Hockey is the only big sport that is designed to favor all teams fairly equally when the playoffs start. Low seeds in the NBA rarely move on past the first round, much less the second. Only six teams make the playoffs in each conference in the NFL. Only five teams make the playoffs in each league in the MLB. Generally, you don't see as many dumb plays and poor players in the playoffs of those leagues. But in the NHL, where there are 16 total teams and a whole lot of fourth-line guys who can't handle a puck, even the best teams have some very weak links.
When thinking about this article, I was reminded of those who were picked last for kickball in recess. There's always a couple that weren't very coordinated or un-athletic and ended up making your team lose. This list is essentially the kids who don't contribute a lot and make boneheaded plays. But they're all making more money than us.
In order to put together this list, I dug into some analytics of hockey and watched some lowlights to make an informed decision. I'm sure that some of my choices will be disagreed upon. So go ahead and let me know in the comments. I'll be happy to discuss.
15 Beau Bennett, Pittsburgh Penguins - 2016
14 David Rundblad, Chicago Blackhawks - 2015
13 Jordan Nolan, Los Angeles Kings - 2014
12 Daniel Carcillo, Chicago Blackhawks - 2013
11 Colin Fraser, Los Angeles Kings - 2012
10 Shawn Thornton, Boston Bruins - 2011
9 Jordan Hendry, Chicago Blackhawks - 2010
8 Matt Cooke, Pittsburgh Penguins - 2009
7 Brett Lebda, Detroit Red Wings - 2008
6 Kent Huskins, Anaheim Ducks - 2007
5 Kevyn Adams, Carolina Hurricanes - 2006
4 Chris Dingman, Tampa Bay Lightning - 2004
3 Ken Daneyko, New Jersey Devils - 2003
2 Jason Williams, Detroit Red Wings - 2002
1 Dave Reid, Colorado Avalanche - 2001
In an effort to not duplicate entries, I decided not to list Chris Dingman again, instead going with Dave Reid. Reid had a fairly ineffective regular season campaign, obtaining only ten points in 73 games. He was a +1, but on a team with this much offensive firepower, that isn't exactly impressive. His point share numbers were rough as well. Offensively, he had the worst points share on the team with -0.9. Defensively, he was scraping the bottom with 0.8, and his overall points share tied for the team worst. In the playoffs, he had zero goals and four assists in 18 games, which was fine for a fourth-line player. Similar to Daneyko, Reid was at the end of his career and it was obvious that it was time to hang up the skates. I don't believe that Reid had the honor of finishing game seven of this series on the ice, but then again, he didn't have the career that Daneyko did.
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