Top 15 NHL Players Who Are Losing Their "It" Factor

For one reason or another some established NHL players struggle in certain seasons even though a lot is expected of them. The expectations on these players are typically high due to the position they were drafted in, their past performances, their age, and their salaries. Several players have lost their "it" factor this season though and unless they can rediscover it soon they could all experience the worst year of their careers. The 15 players on this list have all lost their way this campaign due to mental and/or physical letdowns. Some of them may have missed the odd game or two due to injury, but they’ve all played in the majority of their team’s games.

Most of these players should be entering the prime of their careers since they’re typically in their 20s or early 30s, but things haven’t been going their way so far this season. These players are by no means finished or anywhere near it other than Alexander Semin, who was just let go by the Montreal Canadiens. All of these players should rebound sooner or later and start playing up to their potential, but for some of them it might not happen until next season. In the meantime, they just have to fight through it and regain their touch and confidence.

Since professional hockey is a results-oriented business it means players are paid to produce. Goaltenders and defencemen take home handsome paycheques to stop goals while forwards are paid to score them. The following 15 players have lost their "it" factor at least temporarily since their current statistics are well below expectations for them. While these players may be contributing to their teams in other ways, such as leadership, hits and blocked shots etc., their numbers are letting them down so far in 2015-16.

15 Sidney Crosby

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14 Phil Kessel

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13 Jonathan Bernier

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12 Ryan Kesler

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11 Alexander Semin

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10 Dougie Hamilton

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9 Eric Staal

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8 Jonathan Toews

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7 Nick Foligno

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6 Nail Yakupov

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5 Dave Bolland

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4 Jason Pominville

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3 Nazem Kadri

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2 Tyler Johnson

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1 Jakub Voracek

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If there’s one player in the NHL who has definitely lost his mojo this season it’s 26-year-old right-winger Jakub Voracek of the Philadelphia Flyers. The native of the Czech Republic was drafted seventh overall by Columbus in 2007 and has lived up to his billing until now. Voracek scored 134 points for the Blue Jackets in 241 games before joining the Flyers. He then posted 95 points in his first 126 games with Philly and then hit a career-high of 62 points in the 2013-14 season. Voracek followed that up with 81 points last year to finish as one of the league’s top scorers. However, after 28 contests this campaign he had just one goal and 15 assists. Voracek needs to find his game again.

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Top 15 NHL Players Who Are Losing Their "It" Factor