You know those fans have one player( or more than one in some cases) that they wish just would disappear.
Some teams like The Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes had a plethora of players to choose from which made this list difficult. On the flip side teams like the Chicago Blackhawks, Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Dallas Stars they have a wealth of solid players throughout the line up which can make it hard to single out one player that is the weakest even though that player likely wouldn't appear for any other team.
Here I make my best attempt at naming every team's worst current player. I tried to avoid players who were just signed this off-season, but in some it was just glaringly obvious that they were the weakest. I used many metrics to determine the weakest player which included their salary, recent performance, expectations for the team, importance to the team and how long they have been struggling.
So lets take a look at every NHL team and we will start with the Anaheim Ducks and their worst player....Jared Boll.
30 Anaheim Ducks - Jared Boll
29 Arizona Coyotes - Kevin Connauton
28 Boston Bruins - Anton Khubodin
Anton Khubodin has had flashes of success in his time in the NHL. Back in 2013 Khubodin reached career highs in every major statistical category. He played 36 games and recorded 219 wins with a .926 Save Percentage and a 2.30 GAA. He has gotten worse in every season since in more and more diminished roles. He has even had two stints in the AHL since that season. He is a recent signing of the Boston Bruins to back up their blue chip starter Tukka Rask, so at least he wont be relied upon to play much.
27 Buffalo Sabres - Anders Nilsson
Anders Nilsson's career started in 2011 and he has already played for three different NHL teams. Not a good sign for the once promising goaltender. Technically speaking Nilsson was also a member of the Chicago Blackhawks (his rights were sent there in exchange for Nick Leddy) Nilsson had his best chance for success as a member of the Edmonton Oilers last season as the starting job was there for the taking. Nilsson showed flashes of brilliance but he ultimately showed he was not starter material. He signed with the Sabres to back up Robin Lehner and hopefully for the Sabres' sake Lehner stays healthy.
26 Calgary Flames: Deryk Engelland
Deryk Engelland joined the Calgary Flames in 2014 signing a s a free agent. The signing was listed as one of the worst signings of the 2014 free agency period. Engellend signed a three year deal worth $2.9 million a season. That's a whopping 5-fold pay increase over what he made with the Penguins. Calgary needed an enforcer but you should never be paying an enforcer type that much money. With the $5.8 million they have already given Engelland, all Engelland has provided them is 5 goals, 18 assists, 107 PIMS in 145 games. The Flames are a team loaded with young talent so when you look at the roster and counting money and performance there is no one worse than Deryk Engelland.
25 Carolina Hurricanes - Bryan Bickell
Bryan Bickell is another of those former Chicago Blackhawks players that teams seem to covet these days. Bickell has won three Stanley Cups, but he has struggled mightily in recent years since signing a four year, $16 million deal. For that $4 million annual cap hit, Bickell had 2 points in 25 games last season. The Blackhawks had to give up top prospect Teuvo Teravainen just to get the Hurricanes to take on Bickell's contract. Despite Carolina being a weaker team, the fact that Bickell had to spend time in the AHL last season and has struggled so badly in recent years he gets the nod as the worst player on the team.
24 Chicago Blackhawks: Michal Rozsival
When you have a team as stacked as the Chicago Blackhawks it gets hard to pick the worst of the bunch. Michal Rozsival however has stood out as the worst player on the roster. As a bottom pairing defenceman, he isn't relied on too much for scoring and he definitely hasn't delivered on the score sheet. Last season he played 51 games and added 1 goal and 12 assists. In his NHL career he has played 941 games adding 67 goals and 239 assists. He wouldn't be the worst player on most rosters but on a team like the Chicago Blackhawks he definitely is.
23 Columbus Blue Jackets - David Clarkson
David Clarkson is a cautionary tale to NHL GMs everywhere. Don't over commit after just one succesful season. Clarkson had one good season with the New Jersey Devils and cashed in with a long-term deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs. After struggling to reach any level of success (Clarkson was actually suspended for 10 games before his first season with the Leafs even started) he was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for the injured Nathan Horton. Horton will likely never play a game in the NHL and some people still think the Leafs may have won this deal just to get Clarkson out of the line up.
22 Colorado Avalanche - Fedor Tyutin
Fedor Tyutin is a long time NHLer, making his NHL debut during the 2005-06 NHL season. He was the heart and soul for the Blue Jackets for his eight seasons there. He joined the Avalanche this offseason to bring some veteran influence to a young defensive core. Unfortunately Tyutin is far from the player he was in his prime. Last year on a horrific Blue Jackets team he only played 61 games and scored 1 goal and 2 assists in that time. He will be relied upon to be a defensive force for a team in need of some stability but it's not sure his skill level is still there. Tyutin was a low risk signing for the Avalanche but that doesn't change the fact that at 33, his best days are behind him.
21 Dallas Stars - Adam Cracknell
Adam Cracknell has been a physical force wherever he played in the NHL. Unfortunately he hasn't played much in the NHL. He reached a career high last season playing 52 games split between the Canucks and the Edmonton Oilers. The fact that one of the worst teams in the NHL didn't deem him worthy of a regular spot in the lineup does not bode well for Cracknell. The Dallas Stars are one of the fastest paced offensive teams in the NHL and I highly doubt Cracknell can keep up. I expect Cracknell to spend a lot of time on the Texas Stars of the AHL.
20 Detroit Red Wings - Johan Franzen
This is the first of those sad sentimental choices where you wish you could find someone else but no one else fits. Johan Franzen has had a long decorated career as a member of the Detroit Red Wings. He won the Stanley Cup with the Wings in 2008 and ge holds 8 career records for the Wings. He reached career highs during the 2008-09 NHL season with 34 goals, 25 assists in 71 games. Sadly for Franzen and the Red Wings, Franzen has been struggling with concussions as of late. He only played 33 games during the 2014-15 NHL season and only two last season. He currently resides on the Red Wings LTIR and there is no sign of him coming off it any time soon.
19 Edmonton Oilers - Andrew Ference
Andrew Ference was brought in to be a veteran influence on a young Oiler team and also to bring some stability to a backend that was constantly one of the weakest in the NHL. His signing was highly touted by the organization but his results have been far from good. Ference was named captain his first year in Edmonton which angered some fans who wanted to see one of the young guns get the C. Ference was great for the community of Edmonton, for the team however he was not worth what the Oilers were paying. Not to mention the fact he has been injured for most of the last season. If he wasn't inured he was a likely buyout option for the Oilers but because of his lingering hip injury he must stay on the Oilers roster.
18 Florida Panthers - Dave Bolland
17 Los Angeles Kings - Rob Scuderi
Rob Scuderi likely doesn't deserve to be on this list. It just so happens he is on a strong L.A. Kings team. Scuderi seems to find himself on really talented teams. He has managed to win two Stanley Cups without chipping in much offensively. Scuderi has played 783 NHL games and has added 8 goals and 102 assists in that time.
16 Minnesota Wild - Chris Porter
Chris Porter has been a fringe winger for his entire stint in the NHL. Last season he reached career highs in games played with 61 but he only scored 4 goals and added 3 assists in that time. The Wild are a team that need help offensively and Porter has not been a big help in that regard. He has established himself as a decent penalty killer but he can't do much else. He has played 234 games in the NHL adding 15 goals and 19 assists in that time.
Even in the AHL he has not lit the world on fire, never once scoring more than 13 goals. Chris Porter is Zach Parise's best friend and that might be the only thing keeping him in the NHL.
15 Montreal Canadiens - David Desharnais
David Desharnais is one of the most polarizing players in Montreal. Almost every fan you ask will say that they'd love to see Desharnais off the team. The truth is, he's not a terrible player, but he's highly ineffective for what the team has expected of him. For some reason, he's constantly gotten first line minutes alongside Max Pacioretty, while the team's budding young star in Alex Galchenyuk started last season playing with the likes of Lars Eller and Alex Semin.
Desharnais had a career year in 2011-12, playing alongside Pacioretty and Erik Cole. He finished that season with 60 points and parlayed that into a four-year contract extension with an annual cap hit of $3.5 million. Desharnais' game has regressed every season, and his production is highly inconsistent.
14 Nashville Predators - Cody Bass
13 New Jersey Devils - Luke Gazdic
Some have to wonder if the Devils signed Gazdic for his hockey ability....or for the fact he was one of Taylor Hall's closest friends in Edmonton. I'm leaning towards that last option. Gazdic only got into 29 games with a team that finished as a lottery pick team. That doesn't say much for his skill level. Luke Gazdic is a slow skater, doesn't have much of a shot and has difficulty staying on his feet most times. He is however one of the greatest fighters in the NHL.
12 New York Islanders - Bracken Kearns
Bracken Kearns is the definition of a career minor leaguer. He played 428 games in the minors before every playing in the NHL. He has 3 goals and 3 assists in 33 career games, all but seven of them with the San Jose Sharks. Bracken Kearns was a solid AHL player who never seemed to be able to put it together in the NHL. If you look at the Islanders roster he is far and away the weakest member of the team. Bracken played two games last season and added one assist. The Islanders re-signed him for this season but I expect him to mainly be a player for their AHL franchise.
11 New York Rangers - Tanner Glass
10 Ottawa Senators - Michael Kostka
9 Philadelphia Flyers - Boyd Gordon
8 Pittsburgh Penguins - Tom Sestito
7 St. Louis Blues - Magnus Paajarvi
6 San Jose Sharks - Michael Haley
5 Tampa Bay Lightning - Cory Conacher
The woe that is Cory Conacher. He was once so highly touted that he was traded for Ben Bishop....Wow. Conacher has been a huge disappointment in the NHL. He has already played for four teams in the NHL and has reached no measurable level of success. In fact he was out of the NHL last season, he played for SC Bern in the NLA,. Conacher has 19 goals, 39 assists in 141 career games in the NHL. He as a former MVP of the AHL during the 2011-12 AHL with 80 points in 75 games. He signed with the team he debuted with this offseason, the Tampa Bay Lightning in a low risk deal for Tampa. As of now however Conacher is by far the worst member of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
4 Toronto Maple Leafs - Stephane Robidas
Picking a player for the Leafs was harder than I thought it would be, Because so many of the players are awful. I settled with Stephane Robidas due to the fact that he wasn't even able to play last season. Robidas is also 39 years old so even when he was playing he had obviously lost a step. In 2013 and 2014 Robidas suffered a severe injury to his right leg (broken both times) yet the Leafs still signed him to a 3 year deal. Robidas has not been a serviceable defenseman in quite some time, only scoring 23 points since the 2012-13 NHL season. The Leafs could use his $3 million a year on much better than paying Robidas to play NHL 17 at home.
3 Vancouver Canucks - Alex Biega
Alex Biega has yet to really establish himself as a NHL player. On a team full of vets with long track records in the NHL that makes him the worst player on the Vancouver Canucks. Drafted in 2006 by the Buffalo Sabres, Biega wouldn't make his NHL debut until the 2014-15 season. He spent four seasons at Havard before playing parts of five seasons in the AHL. Last season he played 51 games on a weak Vancouver Canucks defense where he had 7 assists.
2 Washington Capitals - Taylor Chorney
A former high 2nd round pick (36th overall to the Edmonton Oilers) Taylor Chorney has not lived up to his draft position. Last year with the Washington Capitals he had 1 goal and 5 assists in 55 games. In the playoffs he only drew in for 7 games adding one measly assist. Chorney has spent his whole career going back and forth from the AHL to the NHL and back. He went from 2012-2014 with never playing a game in the NHL. On a team loaded with high scoring forwards, stifling defensemen and one of the best goalies in the NHL it is no surprise that Chorney makes this list.
1 Winnipeg Jets - Matt Halischuk
Matt Halischuk was drafted back in 2007 and he has yet to rise above the ranking of fringe NHLer. Halischuk has played 280 games in the NHL scoring 33 goals and adding 42 assists and 57 PIMS. He is best known for his overtime goal in Game 2 of the 2011 Western Conference semifinals, leading the Predators to their first ever win in round 2. It is pretty much been down hill from there. Last season he only made it in to 30 games with the Winnipeg Jets and he had 3 assists for the season.
He spent the other half in the AHL. When you can't make it in the lineup of a team that finishes in the bottom 5 of the NHL it is a sign you just might not be that good.
The Jets will look to rebound this season after scoring the second overall pick in the draft lottery and drafting Patrik Laine. With that extra spot taken up, Halischuk could find himself stuck in the minors.
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