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Top 15 Overrated NHLers for the 2014/15 Season

One of the most used terms in sports circles is “overrated.” Fans and experts alike throw the phrase around all the time when talking about players who get higher praise than they often deserve. Everyone has their opinion on this topic, and these opinions have fueled arguments for years. Of course, fans and the media can be very fickle about players and thus people’s opinions about players change on almost a daily basis.

One way that people often gauge how overrated a player might be is with their contract. However, this isn’t an accurate measure, as sometimes GMs have their hands tied and have to make some tough choices that don’t always work out. Also, the market at any given time can be a huge dictator of how big contracts become, which makes contracts an unreliable measure for overrated players, as the market is always changing.

So how can “overrated” even get measured? There are no official rules or guidelines, so for the purpose of this list, we’ve listed four criterion for the type of players we have included in this list:

We feel that these four give a good understanding of how we are interpreting the term “overrated” for this list. Of course, you may disagree with some players on this list, but these are who we feel are the 15 most overrated players in the NHL last season.

15 Dustin Byfuglien

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14 Thomas Vanek

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13 Mike Smith

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12 David Perron

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11 Tyler Bozak

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10 Justin Schultz

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9 Alexander Semin

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8 Antoine Vermette

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7 Patrick Marleau

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6 Phil Kessel

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5 Zdeno Chara

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4 Jakub Voracek

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3 Jordan Staal

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2 Dion Phaneuf

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1 Dustin Brown

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We’ve come to the most overrated player currently in the NHL and it is none other than Los Angeles Kings captain, Dustin Brown. Brown has been overrated ever since the Kings' Stanley Cup win in 2012, when he scored 20 points in 20 playoff games. Since then, Brown has averaged less than 30 points per season, a far cry from his previous years. He has been unable to regain his previous glory and is no longer a real scoring threat in this league. Sadly, at this point, Brown is nothing more than an agitator and physical threat. A good third liner, but nothing more.

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