mean something?

Yeah, me neither.


1. Rick DiPietro

In 2006, escaped mental patient and acting Islanders GM Garth Snow signed DiPietro to a 15-year, $67.5 million contract and he rewarded them by becoming the most injury prone person on the face of the planet.
From 2008-2010, DiPietro played in only 13 games until attempting to make a full, "healthy" comeback this past season.  Playing in 28 games, DiPietro didn't exactly light the world on fire and surrendered the starting job to senior citizen Dwayne Roloson.

DiPietro got the starting job back when Roloson was traded to the Lightning later that year and promptly got punched in the face by Penguins goaltender Brent Johnson.  Big surprise here:  He was injured.  Ricky returned in March and won one more game, increasing his total on the year to 8.  How many more years left?


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