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Most Overrated Player In Every NHL Team's History

Have you ever looked at your favorite team and wondered, "Why does he make so much", "How come he is always on the #1 line" or "Why does he always disappear in the playoffs"? The history of the NHL is littered with players who were expected to be the best of the best and had a reputation as an "Elite player" but who completely failed to live up to expectations. From making big money salaries but not putting up big money stats to players that can score in bunches but can't lead the team past the first round of the playoffs. Every person's definition of why a player is overrated is different. It could be guys like Jason Arnott and Kevin Stevens who only put up big points when surrounded by talent or guys like Dustin Penner and Shawn Horcoff who were decent players but were paid like superstars. You may see some names that shock you like Curtis Joseph and Mark Messier who achieved greatness most places they played but struggled mightily for the teams they represent

From the Anaheim Ducks' Ryan Kesler to the Winnipeg Jets/Atlanta Thrashers Patrik Stefan and everyone in-between this list will be chock full of players that left fans infuriated and shaking their heads in unison

Note: There were some players who could have appeared for multiple teams( like Ilya Bryzgalov for both the Flyers and Ducks) I stuck to a one team/player list so maybe some less worthy players find their way on to this list. So enjoy as we dive into the NHL history books to find the most overrated players in each NHL team's history

30 Anaheim Ducks - Ryan Kesler

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29 Arizona Coyotes - Sam Gagner

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28 Boston Bruins - Martin Lapointe

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27 Buffalo Sabres - Danny Briere

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26 Calgary Flames - Jay Bouwmeester

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25 Carolina Hurricanes - Alexander Semin

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24 Colorado Avalanche - Erik Johnson

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23 Columbus Blue Jackets - Rick Nash

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22 Chicago Blackhawks - Ed Belfour 

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21 Dallas Stars - Jason Arnott

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20 Detroit Red Wings: Uwe Krupp

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19 Edmonton Oilers - Shawn Horcoff

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18 Florida Panthers - Todd Bertuzzi

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17 L.A. Kings - Dustin Penner

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Dustin Penner was an extremely frustrating player in his time in the NHL. A big body that seemed scared to throw his size around, Penner showed flashes of brilliance in his career, especially in his big season in 2006-07 with the Ducks. After cashing in big time with a five year deal that averaged $4.25 million per season, Penner seemed to lose that competitive fire. He could be seen giving up on the play, lazing around the ice. L.A hoped he could be the big body needed to compete in a tough Western Conference and gave up Colten Teubert, a first round pick (Oscar Klefbom) and a 3rd rounder to bring the big guy to L.A.

16 Minnesota Wild - Martin Havlat

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15 Montreal Canadiens - Alex Kovalev

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14 Nashville Predators - David Legwand

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13 New Jersey Devils - Ilya Kovalchuk

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12 New York Islanders - Rick DiPietro

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11 New York Rangers - Bobby Holik

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10 Ottawa Senators - Alexei Yashin

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9 Philadelphia Flyers - Eric Lindros

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8 Pittsburgh Penguins - Kevin Stevens

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7 San Jose Sharks - Patrick Marleau

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6 St. Louis Blues - Curtis Joseph

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5 Tampa Bay Lightning - Vincent Lecavalier

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4 Toronto Maple Leafs - Dion Phaneuf

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3 Vancouver Canucks - Mark Messier

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2 Washington Capitals - Mike Green

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1 Winnipeg Jets - Evander Kane

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I wanted to stick to a player from the current incarnation of the Jets, and also not include any players from the Thrashers but I failed miserably. So I went with a player that barely was there during the Thrashers days. Maybe he doesn't deserve it but Evander Kane crawls in to this list as the most overrated player in new Jets history. Evander got so much hype after scoring 30 goals in his first season in Winnipeg. It all went downhill from there however. From massive injury problems, to a huge bloated contract and an attitude problem that alienated him from the entire locker room, Evander has yet to bounce back with Buffalo. He has the potential to remove himself from this list in the future but for now he caps what has been a hell of a ride through the annuals of NHL history.

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