by PuckStopsHere on 09/08/12 at 01:11 PM ET
Before I stop looking at the top players of the inter-lockout period (between 2005/06 and 2011/12) I wanted to take a look at the worst ones in the period. I have already taken a look at the best players both using point shares and subjectively. Realistically the worst players from this era had a very short stay in the NHL and were quickly forgotten. It is the players who were good enough to keep a roster spot for a while but not good enough to keep from hurting their team who I will find. Using point shares are the metric, the worst players will be the ones who did the most damage to their teams and hence had to have NHL careers that lasted a significant amount of time.
Point shares tends to give negative values very sparingly to players for defensive play and goaltending. This list will be forwards who did not score when they played. Defencemen are not expected to score at the same rate as forwards and will not be punished on the same level in this system.
Here are the 20 worst players of the modern era (2005 - present) by point shares:
This is a largely forgettable group of players. It is entirely a group of forwards who did not score. The highest scorer of the group is Kirk Maltby who scored 49 points in 355 games played. The lowest scorers on this list are Ben Ondrus and Alexandre Picard who had no goals and two assists in their NHL time.
Topping this list is Ryan Hollweg who put up 14 points in 228 games played.
Several players on this list managed to play in every season in this seven year era. Cam Janssen ranks second worst and he played more than 40 NHL games each season of the period except for 2007/08 (where he was limited to 12 games due largely to injuries. Colton Orr finishes third worst and he too played in all seven seasons of the period. Except for last season, when he was limited to five NHL games, he played 35 or more games each season. Raitis Ivanans, Zenon Konopka and Jean-Francois Jacques all played in each season of the period though each have years where they played a single digit number of games.
A couple players are notable for making this list despite limited playing time. Nino Niederreiter is fourth on the list despite playing only one complete season. Shane Endicott is 15th despite only playing 41 games in one season.
The player with the most games played in the period is Kirk Maltby. Maltby had been a solid role player for many years before this era but his effectiveness was limited after the lockout. Brad May is another established NHL player who makes this list as he played a few ineffective seasons at the end of his NHL career. Aside from these two the only players with 200 or more games played in this period are goons in Ryan Hollweg, Cam Janssen, Colton Orr, Raitis Ivanans and Zenon Konopka. In order to play a lot of games despite being ineffective you must have already established yourself as a solid NHLer and be on the downswing or be willing to fight regularly. Otherwise your career won't last very long.
The worst players by point shares in the modern era are a group of forwards who didn't score. A better list of the worst players of the era would include goalies and defenceman as well, but it is clear this list is full of players who failed in their NHL play in this era. Despite that failure, several of these players played a significant number of games over a significant number of seasons. As long as you are a goon you can have a reasonably lengthy career despite having a negative value to your team.
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