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The 20 Worst Players To Win A Stanley Cup Since The 2004-05 Lockout

Some guys are just lucky enough to be a part of a Stanley Cup winning team although they barely had any positive impact throughout the season.

Every NHL team’s goal at the beginning of each season is to win as many regular season games as possible in order to earn a spot in the playoffs. Then they need to fiercely fight through four tough rounds in order to proudly hoist the coveted Stanley Cup. Out of 30 teams (now 31 teams with the addition of Vegas), only one team gets to hold the trophy above their heads and have their names engraved on the Cup.

As we all know, winning the Stanley Cup is a team effort from their head management who work hard to secure great trades and signings; to the coaches and players who work tirelessly to make themselves the best team possible. And while most of the championship team’s players have contributed in some major aspect, we sometimes scratch our heads when we see someone hoist the Cup over his head on the ice in celebration and we ask ourselves “who on earth is that??”

Some guys are just lucky enough to be a part of a Stanley Cup winning team although they barely had any positive impact throughout the season. And those are the guys who I will cover in this article – the 20 worst players who have won the Cup since the lockout of 2004-05.

20 Josh Archibald

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Josh Archibald won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016-17. Although he spent the majority of that season in the American Hockey League with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, this right winger did play 10 NHL games with Pittsburgh and recorded 3 goals (including one shorthanded goal). He also delivered 28 hits which averaged out to 2.8 per game.

He then appeared in four playoff games, but failed to produce any points. He did continue to play a physical game with 9 hits which averaged out to 2.3 per game. Despite being a decent player during his short time in the regular season with three goals in ten games, along with playing a physical game, he did spend time back and forth between leagues (AHL and NHL) so he wasn’t a huge asset to the Stanley Cup-winning Penguins.

19 Kirk Maltby

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Kirk Maltby won the Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2007-08. During that season, this left winger recorded just 10 points in 61 games which was pretty disappointing considering he previously had four seasons where he produced over 20 points (and two of those seasons were over 30 points). He also had a -8 plus/minus rating that year which was the second worst on the team. He did rank fifth on the team with 92 hits which averaged out to 1.5 per game.

He then appeared in 12 playoff games but tallied just one assist. He did, however, play a more physical game with an average of 2.4 hits per game. Maltby was a physical player who could throw his body around, but besides that he didn’t contribute much in any other category during that Stanley Cup-winning season, especially with very little points.

18 Carter Rowney

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Carter Rowney won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016-17. In that season, this right winger recorded 7 points in 27 games. He also delivered 64 hits which averaged out to 2.4 hits per game. He then appeared in 20 playoff games and tallied just 3 assists. He did, however, lead the team with a massive 80 hits which averaged out to 4 hits per game.

Rowney was certainly one of the lucky ones to have won the Stanley Cup in his rookie season. And while there’s no doubt that he’s a physical player who can deliver a huge amount of hits, he really didn’t contribute much in any other specific category that helped the Penguins in their run for the Stanley Cup that season.

17 Kevyn Adams

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Kevyn Adams won the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2005-06. During that season, this center recorded 23 points 82 games which ranked him 11th on the team. He had the third highest amount of faceoffs with 633 and had a decent 49.1% win average. He also recorded two shorthanded goals, but that’s where his contributions ended. Despite being one of their top penalty killers, he saw practically no time during the man advantage and averaged less than 13 minutes of ice time per game.

As for the playoffs, he appeared in all 25 games, but failed to produce any points and had one of the worst plus/minus ratings on the team with a -4. Adams wasn’t a big contributor to the success of the Hurricanes during that Stanley Cup-winning season.

16 Craig Adams

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Craig Adams won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008-09. This right winger began the season with the Chicago Blackhawks but was later claimed off waivers by Pittsburgh and ended up playing 9 games with them and tallying one assist. In those 9 games, he racked up 14 hits which averaged out to 1.6 per game.

As for the playoffs, he played in all 24 games and recorded 5 points. Adams delivered a decent amount of hits during the regular season, but he didn’t do much else in his nine games with the Penguins. And although he did play in every playoff game, his numbers weren’t that great and ranked him pretty low on the team. He wasn’t much help to the Stanley Cup-winning Penguins that season.

15 Daniel Paille

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Daniel Paille won the Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in 2010-11. During that season, this left winger recorded 13 points in 43 games which ranked him 17th on the team. That was one of his lowest point totals of his career. He did average over a minute of penalty killing time per game and scored one shorthanded goal.

He did appear in all 25 playoff games but tallied just 6 points which was one of the lowest point totals among his teammates. He was one of their top penalty killing guys and he did score a shorthanded goal. Although he only averaged 0.6 hits per game during the regular season, he did play more physical during the playoffs with an average of 1.2 hits per game but that still only ranked him 13th on the team. Paille’s low numbers didn’t make him a big contributor to the Stanley Cup-winning Bruins that year.

14 Trevor Lewis

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Trevor Lewis won two Stanley Cups with the Los Angeles Kings in 2011-12 and 2013-14. This center wasn’t much help on the score sheet in either one of those seasons with just 7 points in 72 games during the 2011-12 season, then 11 points in 73 games during the 2013-14 season. He did, however, deliver a decent amount of hits with 117 in 2011-12 and 145 in 2013-14 which ranked him seventh and eighth on the team, respectively.

As for the playoffs, he appeared in all 20 games in 2011-12 and earned 9 points; then played in all 26 games and tallied 5 points in 2013-14. He did deliver quite a few hits with an average of 3.3 hits per game and exactly 3 hits per game in each of those playoff years respectively. He was a physical presence for those two Stanley Cup-winning seasons, but didn’t do much else.

13 Kimmo Timonen

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Kimmo Timonen won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2014-15. In that season, this defenseman played just 16 games and failed to produce any points. He also had one of the worst plus/minus ratings on the team with a -3 and didn’t block a lot of shots with an average of less than one per game (0.9 blocked shots). As for the playoffs, he did appear in 18 games, but again didn’t record any points and averaged just 0.7 blocked shots per game.

This 12-time 30+ point producing defenseman was clearly at the end of his career as his last NHL season was with the Stanley Cup-winning Blackhawks in 2014-15, but unfortunately he didn’t do much to contribute to his team’s success that year.

12 Colin Fraser

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Colin Fraser won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2009-10. In that season, this center tallied 19 points in 70 games which ranked him 14th on the team. Despite seeing a decent amount of ice time while they were a man down, he earned absolutely no points during the penalty kill and also produced nothing on the power play. He did have six fighting majors which was the second most on the team. He then appeared in just three playoff games and failed to produce any points.

Although his 19 points was a career-best for him, Fraser was not much of a contributor to the Stanley Cup-winning Blackhawks that season. And if winning one Stanley Cup wasn’t surprising enough, he also won it with the Los Angeles Kings in 2011-12 and produced even worst numbers.

11 Chad LaRose

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Chad LaRose won the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2005-06. In that season, this right winger tallied 13 points (which included just one goal) in 49 games which ranked him 14th on the team. Three of his 13 points were recorded on the power play. He wasn’t a big contributor to the team, as he averaged the least amount of ice time per game (10:34) among his teammates who played at least 44 regular season games.

As for the playoffs, he played in 21 games but recorded just one assist. Not many players are lucky enough to win the Stanley Cup in their rookie season like LaRose did, but based on his stats he didn’t play much of a part in Carolina’s successful run for the Cup that year.

10 Dallas Drake

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Dallas Drake won the Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2007-08. In that season, this right winger tallied 6 points in 65 games which ranked him 19th on the team. He also had a disappointing -12 plus/minus rating which was the worst on the team that year. He averaged 1.4 hits per game which ranked him eighth on the team and he accumulated 41 penalty minutes which included 5 majors. He also averaged almost two minutes of penalty killing time per game and scored one shorthanded goal.

As for the playoffs, he appeared in all 22 games and recorded 4 points. He played a much more physical game with an average of 2.2 hits per game. Other than the fact that he could deliver a decent amount of hits, Drake didn’t contribute much in any other area to help the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup that year.

9 Kevin Porter

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Kevin Porter won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2015-16. During that season, this center recorded just 3 assists and had a -2 plus/minus rating in 41 games. He did take 87 faceoffs throughout the season and had a 50.6% win percentage. He also delivered 96 hits which averaged out to 2.3 per game. He did not appear in any of their playoff games.

Porter has definitely struggled to earn a permanent spot in the NHL and he has only produced over 10 points one time in his career (25 points in 74 games with the Colorado Avalanche in 2010-11). He is a physical player who can deliver big hits, but besides that, he wasn’t overly helpful in the Penguins’ Stanley Cup-winning season.

8 Jordan Nolan

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Jordan Nolan won the Stanley Cup with the Los Angeles Kings in 2011-12. During that season, this center recorded 4 points in 26 games. He played a physical game with an average of 2.3 hits per game (ranking him third on the team), as well as two fighting majors. But he saw very little ice time with an average of just over nine minutes per game which was the second lowest on the team.

He played in all 20 playoff games, but tallied just 2 points. He wasn’t as physical in the playoffs with just 35 hits which ranked him 11th on the team. Although he was lucky to have won the Stanley Cup in his rookie season, he didn’t contribute much to the score sheet and his only real asset was playing a physical game – which he slacked off in the playoffs. He also helped them win the Cup in 2013-14, but his numbers weren’t much better.

7 Daniel Carcillo

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Daniel Carcillo won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2012-13. In that season, this left winger recorded just 3 points in 23 games. He did average 1.6 hits per game which ranked him sixth on the team. As for his time on the ice, he saw the third lowest amount of time per game with an average of just under nine minutes. He then played in four playoff games and produced one assist. He also delivered 8 hits which averaged out to 2 per game.

Carcillo is a physical presence, but was not much help on the score sheet. He also helped the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 2014-15, but wasn’t much better with just 8 points in 39 regular season games and he didn’t appear in any of their playoff games.

6 Brandon Bollig

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Brandon Bollig won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2012-13. During that season, this left winger played 25 games but failed to produce any points. He was one of only four Blackhawks players to finish the regular season with a plus/minus rating in the minuses (-1). He did play a physical game with an average of 1.6 hits per game and led the team with five fighting majors. But he saw very little ice time with an average of just 8 minutes per game which was the second lowest on the team.

He then appeared in five playoff games, but again did not produce any points. He did rack up 20 hits which averaged out to four per game. There’s no denying that Bollig is a physical presence, but other than that, he did absolutely nothing on the score sheet to help the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup that year.

5 Shawn Thornton

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Shawn Thornton won the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2006-07. In that season, this left winger tallied just 9 points in 48 games which ranked him 18th on the team. Known to drop his gloves, he racked up 88 penalty minutes which included 12 majors. However, he only averaged one hit per game which is surprising for this physical player. He also saw little ice time with an average of just 8:26 minutes per game which was the lowest among his teammates who played at least 33 regular season games.

He then appeared in 15 playoff games but failed to produce any points and had the worst plus/minus rating on the team with a -3. Although Thornton is a known enforcer who can defend his teammates, he didn’t do much else in regards to contributing to the Ducks’ successful run for the Cup that season.

4 Kyle Cumiskey

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Kyle Cumiskey won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2014-15. During that season, this defenseman played in just 7 games and failed to record any points. He did, however, block 11 shots which averaged out to 1.6 per game. He then played in 9 playoff games, but again failed to produce any points and had a -3 plus/minus rating which was one of the worst on the team. He also wasn’t impressive in front of the net with just 3 blocked shots in those 9 games.

Cumiskey struggled during his entire National Hockey League career and it’s no surprise that after the 2014-15 season, he has not played in another NHL game. Needless to say, he was not much help to the Blackhawks in winning their Stanley Cup.

3 Adam Burish

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Adam Burish won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2009-10. In that season, this right winger produced 4 points in 13 games. In those 13 games, this tough guy got into two fights, but he wasn’t very physical in regards to throwing his weight around with just nine hits. As for the playoffs, he appeared in 15 games, but failed to produce any points. He also had the third lowest average of hits with just 0.6 per game.

Burish is known as an enforcer and not a point producer. In fact, the most points he produced in his entire career was 19 points with the Dallas Stars in 2011-12. He was pretty much no help at all to the Stanley Cup-winning Blackhawks that season.

2 Aaron Downey

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Aaron Downey won the Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2007-08. During that season, this right winger tallied just 3 assists in 56 games which ranked him as the worst among his teammates who played at least 10 regular season games. He also had an extremely low 15 shots on goal which was the lowest among guys who played at least 8 games. He did rack up the most penalty minutes on the team with 116 PIM which included 10 majors. Although he was known to play a physical game, he averaged 1.4 hits per game which only ranked him ninth on the team. And he averaged just 4:35 minutes of ice time per game which was the lowest on the entire team.

He did not appear in any playoff games. Despite being able to defend his teammates, Downey contributed very little towards that Red Wings’ Stanley Cup-winning season.

1 George Parros

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George Parros won the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2006-07. During that season, this right winger played 32 games with them and recorded a total of one goal. There’s no doubt that Parros is a tough guy who racked up 102 penalty minutes which included 18 majors. On the other hand, he averaged less than one hit per game (0.8 hits) which was quite surprising for such a physical force on the ice. He also averaged just 5:08 minutes of ice time per game which was the lowest among his teammates who played at least two regular season games.

As for the playoffs, he appeared in just five games and didn’t tally any points. Besides dropping his gloves, Parros didn’t contribute in any other major category for his Stanley Cup-winning team that year.

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