by PuckStopsHere on 10/19/11 at 08:46 PM ET
It is still early in the season, but I think it is reasonable to pick a worst player so far this season. As is the usual situation, early in the season the worst player in a name player who is off to a bad start. Since he is a well known player he is still given significant playing time despite poor results. Most likely this player will get his season on track as the season progresses and the worst player in the league will be a lesser known player. That is the pattern that has been established over the past several years.
So far this season, the worst player in the league has been Jaroslav Halak of the St Louis Blues. In five games so far he has posted a 3.47 GAA and a .835 saves percentage. His St Louis Blues team has allowed the fewest shots per game, with only 23.5 shots against. Despite that, they have only two wins in six games (and one of those wins came when Halak was not playing). So far, Halak has been an anchor who has slowed down the Blues.
St Louis acquired Jaroslav Halak in a high profile trade in 2010 after Halak had led the Montreal Canadiens to the semi-finals. He is the Blues clear number one goalie. His backup Brian Elliott does not have a good track record. The problem is Halak hasn`t been the star goalie that St Louis has expected. Last year he posted an average .910 saves percentage and 2.48 GAA. At this point this season, those numbers are way above his performance.
Jaroslav Halak has been the worst player in the league so far this year. As a number one goalie, he is given a lot of playing time, which allows his play to have a significant impact to his team. So far the impact has been a negative one. It has cost St Louis games. If St Louis is to get on track this season, Jaroslav Halak must turn things around. Most observers expected he would do better than he did last year and lead the Blues to an improvement in the standings.
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