by PuckStopsHere on 03/29/11 at 03:15 AM ET
I try to pick out the worst regular player in the NHL in any season. In early January I picked Brett Lebda of the Toronto Maple Leafs for this dishonor. He is hardly having a good season, but he no longer is the worst regular. He has improved his +/- to -14 and has four points while mostly playing defence. He has been surpassed by Cam Janssen of the St Louis Blues. Janssen has been the St Louis goon. He plays less than five minutes per game, but has dressed for 48 games. He plays against very weak opposition while doing this but has nevertheless managed to put up a -9 +/- rating, which is the third worst on his team, but looks really bad on a per minute basis. Among players with more than 40 games played, he has the third worst rate adjusted +/- rating. He plays against far weaker competition than the two players (Daniel Carcillo and Krys Barch) who rank below him.
Offensively, Janssen is a non-entity. He has no goals and two assists to show for this season. Janssen has never made an impact offensively. In 254 career games, he has 2 goals and 6 assists. He has never had a positive +/- rating at any point in his NHL career. He is the classic example of a no talent goon.
Janssen dresses on a regular basis and provides nothing but fights and he isn’t among the best fighters in the NHL. St Louis could improve their team by dressing a playing with more capabilities in his place.
It is quite common that a goon with no real hockey ability is the worst regular in a given NHL season. Cam Jansson is that man this season. He fails to perform positively for his team despite being given ice time against extremely weak competition.
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