by PuckStopsHere on 03/25/12 at 02:29 PM ET
In January I picked Brad Staubitz then of the Minnesota Wild as the worst regular in the NHL. At that time he had 41 games played with few minutes, no points and only fights to show for his presence. Since then he was placed on waivers by the Wild and claimed by the Montreal Canadiens. Staubitz keeps playing regularly in Montreal. He is up to 56 games played with no points scored. He has the worst rate stat Corsi rating this season at -26.29 Corsi events per 60 minutes of even strength playing time. He plays against weak competition in few minutes per game. He doesn’t score and he doesn’t prevent his opponents from scoring. Why is he in the NHL? Why is another team giving him regular playing time? The answer is clearly because he fights. Players who fight but provide no hockey value to their team do not belong in the NHL. That is not to say that I am against fighting in general, but I am against brad Staubitz being in the NHL. He isn’t a good enough hockey player to be there. He is a player who never scored more than six goals a season in the OHL. Surely somebody could be found who would do more to help his team win a hockey game filling his role.
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